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  • Chris Beachum
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    This topic has been covered before, but we want a fresh new group of comments about it for an upcoming blog item.

    What is the Oscar loss that angered you the most? Be descriptive in your response and it might be featured in that item on the home page.

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    Laactingnyc
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    I was pretty angry when Jennifer Lawrence won over Jessica Chastain. I kind of knew she would win, however i still had hope for Chastain. I was angry that the Oscars would go for the “It” girl over the much superior performance that Chastain gave.

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    I was pretty angry when Jennifer Lawrence won over Jessica Chastain. I kind of knew she would win, however i still had hope for Chastain. I was angry that the Oscars would go for the “It” girl over the much superior performance that Chastain gave.

    Chastain was excellent that year in the best BP nominee of the year, a far superior work, but I liked Lawrence too and after following this Oscars thing for some years, I rathered not get angry and wait for Chastain to win some day, I know it’ll happen.

    The only time I remember getting really angry was when BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK were passed over in the BP category in favor of CRASH. Same thing when Fincher was not awarded Best Director for TSN…

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    KyleBailey
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    Viola Davis for “The Help”. She was sooooo amazing in that movie. Meryl was good in Iron Lady but Viola was heartbreaking and gave just such a powerful performance. 

    Speaking of Meryl, Meryl really should have won her third Oscar for Doubt. That performance is just so outstanding. She doesn’t play unlikeable characters often so it really was something new out of her

    This is a topic I could go on for years about so I’ll just leave those as my top two  

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    GraemeONeil
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    I was pretty angry when Jennifer Lawrence won over Jessica Chastain. I kind of knew she would win, however i still had hope for Chastain. I was angry that the Oscars would go for the “It” girl over the much superior performance that Chastain gave.

    Agreed.

    Tough to think of some off the top of my head:
    Russell Crowe winning over Tom Hanks
    Denzel Washington winning over Russell Crowe
    Roberto Benigni winning over Tom Hanks
    “When You Believe” winning over “The Prayer”
    “Hard Out Here For A Pimp” winning over “Travellin’ Thru”
    Argo beating Life Of Pi
    Anne Hathaway beating Helen Hunt
    Sean Penn beating Johnny Depp
    George Clooney winning over the (not nominated) Matt Damon in Syriana
    Cate Blanchett beating Natalie Portman
    Gwyneth Paltrow beating Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep
    Renee Zellweger beating everyone
    Nicole Kidman beating Julianne Moore, Diane Lane
    Halle Berry beating Nicole Kidman
    Ron Howard beating everyone
    Michael Caine beating Tom Cruise

     

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    1. Jessica Chastain losing for ZDT:
    Chastain took Hollywood by storm 2 years before, which of course culminated in a nomination (from many to choose from). Her performance in ZDT is thought of and studied to the very last detail. You can see the transformation her character goes through as a person and as a CIA operative in such a subtle, but clearly marked way, from rookie to the person who caught Bin Laden by herself. She didn´t need speeches, yelling or crying, cause her body language alone showed you how this eventual obsession has weighed on her. Its a smart and full rounded performance that deserved nothing less than the oscar.

         Bonus rant: It pains me that she lost to Lawrence who, while good, won mainly because of her growing stardom in pop culture and a typical loud oscary performance. Besides, ZDT actually tells a full arked story of this woman, whereas SLP tells the story of Coopers character and his eventual love story with Lawerence.

    2. The Social Network losing best picture and David Fincher losing best director:
    This film was an achievement across the board, it had ziestgeist and its impact on film as well as its comment on society today will have a long standing effect. The Kings Speech is just a good film that will be forgotten in no time, if it isn´t already, and Hoopers direction is absolutely nothing special.

    3. Mickey Rourke losing to Sean Penn. I can´t even begin to understand how such a precious and honest performance lost. I don´t care how amazing Penn actually was, when Rourke gave a unique and once in a lifetime event of a performance, and had it been a winner, I´d count it as one of the best wins in oscar history. Both performances are moving, but Rourke managed to touch nerves I didn´t even know I had.

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    Zayner
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    From the past: Judy Garland losing to Grace Kelly. Garland’s performance was absolutely breathtaking… Probably my favorite female performance ever.
    Now: Gabourey Sidibe losing to Sandra Bullock. Bullock was good but Sidibe was spectacular. An amazing debut performance that deserved recognition.

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    M H
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    A few that come to mind: 

    Julianne Moore losing to Nicole Kidman – Kidman was pretty good in the overblown “The Hours,” but Moore gave an all-timer of a performance in “Far From Heaven.” The way that she balanced the 50s style melodrama with a hint of modern sensibility was wonderful, and the internse emotions that she portrayed so deftly blew away anything Kidman did. Moore and Haynes were the perfect melding of director and performer – both should have been winners. 

    “Again” losing the “Streets of Philadelphia” –  Janet Jackson’s song from “Poetic Justice” seems a beautiful simplicity, but the changes of meter and use of triplets and syncopation add layer of complexity that makes it a masterpieces. The melody is simple and beautiful and the emotion in lyrics show that you don’t have to be a belter to make a gut-wrenching song. Springsteen’s boring nothing of a song is a particularly galling thing for this to lose to. 

    Peter Jackson losing to Ron Howard – Sure, Jackson won his Oscar two years later, but he did so for a significantly inferior movie and a directing job without the soft touch and sense of wonder that he brought to the first film. The seemless combination of technological effects and storytelling was as good in this film as I have ever seen it, with a restraint that made it all even more powerful. Compare to Howard’s reliance on tricks to even get to less than mediocre, and this should never have been a contest. “A Beautiful Mind” is an outright bad movie, whereas “Fellowship of the Ring” is a towering directorial accomplishment. 

