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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    Every year at the Oscars, there always seems to be some disagreement over the winners. So I thought I’d dedicate this forum to the performances that were nominated, but probably could’ve won in any other year.

    Here’s some of my choices…

    Russell Crowe-A Beautiful Mind
    Whoopi Goldberg-The Color Purple
    Tom Hanks-Cast Away
    John Hurt-The Elephant Man
    Natalie Portman-Jackie
    Gloria Swanson-Sunset Boulevard
    Michelle Williams-My Week with Marilyn
    Debra Winger-Terms of Endearment

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    jasonface
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    My ten most annoying cases each of Best Actor and Best Actress performances (and some supporting ones) that deserved to win Oscars. Those marked with a (*) are especially annoying because of the performance they lost to.

    Richard Burton, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Peter O’Toole, The Lion in Winter
    Al Pacino, The Godfather Part II*
    John Hurt, The Elephant Man
    Robert Downey Jr, Chaplin*
    Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List*
    Edward Norton, American History X*
    Tom Cruise, Magnolia*
    Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

    Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence
    Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple
    Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
    Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth*
    Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream*
    Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom*
    Amy Adams, Junebug
    Emmanuelle Riva, Amour*
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    Natalie Portman, Jackie*

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    Eduardo Galhardo
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    Actresses

    1. Felicity Huffman, “Transamerica”
    2. Glenn Close, “Dangerous Liaisons”
    3. Whoopi Goldberg, “The Color Purple”
    4. Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth”
    5. Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”
    6. Bette Midler, “The Rose”
    7. Emanuelle Riva, “Amour”
    8. Judy Garland, “A Star is Born”
    9. Linda Blair, “The Exorcist”
    10. Sigourney Weaver, “Aliens”

    Actors

    1. Ralph Fiennes, “Schindler’s List”
    2. Russel Crowe, “A Beautiful Mind”
    3. Edward Norton, “American History X”
    4. Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
    5. Ian McKellen, “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
    6. Morgan Freeman, “The Shawshank Redemption”
    7. Haley Joel Osment, “The Sixth Sense”
    8. Denzel Washington, “Fences”
    9. Tom Hanks, “Cast Away”
    10. Samuel L. Jackson, “Pulp Fiction”

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    Joe Burns
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    Ellen Burstyn’s performance is popular, but I don’t care for her performance- it’s uneven and hammy. Julia and Laura Linney are much better IMO.

    Anyway for Best Actress, I’d say these women gave great performances that would have been worthy of the Oscar:

    1. Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music
    2. Kim Stanley in Seance On A Wet Afternoon
    3. Faye Dunaway in Bonnie And Clyde
    4. Patricia Neal in The Subject Was Roses(Although Hepburn more then deserved the Oscar)
    5. Faye Dunaway in Chinatown(could be in supporting though)
    6. Liv Ullman in Face To Face(I love Faye Dunaway though)
    7. Jill Clayburg in An Unmarried Woman
    8. Debra Wingers in Terms Of Endearment(Shirley is great, but Debra pulled the most weight in this film IMO)
    9. Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple
    10. Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons
    11. Anjelica Huston in The Grifters(Although Bates has grown on me recently)
    12. Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in Thelma And Louise(Foster is excellent though)
    13. Winona Ryder in Little Women
    14. Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas
    15. Emily Watson in Breaking The Waves
    16. Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven
    17. Diane Lane in Unfaithful(Although that was Moore’s Oscar unquestionably)
    18. Felicity Huffman in Transamerica
    19. Judi Dench in Notes On A Scandal
    20. Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada
    21. Laura Linney in The Savages
    22. Julie Christie in Away From Her
    23. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married
    24. Carey Mulligan in An Education
    25. Gabourey Sidibe in Precious
    26. Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
    27. Viola Davis in The Help
    28. Amy Adams in American Hustle
    29. Meryl Streep in August Osage County
    30. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
    31. Marion Cotillard in Two Days One Night(Should have won)
    32. Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years
    33. Cate Blanchett in Carol

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    lovelylovely
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    Actresses (no particular order, also including supporting):

    Natalie Portman, Jackie
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
    Bette Davis, All About Eve
    Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
    Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass
    Sissy Spacek, Carrie
    Piper Laurie, Carrie
    Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
    Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music

    Actors (no particular order, also including supporting):

    Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
    Orson Welles, Citizen Kane
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (preferred this over The Revenant)
    Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List
    Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate
    Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
    Jack Lemmon, Some Like it Hot
    William H. Macy, Fargo
    Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction

