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  • nkb325
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    Admittedly, this movie was so small that expecting a ton of love would have been a pipe dream, but there are at least a few nominations that it certainly should have gotten, primarily the incredible John Hawkes and screenplay. It was a funny, emotional, honest, romantic, and deeply moving movie that treated sex in a way I’ve rarely seen in movies before. Honestly I’m kind of surprised it didn’t at least get screenplay because that usually seems to be the place to nominate the tiny festival hits, and Hawkes probably was #6. I was just thinking about how good this movie was the other day and how I would have given it at least noms in:

    Best Picture (I’d rank it above SLP and DU, but i’d bump out Les Mis for it easily)
    Best Director (I’d bump out David O. Russell)
    Best Actor (Haven’t seen Day Lewis or Phoenix, but i’d give him the win over the rest and bump out Washington for him to get the nom)
    Best Actress/Best Supporting Actress (Hunt was borderline so I’d give her either category, I haven’t seen Watts but I’d bump out Lawrence in Lead, and she’s my winner in supporting even though I do like Hathaways win)
    Best Supporting Actor (Macy wouldn’t have made my final 5 but I’d definitely give him the nom over Arkin)
    Best Adapted Screenplay (I’d bump out Silver Linings Playbook)

    So I would have given it 6 nominations and a couple wins personally, but still think it should have reasonably gotten at least 3. What do you guys think? Should it have swept the awards season? Was the one nom it got more than enough? 
     

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    Funny how no one argues against Jackman and Cooper’s nominations. Washington was far from the weakest in the lineup.

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    drenja
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    For me, Denzel was second in a tie with DDL. Phoenix was the best. The Sessions is movie i respected but didnt especially like. It was not easy for me to watch some parts of it and it left me with wierd feling. Hawks would not make my personal lineup, but he was better than Jackman, and it would not be undeserved if he replaced Cooper either.

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    Beau S.
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    That Best Actor lineup is too strong for Hawkes (the ridiculous notion that Denzel Washington didn’t deserve the nomination needs to end). All of them deserved their spots.

    Hunt was supporting and rightfully earned the nomination. A strong second-place finisher.

    I would’ve been fine with an Adapted Screenplay nod over Life of Pi.

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    Gabriel
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    Personally, I would have bumped out Bradley Cooper or Hugh Jackman for Hawkes. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t get nominated, but I guess the campaign wasn’t as strong as the other nominees.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    That Best Actor lineup is too strong for Hawkes (the ridiculous notion that Denzel Washington didn’t deserve the nomination needs to end). All of them deserved their spots.

    Hunt was supporting and rightfully earned the nomination. A strong second-place finisher.

    I would’ve been fine with an Adapted Screenplay nod over Life of Pi.

    Agree with this exactly^. I must say that while they all deserved their nominations, Hawkes would have too. I personally rank him #5 over Cooper, but not above Jackman or especially Washington. Had he not already had a couple of oscar wins, he would have been the front runner instead of Day-Lewis.

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    Eddy Q
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    Hawkes should definitely have been in Best Actor, certainly over Hugh Jackman who I found massively overrated in Les Mis. Unfortunately, he was a lock. Washington was strong in Flight but its not one of his very best, and I actually find Cooper more inspired in Silver Linings. Of course Day-Lewis and Phoenix were tops. Other should’ve beens were Trintignant for Amour and Denis Lavant in Holy Motors, but the latter was never gonna happen in a million years despite his character being called Oscar. Despite what the GD odds insisted on telling me last year, I suspect Washington was in 5th, not Phoenix who had stronger passionate support from certain groups.

    As for Helen Hunt, she is 100% co-lead in The Sessions, in a similar way to JLaw in Silver Linings. She has many scenes of her own (without Hawkes) and has a substantial narrative arc – in fact she’s more lead than JLaw was, and would’ve deserved a nomination in that category.

