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  • Profile photo of Tom O'NeilTom O’Neil
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    Considering Denzel’s booze-fueled turn in “Flight,” we must seriously consider how drunk with delight Oscar voters get over such roles. Here’s my quick list of drunk wins in the past. Am I missing anything? What are the most notable examples of REALLY boozy roles that LOST?

    DRUNK ROLES: OSCAR WINS

    Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart – lead

    Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas – lead

    Elizabeth Taylor (lead) and Sandy Dennis (supporting), Who’s
    Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    James Coburn, Affliction (Upset) – supporting

    Ray Milland, Lost Weekend – lead

    Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou (Upset) – lead

    Gig Young, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – supporting

    Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen (upset)

    James Dunn, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – supporting

    Charlize Theron, Monster – lead

    Lionel Barrymore – A Free Soul (1931) – LEAD

    Wallace Beery – The Champ (1931) – LEAD

    Thomas Mitchell – Stagecoach (1939) – SUPPORTING

    Anne Baxter – The Razor’s Edge (1946) – SUPPORTING

    Lionel Barrymore – A Free Soul (1931) – LEAD

    Wallace Beery – The Champ (1931) – LEAD

    Thomas Mitchell – Stagecoach (1939) – SUPPORTING

    Anne Baxter – The Razor’s Edge (1946) – SUPPORTING

    Robert Duvall, Tender Mercies

     

    ROLES WITH BIG DRUNK SCENES:

    Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory (Upset)

    Claire Trevor, Key Largo

    Maggie Smith, California
    Suite

    Victor McLaglen – The Informer (1935) – LEAD

    Fredric March – The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) – LEAD

    Frank Sinatra – From Here to Eternity (1953) – SUPPORTING

    Jessica Lange, Blue Sky

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    #75170

    Interesting topic Tom. (hic hic)

    Both Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon lost for The Days of Wine and Roses
    Elizabeth Shue in LLV didnt win either.
    Anne Hathaway’s in and out of rehab character in RGM. although I dont think it was simply alcohol intake

    More later.

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    Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind

    Jodie Foster in The Accused (drunk scene)

    Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot (drunk scene)

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    Natalie Portmans character was drunk in Black Swan.

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    I dont see Eileen Heckart up there for The Bad Seed, where she lost to Dorothy Malone for Written on the Wind.

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    I think Dustin Hoffman qualifies in Lenny. He was inebriated during one of his stand ups, was he not? I’m sure Valerie Perrine was inebriated with him. She lost to Ellen Burstyn for Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore.  He lost to Art Carney  for Harry and Tonto.

    ETA: Pat Morita has a “drunk” scene in The Karate Kid. He lost to Haing S Ngor for The Killing Fields.

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    The following were nominated for performances as alcoholics (recovering or not) or at least with one drunk scene.

    Bette Davis in both “All About Eve”, “The Star” and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”. For the last one also Victor Buono.

    Fredric March/James Mason in “A Star is Born”.  

    Bing Crosby in “The Country Girl”.

    Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  

    Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”. 

    Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in “Ironweed”. 

    Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler”. 

    Marsha Mason in “Only When I Laugh”. 

    Maureen Stapleton in “Interiors”. 

    Eileen Brennan in “Private Benjamin”. 

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    Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon” made a phone call to “David Frost” while drunk.

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    What about drugs in general? (not only alcohol)
    Meryl was nominated for playing a drug addicted actress in “Postcars from the Edge” (with a terrible snub for Shirley MacLaine) and has a hilarious “high on Orchid dust” scene in “Adaptation”. 

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    I don’t recall her having a drinking scene but in Dreamgirls, Effie states “One night after you hire me, I’ll tell you how I blew through half a million dollars in two years…drinking!”

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    I remember when I was a little girl, I watched Miss Susan Hayward in “I’ll Cry Tomorrow”….The Best Drunk Ever

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    #75180

    Thelma Ritter in “Pillow Talk”, maybe?
    Although she mostly walked with a huge headache/hangover to her work, but that was damn funny to watch.

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    I watched HARVEY last night. Jimmy Stewart plays an amiable alcoholic, but he never seems drunk or out-of-control. It is one of those rare performances in which alcoholism is not treated as an illness or personality defect, per se. Stewart was nominated for an Oscar but lost to José Ferrer for Cyrano de Bergerac.

    TRIVIA TIDBITS OF THE DAY: Ferrer was married (twice) to Rosemary Clooney, which makes him George Clooney’s uncle. Ferrer was also married to Phyllis Hill, and to Uta Hagen…

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    What about drugs in general? (not only alcohol)
    Meryl was nominated for playing a drug addicted actress in “Postcars from the Edge” (with a terrible snub for Shirley MacLaine) and has a hilarious “high on Orchid dust” scene in “Adaptation”. 

    What about drugs in general? (not only alcohol)

    We’d be here all day n’est ce pas? Lol.

    Lots of great drunks, but my favorite of all time is Eileeen Heckart.

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    #75183

    ^You are absolutely correct — Eileen Heckart as “Mrs Daigle” is perhaps the greatest tragicomedic performance ever!!!

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