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  • Paul Sheehan
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    Al Pacino finally won an Oscar on his eighth nomination for “Scent of a Woman” in 1993. His hambone performance as a blind man brought tears to my eyes for all the wrong reasons.

    Any of the other nominees — Robert Downey, Jr. (“Chaplin”), Clint Eastwood (“Unforgiven”), Stephen Rea (“The Crying Game”) and Denzel Washington (“Malcolm X”) — was more deserving.

    To me, this is the most egregious instance of the academy playing catch-up and finally giving an Oscar to a serial loser. Any of Pacino’s previous seven bids, including one that same night for his supporting turn in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” would make for a far worthier winning role. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    The points about Pacino are absolutely true, and though I’m less insulted about Scent of a Woman than most people, I can’t say it deserved Picture, Director, or Acting nominations. I was fine with Adapted Screenplay, just because that was a fairly weak category, and I haven’t seen anything outside the nominees that I felt would have really merited it more. 

    I’ll let others trash Benigni, who didn’t deserve his victory over the other nominees in his year, but instead look at Rod Steiger in 1967, for what was really just a mediocre performance, and his co-star Poitier (who wasn’t even nominated) would have been infinitely more deserving. Then you also get Spencer Tracy, Paul Newman and Dustin Hoffman, who all gave magnificent performances in classic films. Any of them would have been excellent winners. Steiger should have won his for Supporting in On the Waterfront but I think he suffered from being one of three nominees from the same film in that category

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    AMG
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    Out of the performances I have seen, my least favourite is Jean Dujardin in The Artist. I feel like he kind of got swept up in the buzz of a silent film being in the Oscar race. I didn’t get the buzz of the film, I didn’t get the buzz around him. It all just felt gimmicky.

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    KyleBailey
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    Roberto Benigni’s performance was absolute garbage. Life is Beautiful is in such bad taste and even if it was good Benigni has 0 range to him. 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Out of the performances I have seen, my least favourite is Jean Dujardin in The Artist. I feel like he kind of got swept up in the buzz of a silent film being in the Oscar race. I didn’t get the buzz of the film, I didn’t get the buzz around him. It all just felt gimmicky.

    Looking at that lineup, and seeing that he beat Gary Oldman in his career best performance still pains me. Dujardin was my #4 that year behind Oldman, Clooney and Pitt.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Roberto Benigni’s performance was absolute garbage. Life is Beautiful is in such bad taste and even if it was good Benigni has 0 range to him. 

    I’m actually in the minority on this one, but I actually really liked Life is Beautiful, so I can’t complain over his win.

    I can complain however on Dujardin’s win. It wasn’t “bad” per se, but it was just underwhelming. Brad Pitt deserved it in Moneyball, the best lead performance of 2011, though I blame 2011 being a particularly weak year for motion pictures. 

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    Atypical
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    Roberto Benigni. Over and done.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I like Life is Beautiful AND much prefer Dujardin’s performance to Clooney’s and Pitt’s.

    COME AT ME, BROS!{#emotions_dlg.silence} 

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    benbraddock
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    I need to know why Life is Beautiful is in bad taste as per Kyle Bailey?

    Anyway, worst 5 best actor winners for me are:

    Charlton Heston – Ben Hur. Talk about getting swept up
    Cliff Robertson- Charly. Amateur performance in a TV movie of the week
    John Wayne – True Grit. I’m still appalled that he beat those 4 nominees
    Michael Douglas- Wall Street. Let’s face it, he can’t act
    Matthew McConaughey- Dallas Buyers club. Losing weight is NOT acting

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    I need to know why Life is Beautiful is in bad taste as per Kyle Bailey?
    Anyway, worst 5 best actor winners for me are:
    Charlton Heston – Ben Hur. Talk about getting swept up
    Cliff Robertson- Charly. Amateur performance in a TV movie of the week
    John Wayne – True Grit. I’m still appalled that he beat those 4 nominees
    Michael Douglas- Wall Street. Let’s face it, he can’t act
    Matthew McConaughey- Dallas Buyers club. Losing weight is NOT acting

    I always go to that scene in the bunker where he is “inturpting” the Nazi soldier about the requirements of the prisoners for the next day. You know, yeah it’s a movie so no one is going to die, but spoofing a scene like that if it would have happened in real life would have been a foolish way to get a whole bunker of prisoners killed because of that doofis telling his son that they Nazis were playing a game with them. That’s what was in bad taste. You can spoof something like that in good taste, Mel Brooks knows how to do that, but Roberto totally made that movie in such bad taste. It was flat, trying so hard to make the holocaust light, and Roberto’s acting is just one note and dreadful.  

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Cliff Robertson- Charly. Amateur performance in a TV movie of the week
    John Wayne – True Grit. I’m still appalled that he beat those 4 nominees

    In an ideal world, this would have been Peter O’Toole going back to back.

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    ENGLAND
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    Life is Beautiful is the film that destroyed me in the end. As a grown man, I never cried that hard in my life. Even when family members passed away. I probbaly would have chosen Robert as the winner based on that hahaha

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    marcelo
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    Art Carney, Harry and Tonto

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    Matthew McConaughey having an Oscar at all and beating Chiwetel and Leo.

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    manakamana
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    I guess technically it’s David Niven, but my least favorite acting win is just John Wayne for the combination of him doing his dumb schtick and his far superior competition (especially D. Hoffman in all-time form).

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