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  • FilmGuy619
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    #196047

    When you watched the nomination announcement or read the list of nominees and whatnot, what ones in any category really left you scratching your heads. Not wins. Just nominees. For me, some were:

    Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook: Love the film and love Jacki Weaver, but she was just kinda there. Didn’t do much.

    Dallas Buyers Club for Best Film Editing: Interestingly, I thought the editing was one of its weakest elements. Also, its inclusion over Her, Wolf of Wall Street, Spring Breakers, and Short Term 12 is like a slap in the face.

    Jonah Hill for Moneyball: He was perfectly fine..but I wouldn’t call him Oscar worthy.

    Hereafter for Best Visual Effects: This was just a Clint Eastwood appreciation nod. 

    But how about you guys? What announcements had you thinking “Huh?” Let’s discuss. 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #196049

    Well this all depends if you were anticipating them or not. I’m “perplexed” that Jonah Hill is a nominee for Moneyball, but I wasn’t shocked that day reading the list, since we knew it would happen. Jacki Weaver for SLP too.

    Hereafter, yeah, that’s “preplexing” today, and it was that morning too. It was a tsunami. It’s been done before. And the movie was extremely forgettable. Dallas Buyers Club for Editing too, like you said, over those films, it’s ridiculous. 

    I would add Laura Dern for Wild. 

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    Tom
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    #196050

    * Click nominated for Best Make-Up in 2007. This isn’t the worst Adam Sandler film but I just don’t get this nomination especially considering other films that should have made it in instead (Children of Men, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, The Queen).

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    #196051

    Jonah Hill should have won Best Supporting Actor for “Moneyball”. Christopher Plummer’s nomination and win was a joke, and “Beginners” was a terribly written & directed film. I love the fact that he’s an Oscar-winner, because he deserves it based on his career, but “Beginners” was just dull and uninteresting. Also incredibly boring.

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    Patrick
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    #196052

    Laura Dern in Wild. Stole Jessica Chastain’s spot for her brilliant performance in A Most Violent Year.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Well nothing made me scream WHAT louder than the announcement of Alone Yet Not Alone in Original Song. That was my most surprising moment, because I really thought I had every potential contender pegged in each category. Also last year, when that Best Actor lineup was announced, without Gyllenhaal, Oyelowo, Fiennes, etc. I was slightly in shock. I had to actually pause it to truly process it.

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    #196054

    Laura Dern in Wild. Stole Jessica Chastain’s spot for her brilliant performance in A Most Violent Year.

    That category was a mess. I had only Knightley on my personal nominees list. Streep was good, but not awards-worthy, Arquette was okay, but overrated, Dern was lovely (great screen presence, but wish the nom would be for “The Fault in Our Stars”), but she had basically flashbacks, and Emma Stone was just mediocore (I’m happy that she’s an Oscar nominee, but I pretend that it’s for “Easy A” instead).

    So many snubbies including Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer”), Rima Te Wiata (“Housebound”), Erica Rivas (“Wild Tales”), Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year”), Viola Davis (“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her”), Samantha Morton (“Miss Julie”), Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson (“Noah”), Melissa McCarthy (“St. Vincent”), Marisa Tomei (“Love is Strange”), Agatha Kulesza (“Ida”), Naomi Watts (“Birdman”), Kristen Stewart (“Still Alice”), Julianne Moore (“Maps to the Stars”), Laura Dern (“The Fault in Our Stars”) or the lovely Kim Dickens (“Gone Girl”). I would take any of these over Streep, Stone, Dern or Arquette ANY DAY.

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    Patrick
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    [quote=”patrickmcbride”]

    Laura Dern in Wild. Stole Jessica Chastain’s spot for her brilliant performance in A Most Violent Year.

    That category was a mess. I had only Knightley on my personal nominees list. Streep was good, but not awards-worthy, Arquette was okay, but overrated, Dern was lovely (great screen presence, but wish the nom would be for “The Fault in Our Stars”), but she had basically flashbacks, and Emma Stone was just mediocore (I’m happy that she’s an Oscar nominee, but I pretend that it’s for “Easy A” instead).

