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    Ok, folks, Oscar season is upon us so I thought it’d be fun if we revisited the Oscar wins that aren’t highly regarded.

    IMO there are quite a few Oscar wins that have been unjustly criticized. There’s also a long list of winners that have grown on me over time. For example…

    BEST PICTURE
    The Deer Hunter – I used to barely be able to watch this since it’s over three hours long, but I recently rewatched it and this is a respectable win.

    Ordinary People – Raging Bull would’ve gotten my vote, but OP has held up very well.

    The English Patient – I used to call this “the most boring movie of all time,” but I changed my tune after a rewatch. I still prefer “Fargo,” but I don’t mind this win.

    Chicago – This BP winner doesn’t seem too popular, but I still enjoy it.

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Bob Fosse/Cabaret – The Godfather is a masterpiece and Coppola would’ve made a superb winner. But after watching Cabaret recently it’s hard to begrudge Fosse his win. His direction is impeccable.

    Anthony Minghella/The English Patient – see Best Picture notes.

    BEST SCREENPLAY (Original or Adapted)
    Bruce Joel Ruben/Ghost – Sure, some moments are cheesy, but this is a great script. I have zero problems with this win.

    Diablo Cody/Juno – This is a very deserved win. And the film (and script) hold up very well.

    Geoffrey Fletcher/Precious – This is an outstanding film. Everything about it, including the screenplay, clicks. I know Up in the Air was the heavy favorite that year, but I fully support this win.

    BEST ACTOR & ACTRESS

    Jon Voight and Jane Fonda/Coming Home – these wins get so much crap and I don’t understand why. These are both fantastic performances. They’re very believable and unfussy.

    Anthony Hopkins – I don’t care about his screentime. He towers over this film and his presence is felt even when he’s off screen. He totally deserves this LEAD win.

    Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets is such a fun and entertaining film and that’s partially because of these lively performances. I have zero problems with these wins.

    Judy Holliday/Born Yesterday – Yes, Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson are brilliant in their films. But Holliday is no slouch in “Born Yesterday.” It’s a dynamite comedic performance. I don’t mind her win at all.

    Anne Bancroft – she’s soooooooooo good in The Miracle Worker. Sure, there are bigger performances nominated, but Bancroft is the most memorable and deserved it.

    Liza Minelli/Cabaret – she has sick competition that year, but it’s hard to argue this win. She’s equally great in the singing and acting department in the film.

    Ellen Burstyn/Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Yes, Dunaway is in the bigger film and Rowlands has a more challenging role. But Burstyn is so brilliant and believable in the role of this harrowed mother. She has my vote.

    Jodie Foster/The Accused – Foster only gets crap for this win because of the competition. Her performance is excellent, tho. She’s very raw and disappears into the role of a rape victim.

    Halle Berry – I’ve defended this win since 2002 and will continue to do so. She’s sexy, vulnerable and sympathetic here. This is a tour de force performance and she deserved it especially since her competitors are in films that I’ll never watch again.

    Jennifer Lawrence – the lineup that year is good, but I have no problem with Lawrence’s win. She effortlessly glides from comedy to drama in this and it works. She reminds me of Helen Hunt’s win.

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AND ACTRESS

    Timothy Hutton and Tatum O’Neal – they get crap for their wins because they should’ve been in lead. But otherwise, it’s hard to argue these aren’t Oscar-winning performances.

    Jack Nicholson/Terms of Endearment – sure, he was just being Jack, but he’s sooooooooo good at it. I love this win.

    Cuba Gooding, Jr. – who cares about his post Oscar career. I recently rewatched Jerry Maguire and enjoyed him. He gives the film heart. Sure, William H. Macy is much better in Fargo, but he should’ve been in lead with Frances. I enjoyed Edward Norton, too, btw, but Gooding steals most of his scenes.

    Christian Bale and Melissa Leo – Yes, these are very big, over-the-top performances, but they work. I remembered both of them long after the film was over.

    Rita Moreno and Patty Duke – they only get bad ink for these wins because internet fanboys wanted Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury to win. With that said, both performance have held up extremely well over time and these are two of the strongest winners in the category.

    Estelle Parsons – she’s loud and over the top, but she NEVER hits a false note.

    Goldie Hawn – so funny and vulnerable as Matthau’s suicidal mistress. Why is this win so hated?

    Jessica Lange/Tootsie – this is just a real performance. There are no gimmicks or tricks. She just acts very well. Her Oscar-nominated co-star, Teri Garr, would’ve been a fine winner, too.

    Anjelica Huston/Prizzi’s Honor – strong lineup, but she deserves it 100%. She MURDERS her limited screentime.

    Marisa Tomei – Funny, funny, funny! And her movie has the highest rewatch factor. I love this win.

    Mira Sorvino – Same as Tomei, tho Sorvino nails the dramatic moments, too. A fine win.

    Juliette Binoche – So what if she upset Bacall. This is a lovely, heartbreaking performance.

