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    In the wake of her tragic death, I find myself thinking about the film career of Whitney Houston.  It was so often mocked, made fun of and dismissed as a diva playing herself, but if you really watch; she had so much screen presence, she commanded whatever scene she was in.

    My question is, what is your favorite (or the best), film performance Whitney ever gave?

    Personally, I always seem to go back to The Bodyguard. She just OWNED that role. Some say she just played herself, but she really was the entire film. She overshadowed even Kevin Costner.

    Now, this brings me to another question, It’s likely too early to talk about this: do you think her new movie “Sparkle” due out in August could earn her a posthumous Oscar like Heath Ledger got? She’s clearly a beloved icon of entertainment and I can’t imagine that if the movie is half-way decent that she wouldn’t be a top contender at this point.  

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    24Emmy
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    http://www.billboard.com/news/exclusive-whitney-houston-s-last-songs-to-1006168952.story#/news/exclusive-whitney-houston-s-last-songs-to-1006168952.story

    “Celebrate” could be a contender for original song (oh wait that category is a mess).

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    Morgan Henard
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    ^I think it’s very reasonable to say that any of her original songs from the new film could make it into the Oscar noms…That is if they can fix the broken category that is Original Song. I don’t want the category abolished; I do, however, hope they can get its nomination process fixed. How interesting that Dolly Parton will also have songs eligible for Original Song. I know Joyful Noise may be seemed a flop, but it’s still Dolly. How fitting to see her and Houston in the same category. 

    I enjoyed all of Whitney’s films. They’re all guilty pleasures…My personal favorite was Waiting to Exhale. She should have been nominated for “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” 

    -Morgan 

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    Cordell Martin
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    It will be interesting to see how well received Sparkle and Houston performance is. I think it may be too soon to start the Oscar talk. If Houston is worthy of a posthumous nomination then i’m all for it. I think she will definitely win the Image Award next year without a doubt. 

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    Boidiva02
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    I’m more curious about her getting an Acting nomination. I think a song nomination is clearly within her reach, but I’m not sure about Acting.

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    My favorite Whitney Houston film has to be Waiting To Exhale.

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    “Bodyguard” was the biggest and will always overshadow the remaining films with her. It was the only one with her as the real lead and she was perfectly casted. I can imagine that she was in the running for nomination at the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Award. That being said her filmography is very small but she was very good in what she did.  

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    The Bodyguard probably is my fave Whitney film. I think she did well in that film. Not awards-worthy, but she was good there.

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    Boidiva02
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    Yeah, I always thought she had made more movies than she really had.   I think her personality was just so strong it seemed as if she was always meant to be a film star.

    This is such a tragedy because really if she wanted she could have become a star of those Tyler Perry films, In fact I’m kind of shocked he never got her involved in his movies.  

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