July 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm #156451
My 1001st GoldDerby post.
What I mean by an artist/actor who got an unlikely nomination is like a pop singer who wrote a song that got nominated, a comedy star leading a dramatic film and getting in, or some unlikely artist who would get in to an unlikely field (like an actor getting into producing or writing).
It could happen this year, Andy Samberg who is a member of The Lonely Island, could get in for writing “Everything is Awesome!!” from The LEGO Movie, for example.July 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm #156453
Steve Carell.July 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm #156454
Pole dancers.July 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm #156455
Amy Adams could be considered an unlikely Oscar winner, as she keeps losing (rooting for her this year).July 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm #156456
I would say anyone who got started as the star of a Disney Channel show.July 16, 2014 at 9:28 am #156457
The most recent one would be Jennifer Hudson, from American Idol also-ran to Oscar winner.
I think the 2 better examples would be the ones where non-professional actors won acting Oscars.
Harold Russell for The Best Years Of Our Lives in 1946 was a veteran who lost his hands in a training accident. William Wyler saw a film about Russell and cast him in the movie. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for the role because (according to the Wikipedia) the Academy wanted to honor him but didn’t think he’d win. Well, he won Best Supporting Actor as well as the honorary award.
Dr. Haing S. Ngor was a surgeon and gynecologist in Cambodia before Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge took over. He & his wife were imprisoned in a concentration camp. She died giving birth (he couldn’t assist because he had to hide his medical training for fears he’d be killed, along with his wife & child). He was cast in The Killing Fields, about the Khmer Rouge, and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He was murdered outside his home in 1996.July 17, 2014 at 3:46 pm #156458
An unlikely Oscar winner based in terms of personality is someone who is not 100% ACTOR or 100% whatever film industry role, doesn’t belong to the industry, doesn’t play against type and can often be called an ugly person (Hollywood is the place for the beauties, in case you don’t know) Yes, I’m talking about stand-up comedian and Academy Award Nominee MO’NIQUE. She is the latest unlikely Oscar winner, in my opinion.
In terms of performance, everything WILD, ORIGINAL and STRANGE. Yep, Hollywood is pure status quo in terms of characters definition, arcs and male-starring films around them and USA > The World or individuality above all. Based on this, I’d say the latest unlikely Oscar winners are:
-In picture, The silence of the lambs (1991)
-In director, Jonathan Demme, The silence of the lambs (1991)
-In actor, Adrien Brody, The Pianist (2002)
-In actress, Cher, Moonstruck (1987)
-In supporting actor, Chris Cooper, Adaptation (2002)
-In supporting actress, Mo’Nique, Precious (2009)
-In adapted screenplay, Julia (1977)
-In original screenplay, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)