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  • drod
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    So I had an idea, that we could all list our top 10 oscar-worthy performances that failed to gain traction, and who you would have replaced for said performance…

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    MiMicMick
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    1. Tilda Swinton, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’
    2. Michael Fassbender, ‘Shame’
    3. Albert Brooks, ‘Drive’  
    4. Shailene Woodley, ‘The Descendants’
    5. Elizabeth Olsen, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’
    6. Kirsten Dunst, ‘Melancholia’
    7. Patton Oswalt, ‘Young Adult’
    8. Charlize Theron, ‘Young Adult’
    9. Carey Mulligan, ‘Shame’
    10. Andy Serkis, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’   

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    Trent
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    1. Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans (replace Stephen Rea)
    2. Misty Upham in Frozen River (replace Marisa Tomei…who I love but wasn’t worthy for The Wrestler)
    3. Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine (replace James Franco)
    4. Rosemarie DeWitt in Rachel Getting Married (replace Marisa Tomei as mentioned above)
    5. Wes Studi in The Last of the Mohicans (replace Jaye Davidson)
    6. Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man (replace Jeremy Renner)
    7. Barbara Hershey in Black Swan (replace Helena Bonham Carter)
    8. Peter Dinklage in The Station Agent (replace Jude Law)
    9. Will Smith in I, Robot (okay, maybe a guilty pleasure)
    10. I don’t know. I’m tired.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    2. Misty Upham in Frozen River 

    I thought Upham was better than Leo  

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    babypook
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    Melissa Leo was best in show by a mile, but I couldnt believe the grief Misty Upham was getting from posters here. She was as neat a personality from that environs as I’ve seen many other times IRL. Charlie McDermott was great as well.

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    Malick
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    2. Misty Upham in Frozen River 

    I thought Upham was better than Leo  [/quote] 

    Now that i think about it Misty Upham was better then Melissa leo, too bad she didnt get the recognition she deserved 

    Anyway these 10 choice’ aren’t of all time they’re from 2000 onward an in no particular order. All time would be too hard.  

    Tilda Swinton- we need to talk about kevin (replace rooney mara) 
    Brad Pitt- the assassination of jesse james (replace george clooney) 
    Thandie Newton- crash (replace amy adams) 
    Albert Brooks- drive (replace kenneth branagh) 
    Zhang Ziyi- memoirs of a geisha (replace the awful keira knightley) 
    Leo Dicapiro- revolutionary road (replace brad pitt)  
    Jennifer Connelly- requiem of a dream (replace kate hudson) 
    Robert Duvall- get low (replace james franco)  
    Mario Bello- a history of violence (replace rachel weisz)
    Angelina Jolie- a mighty heart (replace ellen page)  
     

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    Logan
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    Count me in the Upham camp. Leo’s terrific in the film as well, but Misty was better than each nominee that year. She would have made my personal group alongside Williams (Wendy and Lucy), Blanchett (Benjamin Button), Leandersson (Let the Right One In) and Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married).

    It’s hard to say there wasn’t “traction” for some of these performances. If I had made final predictions, I would have included Theron (Young Adult). For me, it’s such of a clear, “this is a great performance” case that I really don’t understand why her character is such of a turn-off. I figured actors would want to watch because of her, Oswalt, Cody and Reitman (especially the latter). The box office was poor, but that’s the case for many past nominees (and a few from this year too). It honestly annoys me a lot (I guess I know how Paul felt when Nolan was snubbed for Inception).

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    Cordell Martin
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    Adepero Oduye- Pariah

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    GhostOrchid
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    I thought Tilda Swinton was pratically “locked” for an Oscar nom this year with NBR win+BAFTA+SAG+GG and so on…. I was quite shocked she didn’t get in!

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    Trent
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    #55244

    Frozen River was a fantastically acted movie. Aren’t movies about crime supposed to breathe Oscar fire?

