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Oscars outrage: Who gave the WORST Best Supporting Actress performance?

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  • Paul Sheehan
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    Another category where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the worst of the “best.”

    I am tempted to say Anne Hathaway for her one-note performance in “Les Miserables” (over four stellar turns from much better actresses) or Monique for “Precious” (but that would be for her off-screen behavior).

    But the clear stand-out for over-the-top acting is Cate Blanchett as four-time Oscar champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Cate in certain roles like “Elizabeth” (she should have won Best Actress over Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love”). However, as Hepburn she is a mere caricature of this complex woman. She relies on an accent (that misses the mark by miles) and mannerisms, rather than revealing the real person behind the persona. 

     

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    tonorlo
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    Painful on multiple levels. One: “The Bad and the Beautiful” is a very good movie. Two: Gloria Grahame was a fine character actress, and on the face of it, I have no problem with her being annointed as an Oscar winner. Three: she would have been a very deserving nominee if she had gotten the nod for “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

    But her win for “The Bad and the Beautiful” is simply nothing to write home about, and arguably the weakest performance among the primary stars of her vehicle.

    Hot on Grahame’s heels, however: Kim Basinger in “L.A. Confidential” (however serendipitiously this role reconciled her thespian strengths and weaknesses, the result is not something that should have gotten close to an Oscar) and Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (overheated “personality” doth not a performance make).

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    FilmGuy619
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    This one’s pretty easy. Renee Zellweger for Cold Mountain. It felt like she was in a different movie from everyone else because she was so over-the-top. I’ll admit that I prefer Kim Basinger’s mousy turn in LA Confidential.

    Although Octavia Spencer came at a close second. All she did was talk sass and crap in a pie. Wouldn’t really call that Oscar-worthy. It doesn’t even compare to the work she gave after she won. 

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    Painful on multiple levels. One: “The Bad and the Beautiful” is a very good movie. Two: Gloria Grahame was a fine character actress, and on the face of it, I have no problem with her being annointed as an Oscar winner. Three: she would have been a very deserving nominee if she had gotten the nod for “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

    But her win for “The Bad and the Beautiful” is simply nothing to write home about, and arguably the weakest performance among the primary stars of her vehicle.

    That’s a pretty decent pick. It’s not even that she’s bad in the role. She just doesn’t do anything! I would’ve preferred that she won the next year for The Big Heat, if anything. Her nominated work in Crossfire was also pretty effective.

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    I am tempted to say Anne Hathaway for her one-note performance in “Les Miserables” (over four stellar turns from much better actresses) or Monique for “Precious” (but that would be for her off-screen behavior).

     

    There’s nothing one-note about Hathaway’s performance. She didn’t have much screentime, that’s for sure, but in her rendition of “I dreamed a dream” she showed grief, despair, anger, hope, disappointment, naivete, among others… Lupita Nyong’o was much more one-note than Hathaway, and she didn’t really do much besides crying and screaming. 

    As much as I love Blanchett (shes’ actually my favorite actress), I would have to agree with you on that point. She was over-the-top and really seemed to me more like a caricature than anything else.

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    I dont know how to choose this one as there are so many that i feel went to the wrong person since i started watching all the performances since the 2000 awards show….i also feel this has consistantly been the weakest catagory since then when it comes to the final 5 nominees each yr….here are some of the ones i think should have gone to someone else:

    • 2000, Marcia Gay Harden–Polack (instead Kate Hudson/Almost Famous)
    • 2008, Penelope Cruz–VickyChristinaBarcelona (instead Amy Adams/Doubt or Marisa Tomei/Teh Wrestler)
    • 2009, Monique–Precious (was lucky as this was just a weak 5 nominees)
    • 2010, Melissa Leo–Fighter (all other 4 nominess were better)
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    I cannot believe I am seeing MoNique name being mentioned. I get that people might not like her behavior (although she has not done anything wrong imo) but she kicked everyone’s ass in 2009. Same thing for Melissa Leo.

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    Marisa Tomei the all-time most controversial winner in this category.

    Renee Zellweger and Octavia Spencer tie for the worst Supporting Actress winners ever. 

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    Melissa Leo’s is a win I will never understand.  A complete nothing of a performance in a highly overrated film.  But Zellwegger is a close second. 

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    Another category where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the worst of the “best.”