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    Honey
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    Actresses (no particular order, also including supporting):

    Isabelle Huppert, Elle
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    Julie Andrews, Sound of Music (literally thought she won for this and not Mary Poppins)
    Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark
    Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
    Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
    Naomi Watts, 21 Grams
    Naomi Watts, The Impossible
    Laura Linney, You Can Count On Me
    Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

    Actors (no particular order, also including supporting):

    Clive Owen, Closer
    Bill Murray, Lost in Translation
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
    Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
    Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List
    Edward Norton, American History X
    Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
    Denzel Washington, Malcolm X
    Jude Law, Talented Mr. Ripley
    Michael Keaton, Birdman

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    Macca
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    Actresses

    Julianne Moore (Far from Heaven)
    Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream)
    Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)
    Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence)
    Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys)
    Melanie Griffith (Working Girl)
    Julie Walters (Educating Rita)
    Meryl Streep (The French Lieutenant’s Woman)
    Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence)
    Greta Garbo (Camille)

    Actors

    Michael Keaton (Birdman)
    Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
    Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)
    Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa)
    John Hurt (The Elephant Man)
    Al Pacino (Serpico)
    Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider)
    Paul Newman (The Hustler)
    Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot)
    Charles Chaplin (The Great Dictator)

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    Actresses (no particular order, also including supporting):

    Isabelle Huppert, Elle
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    Julie Andrews, Sound of Music (literally thought she won for this and not Mary Poppins)
    Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark
    Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
    Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
    Naomi Watts, 21 Grams
    Naomi Watts, The Impossible
    Laura Linney, You Can Count On Me
    Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

    Actors (no particular order, also including supporting):

    Clive Owen, Closer
    Bill Murray, Lost in Translation
    Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
    Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
    Ralph Fiennes, Schindler’s List
    Edward Norton, American History X
    Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
    Denzel Washington, Malcolm X
    Jude Law, Talented Mr. Ripley
    Michael Keaton, Birdman

    Andrews should have won for that role! She gave two incredibly iconic performances back to back. It would have been completely deserving. No one has been able to top either of those performances, not once!

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Actors
    Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy)
    Peter O’Toole (The Lion in Winter)
    Jack Lemmon (Some Like It Hot)
    Jack Nicholson (Chinatown)
    Tommy Lee Jones (JFK)
    Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)
    Tom Cruise (Magnolia)

    Actresses
    Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)
    Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction)
    Shohreh Agdashloo (House of Sand and Fog)
    Lynn Redgrave (Gods and Monsters)
    Kate Winslet (Titanic)
    Felicity Huffman (Transamerica)
    Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment)
    Judy Davis (Husbands and Wives)

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I saw To Kill a Mockingbird last week, and once again I watched the whole thing thinking “How did Peter O’Toole lost to this”? I understand how/why Gregory Peck won, but common, Peter O’Toole didn’t deserve this loss (this is the Lawrence of Arabia year). Now I really want to see Charly, I’ve read over the years that this had to be another perfect oppotunity for O’Toole with the amazing Lion in Winter, but Robertson won. I can 100% imagine that he didn’t deserve to and O’Toole was once again robbed.

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Well, somebody has to hold the record as the biggest losing actor in Oscar history.

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    Andrew Carden
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    I like Peck in ’62 and O’Toole in ’68. Robertson’s victory is truly inexplicable.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: 20 Years of Streep (1999) – Music of the Heart

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    Josh Ben-Ami
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    WHOOOO. Okay. Here we go.

    Actresses:
    1) Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
    2) Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
    3) Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard)
    4) Amy Adams (The Fighter)
    5) Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
    6) Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

    Actors:
    1) Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)
    2) Tom Cruise (Magnolia)
    3) Topol (Fiddler on the Roof)
    4) Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator)
    5) Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean)
    6) Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction)

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    Hoster1
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    Actresses:

    Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
    Isabelle Huppert, Elle
    Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
    June Squibb, Nebraska
    Bette Davis, All About Eve
    Amy Adams, The Master
    Renee Zellweger, Chicago
    Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
    Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station
    Maggie Smith, Gosford Park
    Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons
    Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies

    Actors:

    Peter O’Toole, The Lion in Winter
    Michael Keaton, Birdman
    Bruce Dern, Nebraska
    Al Pacino, The Godfather: Part II
    Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals
    Jeff Bridges, True Grit
    Tommy Lee Jones, JFK
    Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game
    Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind
    Colin Firth, A Single Man
    Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

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    aahoto-II
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