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  • clementine
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    #193944

    At one point, Tom Cruise was destined to win an Oscar, ala Leo Dicaprio, but his current choice in films, and the focus on his personal life, have overshadowed his abilities as an actor.   

    If Cruise were to be nominated again, could he win, or does he have to much to overcome? 

    Cruise was previously nominationed for: 

    1990: Born on the Fourth of July (Lead)
    1997: Jerry Maguire (Lead)
    2000: Magnolia (Supporting)

    I personally would have given him the win for Magnolia.  

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    FilmGuy619
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    #193946

    I hope he wins. I think he should’ve for Jerry Maguire.

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    drenja
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    #193947

    He is very talented actor. He should have been nominated for “Rain Man”. I would give him win for “Born on 4th of July”, he is for  me slightly ahead of Robin Williams for “Dead Poets” for that year.

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    Gone_Guy
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    #193948

    Personal life aside, he has always delivered as an actor. Even in his worst movie, I don’t think anyone walked away saying, “I feel like Cruise was lazy and phoned it in.” He could have gone Supporting for Rain Man and probably beaten Kevin Kline.

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    RobertPius
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    #193949

    He was the favorite to win in 1989. Somehow Daniel Day-Lewis surpassed him in the last few days of the Oscar race. (presenter Jodie Foster even kind of gasps a little when she reads the name.)

    I don’t know what happened that year. Anyone remember the explanations and post-Oscar analysis?  

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z1E75hTtCA

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    Halo_Insider
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    #193950

    He was the favorite to win in 1989. Somehow Daniel Day-Lewis surpassed him in the last few days of the Oscar race. (presenter Jodie Foster even kind of gasps a little when she reads the name.)

    I don’t know what happened that year. Anyone remember the explanations and post-Oscar analysis?  

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z1E75hTtCA

    Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert showed up on Arsenio’s show after the Oscars, and Ebert had some thoughts on it.

    EBERT: “Well, obviously Daniel Day-Lewis was the REAL big surprise. And, uh, if you ask me, it was because the people who voted had seen that picture more recently than the others. I think some of the pictures, like Driving Miss Daisy, they had seen in November when it first came out. And My Left Foot has such an emotional impact. I mean, when you leave the theater, you’re drained, you’re wiped out and you LOVE that man. And they would have seen it maybe just about the time they were marking their ballots.”

    (Starts at about 2:21)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfk6vpDOiYQ

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    RobertPius
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    #193951

    Thanks Halo. That Arsenio clip is interesting. They were kind of wrong about what movies would be remembered. Of the ones they mentioned I’d say Dead Poets Society is the one best remembered by the general public. (and who’d have guessed back then that there would be no more “late shows with commercials.” !)

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    KyleBailey
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    #193952

    Yeah if he had won for anything, Born would have been the deserving one. Lewis still was better but in retrospect that could have gone to Cruise with no complaints knowing Lewis’ career now. 

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    Halo_Insider
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    Thanks Halo. That Arsenio clip is interesting. They were kind of wrong about what movies would be remembered. Of the ones they mentioned I’d say Dead Poets Society is the one best remembered by the general public. (and who’d have guessed back then that there would be no more “late shows with commercials.” !)

    It is interesting. I think Do the Right Thing and Crimes and Misdemeanors are still widely more acclaimed among “cinpehiles” and some in the critical community, but I agree that Dead Poets Society definitely is the more recognizable film among average viewers and movie-watchers. I remember watching it in high school because my English teacher found it so influential when he was growing up.

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    Halo_Insider
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    #193954

    I really like Cruise in all of his Oscar-nominated roles, but I think he might have fit even better as a winner for his latter two nods.

    He’s my number one pick in 1999. No doubt. That’s probably him at his most uninhibited onscreen.

    And I think he actuallly stands out among the Best Actor crowd in 1996 as well. I guess I find Geoffrey Rush to not really be that outstanding in Shine. He’s good, but the performance feels a little static, and I kind of feel that Noah Taylor did a lot of the heavy lifting as David Helfgott. If William H. Macy had been nominated in Lead for Fargo instead of Supporting, it would be a different story.

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    clementine
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    #193955

    Cruise suffers from being too large a celebrity figure. Nowadays, when you see Tom Cruise act, you see Tom Cruise, the personality, not the character. 

    That hurts his chances with Oscar. 

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    K-Hole
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    #193956

    Tom Cruise a.k.a. “Dorian Gray” will never win an Oscar. He is too bland and shallow even for AMPAS and his image is overly manufactured, probably to cover up his wacky behavior. Being the most famous Scientologist won’t do him any favors, either. He’s coasted on a winning formula for many, many years and he can cry over never winning an Oscar all the way to the bank. Of course, I might find Cruise more interesting if he really were gay and came out of the closet.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #193957

    He should have been nominated and won for Tropic Thunder.

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    AviChristiaans
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    #193958

    Tom Cruise a.k.a. “Dorian Gray” will never win an Oscar. He is too bland and shallow even for AMPAS and his image is overly manufactured, probably to cover up his wacky behavior. Being the most famous Scientologist won’t do him any favors, either. He’s coasted on a winning formula for many, many years and he can cry over never winning an Oscar all the way to the bank. Of course, I might find Cruise more interesting if he really were gay and came out of the closet.

    Wow. So the only thing stopping you from liking the guy is if he were gay and pandering to your fantasies….

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    clementine
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    He should have been nominated and won for Tropic Thunder.

    Over Heath Ledger though? 
     

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