September 27, 2013 at 9:16 am #113606
Working Girl is a terrific film, and I’m delighted to read that it was so well received by the Academy Award nominee voters, Golden Globe voters, etc., people obviously loved it. While Sigourney Weaver gave a super performance in the film as the boss (and richly deserved her Oscar nom and Golden Globe Award for it), I can’t for the life of me figure out why Joan Cusack got a supporting actress nomination at the Oscars along with Weaver… She’s funny in the film, but I don’t really see any huge impact she had on voters/critics/movie-watchers… Thoughts on this? (Cusack’s nom kind of reminds me of Teri Garr’s nod for Tootsie)… A lot of people thought Weaver should have won the Oscar that year for best supporting actress… I think she was up the same year for best actress too yes?September 27, 2013 at 11:16 am #113608
Cusack’s role is nowhere near as impactful as Garr in Tootsie. The performances are both comedic, but the later was widely hailed and is still regulary seen as a comedic tour de force. Cusack rode the wave of support for Working Girl to a nomination, despite limited screentime and impact. The year was competitive for supporting actresses and had a few notable ommissions, such as Barbara Hershey, Lena Olin and Diane Venora. I also personally admire/appreciate the peformances of McDormand, Pfeiffer and the eventual winner (Davis).September 27, 2013 at 11:28 am #113609
I love Joan Cusack, and actually think her crowning comedic performance is in Addams Family Values (1993)- I’m still in love with that performance and her fantastic monologue at the end (NO one else could have played Debbie).
With that being said, I enjoyed her in Working Girl but it wasn’t a stretch- however she provided a strong backbone for Tess’s old life, her fun observations and over-all sharp presence in the movie. There isn’t a false note in the brief performance, and she has some of the film’s biggest laughs. I can see why voters warmed up to it.
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FYC: Derbyite of the Year, 2017September 27, 2013 at 11:39 am #113610
I know but an Oscar nomination? Really? Interesting… I suppose look at Melissa McCarthy and how nicely that turned out for her. Although if we were comparing Bridesmaids to Working Girl, it would be more like Ellie Kemper getting an Oscar nom for her role in the former.September 27, 2013 at 11:45 am #113611
I enjoyed and appreciated both Garr and Cusack. Garr, I’ve never needed to ‘defend’. She’s fabulous and manages to not be entirely upstaged by her costars.
Cusack’s hair, outrageous makeup, accent, and sincerety in WG are fabulous imo. She manages not to be a stereotype despite being rendered one. She wasnt going to win, but I for one am happy she was nominated.
I also enjoy spotting David Duchovny, with his slicked-back hair and his “non” presence. Sigourney is so good. The double-nom may have hurt her, but Geena’s win was slotted that year imo. I wonder how she would have faired against Jodie Foster in Lead. Nada.September 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm #113612
I adore Joan Cusack and she was by no means bad in Working Girl….she made me laugh but I have to agree that I feel her nomination is somewhat surprising. Sure, she had some great lines (“Coffee, Tea…ME!!”)….however, I concur with Jason Travis that she was a tour-de-force in Addams Family Values and in her other Oscar-nominated role in In and Out……I do have to disagree with the original mention of Teri Garr as I felt she took a very simplisitic role and added so much to it….and her neurotic nature was lovely, even if it is part of Teri Garr’s natural persona.September 27, 2013 at 2:03 pm #113613
Oh how I miss 80’s romantic comedies. My mom used to drag me to them when I was like 9 because my Dad never wanted to go. I rememeber her dragging me to Moonstruck, Dirty Dancing, Bull Durham, Working Girl, When Harry Met Sally, and Ghost during that time period. Even the one with Goldie and Kurt called Overboard. I loved all of them and still do to this day. I miss romantic comedies for adults.September 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm #113614
I love the film too, I watched it recently. I don’t understand it either. It’s not a deserved nomination, but I haven’t seen much from that year so I can accept it because she was really good. It was very short and as a whole, it looks like a nomination from the seventies, a time when a lot of nominated performances would leave you saying “huh?” today.
It doesn’t compare to Garr in any way, screentime alone makes them quite different and the impact of Garr’s performance and character are much bigger than Cusack.September 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm #113615
I wish someone would bring Garr out of retirement.September 28, 2013 at 1:35 am #113616
god, it would have been nice from 2 noms in supp actress for working girl, sigourney would’ve won the trophy
no actress with double noms should’ve lose both (looking at you my girl julianne)
that year is dreadful for actress, close shoul’ve won instead fosterSeptember 28, 2013 at 7:06 am #113618
I thought she deserved a Golden Globe nom for School of Rock in 2004September 28, 2013 at 8:47 am #113619
IMO Joan Cusack deserved to actually win that Oscar. Her comic timing was brilliant and she made her character so layered with such short screentime. I know that many disagree but I stand firm. 🙂September 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm #113620
I wonder how Weaver lost for this, considering every double nominee up to that point had won. The only explanation is that people voted for her in Gorillas in the Mist instead of Working Girl, thus splittling up her votes.