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    We often see so many film contenders shrivel due to their poor critical reception over every awards season. So often we also see the performers in the movie disappear and no longer have a chance to be nominated. A few exceptions can be had with this like Glenn Close with Albert Nobbs, Meryl Streep with The Iron Lady, and Max Von Sydow with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. However, you can also just watch a mess of a movie or a movie with mediocre reviews and think wow “so and so” was incredible.

    A few examples of this happening in recent years I can think of is Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong. That movie was a mess, but it was probably Paltrow’s most complex and nuanced performance in SO LONG. Diane Keaton in The Family Stone is another. This performance had humour, it had laughing, it had crying, it had quiet subtle moments. The most she got from this was 3rd place at NYFCCA. She would have been my vote for the win that year. Then of course, Jack O’Connell in Unbroken. If his film had lived up to the hype, oh man, he would be an Oscar nominee now.

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    Jake Gyllenhaal – Demolition
    Ben Foster – The Program
    Sarah Silverman – I Smile Back
    James McAvoy – Filth
    Kristin Scott Thomas – Only God Forgives

    And I agree with Jack O’Connell in Unbroken. That movie as a whole was really mistreated. Him being an Oscar nominee (even for Starred Up) would be so awesome, especially now that Dev Patel is.

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    Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest

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    Emily Blunt in The Girl on The Train.

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    Samuel L Jackson The Hateful Eight

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    Ryan Reynolds Buried

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    Tom Hardy-Bronson & Locke

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    Jackson B
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    I think Jessica Chastain would have been nominated if Miss Sloan had gotten stronger reviews. Last I checked it’s fresh on rotten tomatoes but just barely.
    I think it’s her best performance to date and I also think it’s stronger than everyone who got nominated.

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    I think Jessica Chastain would have been nominated if Miss Sloan had gotten stronger reviews. Last I checked it’s fresh on rotten tomatoes but just barely. I think it’s her best performance to date and I also think it’s stronger than everyone who got nominated.

    I have this theory that the actual gun lobby killed that movie and that caused Chastain further acclaim. But fear not she’ll be back again next year.

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    BAFTA and SAG have proved this year that Emily Blunt would have been nominated in a heartbeat had the movie around her not been so critically disliked. I think the same can also be said for Jennifer Aniston in Cake a couple of years ago. The only thing that held her back in the end was the movie as the industry was certainly ready to welcome her as a big player.

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    Here’s the ultimate answer. Witness her greatness.

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    ALL HAIL MALKINA

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    Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale

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    Urgh, The Counsellor had so much potential. And it wasn’t even as bad as the critics made out.

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    Emily Blunt is such an easy answer here. Both Young Victoria and The Girl on the Train could’ve done it for her.

    Zhang Ziyi also fits here.

    Jennifer Aniston in Cake too. But I guess being Jennifer Aniston (she? an Oscar nominee? common!) also had something to do with this. Lame movies get people nominated everytime and lame performances in good movies too so…yeah, maybe the idea of her as a nominee put some people off.

    Daniel Bruhl in Rush. Better films, better reviews, much bigger fans got Cooper and Hill nominated over him.

    And since we’re here this year, why not include Aaron Taylor Johnson. With the clear support he had in these last few weeks, had the movie been better received, I think both him and Shannon could’ve been nominated, maybe from the start. Ultimately Shannon’s profile got him in, not just the movie who they clearly didn’t love.

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