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  • RobertPius
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    #198466

    Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line comes to mind. (Phoenix was the better performance)

    Who else?

    Do you think Brie Larson will fit this category if she wins? The boy really gives the better performance, no?  

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    Pieman1994
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    #198468

    Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro are performing circles around her.

    Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine. I don’t mind his Oscar win, but with the possible exception of Greg Kinear, Arkin’s the weakest part of the (very great) ensemble. In fact, I’d probably go… Steve Carrel, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, and Greg Kinear. 

    Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton. Tom Wilkinson should have an Oscar by now, though maybe not for this particular film, despite the fact that he’s the best part.

    Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind. Though A Beautiful Mind isn’t a terribly worthy Best Picture winner, Russell Crowe’s performance at the center of it is mind-blowing.

    Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything. A bit of a reversal of A Beautiful Mind. Despite being a mess whose moving parts never coalesce, Felicity Jones shines through it all. The film ought to have been built around her, instead of predictably reminding us how inspirational it is to know Stephen Hawking is out in the world.

    Kevin Spacey in American Beauty. By a hair, I think I prefer Annette Benning’s tightly wound real estate agent. How often is it that a performance can be so fun, so infuriating, and so honest with this much precision?

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    KyleBailey
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    I’ll do the past 15 years because I could go on for days 

    Lincoln- Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones > Daniel Day Lewis 
    The Fighter- Amy Adams > Christian Bale and Melissa Leo
    Inglorious Bastards- Brad Pitt > Christoph Waltz
    Vicky Christina Barcelona- Javier Bardem and Patrica Clarkson > Penelope Cruz 
    Michael Clayton- Tom Wilkinson > Tilda Swinton
    The Constant Gardner- Ralph Fiennes > Rachel Weisz
    Syriana- Chris Cooper > George Clooney 
    Mystic River- Marcia Gay Harden and Laura Linney > Sean Penn and Tim Robbins

     

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    RobertPius
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    #198470

    Keep going Kyle! I’ll be here “for days” !!! 

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    Teridax
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    #198471

    The Godfather Part II- Al Pacino>>>>> Robert De Niro

    Jerry Maguire- Tom Cruise> Cuba Godding Jr.

    Terms of Endearment- Debra Winger> Shirley Maclaine and Jack Nicholson, although both Shirley and Debra gave phenomenal work, I feel that Debra could’ve used it more career-wise. Jack Nicholson kind of bothers me A LITTLE BIT since he won for basically playing Jack Nicholson IMO.

    Lincoln- Sally Field> Daniel Day-Lewis

    A Beautiful Mind> Russell Crowe>>>> Jennifer Connelly

    Michael Clayton- Tom Wilkinson>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tilda Swinton

    Milk- Josh Brolin>>> Sean Penn

    Syriana- Matt Damon and Jeffrey Wright> George Clooney, even though I haven’t seen this movie in years, so I wonder if my opinion will have changed when I rewatch it.

    Tootsie- Teri Garr and ESP. Dustin Hoffman>>>> Jessica Lange

    L.A. Confidential- Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, and James Cromwell>>>>> Kim Basinger

    The Constant Gardener- Ralph Fiennes>>>>>>>> Rachel Weisz for her glorified cameo, it would have been more effective and impactful if they had cut her out of the movie entirely IMO.

    Les Miserbles- Hugh Jackman and even Russell Crowe SERIOUSLY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Anne Hathaway, which isn’t saying much because every actor sucked in that atrocity. 🙁

    West Side Story- Natalie Wood>>>>>>> George Chakiris and Rita Moreno

    Spartacus- Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier>>>>>> Peter Ustinov

    Affliction- Nick Nolte>> James Coburn

    Traffic- Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Don Cheadle>> Benicio Del Toro

    Walk The Line- Joaquin Pheonix >>>>>>>>> Reese Witherspoon

    Those are the immediately obvious ones anyway……… @@

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    Bird
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    #198472

    A lot of the performances cited in these posts are from actors or actresses that would have been competing in different categories. What I find frustrating are the performances that win that are not even the best (Actor/Actress/Supporting Actor/Supporting Actress) in their own film. I found this to be the case with Django Unchained with Christoph Waltz winning. Waltz was the third best supporting actor in the film, in my opinion, trailing both Leo and Samuel L Jackson. Same for Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine. I found Steve Carell to have given the best supporting actor performance in the film. RIght now, Gold derby odds have this happening again with Michael Keaton leading for supporting actor, despite being third in show, behind Ruffalo and Liev Schrieber. 

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    AMG
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    #198473

    The Help: Jessica Chastain over Octavia Spencer
    The Fighter: Amy Adams over Melissa Leo
    A Beautiful Mind: Russell Crowe over Jennifer Connelly

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    Bradley Weir
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    #198474

    Surprised by the amount of love Amy Adams is getting for The Fighter. Leo was miles ahead.

