October 25, 2014 at 10:20 am #164418
Please see my recent
blog item about my early (and obviously very wrong) Oscar prediction for Meg
Ryan in “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which I had made at this point
back in 1994.
If you’ve seen the
film, do you think that Ryan deserved a slot that went to one of the following
Best Actress nominees? (And if so, do you think that Ryan might have deserved
Jodie Foster in
Jessica Lange in
Miranda Richardson in
“Tom and Viv”
Winona Ryder in
Susan Sarandon in
I still can’t believe
that Ryan was left out while Sarandon made it in. (Nothing against Sarandon, I
just didn’t think her role in “The Client” was strong enough to
warrant a nomination.)
October 25, 2014 at 11:11 am #164420
It’s the worst lineup in Academy history so whether she deserves it or not she wouldn’t have been out of place.
Sarandon’s nom was just weird.October 25, 2014 at 11:24 am #164421
That’s a really poor line-up. As usual with poor line-ups it didn’t have to be so weak. Jamie Curtis (True Lies), Kate Winslet (Heavenly Creatures), Linda Fiorentino (The Last Seduction) and Madeleine Stowe (Blink) all stand out to me more than any of the nominees. Ryan however does not. The movie is just too weepy and generic, and Ryan doesn’t rise above the material enough to deserve consideration.October 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm #164422
There have been worse nominations….particularly when looking at this lineup.
She wouldn’t make my personal list but the previously mentioned Kate Winslet, Jamie Lee Curtis, Linda Fiorentino (who I think would’ve made it in if not for the HBO ordeal), Madeline Stowe, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle) and Sigourney Weaver (Death and the Maiden) would have all been better nominees. I am almost surprised they didn’t name-check Meryl Streep for The River Wild that year.
The Susan Sarandon nomination was easily one of the more baffling in many years. The only way I can justify it is the lack of contenders (or should I say lack of worthy people whom the awards committees seemed to nominate) and her name value and then somewhat overdue status…..but the most baffling thing of all: she WON the BAFTA. I still think that is absolutely insane.
My personal nominee list:
Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies
Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction
Jennifer Lason Leigh, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Cricle
Miranda Richardson, Tom & Viv
Kate Winslet, Heavenly Creatures
(Curtis could also potentially go Supporting, which I think could have been her mortal flaw since she won the Globe in Lead but was nominated in Supporting in SAG. If I place her in Supporting, then I would debate giving that last slot to Weaver or Stowe)October 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm #164423
I really liked Ryan’s performance, but I agree that WaMLaW was probably too generic (and little Tina Majorino was the MVP of the movie to me, what a mature performance that was!).
And I agree that it was one of the worst line-ups in the history, although I loved Sarandon’s performance in “The Client” (strong, smart, maternal lawyer with complicated past, come on!). Richardson also deserved her spot, Foster killed it in Nell, but this movie was just awful (too bad Stowe from another Apted’s movie was completely ignored that season). And IMO Ryder was the most surprising nominee (but she did a good job in “Little Women”).
Overall, nominees were decent, but there was no standout that year (lucky Jessica Lange who won with her forgettable movie). Too bad that even in such a weak year Academy couldn’t find room for Jennifer Jason Leigh (on fire in the mid 90s), Jamie Lee Curtis (one of the funniest performances I’ve seen, but the movie wasn’t “oscary” at all and there was category confusion) or Irene Jacob (mesmerizing in “Red”).October 26, 2014 at 3:29 am #164424
There was a lot of backlash agaionst Jamie Lee Curtis. People thought the whole dance sequence was degrading and explotive to women. The Adcademy wouldn’t touch the controversy.October 26, 2014 at 3:56 am #164425
Why are we keep bashing Sarandon in “The Client”. She was strong, complex and real in a brilliant movie. Her performance and the movie is soooooo underrated among Oscar fans.
But I agree about Curtis. It’s a shame that she’s not an Oscar nominee for True Lies and Freaky Friday. Maybe for some other movies too.October 26, 2014 at 4:26 am #164426
I agree that 1994 is one of the all-time weakest lineups..
Having said that, MEG RYAN and her film were both
very ordinary and TV movie -ish to be worthy of any nominations.
As a matter of fact, Meg Ryan, IMO, has never been worthy
of any oscar consideration in any of her films…as a Golden Globe
comedy perrenial, shes hit her niche…October 26, 2014 at 9:57 am #164427
I like that lineup but I am not sure about Ryan being Oscar worthy to be honest. It was the role that showed she was more than the rom com queen but she never really capitalizied on that momentum in my opinion.October 27, 2014 at 6:32 am #164428
As I recall, Susan Sarandon was a serious contender for Best Actress this year, despite her vehicle being a John Grisham-potboiler.
She has done stellar work opposite fellow nominee Ryder in Little Women.
She was considered overdue for the failure to be recognized with an Oscar for Thelma and Louise.
And her performance as Reggie Love was considered particularly outstanding because she was paired with a rookie adolescent from rural Tennessee, the late Brad Renfro. She developed a strong rapport with him that enhanced his work and showcased her acting chops.
I think it was this last consideration that most hurt Meg Ryan’s chances as the alcoholic Alice Green. She has never been a strong dramatic actress (In the Cut – ugh!), but Ryan was simply overwhelmed by the young girl Tina Majorino who played her daughter. Ryan’s inability to establish an equal footing with the child actress only enhanced Sarandon’s achievement in a similar situation.