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  • Trent
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    #80174

    Every year we get those nominees that make the rounds the entire awards season, even though we feel as though their nomination is a waste of a slot that could go to somebody more deserving, such as Melissa McCarthy in 2011, Helena Bonham Carter in 2010, Penelope Cruz (performance was good but not worthy of a nomination) and Woody Harrleson in 2009.

    This year, I can’t believe the attention that Alan Arkin’s blah performance in Argo is receiving. I loved the film as a whole but any old man could’ve played this part and Arkin seriously phoned this one in. The role was also extremely similar to his turn in Little Miss Sunshine. In such a competitive field it’s a bit sad to think that a slot will be taken by Arkin when there are so many more interesting performances with miles more range that may be overlooked.

    I’m also surprised to see Sally Field picking up this much traction. She is in only a fraction of the movie (although she is great when she does make appearances) and her role could easily be removed from the movie without having a major impact on the story. Field has already been precursor awards for this performance, and this is something that is inexplicable to me.

    What do you think?

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    #80176

    Sally Field- terrible, truly god-awful, the worst performance of her entire career
    Tommy Lee Jones- not a bad performance by any means, but you’re trying to tell me he should win the Oscar over a performance like the one Hoffman gave in the Master
    Nicole Kidman
    Maggie Smith
        
      

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    #80177

    Sally Field- terrible, truly god-awful, the worst performance of her entire career
    Tommy Lee Jones- not a bad performance by any means, but you’re trying to tell me he should win the Oscar over a performance like the one Hoffman gave in the Master
    Nicole Kidman
    Maggie Smith
        
      

    Well if Field was so terrible, was her other roles Godly? Cause she was brilliant in this film and was on par with Jones and Lewis. I’m not sure what film you were watching or the fact that you’re a Sally hater.

    Anyways I seriously can’t believe Helen Mirren is getting notice for merely just playing herself with a red wig on, Bradley Cooper getting in over many other strong contenders for a very poorly written character, and also Robert De Niro who’s a fine actor, but I felt was just playing himself as well. When I see Les Miserables, I’m positive that I’ll be wondering how Anne Hathaway is getting all these nominations.

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    Riley
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    #80178

    I am interpreting this thread as for surprising or disappointing attention.  From films that I have seen:
    Matthew McConaughey, supporting actor in Magic Mike
    Alan Arkin, supporting actor in Argo
    Rian Johnson, original screenwriter of Looper
    Chris Terrio, adapted screenwriter of Argo
    Ben Affleck, director of Argo
    Grant Heslov & Ben Affleck & George Clooney, producers of Argo
    John Goodman, supporting actor in Argo
    John Goodman, supporting actor in Flight
    Rachel Weisz, lead actress of The Deep Blue Sea
    Matthew McConaughey, supporting actor in Bernie
    Emily Blunt, supporting actress in Looper
    Emma Watson, supporting actress in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Ezra Miller, supporting actor in The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Jack Black, lead actor in Bernie
    Denzel Washington, lead actor in Flight
    Judi Dench, supporting actress in Skyfall
    Javier Bardem, supporting actor in Skyfall

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    #80179

    I am never ever surprised anymore when mediocre or just plain awful performances get awards attention. It’s all a great big marketing scam.

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    #80180

    I am never ever surprised anymore when mediocre or just plain awful performances get awards attention. It’s all a great big marketing scam.

    Who in your opinion is getting awards attention for mediocre/awful performances? Just want to know specifically who is NOT your cup of tea. 

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    babypook
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    #80181

    Lol. This year???

    I am not really surprised. Dismayed, jaded,  and this  is closer.

    Argo (except for the cast, and esp Alan Arkin and John Goodman) Although, Ben colours within the lines quite well.
    Amy Adams
    The year of feeling really really good about ‘ourselves’. We arent war-mongering sheep. We’re brainiacs!

    That’s about it for now.