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    benutty
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    #198475

    Kristen Stewart > Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

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    FilmGuy619
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    #198476

    Jessica Chastain and Bryce Dallas Howard > Octavia Spencer (The Help)

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson> Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

    Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden > Sean Penn and Tim Robbins (Mystic River)

    Felicity Jones > Eddie Redmayne (Theory of Everything)

    Amy Adams > Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

    Big question mark because I’m on the fence about this one:

    Sarah Paulson and Michael Fassbender > Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) ??

     

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    babypook
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    #198477

    What a thread.

    Interesting reading…..not sure I can add anything but can say, I dont agree with any of the above posts. LOL! Interesting though.

    O, I do agree with the shout-out to Felicity Jones….and give another nomination(s) or win to Tom Wilkinson already. What a freaking JOKE that he hasnt received three or six by now.

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    Cheshire
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    #198478

    Ginnifer Goodwin over Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line
    Felicity Jones over Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything 
    Bryce Dallas Howard and Viola Davis over Octavia Spencer in The Help 

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    OnTheAisle
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    #198479

    Sometimes I think the Academy really likes a film, but another has captured the moment. In these cases the voters award a supporting player who is quite competent but certainly not the best in the film. The tossed bone insures attention will be paid to a film admired.

    That’s how I can justify wins for Patricia Arquette in Boyhood and Kim Basinger in LA Confidential

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    KyleBailey
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    #198480

    Keep going Kyle! I’ll be here “for days” !!! 

    Well then Challange Accepted!

    The Cider House Rules- Charlize Theron and Erykah Badu > Michael Caine  
    Life is Beautiful- Everyone else > Roberto Benigni
    LA Confidential- Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell > Kim Basinger
    The English Patient- Ralph Fiennes > Juliette Binoche 
    Jerry Maguire- Renee Zellweger > Cuba Gooding Jr.
    Leaving Las Vegas- Elizabeth Shue > Nicolas Cage
    Ed Wood- Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray > Martin Landau 
    Howard’s End- Helena Bonham Carter > Emma Thompson
    Scent of a Woman- Philip Seymour Hoffman > Al Pacino
    City Slickers- Billy Crystal > Jack Palance
    The Fisher King- Michael Jeter > Mercedes Ruehl
    Children of a Lesser God- William Hurt > Marlee Matlin
    Hannah and Her Sisters- Max Von Sydow > Michael Caine
    Cocoon- Jack Gilford > Don Ameche
    Prizzi’s Honor- William Hickey > Anjelica Huston
    Amadeus- Tom Hulce > F Murray Abraham 
    The Killing Fields- Sam Waterston > Haing S Ngor 
    The Year of Living Dangerously- Sigourney Wever > Linda Hunt 
    Tootsie- Dustin Hoffman > Jessica Lange 
    An Officer and a Gentleman- Richard Gere > Louis Gossett Jr. 
    Arthur- Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli > John Gielgud 
    Reds- Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson > Maureen Stapleton 
    Coal Miner’s Daughter- Tommy Lee Jones > Sissy Spacek (more like equals giving Jones the slight edge) 
    The Sunshine Boys- Walter Matthau > George Burns 
    Shampoo- Warren Beatty > Lee Grant 
    The Godfather Part 2- Diane Keaton and Al Pacino > Robert DeNiro 
    Murder on the Orient Express- Albert Finney and Anthony Perkins > Ingrid Bergman 
    Paper Moon- Madeline Kahn > Tatum O’Neal 
    The Godfather- Al Pacino and Talia Shire > Marlon Brando 
    Butterflies are Free- Goldie Hawn > Ellien Heckhart 
    The Last Picture Show- Cybill Shephard > Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson 
    The French Connection- Roy Schieder > Gene Hackman 
    Rosemary’s Baby- Jack Cassavetes > Ruth Gordon 
    In the Heat of the Night- Sidney Poitier and Lee Grant > Rod Steiger 
    Bonnie and Clyde- Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman > Estelle Parsons
    Cool Hand Luke- Paul Newman > George Kennedy  
    Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner- Beah Richards and Sidney Poitier > Katherine Hepburn
    Cat Ballou- Jane Fonda > Lee Marvin
    My Fair Lady- Audrey Hepburn > Rex Harrison
    To Kill a Mockingbird- Brock Peters and Collin Wilcox > Gregory Peck
    West Side Story- Natalie Wood > Rita Moreno and George Charkis
    Ben Hur- Jack Hawkins > Hugh Griffiths 

     

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    Asgaroth
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    #198481

    You have to compare apples to apples.

    Some actor can win an Oscar in certain category, and the best performance of the film does not, simply because it was less competitive. Reese Witherspoon won best actress despite Joaquin being clearly better simply because Joaquin was facing tougher competition in his corresponding category.

    Given this, I would say that one of the most, for me, emblematic cases happened 2 years ago when Lupita Nyongo won best supporting actress, when Sarah Paulson had a better role and was better achieved.  

    And it’s likely to happen again this year with Spotlight. Michael Keaton has better chances than Ruffalo just because of his narrative, not because he was indeed the best in the film.  

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