    “LA Confidential” losing to “Titanic” – Curtis Hansen’s film noir is practically a perfect movie. The look and style capture the LA of Ellroy’s novel perfectly, the art direction, costumes, cinematography were all stunning. One of the best acting ensembles I have seen; besides Basinger’s Oscar win, Guy Pierce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, and Danny Devito were all worthy of nominations. David Strathairm. Graham Beckel, Ron Rifkin, Simon Baker, Gwenda Deacon, and others equally impress in small parts. The story keeps you guessing, and every turn is well-earned. “Titanic,” on the other hand, gets by on played out cliche and visuals that are interested in being big rather than being effective. There is a reason that “LA Confidential” swept the major critics awards, and it should have won the Oscar going away. 

    “Fargo” losing to “The English Patient” – This one is personal. It is easy to rag on “The English Patient” and it is a better movie than it gets remembered for, but it is no “Fargo.” “Fargo” is the movie that made me realize what the medium of film could be. It blew me away when I first saw it in the theater, and I discover something new in it every time I see it.  

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    It’s easy to hate on Jennifer Lawrence’s win because of how young she was/is, the type of movie she won for and of course due to the fact that she’s overexposed in the media and owes her fame to a YA franchise, but her performance in Silver Linings Playbook is a completely raw, honest portrayal of a woman with a lot of problems who wants nothing but to be happy and will do whatever she needs to do, be it lying, conniving or intense scheming, if she knows she will get what she wants in the end. Her character is often criticized for being a “weak” female character when in reality, she is an intelligent, strong-willed, confident woman who knows exactly what she wants. Lawrence’s portrayal not only captures all of this but goes the extra mile with comedic timing and charisma. A well-deserved Oscar win.

    Chastain is brilliant in Zero Dark Thirty but she will undoubtedly give better performances in the future. She picks incredible directors to work with who give her marvelous characters to play. Her upcoming slate includes projects from Guillermo del Toro, Andrew Dominik, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle and the English language debut of Xavier Dolan. She will have a place in cinema history due to the ambitious projects she is daring to take on. Meanwhile, Lawrence looks like she’s sticking with David O. Russell and Gary Ross for the time being (the former not a bad thing, the latter more questionable).

    Anyway, answering the topic of the thread:

    The King’s Speech winning Picture, Director and Screenplay over all of its competition was pretty disheartening. That such a bland, uninteresting, trite, visually atrocious film took down the visions of Fincher, Aronofsky, Nolan, Russell, Cholodenko, the Coens, etc was a truly dark moment in Oscar history. 

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    Glenn Close losing consecutively in 87 and 88.

    Viola Davis losing for The Help. Best Actress needs to expand. One Halle Berry does not make a category diverse.

    Tomei beating Judy Davis, Miranda Richardson, and Vanessa Redgrave. 

    McConaughey beating Ejiofor and DiCaprio.

    Hilary Swank beating her category in 2004.

    McDormand beating Blethyn.

    Geena Davis beating Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver.

    Marlee Matlin beating Sigourney Weaver.

    Jennifer Lawrence beating Jessica Chastain.

    Octavia Spencer beating her category. 

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    Avatar, best picture.  The single most infamous robbery in motion picture history.  To the effing Hurt Locker, the least-seen BP in the history of American film.  Nothing will top this travesty, the film critic community demanded Kathryn Bigelow be given every accolade there was because she was a woman,   And that’s no way to give out Oscars.

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    Renee Zellweger for Chicago. She captured the innocent (pun haha  ) murderess so well and her singing was good too. Nicole Kidman was fine as Virginia Wolf, but I think she was the weakest in the trio of The Hours. 

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    Chastain/Riva losing to Jennifer Lawrence’s weak performance in Silver Linings Playbook

    David Lynch losing to Ron Howard

    Before Sunset and Before Midnight losing to Sideways and 12 Years a Slave, respectively.

    Gabby Sidibe losing to Sandra Bullock.

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    dinasztie
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    I’m only considering the years where I followed the Oscars: 

    1. Melissa Leo beating Amy Adams and especially Jacki Weaver: this especially angered me, because of that ridiculous, white trash behavior of hers at the Oscars. The problem was not the F-word, that happens, but her whole attitude was so forced. Not to mention her scenery chewing performance (I was expecting her to pull some weaves as well…) 
    2. Tom Hooper beating anyone: this is not against him as a person, but achievement-wise, he’s much worse than Leo. It’s just unimaginable that he could beat those established, genious directors with his tv movie directing. It’s not masterpiece theatre, dude. 
    3. The King’s Speech beating anything: same here.
    4. Hugo’s cinematography winning over The Tree of Life: with hindsight, it’s great that Lubezki eventually won, but he was SERIOUSLY robbed here. The most WTF moment at a show, where I was generally very, very satisfied (I was sad about Viola losing, but I prefer Meryl a little bit and I was a tiny bit tired of Viola’s bit pushy campaign). 
    5. All the acting winners of 2004: I was happy that Freeman nd Blanchett finally won, but what a boring group of winning performances (poor Kate & Leo/Don Cheadle, they were totally robbed). 
    6. Million Dollar Baby winning anything: this movie is manipulative on every level. I hate it with every ounce of my being.
    7. Anne Hathaway winning: she was wonderful in Rachel Getting Married and probably deserved to win for that one, but the whole Les Miz was a disgrace and laughable for me. 
    8. Argo winning all its Oscars: this was a good popcorn movie and won because of the ZDT controversy, Ben Affleck’s divaish crying over the Oscar snub and everybody else being angered by it. Why exactly? That director lineup would have been perfect if they had replaced Spielberg with Kathryn Bigelow. 

    Otherwise I was fine. 🙂 

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    – Stephen Mirrione (Traffic) beating Tim Squyres (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) for Best Film Editing. I think Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the superior film in that category that year.

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