December 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm #169209
What scenes in films do you think locked an oscar down for a performer
Anne Hathway singing I Dreamed a Dream
Jennifer Hudson singing And I Am Thelling You…
Lupita Nyong’o Whipping sceneDecember 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm #169211
Well there’s the obvious example of Beatrice Strait in Network. I would also say the opening monologue of Patton for Scott, the coulda been a contender scene in On the Waterfront for Brando, the “it’s not your fault” scene for Williams in Good Will Hunting. There are plenty of others, but those are a few that come to mind.December 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm #169212
Apparently, the telephone conversation Luise Rainer had in “The Great Ziegfeld” was the reason she won Best Actress.
“For her famous telephone conversation scene, which is generally credited as being what clinched the Oscar for her, Luise Rainer drew a lot of her material from a play by Jean Cocteau entitled “The Human Voice”December 14, 2014 at 9:14 pm #169213
A few that come to mind…
Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)-The closing argument of the Tom Robinson trial. It is essentially one long monologue, and Peck, masterful throughout his performance in the film, gets the chance to express what every viewer is thinking/feeling at that point and is absoultely enthralling.
Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972)-This performance is already iconic, and you take any number of scenes to justify his win, but I believe the scene where Vito gives his final advice to Michael about his enemies sealed the deal for Brando.
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight (2008)-There were so many scenes that could delivered the win, from the pencil trick to the many versions of the “how I got these scars” story. I’ll go with the interrogation scene between Batman and The Joker, which shows that the latter, sadly, isn’t completely wrong about the dark side of humanity. Ledger is so excellent that he almost has you siding with him.
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds (2009)-Easily the introduction of Col. Hans Landa, which starts off mildly tense and only gets even more tense. Waltz charms you and, ultimately, has you scared sh*tless by the intentionally and painfully drawn-out climax.December 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm #169214
I’d say in Precious Monique’s breakdown at the social services office is probably what sealed the deal for her. What an incredible scene.
Also for as Good as it Gets, probably what cinched the win for Hunt was the scene at the dinner table when she’s writing the letter and she breaks down with her mother. It was the one big “actory” crying/monologue scene in what otherwise was almost entirely comedy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoK3po2rJUQ December 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm #169215
SOME BEST ACTRESS & SUPPORTING ACTRESS WINNERS OF RECENT:
1. Nicole Kidman (The Hours, 2002)- Train station breakdown.
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, 2002) “I Can’t Do It Alone” was amazing!
3. Kathy Bates (Misery, 1990)- many speeches; the “This didn’t happen last week!” outburst in particular
4. Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich, 2000) – countless. So many money scenes. Every time she spoke was a monologue.
5. Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, 1992) – Courtroom scene finale
6. Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love, 1998) – “Have her then, but you’re a lordly fool. She’s been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you. Takes a woman to know it.”
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017December 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm #169216
Sean Penn for Mystic River- “Is that my daughter in there” or “I can’t even cry for her” so heartbreaking
Holly Hunter for The Piano- “I trusted you” her reaction after her fingers got chopped off is so chilling
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine- ” I saw you Erica” masterful acting
Robert de Niro for Raging Bull- so many choose to fromDecember 15, 2014 at 5:58 am #169217
Jennifer Lawrence in SLP- The diner scene. Knew the Oscar was hers as soon as that scene was over.
Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood- Either the “I’ve abandoned my child” scene in the church or of course the end with “I drink your milkshake”
Octavia Spencer in The Help- “Eat my s**t” scene
Joe Pesci in Goodfellas- “Funny how” sceneDecember 15, 2014 at 6:07 am #169218
I’m always thinking about Jane Fonda’s breakdown listening to the tape recording at the end of Klute as the best example (it’s probably my favorite scene ever, in any movie).
I just cannot believe nobody said Meryl’s choice scene from Sophie’s Choice (it’s so unlike goldderby forums not to mention Meryl and then if she deserved to win over Jessica Lange). Or Shirley MacLaine’s “Give my daughter the shot!” breakdown.December 15, 2014 at 8:02 am #169219
Jodie Foster’s testimony scene about the rape in The Accused.December 15, 2014 at 9:41 am #169220
Jared Leto putting on make-up sitting in front of the mirror & Rayon meeting her Dad again in Dallas Buyers Club.
Lupita Nyong’o ‘five hundred pounds of cotton’ scene in 12 Years A Slave.
The entire length of The Dark Knight for Heath Ledger, whether he was on or off screen!
Julianne Moore has one this year in Still Alice, in the scene with the laptop – BUTTERFLY.January 13, 2015 at 4:26 pm #169221
Of this year’s predicted winners I think their respective Oscar winning scenes are as follows…
Michael Keaton: the final play sequence.
Julianne Moore: when she speaks at the Alzheimers conference.
JK Simmons: the first rehearsal scene.
Patricia Arquette: when Mason Jr. is leaving for college.
What are your thoughts on the scenes that will secure wins for this year’s winners/nominees?January 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm #169222
Eddie Redmayne doesn’t have one scene in particular, which may or may not do him a disservice.
The most recent similarity I can think of is Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. There was no one scene, the actor completely disappears into the role, physically and emotionally, and the entire film does kind of feel like one long Oscar winning scene for them.
But then Redmayne has the great benefit of having two halves to his performance, There is the younger Stephen, who is able to walk, talk clearly, and where he falls in love with Jane. Then there is the second half, where the MND begins to take over, and into adulthood, I suppose the one scene you could argue is a typical ‘Oscar winning’ one is when he is giving his speech at the end of the film, and the girl drops her pen. He doesn’t need to utter a word, he just encompasses the pain and sorrow in his face. But I imagine every person will have a different perception on what his big scene is. That is what is brilliant about his performance.
Surely that’s more impressive though, to have two hours worth of worthy scenes, compared to Keaton who does do a good job, but just doesn’t have that level in comparison to Redmayne. It will be interesting if voters go for the actor with the prolonged Oscar-winning scenes, or the actor who has a couple of stand outs.January 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm #169223
“Give my daughter the shot!”
Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment”
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