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  • cinephil
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    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
    *2000: Magnolia

    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”?

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    Anthony
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    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.         

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    babypook
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    #75645

    Cruise and Oscar?

    These are the films which I think he’s terrific in, but clearly they’re not all Oscar-friendly.

    Risky Business
    Top Gun
    The Color of Money
    Rain Man
    Born of the 4th of July
    The Firm
    Interview with The Vampire
    Jerry MaGuire
    Eyes Wide Shut
    Magnolia
    Minority Report
    Collateral
    Lions for Lambs
    Valkyrie
    Tropic Thunder

    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.

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    allabout oscars
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    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..

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    bondzzz
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    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.

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    Madson Melo
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    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.

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    Morgan Henard
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    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.  

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    Bill Buchanan
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    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…

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    allabout oscars
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    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…

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    Jake
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    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. 

     

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    BamaEd
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    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.

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    Ethel Charles
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    Good actor, but hasn’t his unrelenting clinging to Scientology made him appear strange in a bad way?

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    dannyboy.
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    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.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Tom Cruise should have won for Born on the Fourth of July in ’89, but DDL beat him. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    You are right, Morgan Freeman’s performance in Street Smart was scary and brutal, but not as good as Tom’s performance.

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