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    Icky
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    Get rid of Jackson and Cooper for Hawkes and Trintignant. I don’t mind Washington’s nod, but I’d replace him with Lavant (Holy Motors). I would also probably take out Day-Lewis for Waltz, who I thought was co-lead. Hunt was lead. I’d kick out everyone but Riva and Chastain for her. I had this movie as my ninth or tenth of the year. ZDT and Django Unchained were the only two BP nominees I thought were superior. 

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    Morgan Henard
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    This movie was soooo great yet so underrated. Thankfully, the critics liked it and Helen Hunt was nominated, so it’s at least marked in the books for future Oscarologists. 

    Objectively speaking, it should have received the following nominations:
    Picture – Much better film than Les Miz or Django Unchained
    Actor – I personally rank Hawkes at no. 1, but he should have definitely gotten in over Cooper and Washington.
    Actress – Helen Hunt was Lead. Period. As weak as Lead Actress contenders were, I think Hunt would have gotten in. I would like to think she would have bumped out Wallis but instead it would have probably been Watts. Besides, the film had a clear actress in a supporting role, Robin Weigert (wouldn’t have made my top 5; instead, I would have bumped Hunt up to Lead and placed Dame Judi Dench in for Skyfall). 
    Best Adapted Screenplay – Easy: Take out Life of Pi.   

    The John Hawkes snub still stings. But one thing I appreciated most about this film is that it showed – albeit, 15 years later – that Helen Hunt isn’t/wasn’t a one-trick pony for As Good As It Gets (a win I rooted for, as I was unimpressed with Mrs. Brown, and my true favorite wasn’t even nominated: Pam Grier for Jackie Brown). I myself wondered, “Is AGAIG the only great performance she’s ever gonna give?! Mad About You doesn’t count because it’s a series, and Twister doesn’t count because it’s popcorn-blockbuster-Heaven.” Well, my question was answered thanks to her performance in The Sessions.  

    I remember there wasn’t much of a passionate response to the film around here at Gold Derby and all I could think was, “Ah, they haven’t seen it yet.” I hope this thread will inspire fellow Oscarologists to watch it. It’s an acting masterpiece with an extremely unique and original screenplay (technically adapted, but you know what I mean), which is made even more fascinating by the fact that it’s a true story. 

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    babypook
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     You sound very much like you’re objectively speaking.

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    Riley
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    The Sessions was a fine movie, but a very lightweight one.  It is hard to get upset about any of its snubs.

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    Morgan Henard
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     You sound very much like you’re objectively speaking.

    Ha I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not. It’s a film that I geek out on, so I was trying to put it in perspective. It’s sometimes difficult to do when you love a film so much. For example, if I was voter, Hawkes would have gotten a #1 out of me. Period. But I’m no fool; to think he ever had a snowball’s chance in hell of winning DDL or Phoenix is delusional. 

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    Icky
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    #150292

    The Sessions was a fine movie, but a very lightweight one.  It is hard to get upset about any of its snubs.

    Beyond Hawkes I don’t think it was legitimately snubbed. But being “liteweight” hardly equates to not being awards worthy. Almost Famous, Lost in Translation, Spideman 2, Pride & Prejudice, Star Trek and hell, even Bridesmaids are movies that could be called “liteweight” and for me would have been better BP winners than the movies that won their particular years. The Sessions is lean and maybe just a bit one-note  film, which if a fairer criticism than “liteweight”, but it still was superior to most of the BP nominees from its year.  

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    Stardust
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    Solid film, nothing particularly special, for me. Hawkes should’ve been nominated. I’d take out Jackman (who I didn’t care for, perhaps because I couldn’t sit through more than 20 minutes of that dreary muck).
     
    I’d also nominate Trintignant. Guess I’d take out DDL.  

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    Tye-Grr
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    I totally agree with everyone who would’ve put Hunt in lead. She would’ve been a leading actress nominee for me that year, easily. I would rank her 3rd behind Chastain and Riva.

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