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The Blanchett-Paltrow Debacle: Has It Slowly Been Put To Rest?

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  • FilmGuy619
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    When Gwyneth Paltrow defeated Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in 1998, that win would live on in infamy and would give people one of several reasons to dislike Paltrow (aside from her snobbish GOOP newsletter and questionable quotes). But as Blanchett would still go on to have the better career with 2 Oscar wins, a franchise under her belt with Lord of the Rings, her successful stage career, and a potential 7th nomination this year, have people finally cooled off or will Paltrow’s win continue to be infamous? I still haven’t seen Elizabeth, but I didn’t think Paltrow did anything awards worthy in Shakespeare in Love. Yet I’m still not as outraged over Paltrow winning because Blanchett still had the better career. 

    How about you guys? Let’s discuss. 

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    manakamana
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    It’s hard to say. My favorite performance in that category was Fernanda Montenegro. Shakespeare in Love is perfectly likeable but people got carried away with liking it because human nature requires short-sighted alternatives to what they’ve already decided (along with history) should be the winning choices — back then it was Saving Private Ryan, Cate in Elizabeth, and Ian McKellan in Gods and Monsters. It was just one of those years, annoyingly. Suspense isn’t worth overlooking more deserving candidates, imo. 

    But as you said, Cate won two more Oscars after that and has reportedly given TWO performances that go above and beyond what most English-language actresses do this year. Seemed like it worked out for her in the end. It was really smart of her to refine her skills in the theater between I’m Not There and Blue Jasmine

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    Mladen Vukcevic
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    As much as I adore Blanchett, it is not like she is the only one who has been snubbed over the long history of Academy Awards. Yes, it is one of the most controversial moments, but then again, we have those almost every year or two… So, between Blanchett proving what a great actress she is, her 2 Oscars and 6 nominations, currently doing brilliant work on every single front and of course, years that passed, I think we have moved on… Even though it is one of the best performances that hasn’t been awarded by Academy.

    At the end, you don’t need an Oscar for a performance to be remembered… And I will never forget “I am no man’s Elizabeth”

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    Atypical
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    #196083

    Nope. This infamous debacle will live on in the hearts and minds of awards watchers until the end of time as we know it.

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    Maxwell
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    For me it’s not a Blanchett-Paltrow debacle but a Paltrow debacle. The performance wasn’t worthy of a nomination, let alone a win. One of the most embarrassing acting Oscars ever.

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    OnTheAisle
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    Time heals all wounds.

    When was the last time this site was rankled by the surprise Best Actress victory of glamour girl Grace Kelly in The Country Girl over the unforgettable Judy Garland in A Star is Born? Kelly went frumpy in the film adaptation of a Broadway play of the maltreated wife of a boozehound. Garland poured her talent and soul into the musical remake of a maltreated wife of a boozehound.

    Kelly was devastatingly beautiful on Oscar night. Garland was in a hospital bed with her newborn son and wired for picture and sound to accept her Oscar.

    To the pain of many ardent film watchers, the Academy went with pretty over talent.

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    #196086

    Gwyneth Paltrow net worth: 140 million.
    Cate Blanchett net worth: 45 million. 

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    Mladen Vukcevic
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    Gwyneth Paltrow net worth: 140 million.
    Cate Blanchett net worth: 45 million. 

    140 million? Has she been doing something I am not aware of? I know she is Iron Man’s girlfriend, but is it really that paid job?

    Plus, I have just found that she and Chris Martin were together worth 280 millions (and I doubt it was 50-50). What I have read is that her net worth is 60 million. Not that it actually shows anything. Streep’s worth is around 65 million (per celebritynetworth site), do you argue that she and Gwyneth are on the same level?

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    Eddy Q
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    What annoys me more than Paltrow winning is how Blanchett is always called “the one who should have won” without the slightest consideration of Fernando Montenegro’s or Emily Watson’s arguably superior performances. 

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    MrGoodWood
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    The whole Shakespeare in Love sweep created plenty of backlash and ridicule towards the academy. It is still one of the reasons they don’t recognize blockbusters and genre-films.

    Either way, I bet Gwyneth would give that Oscar back if she could, as that win was her first step towards becoming one of the most hated movie-stars in Hollywood.

    Also, Roberto Benigni won that year. It’s like they had decided to troll everyone that year and give the awards to those who least deserve it.

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    At least it led to some fun stuff:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBGM2sQ22T8

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    Jason Travis
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    How is Paltrow’s net worth more than Blanchett’s? Explain that one. Someone’s math is way off.

    People who keep mentioning Fernando are missing the point of this thread: Blanchett was SUPPOSED to win the Oscar in 1998. Paltrow only won because of the popularity (and politics) of her movie. No one was talking about Ferando, Emily or even Streep (in one of her best, One True Thing). This is strictly about how Blanchett was robbed for the performance of her career, and yes I will go on record to say I still think Elizabeth is her golden moment, even though Blue Jasmine is one of the best leading wins ever. Paltrow’s win still stings. I think we can chalk it up to Blanchett being very new to Hollywood back in 1998, and Paltrow was in the right place at the right time. Not to make an JLaw fans upset, but I compare Lawrence’s win in SLP similar to Paltrows- both women were “the it” girls of the moment, and yes Lawrence has proven herself a little more than Paltrow but still- she has yet to really impress me. Her American Hustle nod was laughable, and another example of getting swept up with the wave of the movie’s nods. In fact, only Winter’s Bone was a movie I feel Lawrence was award worthy.

    Back to Blanchett/Paltrow- sorry but it’s still a huge diss. You’re telling me Blanchett was SO good in her film, the academy even nominated her for the forgettable SEQUEL??? And yet she didn’t manage to win for the FIRST one? That tells you something. On top of that, Elizabeth (1998) was a Best Picture nominee. So it was clear voters still really liked the movie. It just wasn’t the salt of the earth like Shakespeare in Love was.

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    No matter who won, life proved us right about both. Paltrow is proved to be a mediocore actress, while Blanchett is proved to be one of the greatest actresses of all time.

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    Eddy Q
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    People who keep mentioning Fernando are missing the point of this thread: Blanchett was SUPPOSED to win the Oscar in 1998. Paltrow only won because of the popularity (and politics) of her movie. No one was talking about Ferando, Emily or even Streep 

    I get it, and I realise it was very much a Paltrow-Blanchett race while the other 3 were longshots. My comment was referring more to discussion of this category in general (which is nearly always focused on Blanchett as the obviously deserving winner as if the others were irrelevant) rather than the derby (in which case they actually are irrelevant). 

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    No matter who won, life proved us right about both. Paltrow is proved to be a mediocore actress, while Blanchett is proved to be one of the greatest actresses of all time.

    Blanchett is spectacular, but I wouldn’t say Paltrow is mediocre. She has just made poor choices. If Paltrow continued her career with films like Emma, The Royal Tenenbaums, Talented Mr. Ripley, Se7en, Proof, and if she put as much effort into other films like she did in Country Strong she would be doing quite well. We also cannot forget about Holly Holiday.

    Paltrow just needs a Witherspoon shift in her career and things could really change for her and many nay sayers on the woman could shift their opinions of her. Personally I think it should start with Blythe and Gwyneth starring together. 

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