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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Because most Oscar movies tend to be about men, it seems like the long-suffering wife trope pops up in some form every year: the wife or girlfriend who loves, supports, and/or puts up with the shenanigans of the leading man. Sometimes this can be a big, baity Oscar role (Marcia Gay Harden in “Pollock,” Jennifer Connelly in “A Beautiful Mind,” Reese Witherspoon in “Walk the Line”), and other times it’s a mostly thankless role without much screentime or character development (Amy Ryan in “Bridge of Spies” and Diane Lane in “Trumbo,” for instance, don’t have a whole lot to do in those movies this year).

    At this point, I’d kinda like to see a whole movie about a long-suffering wife where we see neither hide nor hair of whatever troubled genius or valiant hero she’s been long suffering. Or a “Long-Suffering Wives Club” parody of prestige films.

    Anyone else have thoughts about this trope? 

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    KubrickFan98
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    #199558

    “The Long-Suffering Wives Club”

    From the makers of The Spoils of Babylon…

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    BamaEd
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    #199559

    Just scenes of them either in the audience or standing just off-stage, smiling through their tears.

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    babypook
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    Nominated/Winning long-suffering women:

     

    Luise Rainer, The Good Earth

    Jobeth Williams, American Dreamer (comedy, but her partner is an ass hole)

    Grace Kelly, The Country Girl

    Lana Turner, Peyton Place

    Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    Lee Remick, The Days of Wine and Roses

    Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (she’s pretty scary herself)

    Kathryn Hepburn, The Lion in Winter

    Genevieve Bujold, Anne of The Thousand Days (she definitely qualifies)

    Carrie Snodgress, Diary of a Mad House Wife

    Janet Suzman, Nicholas and Alexandra

    Cicely Tyson, Sounder (but not because of her partner)

    Liv Ullman, The Emigrants

    Valerie Perrine, Lenny

    Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence

    Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People

    Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice (her suffering is very very long…)

    Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got To Do With It

    Sharon Stone, Casino

    Annette Bening, American Beauty (although she’s pretty scary herself)

    Julianne Moore, The End of The Affair

    Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball

    Judi Dench, Iris

    Sissy Spacek, In The Bedroom

    Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven

    Samantha Morton, In America

    Julie Christie, Away From Her

    Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole

    Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

    Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

    Of course some of these are debateable and I’ve left out the Supporting sufferers and others….and not all are suffering because of their partners.

    But suffer, they are.

    There ya go Daniel.

     

     

     

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    Whoopi Goldberg – “The Color Purple”

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    KyleBailey
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    The Hours is a perfect example of suffering women. Kate Winslet in Little Children was playing a suffering woman.

    Everyone suffered during The Hours. Mostly the audience 

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    Joe Burns
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    [quote=”TWNickPeek”]

    The Hours is a perfect example of suffering women. Kate Winslet in Little Children was playing a suffering woman.

    Everyone suffered during The Hours. Mostly the audience 
    [/quote]

    Ha Ha, LOVE!!!  

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    OnTheAisle
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    I’d kinda like to see a whole movie about a long-suffering wife where we see neither hide nor hair of whatever troubled genius or valiant hero she’s been long suffering. 
     

    Here are a few memorable films recognized by Oscar that explore the experiences of the long suffering wife while the husband is absent.

    In 1944 Best Picture nominee Since You Went Away, Best Actress nominee Claudette Colbert plays Anne Hilton who must carry on as a single parent to two daughters while her husband is away. The film opens as the the family returns from saying goodbye as the father leaves for voluntary service in the military during WWII. Mrs. Hilton trains as a welder while her eldest daughter Jane works in the military hospital and waits news of her fiancè who also serves in the army after failing out of West Point.

    In 1983 drama Testament, Carol Wetherly is in her suburban home while her husband is over an hour’s drive away working San Francisco when the famed California city is hit by a nuclear bomb. Jane Alexander won a Best Actress nomination for her vivid portrayal of anguish as Carol watches her children suffer lingering deaths from radiation exposure while she waits for her husband whom she hopes survived the explosion.  

    In the 2008 film Frozen River, Best Actress nominee Melissa Leo won acclaim for her portrayal of Ray Eddy who struggles to raise two sons on a part time minimum wage position when her errant husband, a compulsive gambler, again disappears. Ray meets Lila, a resident of the nearby Mohawk reservation. Lila who also struggles to survive on the salary from part time minimum wage work has been smuggling undocumented people across the border from Canada. Lila is grief stricken because her infant has been taken by the mother of the baby’s father. Ray and Lila join forces as smugglers in a desperate attempt to escape their poverty.

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    Anonymous
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    [quote=”TWNickPeek”]

    The Hours is a perfect example of suffering women. Kate Winslet in Little Children was playing a suffering woman.

    Everyone suffered during The Hours. Mostly the audience 
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    It’s my 2nd favorite movie of all time. So nope. I didn’t suffer. But I do suffer a lot on brainless Hollywood films about boring men.

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    Jalal Haddad
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    #199568

    I’m suprised there has been no mention of Felicity Jones in Theory of Everything. A film eveyone looked at as the story of a physically disabled genius in the end was equally the story of a wife coming to terms with what life has dealt her. She stole the film and deserves more recognition.

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    jamesgray
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    Is this a thread about Don Gummer???

    Sorry, couldn’t resist that one… 

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    babypook
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    Lololol!

    Great thread.

    I left all of the sufferers off my list from The Hours….I’d say Ed was pretty miserable himself.

    And The Color Purple…such suffering and LONG too. Oprah, Whoopi….

    I personally dont consider Felicity Jone’es character as long suffering, and OnTheAisle; Claudette looks peeved and miserable in parts, but for me, she doesnt quite make my list.

    Testament does though.

    Frozen River? No. Not quite, but nice to see those mentions, because for some, that would be a very ‘suffering’ kind of ordeal.

    Lol.

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