    I am tempted to say Anne Hathaway for her one-note performance in “Les Miserables” (over four stellar turns from much better actresses) or Monique for “Precious” (but that would be for her off-screen behavior).

    But the clear stand-out for over-the-top acting is Cate Blanchett as four-time Oscar champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Cate in certain roles like “Elizabeth” (she should have won Best Actress over Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love”). However, as Hepburn she is a mere caricature of this complex woman. She relies on an accent (that misses the mark by miles) and mannerisms, rather than revealing the real person behind the persona. 

     

     Mo’Nique is the best winner in this category. 

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    MY picks for worst supporting actress are:

    • Cate Blanchett- The Aviator
    • Rachel Weisz- Constant Gardener
    • Octavia Spencer- The Help
    • Penelope Cruz- Vicki Cristina Barcelona
    • Tilda Swinton- Michael Clayton 
    • Renee ZellWeger- Cold Mountain
    • Catherine Zeta Jones- Chicago 
    • Marcia Gay Harden- Pollack 
    • Kim Basinger- L.A Confidential
    • Marisa Tomei- My Cousin Vinny 
    • Whoopi Goldberg- Ghost 

     

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    Another category where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the worst of the “best.”

    I am tempted to say Anne Hathaway for her one-note performance in “Les Miserables” (over four stellar turns from much better actresses) or Monique for “Precious” (but that would be for her off-screen behavior).

    But the clear stand-out for over-the-top acting is Cate Blanchett as four-time Oscar champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Cate in certain roles like “Elizabeth” (she should have won Best Actress over Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love”). However, as Hepburn she is a mere caricature of this complex woman. She relies on an accent (that misses the mark by miles) and mannerisms, rather than revealing the real person behind the persona. 

     

    I fell off my bar stool when I read this. Monique Monique freaking Mo’Nique.  I’ve made it clear my feelings towards both this perf, and her off-stage “personae”, although, Whoopi Goldberg may have just passed her, by a mile.

    I’m actively trying to remain as unbiased as I can towards her current and future projects, but I am not succeeding as well as I’d like.

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    Another category where we are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the worst of the “best.”

    I am tempted to say Anne Hathaway for her one-note performance in “Les Miserables” (over four stellar turns from much better actresses)

     

    Just out of curiosity. When you said “her one-note performance”, was that pun intended? 

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    Going after Mo’Nique, Blanchett, and Hathaway is some really gross clickbait. :-///

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    I don’t think Anne Hathaway’s performance is Les Mis is “one-note” as such, but it is highly problematic. I’ll admit that it affected me up to a point on first viewing, but I remember not feeling compelled to leap to her defense when a friend criticized her. I later realised, especially on a second viewing, that I had overrated her due to the rest of the movie being so bad, and the ‘Fantine’ segment seeming more substantial in comparison. The fault is more Tom Hooper’s than Hathaway’s – he fetishizes her character’s suffering to a point where the emotion feels calculated. He seems to think he’s got some Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc thing going on, but he has none of that director’s ability to capture facial expressiveness and spirituality through close-up. It doesn’t help that Hathaway’s singing voice isn’t that remarkable; if you really listen, it’s actually quite thin and reedy, and no amount of sobbing and choking is going to make up for that. (Also her screen presence in her first scene is rather non-descript, but again I blame Hooper for not properly establishing her character through his direction.)

    Lupita Nyong’o’s suffering in 12 Years a Slave however? Outstanding. True, Patsey isn’t an especially complex role, but Nyong’o shows a much stronger inner life to her character than Hathaway does in Les Mis. We really get a sense of how Patsey could have been in a different situation. And those screams! Every single one has a unique inflection, so we really feel every blow of the whip. It’s arguably an even more “musical” performance than Hathaway’s in that sense, as horrific as it might seem to hear music in the screams of the tortured. (Then again, I hear music in microwave hums and drainpipes. Just the way my brain is.)

    I’ve gone off on one a bit, but it’s fun to compare two recent Oscar winners with notable similarities. To answer the OP’s question, Ingrid Bergman’s 3rd Oscar for that tiny role in Murder on the Orient Express was nonsensical, and she as well as admitted it in her speech. Did she really “have to” win even then? It’s not like she was overdue or anything. If she was going to get and Oscar in her late career it should’ve been for her staggering work in Autumn Sonata, but… Oh no, intimidating foreign drama! Run!

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