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    #66916

    Who was nominated or won Academy Awards despite being in the incorrect category for their performance? (Lead when supposed to be Supporting and vice versa)

    The obvious ones are Nicole Kidman in “The Hours” and Haillee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

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    LEAD not SUPPORTING!
    Abigal Breslin
    – Little Miss Sunshine
    Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
    Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Brokeback Mountain

    SUPPORTING not LEAD
    Viola Davis – The Help
    Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

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    marcelo
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    #66919

    Two obvious cases:
    Tatum O’Neill, Paper moon
    Timothy Hutton, Ordinary people

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    ENGLAND
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    #66920

    forest Whitaker… but he still gave the best performance of that year by far imo.

    Meryl Streep for “Prada.” She could have easily taken that Oscar had she been in her right category.  

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    Miss Frost
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    #66921

    Julianne Moore supporting for The Hours
    Meryl Streep leading for One True Thing.
    Although it was a well deserved win, I could say Patty Duke was not really supportting.
    I didn’t feel Jennifer Hudson was really supporting either, since it seems she was the center point of the film. The only character you actually pay attention to.

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    Daniel B.
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    #66922

    Based on what I’ve heard, Leonardo DiCaprio should have been supporting, and Djimon Hounsou should have been lead for Blood Diamond.  DiCaprio could have gotten two nominations that year if he would have campaigned correctly (he was the lead in The Departed, not supporting!)

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    Daniel B.
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    #66923

    And although it’s certainly hard to question Daniel Day-Lewis’s screen time and presence in Gangs of New York, was he really the lead?

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    Daniel B.
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    #66924

    And although I think that they are some of the most deserving Oscar winners ever, and I’m glad that they’re on the top caliber prize of lead:

    Marlon Brando in The Godfather was supporting, even if he got top billing, and Al Pacino was the lead for that film.
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    Anthony Hopkins was on screen in The Silence of the Lambs for 16 minutes. Jodie Foster was the only lead in that movie, but I’m glad Hopkins’ win in lead put The Silence of the Lambs into the elite group of “big 5” winners.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    #66925

    Lead actresses that were supporting:

    Patricia Neal, Hud (went supporting at GG but lost to Margaret Rutherford who went on to win Oscar in supporting)
    Debra Winger, An Officer and a Gentleman (would still lose anyway)
    Glenn Close, Dangerous Liasons (could have beaten Geena Davis)
    Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line (would still win anyway)

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    Daniel B.
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    #66926

    Although Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise were both co-leads of Rain Man, the story arc definitely revolved around Cruise’s character, who also had much more dialogue than Hoffman did.

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    Daniel B.
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    #66927

    Although Denzel Washington had the showier and more memorable role in Training Day, Ethan Hawke was the lead.

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    #66928

    Washington & Hawke, Hoffman & Cruise were all leads. Many movies have two, some even three lead roles. There is a tendency if they are the same gender to think only one can be a lead, but that should make no difference.

    As always, my only concern here is lead performances going supporting (Gyllenhaal, Blanchett as two recent key examples). They get a huge advantage there. If someone with smaller running time can compete for lead, it means for me almost by definition it isn’t supporting because it commanded so much attention despite not being on screen, as well as the shorter screen time being a disadvantage for any performance (see under Streep vs Davis last year).  

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    adamunc
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    #66929

    What do you guys think about Anne Baxter in All About Eve–lead or supporting?

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    Scottferguson
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    Co-lead, unquestionably.

    Among actresses (since for no good reason acting awards are divided by gender), Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter were the supporting roles.  

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    babypook
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    #66931

    Well here’s my rule of thumb: if you’re under legal age, you’re supporting. If you’re starring with a same-gender actor, one of you is supporting whether you’re supporting or not.

    And how about Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Category Fraud of Robert Ford? A doozy that one.

    And hurray to those who say Abigail Breslin! The guff I took for THAT one still makes me chuckle. Ya, I laugh a lot, but in a good way.

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