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    allabout oscars
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    2011  TILDA SWINTON in We Need to Talk About Kevin
              instead of Rooney Mara
    1988  WILLIAM HURT  in The Accidental Tourist
              instead of Edward james Olmos
    1982  DIANE KEATON in Shoot the Moon
              instead of Julie Andrews
    2010  JULIANNE MOORE in The Kids are All Right
              instead of Jennifer Lawrence
    1971  MALCOLM MCDOWELL in A Clockwork Orange
              instead of Walter Matthau
    1997  KEVIN KLINE  in In and Out
              instead of Matt Damon
    1969  BARBRA STREISAND  in Hello, Dolly!
              instead of Liza Minnelli
    1960  ANTHONY PERKINS  in Psycho
              instead of Charles Boyer
    2002  MERYL STREEP in The Hours
              instead of Diane Lane
    1951  ELIZABETH TAYLOR in A Place in the Sun
              instead of Eleanor Parker

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    A Person
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    These are all since 2000, I haven’t got an order yet, but I’ll add one after I figure it out

    Best Actor
    Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine (2010,replace Javier Bardem)
    Peter Dinklage, The Station Agent (2003, replace Sean Penn)
    Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man (2009, replace Morgan Freeman)
    Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild (2007, replace Tommy Lee Jones)
    Paul Giamatti, Sideways (2004, replace Jamie Foxx)
    Michael Fassbender, Shame (2011, replace Jean Dujardin)
    Edward Norton, 25th Hour (2002, replace Jack Nicholson)
    Viggo Mortensen, The Road (2008, replace Brad Pitt)
    Ivan Dobronravov, The Return (2003, replace Jude Law)
    Jim Carey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, replace Johnny Depp)

    Best Actress

    Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia (2011, replace Glenn Close)
    Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008, replace Kate Winslet)
    Tang Wei, Lust, Caution (2007, replace Cate Blanchett)
    Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen (2003, replace Diane Keaton)
    Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004, replace Hillary Swank)
    Carice Van Houten, Black Book (2006, replace Kate Winslet)
    Ellen Page, Hard Candy (2005, replace Keira Knightley)
    Charlize Theron, Young Adult (2011, replace Michelle Williams)
    Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive (2001, replace Nicole Kidman)
    Ana Lopez Mercado, Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002, replace Renee Zellweger)

    Best Supporting Actor

    Ben Mendelsohn, Animal Kingdom (2010, replace Geoffrey Rush)
    Steve Buscemi, Ghost World (2001, replace Jon Voight)
    David Carradine, Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004, replace Alan Alda)
    Leandro Firmino, City of God (2003, replace Ken Watanabe)
    Sergi Lopez, Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, replace Eddie Murphy)
    Peter Capaldi, In the Loop (2009, replace Matt Damon)
    Michael Fassbender, Fish Tank (2010, replace Jeremy Renner)
    Albert Brooks, Drive (2011, replace Max von Sydow)
    Jeremy Irons, Margin Call (2011, replace Jonah Hill)
    Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass (2003, replace Djimon Hounsou)
    Justin Timberlake, The Social Network (2010, replace Mark Ruffalo)

    Best Supporting Actress

    Shailene Woodley, The Descendants (2011, replace Janet McTeer)
    Lesley Manville, Another Year (2010, replace Helena Bonham Carter)
    Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter (2011, replace her in The Help)
    Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds (2009, replace Maggie Gyllenhaal)
    Mary McDonnell, Donnie Darko (2001, replace Jennifer Connolly)
    Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds (2009, replace Vera Farmiga)
    Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married (2008, replace Marisa Tomei)
    Imelda Staunton, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, replace Ruby Dee)
    Maria Bello, A History of Violence (2005, replace Frances McDormand)
    Sareh Bayat, A Separation (2011, replace Berenice Bejo)

     

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    Tye-Grr
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    #55247

    One that immediately comes to mind- Jim Carrey in ‘Man on the Moon’. It’s one of my all-time favorite performances by anyone. Uma Thurman was also ridiculously underrated and ignored for both ‘Kill Bill’ movies.

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    Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek (Badlands)
    Mieko Harada (Ran)
    Toshirō Mifune (High & Low)
    Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut)
    Bibi Andersson (Persona)

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    Fishbiscuit
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    Count me in the Upham camp. 

     

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