    Kim Basinger – I dissed her win for years, but she’s so alluring in L.A. Confidential. I’m a fan of this win in hindsight.

    Angelina Jolie – I was mixed on this win for years because the performance is so in your face. But after a rewatch, she deserved it. The competition is great this year, too, btw.

    Jennifer Hudson – this is a star making performance that is definitely unfairly maligned. She walks away with the film.

    Penelope Cruz – Sexy, fierce and funny. That’s what I like in my supporting actress winners. Very strong lineup this year, too.

    Octavia Spencer – I just rewatched The Help and, yup, the Academy got it 100% right.

    What are some other unfairly maligned Oscar wins?

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    keithw
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    Glenda Jackson for “A Touch of Class”….this was an extremely competitive year. My vote would have gone to Marsha Mason in “Cinderella Liberty” but Jackson is a great choice too…..as would Streisand and Burstyn. I would rank Joanne Woodward “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” in fifth place.

    Art Carney for “Harry & Tonto”…..again, another great year with Nicholson, Pacino, Hoffman and Finney all nominated but I support the Carney win.

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    DD
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    Glenda Jackson for “A Touch of Class”….this was an extremely competitive year. My vote would have gone to Marsha Mason in “Cinderella Liberty” but Jackson is a great choice too…..as would Streisand and Burstyn. I would rank Joanne Woodward “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” in fifth place.

    Art Carney for “Harry & Tonto”…..again, another great year with Nicholson, Pacino, Hoffman and Finney all nominated but I support the Carney win.

    A lot of the comedy acting winners are often underrated. Good choices!

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    Andrew Carden
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    Ordinary People is my all-time favorite Best Picture winner.

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!

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    Borja Lopez
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    Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture is not that atrocious. I think is a very good movie and Gwyneth Paltrow is charming.

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    Joe Burns
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    I created a similar thread about this very topic three years ago if you want to take a look: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/hated-oscar-wins-that-you-defendsupport/

    I talk about my choices there.

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    pulp50
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    Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture is not that atrocious. I think is a very good movie and Gwyneth Paltrow is charming.

    I love this movie, I’ll always defend it winning over Saving Private Ryan.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Helen Hunt (and Jack Nicholson, but Hunt is often one of the most hated wins)

    Gwyneth Paltrow. Cate ended up with two other Oscars, let it go already, Paltrow’s performance is great.

    Shakespeare in Love. Great, great film.

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    Riley
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    Jean Dujardin was perfect in The Artist.

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    Atypical
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    I’m gonna “malign” Helen Hunt until my last breath. She more than deserves it. UGH!

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    Gain
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    Shakespeare in Love +1

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    VanRoberts
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    Jessica Lange in Tootsie. Criticized as a consolation prize for losing for Frances. But her performance as Julie almost steals the film for me, and the film falls apart without her.

    Kim Bassinger in LA Confidential. Much like Lange, Bassinger’s performance seems slight compared to the competition (Julianne Moore was the favorite to win). But on multiple viewings, she is fascinating to watch, and her quiet moments hold such power.

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    Teridax
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    Denzel Washington “Training Day”

    Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook”

    Al Pacino “Scent of a Woman” (“I’m living in the dark!” Come on, he was fantastic in this movie and completely Oscar-worthy, career-achievement award or not.)

    Bob Fosse “Cabaret” (He was a very close 2nd for me behind Coppola, and I think Fosse’s win holds up remarkably well when you see that Coppola wound up winning Director for Part II of the Godfather a couple years later, so both legends got recognized by the Oscars. Literally win/win.) 🙂

    “Suicide Squad” – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

    Emma Stone and every “La La Land” Oscar win in general. People talked about this movie like it was Razzie-worthy or some shit. It wasn’t quite a masterpiece of writing, but it was at least an acceptable winner in each of the categories it did win, if not in the cases of Production Design and Cinematography, by far and beyond the genuine best of the entire year.

    “Gladiator” wasn’t the Best movie of 2000, but it is still deservedly a true classic that people can watch and be greatly entertained by, and I think it was at least the best of the 5 Best Picture nominees that year.

    I’m sure there are a ton more, but that is all I can think of. Maybe “A Man For All Seasons” in my humble opinion deservedly beating “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for Best Picture? I don’t know if I am in the minority on that one.

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    Teridax
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    Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture is not that atrocious. I think is a very good movie and Gwyneth Paltrow is charming.

    I love this movie, I’ll always defend it winning over Saving Private Ryan.

    Don’t you mean Saving Private Boring? At least Shakespeare had a great script where the characters actually had some personality with real layers to them, unlike the Spielberg film where they were bland as f**k in my honest opinion.

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    DD
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    I created a similar thread about this very topic three years ago if you want to take a look: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/hated-oscar-wins-that-you-defendsupport/

    I talk about my choices there.

    Great thread! Thanks for the refresher course. I love that you have Hunt at #1.

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