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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce”?

    Meryl Streep in “Kramer vs. Kramer”?

    Mo’Nique in “Precious”?

    What are YOUR top picks and WHY?

     

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    Bee
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    There are so many. I wish there was a poll.

    Meryl Streep- Kramer vs Kramer; She was able to make what could have been a one-dimensional cold character into a realistic, fleshed out mother who is conflicted on her skills as a parent.

    Julia Roberts- Erin Brockovich; She gets ragged on for her win even though she truly deserved it. I truly believed that she was struggling trying to raise and make it with three kids, being single, and exposing a corrupt water company.

    Naomie Harris- Moonlight; It wasn’t a carbon copy of Monique’s Mary in Precious. She made Paula her own by showing her aggressive yet simultaneously internal breakdown as a drug addicted mother whose irresponsibility ultimately affects her son’s life but does not change her love for him.

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    CitizenBlake
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    There are so many. I wish there was a poll.

    Julia Roberts- Erin Brockovich; She gets ragged on for her win even though she truly deserved it. I truly believed that she was struggling trying to raise and make it with three kids, being single, and exposing a corrupt water company.

    It’s not that she didn’t deserve it. In fact, she was totally deserving. Its just that there was a way more deserving performance in the category.

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    RobertPius
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    Ellen Burstyn in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”

    She and the kid are so great together. I always laugh at the moment where he opens the door and she is all dressed up. She says tah dah!!! And he slams the door in her face. She then enters and says something like you never get tired of that joke do you?

    and of course Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment

    The whole GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!!! is just riveting and then actually kind of funny in the last second. I read James L. Brooks hired MacLaine because he felt she was the only person he had met with who understood the comedy in the piece.

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    pulp50
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    There’s a few like Joan Crawford and Meryl Streep I immediately thought of. There aren’t many others not mentioned that I’ve seen, these are basically all the ones I’ve seen, but I do like all the performances. Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Geena Davis, Jane Darwell, Jennifer Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Patricia Arquette, Melissa Leo, and Viola Davis. Obviously I haven’t seen that many Oscar winners pre mid 2000s.

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    Golddenny
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    Brenda Fricker as the warm-hearted but extremely strong mother in My Left Foot is certainly one of the best.  She’s both, dynamite and poignant.

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    M
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    Holly Hunter in The Piano.

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    GhostOrchid
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    Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables, too. She wanted a better life for her daughter.

    Meryl in Sophie’s Choice… I mean it’s just so goddamn cruel. There was no choice at all…. It breaks my heart whenever I think of it.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Sophia Loren in Two Women – absolutely devastating

    Also, Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Eileen Heckart in Butterflies Are Free.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: 20 Years of Streep (1998) – One True Thing

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    keithw
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    Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment”

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    Macca
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    Patricia Arquette (Boyhood): Subtle but absolutely batshit brilliant, Arquette’s career defining performance that might just be the realist depiction of motherhood ever.

    Helen Mirren (The Queen): Probably the most famous mother in the world reacting to the death and aftermath of her daughter-in-law’s death who was also a mother to the two princes. This story was more a depiction of grandmotherhood and the absence of a parent/daughter/enemy/icon.

    Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age): The Golden Age sees Elizabeth become a protector of her realm and a mother to her people against the deadly Spanish Armada. Her instinct is not to protect her crown, but to protect England.

    Meryl Streep (Kramer vs Kramer): The final scene, need I say more?

    Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins): Not a mother, but a nanny, Mary Poppins teaches the children the difference between love and indulgence, and they ultimately learn by the end of the film that love can be cold and unsentimental, just as Mary Poppins is.

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    Jake
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    I suppose you need to split the characters that are first and foremost mothers and have storylines revolving around their children and the characters that just happen to be mothers but it’s not that important in terms of the plot (like, for example, Geraldine Page or Jessica Tandy who played mothers on their Oscar-winning films but it was secondary to their own respective journeys, in supporting Beatrice Straight or Octavia Spencer – their characters being mothers is on the margin of the plot).

    Best Actress – 5 mothers to love (in alphabetical order)
    Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball”
    Joan Crawford, “Mildred Pierce”
    Katharine Hepburn, “On Golden Pond”
    Brie Larson, “Room”
    Shirley MacLaine, “Terms of Endearment”

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Olympia Dukakis, “Moonstruck”
    Brenda Fricker, “My Left Foot”
    Eileen Heckart, “Butterflies Are Free”
    Mira Sorvino, “Mighty Aphrodite”
    Meryl Streep, “Kramer v. Kramer”

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    Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    Meryl Streep – One True Thing

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    Shout out to all the bad mamas!

    Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball”
    Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
    Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire”
    Meryl Streep, “Kramer vs. Kramer”
    Shelley Winters, “A Patch of Blue”

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    Shout out to all the bad mamas! Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball” Melissa Leo, “The Fighter” Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” Meryl Streep, “Kramer vs. Kramer” Shelley Winters, “A Patch of Blue”

    “What I tell you bout eating that shit? Didn’t I tell you don’t be eating that shit? Look at all this fat and fat ass, look at all this nasty fat! Where they at?”

    “That’s not what real motherfuckin women do. Real motherfuckin women sacrifice!”

     

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