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    Laactingnyc
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    #80182

    Sally Field- terrible, truly god-awful, the worst performance of her entire career
    Tommy Lee Jones- not a bad performance by any means, but you’re trying to tell me he should win the Oscar over a performance like the one Hoffman gave in the Master
    Nicole Kidman
    Maggie Smith
        
      

    Lincoln was Sally Fields worst performance????? i have no idea what movie you watched but it definitly was not lincoln.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    [quote=”Poubelle”]I am never ever surprised anymore when mediocre or just plain awful performances get awards attention. It’s all a great big marketing scam.

    Who in your opinion is getting awards attention for mediocre/awful performances? Just want to know specifically who is NOT your cup of tea. [/quote]

    I can’t comment on the performances that I haven’t seen (but when has that every stopped me before?!)… Although judging by past performances, some of the names being bandied about sound more like filler nominations (or Weinstein’s pets) than actual deserving nominees.

    All I will say is that I never thought that I would ever hear the phrase “Academy Award-nominee Bradley Cooper…”

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    [quote=”tyjagi”]Sally Field- terrible, truly god-awful, the worst performance of her entire career
    Tommy Lee Jones- not a bad performance by any means, but you’re trying to tell me he should win the Oscar over a performance like the one Hoffman gave in the Master
    Nicole Kidman
    Maggie Smith
        
      

    Lincoln was Sally Fields worst performance????? i have no idea what movie you watched but it definitly was not lincoln.[/quote]

    Must be a crazed Anne Hathaway fan on the loose…

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    #80185

    “I can’t comment on the performances that I haven’t seen (but when has that every stopped me before?!)… “

    Well, that doesnt stop voters from voting for stuff they didnt have time to see, since their friends really really really liked it, or from sending their kids to vote on their behalf.

    Dont feel bad. Lol.

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    #80186

    [quote=”Nikolay_Kozma”][quote=”tyjagi”]Sally Field- terrible, truly god-awful, the worst performance of her entire career
    Tommy Lee Jones- not a bad performance by any means, but you’re trying to tell me he should win the Oscar over a performance like the one Hoffman gave in the Master
    Nicole Kidman
    Maggie Smith
        
      

    Lincoln was Sally Fields worst performance????? i have no idea what movie you watched but it definitly was not lincoln.[/quote]

    Must be a crazed Anne Hathaway fan on the loose…[/quote]

    Shouldnt we be giving equal time to the ‘crazed Sally Field’ fans? Fair is fair afterall.

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    #80187

    For sentimental reasons, I want Sally Field to win, so I guess you can call me a “crazed Sally Field fan.”

    I wouldn’t feel too bad if Helen Hunt won — she is excellent in THE SESSIONS. However, I won’t slit my wrists if Anne Hathaway wins, but only for the sake of  Les Miserables, whose themes about social injustice and revolution deserve as wide an audience as possible, compared to some of the bullshit movies being pushed for Oscar nominations.

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    NoirJo
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    #80188

    Argo. It’s a pedestrian movie and I dislike everything about it. Arkin’s precursor support is ridiculous. He gave a nothing performance.

    Les Miserables. It’s a laughable mess of a movie, though I did like the costumes and the production design.  

    Maggie Smith for ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. I mean, she’s been snubbed for excellent work in ‘The Lonely Passion of Judith Gearne’, ‘Quartet’ (1981) and ‘Evil Under the Sun’ and she might get nominated for this typical shtick? 

    Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence was average at best, Cooper merely proved he could actually act, and DeNiro didn’t give a bad performance after so many trashy films in the last years. So this means Oscah?!

     

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    #80189

    Sally Field was awful. I loved her in Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, but you’re in denial if you thought she deserves respect for her work in Lincoln.

    Go watch Amazing Spider-man. It’s the exact same thing Field did in Lincoln.

    I’m only surprised that Kidman got acclaimed, since the film was critically bashed, and is a hot mess. Never would have thought the Academy even watched it.

    Like I said Tommy Lee Jones was fine, but does he deserve to win the Oscar over Hoffman this year? And nobody in that film was remotely in the same league as Lewis.

    Maggie Smith was very good in Hotel, but it’s the same featherweight fluff as before. 

    And no I’m not a crazed Anne Hathaway fan or a Sally Field hater.           

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