February 24, 2014 at 10:23 am #142862
If a thread was created that was similar to this one feel free to just pass on over this thread, but if NOT, here goes:
We all know on paper or in a previous medium that there are some roles and movies that just SCREAM Oscar bait, nominate me! This got me to thinking has there ever been “baity” roles and/or movies that just seemed to lose steam and maybe even fall flat by the time that the Oscars rolled around?
The one example I can think of (and by all means correct me if I am totally off base as I do not follow all critics and such as closely as most of you do) is Nine:
It was a musical, coming off coattails of successes such as Chicago and Dreamgirls.
I even remember the discussion of the number of sup. actresses from the movie that would fill up the category at the Oscars, and who would have to sit out.
It had a golden Oscar cast: Day-Lewis, Kidman, Loren, Cotillard, Cruz, Dench and Hudson (ALL winners, minus Hudson who had also been previously nominated though.)
I did the research and the only categories that it remained relevant in come Oscar nominations was Sup. Actress for Cruz (which definitely could be argued that she got the post win check-off as she won the year before), Art Direction, Costume, and Original Song.
The only places the film did well nominations wise were the Critic’s Choice Awards and Satellites, where at the Satellites it won 3 awards yet at the BFCAs it went home empty handed though it led the pack in nominations.
It only got 2 nominations at SAG: Sup. Actress and Cast, a single nod at the BAFTAs: Make up/hair and 5 nods at the Globes.
So in my opinion a movie that seemed like it was destined for Oscar night and with a cast of big names/Oscar winners couldn’t go wrong. But it did and scored only 4 Oscar nods and only 1 was in the acting fields.
What other “baity” roles and films do you all think fell flat though they seemed right up the Oscar’s alley?
Discuss!February 24, 2014 at 11:54 am #142864
I did not actually mind Australia, and felt that Jackman and Kidman did a marvelous job, but that film kinda tanked.February 24, 2014 at 12:25 pm #142865
This year, The Book Thief comes to mind. It was looked at as a major Acting contender for Rush, Watson and even Nélisse. The subject matter (A feel-good holocaust story) was tailored for the Oscars, but only got nominated in score, which was probably only because of name-checking for John Williams. I also remember people saying that Watts would win Best Actress this year for Diana.
Those are some recent examples, there are plenty each year:February 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm #142866
I remember when Hilary Swank was cast as Amelia Earhart, thinking that she was going to be a Best Actress contender.
Yeah. but many come to mind.February 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm #142867
From this year on this forum, I read all of the following that turned out to go nowhere in the awards season:
-Naomi Watts would get nominated and possibly win for “Diana”
-Margo Martindale had Supporting Actress “locked up”
-“Fruitvale Station” would be huge with the Academy, potentially getting nominations in Actor, S Actress, Picture, Screenplay, Director
-“August: Osage County” would win Best Picture
and all the “Prisoners” talk for Gylenhaal and Leo
February 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm #142868
The first that come to mind:
Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover
Naomi Watts as Princess Diana
Hilary Swank as Amelia Earhart
Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darin
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange
Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson
Shia LaBeouf for Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
Not a lot of people predicted them, but Julia Roberts for Eat Pray Love and Annette Bening for Running With Scissors had some buzz, even though any sane person knows that everything Ryan Murphy touches turns to shit (praying for The Normal Heart on HBO…).February 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm #142869
The Shipping News (2001) – I remember reading so much hype for it, and the performances of Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench. I believe it was a SAG nominee for one of the performers (Dench) and Spacey a Drama Globe nominee.
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017February 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm #142870
2000 seemed to have quite a few films that seemed like they were screaming and begging for an Oscar and then they went nowhere: All The Pretty Horses and The Legend of Bagger Vance come to mind….or Finding Forrester.
I will try to think of more.February 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm #142871
Hyde Park on Hudson in 2012 – once considered a post-King’s Speech Oscar shoo-in. Remember when we thought the 2012 Best Actor race would include two competing presidents, Lincoln and Roosevelt? Early in the year, Bill Murray was 2nd behind Day-Lewis on GoldDerby, and Laura Linney was even No. 1! Then the film premiered at Toronto and it’s Oscar status slumped. In the end it wasn’t even close to getting a single nomination.February 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm #142872
I can think of three on the top of my head.
The 2006 version of All the King’s Men. The cast was huge (Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson), was written and directed by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian, and was a remake of a past Best Picture winner from 1949. Then it came out, the reviews were horribly scathing (one of the criticisms being Penn chewing too much scenery) and became a massive box office bomb.
Another example I can think of is Oliver Stone’s Alexander from 2004. You have some talent on hand (Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer), then was strongly criticized for the actors having weird accents, Farrell’s blonde wig, unintentionally awkward moments between Farrell and Jolie as mother and son, and you get a huge bomb on everyone’s watch. While it didn’t Oscar love, Alexander did earn many Razzie nominations, including Worst Picture.
And lastly is an early example from 1993, called The House of the Spirits. Again, huge cast (Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Redgrave, Armin Mueller-Stahl), talented director in Bille August, and was based on a bestselling book from the 1980s. Then things get completely doomed from the start when you find out that the main characters in the book were Latin American, were changed to mostly white actors, and eventually became a crushing blow for everyone involved.February 24, 2014 at 9:06 pm #142873
Nothing fell harder than Dreamgirls in 2006. It was THE anticipated movie of the year. And then… it came out…February 24, 2014 at 9:08 pm #142874
Gangs of New York. All those nominations… and then they watched it.February 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm #142875
Do moves that got a lot of nominations and decent reviews really count though??February 25, 2014 at 3:38 am #142876
I agree with Nine.
If just talking about the movies last year,A:OC was an example.It was so hollow.So did Meryl’s performance tbh,it was one of the worst I’ve seen from her,all kinds of unconvincing and unnatural.
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