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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Weigh in and Discuss.

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    Scottferguson
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    In recent years, for me by far the most embarrassing was Meryl Streep in Doubt. Normally a good and sometimes a great actress, this performance was an instant camp classic, with ever changing accents and a failure for me to establish any humanity until a patented crying scene near the end. When she did the extended outside walk with Viola Davis, it was like one woman was the teacher and the other an amateur student.

    Again recently, a second one would be Daniel Day-Lewis in The Gangs of New York. 

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    Milo Kunis
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    In recent years: Meryl Streep, Doubt.

    She was not even in the same film as her co-stars. I recently watched the film again, and aside from not translating well enough from stage to screen, Streep was outrageously bad. The role could have been so much more with the likes of a Judi Dench or even a Jessica Lange. In my opinion, the usually wonderful, for better or worse, Meryl totally missed the mark and the heart of that character. If she would have had a strong director, she could have been terrific. But it was clear she had the upper hand in that artistic arragement, and she chose to run amok with no director to reign her in. Here’s hoping she does NOT do the same shtick with Violet Weston in August: Osage County next season. 

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    John C. Reilly, Chicago
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love
    Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love
    Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    Angelina Jolie, Girl Interrupted and Changeling

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    BrokenFan
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    ^ I wholeheartedly disagree. For me, it was one of her more worthy nominations. 

    My short list is more like recent bad winners than bad performances. 

    Sandy Bullock in “The Blind Side” – They gave the Oscar for the worst performance out of the 5 nominated. Sandy should have gotten a nod for “Extremely Loud” instead, but I’m hoping more Oscar nominations will come in her way. 

    Jean Dujardan in “The Artist” – I personally would have given it to Gary Oldman or Brad Pitt, but his performance screamed ‘LOOK AT ME, I’M ACTING’, which is ironic because it’s a silent film. Plus I did not enjoy the movie. 

     

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    Streep was divine in Doubt.That argument scene in the office with her and PSH was extremely Oscar worthy.

    Some others:
    Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
    William Hurt, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (It was exactly the Look at me I’m acting kind of roles.)
    Sharon Stone, Casino
    Geraldine Page, Trip to Bountiful
    Jonah Hill, Moneyball
    Max Von Sydow, EL&IC
    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman
    Melanie Giffith, Working Girl

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    allabout oscars
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    THESE COME TO MIND…

    Morgan Freeman in Invictus
    Valerie Perrine in Lenny
    Sam Waterston in The Killing Fields
    Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple
    Sharon Stone in Casino
    Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
    Jessica Lange in Music Box
    Sigourney Weaver in Gorillas in the Mist
    Melanie Griffith in Working Girl
    Charles Durning in The Best Little Whorehouse
    Ali MacGraw and Ryan O Neal in Love Story
    Liza Minnelli in The Sterile Cuckoo
    Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side

    Im sure i can come up with 50 more…

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    Scottferguson
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    Charles Durning in Best Little is terrific – I put on the Dance a Little Sidestep number sometimes just for fun

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    Bette Streep
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    Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in love
    Russell Crowe – Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind
    Clint Eastwood – Million Dollar Baby
    Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby
    Brad Pitt – 12 Monkeys
    Denzel Washington – Training Day

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    seabel
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    Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side must be number one.

    But the list goes on and on and on…

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    allabout oscars
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    I didnt say  JOHN WAYNE  in True Grit……although i was tempted….
    You never fail to mention your dislike for STREEP AND DDL…LOL….
    i FORGIVE U…

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    Denis
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    Are you sure that you read the title of this topic Bette???? LOL

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    BrokenFan
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    OMG I totally forgot Sean Penn in Mystic River and Milk —> Both of those perf felt as if he was saying “LOOK AT ME, I’M ACTING.” Instant camp classics. 

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    Bette Midler, All of the Boys
    Sean Penn for any of his nominations.
    Helen Mirren in the Last Station and Gosford Park

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    Scottferguson
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    I didnt say  JOHN WAYNE  in True Grit……although i was tempted….
    You never fail to mention your dislike for STREEP AND DDL…LOL….
    i FORGIVE U…

    I’m happy Wayne won finally for True Grit, but that wasn’t one of his great performances.

    He was never nominated for the many great ones he gave (many of the John Ford westerns, Red River, Rio Bravo leading the way).

    But he deserved an Oscar, so if that is what it needed to be for, fine. It’s still a good performance.      

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