November 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm #75642
So far Tom Cruise has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, twice in lead (1990, 1997), once in supporting (2000):
*1990: Born on the Fourth of July
*1997: Jerry Maguire
I personally would have given him the award for his outstanding performance in “Magnolia”. Or should he have won in another year? Thoughts?
Do you think he could be a returning contender this year for his critically acclaimed performance in “Rock of Ages”?November 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm #75644
I have always had very mixed feelings on Tom Cruise. At one time, I felt he should have won for Born on The Fourth of July but I don’t feel that way anymore (not to say that I thought he was bad in it, I personally felt Daniel Day Lewis deserved the Oscar and that Morgan Freeman was also more deserving).
Jerry Maguire was a performance I liked but never found to be Oscar worthy.
Magnolia was probably the one time I actually wouldn’t have minded him winning but I honestly would have voted for Haley Joel Osment (for some reason, I have always loved The Sixth Sense despite the problems I had with its big twist ending).
I always thought that Tom Cruise really carried RAIN MAN and over time, I think he gave such a remarkable performance and one that I think deserved notice even over Dustin Hoffman, who I loved when I was younger but as I have gotten older, I found more respect and admiration in Tom Cruise’s work. I also really liked him in Risky Business, which of course was a very different kind of performance but one that was subtle and charming and he definitely had a lot of charisma.
So in the end, I found his best work to be in RAIN MAN and RISKY BUSINESS.
As for ROCK OF AGES, I could see the Globes going gaga for him, especially after nominated him for Tropic Thunder but I would still be mildly surprised.November 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm #75645
Cruise and Oscar?
These are the films which I think he’s terrific in, but clearly they’re not all Oscar-friendly.
The Color of Money
Born of the 4th of July
Interview with The Vampire
Eyes Wide Shut
Lions for Lambs
Havent seen Rock of Ages.
I also think he’s a terrific action star, with his MI films, and others.
Which film of his nominations ‘should’ he have won for? I dont have an opinion on this.November 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm #75646
He will probably never win a competitive oscar, but he will receive a lifetime achievement award
for his body of work in about 20 years..November 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm #75647
I have always thought earlier on that between Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise might have a better chance in winning an Oscar between the two. But recently, I think Brad Pitt is the one with a better chance. but who knows what will happen if they all really get a standout role in later years.November 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm #75648
He should had won for ”Magnolia”. The performance was terrific, it was the last year of decade that he owned and Caine already had won, also it would had been a way to award a brillant movie.
Osment and him were the best in the bunch, but I would have voted for him for sure.November 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm #75649
It really is a shame he didn’t win for Magnolia. Although Haley Joel Osment was indeed the best of that category, a win by Cruise would have been completely deserving. Since then, however, he’s pissed off so many people that I don’t know if he’ll ever be able to win a competitive Oscar. I know that isn’t fair – that it should be based on his work alone – but there must be a handful of voters who won’t be able to put aisde their disdain for him for his comments, Scientology, etc.
On a sidenote, I would have LOVED a nomination for Collateral. To me, that is one of his most underrated underappreciated performances of his career.November 22, 2012 at 2:24 am #75650
Cruise should definitely have won for Magnolia. It is an amazing performance which I will always remember. I also think he should have been nominated for Rain Man.
What a shame that he’s been doing so many action movie and not more character based material…November 22, 2012 at 4:11 am #75651
The fact at the time was…the biggest movie star in the world, which he still was in 1999
was NOT going to win a “supporting ” oscar….alot has changed in the last decade so now
he would gladly love to win any oscar…..but he is NOT liked anymore…November 22, 2012 at 5:56 am #75652
On the topic “Tom Cruise and the Oscar” it’s worth mention how Renee Zellweger included him in her acceptance speech and director cut right away to Nicole Kidman. Tasteful as hell. It was the year of “Cold Mountain” and “The Last Samurai” and there was moment when many believed Kidman and Cruise will be both in the leading categories but both were snubbed.
“Magnolia” would be the best time to honor him but I’m always more than glad to see Michael Caine recognized. Overall Cruise deserves more credit for his acting throughout the years. “Vanilla Sky” is perfect example of how great he can be but everybody takes it for granted.November 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm #75653
Great in Magnolia & Rain Man. Very solid in Born on the 4th of July. Loved Jerry Maguire even if it didn’t seem Oscar-y
Lately though, especially in his comedic performances, I don’t feel like he gives himself completely to the performances. In Tropic Thunder and the woefully hideous Rock of Ages, it seems to me like he never wants you to forget he’s Tom Cruise. As for ROA, he won’t get nominated. The movie was awful and flopped at the box office.November 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm #75654
Good actor, but hasn’t his unrelenting clinging to Scientology made him appear strange in a bad way?November 23, 2012 at 12:50 am #75655
He’s always shouting.. Jerry Maguire stands out as one of his worst efforts (imo). I like his performances in the 80’s best: The Color of Money, Rain Man, even Risky Business. He became so damn loud.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantNovember 23, 2012 at 8:10 am #75656
Tom Cruise should have won for Born on the Fourth of July in ’89, but DDL beat him.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantNovember 23, 2012 at 8:12 am #75657
You are right, Morgan Freeman’s performance in Street Smart was scary and brutal, but not as good as Tom’s performance.