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  • Actriz
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    What are some examples of brilliant, Oscar-worthy performances in films that aren’t necessarily “Oscar-bait?”

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    MERYLMADNESS
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    The first that comes to mind is Jamie Lee Curtis in “Freaky Friday” –
    the best female performance to not get nominated for an Oscar. She
    touched on so many emotions, fired on every cylinder, and created not
    one but two three-dimensional characters that could not have been more
    different from each other. All over the course of an hour and a half.
    Her monologue at the wedding rehearsal dinner is one of the most
    touching pieces of writing I’ve ever heard, and so brilliantly delivered
    by the actress.

    A role like that would have been so easy to ham
    up, and I can think of very few actresses that would have nurtured and
    treated the role as brilliantly and sensitively as Curtis did. A
    performance for the ages.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Sandra Bullock in 28 Days
    Sandra Bullock in Speed
    Rene Russo in The Thomas Crown Affair
    Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns
    Matt Damon in The Bourne movies
    Renee Zellweger in Nurse Betty
    Leslie Mann in This is 40
    Charlize Theron in Snow White And The Huntsman
    Harrison Ford in 42
    Of course, Johnny Depp in Pirates Of The Caribbean
     

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    Andrew Eng
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    ^Depp got nominated for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and won the SAG Award that year. 

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    Anonymous
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    Richard Jenkins- “Step Brothers” 

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    Raúl Juliá, Street Fighter.
    Winona Ryder, Heathers. 

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    iveriver
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    • Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30
    • Amy Adams in Enchanted
    • Anna Faris in Observe and Report
    • Joaquin Phoenix in Two Lovers
    • Colin Farrell in In Bruges
    • Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale and Patricia Clarkson in The Station Agent
    • Terry Crews in White Chicks
    • Alan Ruck in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off



    Don’t know if everyone in the list is “Oscar-worthy” by Goldderby’s terms, but they’re all brilliant and immensely enjoyable in otherwise un-Oscarly films.

    And I agree with the nod on Jamie Lee Curtis on Freaky Friday. Very funny performance.

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    Logan
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    Will second the Ryder in Heathers mention. Some more  – “Oscar” worthy or not, I think these were excellent performances in films that probably weren’t ringing bells in the minds of the voters (2000+):

    Cate Blanchett – The Gift
    Joan Cusack – My Sister’s Keeper
    Reese Witherspoon – Legally Blonde
    Ben Stiller – Zoolander
    Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil
    Sid Haig – The Devil’s Rejects
    Mickey Rourke – Sin City
    Billy Bob Thornton – Bad Santa
    Catherine Keener and Steve Carell – The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    Liam Neeson – The Grey
    Sandra Bullock and Betty White – The Proposal
    Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg – Antichrist
    Marisa Tomei – The Lincoln Lawyer
    Michelle Williams – Meek’s Cutoff
    Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon – Kille Joe
    Ann Dowd – Compliance

     

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    Halo_Insider
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    I think Kevin Kline’s performance in A Fish Called Wanda technically counts, as broad comic performances rarely prevail, which made his win so much more satisfying to me. 

    Just a whole bunch to throw out here…

    Annette Bening in The American President
    Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski
    Neve Campbell in Scream
    Peter Capaldi in In the Loop
    Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
    Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    John Cusack in High Fidelity
    John Cusack in Say Anything…
    Michael Douglas in The American President
    Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man

    Aaron Eckhart in Thank You For Smoking
    Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future
    Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover
    John Goodman in The Big Lebowski
    Charles Grodin in Midnight Run
    Gene Hackman in Hoosiers
    Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner
    Val Kilmer in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
    Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future

    Bill Murray in Ghostbusters
    Bill Murray in Groundhog Day
    Leslie Nielsen in Airplane!
    Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride
    Alan Rickman in Die Hard
    Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Martin Starr in Adventureland
    Sigourney Weaver in Alien
    Fred Willard in Best in Show
     

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    Baby Clyde
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    • Amy Adams in Enchanted

    THIS^^^

    She’s amazing. Deffo should have been nommed.

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    BamaEd
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    I support many of those already mentioned, as well as a few others:

    Jamie Lee Curtis – Freaky Friday
    Michelle Pfeiffer – Batman Returns
    Winona Ryder – Heathers (plus Mermaids)
    Steve Carrell – The 40 Year Old Virgin
    Rachel McAdams – Mean Girls
    Harrison Ford – Star Wars, Indiana Jones

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    nkb325
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    Emma Stone – Easy A

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    GoMe91
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    Yes! I totally agree with Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaki Friday. I think it’s a performance I appreciate the older I get (When the movie first came out, I was so obsessed with Lindsay Lohan that I didn’t much care for the “mom.”) That last speech make me cry at the rehearsal dinner makes me cry.

    A recent performance that sticks out is Jennifer Garner in “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” And, yes, that’s another movie that made me cry.  

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    Baby Clyde
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    If it was up to me Cameron Diaz would have at least 5 Oscar noms by now and one of them would be for ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

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    Andrew Eng
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    #116270

    In the last five years (2008-2012), 5 performances from both genders

    Men

    Javier Bardem, Skyfall
    Robert Downey, Jr., Iron Man
    Tom Hiddleston, Thor + The Avengers
    Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight
    Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

    Women

    Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger
    Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
    Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man
    Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids 

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