    So many snubbies including Tilda Swinton (“Snowpiercer”), Rima Te Wiata (“Housebound”), Erica Rivas (“Wild Tales”), Jessica Chastain (“A Most Violent Year”), Viola Davis (“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her”), Samantha Morton (“Miss Julie”), Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson (“Noah”), Melissa McCarthy (“St. Vincent”), Marisa Tomei (“Love is Strange”), Agatha Kulesza (“Ida”), Naomi Watts (“Birdman”), Kristen Stewart (“Still Alice”), Julianne Moore (“Maps to the Stars”), Laura Dern (“The Fault in Our Stars”) or the lovely Kim Dickens (“Gone Girl”). I would take any of these over Streep, Stone, Dern or Arquette ANY DAY.
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    I agree with so much of this. Knightley was really great and I wish she would’ve won out of that group. I loved that film and that performance. I personally believed Streep belonged there, but I know she gets a lot of flack for not being up to her old standard, which may be warranted. I still think she’s a fantastic actress who still continues to give outstanding performances. I think my personal lineup would’ve been: Knightley, Streep, Carrie Coon in “Gone Girl”, Stewart, and Chastain winning for AMVY. I would’ve been ok with Coon winning, though. Arquette sweeping was ridiculous and makes me so mad. Her Oscars acceptance speech was ridiculous as well.

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    #196056

    Arquette’s performance was lifeless. All her emotions were so forced and fake. Except of that big scene, I loved that one.

    And anyone who’s saying that Streep didn’t belong in this weak-ass category, must be on something. I would rank her second to Knightley.

    I think Chastain missed out because of the “Interstellar” campaign. I heard she could only campaign for that film…so sad! 🙁

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    #196057

    For me, I still ponder why the Academy chose to recognize Jeff Bridges for his role as the directionless man who falls in with criminals in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot opposite Clint Eastwood. The film was a testosterone driven road movie about bank robbers and a hidden cache of stolen loot.

    Bridges was the film’s sole nominee. The movie’s poster was Eastwood standing with one leg raised and some type of cannon positioned between his legs. The message here was not subtle.

    Subtle doesn’t describe Bridges’ Oscar nominated performance, either. As Lightfoot, Bridges is rather kooky. He dons a ludicrous outfit to pass as a woman to advance a scheme to raise quick cash to help the two find the missing stolen money. An unexpected tragedy occurs late in the film.

    I am still perplexed this forgettable role was considered an Oscar worthy performance, and John Cazale was snubbed for an iconic performance as Fredo Corleone in The Godfather, Part II.

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    #196059

    Jacki Weaver had one of the worst nominations ever. A NOTHING performance. Robert De Niro’s wasn’t good either because he didn’t do shit except have a tear roll down his face. Oh and Patricia Arquette in Borehood? I hated her performance, nothing Oscar worthy about it.

    Agreed.

    I didn’t understand the whole De Niro nomination.

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    #196060

    [quote=”TWNickPeek”]

    Jacki Weaver had one of the worst nominations ever. A NOTHING performance. Robert De Niro’s wasn’t good either because he didn’t do shit except have a tear roll down his face. Oh and Patricia Arquette in Borehood? I hated her performance, nothing Oscar worthy about it.

    Agreed.

    I didn’t understand the whole De Niro nomination.
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    Awww I loved his performance there. He was so adorable and sweet and it was refreshing to see that from him. Reall though guys… where is his nomination for Stardust?? 

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    #196061

    I still don’t get Melissa Leo’s win for The Fighter. The performance was ridiculously over the top. No character there. All show.
    Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook (this is one tasteless performance without even the slightest human emotion involved and he’s a great actor, so I can’t forgive that) 
    Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Bejamin Button (he did nothing, NOTHING!) 
    Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (she felt so uncomfortable after her clip)  
    Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (just because of the category fraud here; at the BAFTA’s she was lead and didn’t receive a nomination; enough said)
    David O. Russell’s directing nomination for Silver Linings Playbook
    Woody Allen for directing Midnight In Paris
    Woody Allen’s writing nomination for Blue Jasmine was ridiculous.
    Gladiator’s best original screenplay nomination is laughable. How did it happen?
    Tom Hooper’s directing nomination and WIN.
    John C. Reilly for Chicago. At the expense of Dennis Quaid who stretched in Far From Heaven. What did Reilly do?

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    #196062

    I think Blanchett was perfectly deserving for both Golden Age and Notes on a Scandal. Golden Age is not a good film, but her performance is excellent, and in Notes on a Scandal, she gave one of the best performances of all time.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    [quote=”TWNickPeek”]

    Jacki Weaver had one of the worst nominations ever. A NOTHING performance. Robert De Niro’s wasn’t good either because he didn’t do shit except have a tear roll down his face. Oh and Patricia Arquette in Borehood? I hated her performance, nothing Oscar worthy about it.

    Agreed.

    I didn’t understand the whole De Niro nomination.
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    Awww I loved his performance there. He was so adorable and sweet and it was refreshing to see that from him. Reall though guys… where is his nomination for Stardust?? 
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    100% agreed. That was not only one of his best performances, but it was one of the greatest supporting comedic performances of the past decade. Too bad nobody in the academy watched it.

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