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Was Ray Liotta robbed of an Oscar nomination for GoodFellas?

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  • Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    One of my favorite films of all time is GoodFellas, directed by Martin Scorsese. It received a lot of Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Lorraine Bracco, and winning (only) one for Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci. However, the lead in the film, Ray Liotta, wasn’t nominated. I personally believe that he was robbed for an Oscar nomination. Do you agree with me?

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    vinny
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    I think he was great in that movie but I think that the Best actor lineup that year was awesome. So I’m sorta torn here.

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    Gerard Depardieu and Kevin Costner were dead weight. Taking up precious real estate that could have gone to several others including Ray Liotta. He is Goodfellas as much as Joe Pesci and De Niro.

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    babypook
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    Well, Liotta is terrific here. He’d have to displace either De Niro or Costner imo for that spot.  Personally I’d have been fine with De Niro missing this year and the nomination going to Ray. Liotta’s character portrayal is spectacular, and credible. Not that De Niro isnt really good in Awakenings; but he’s not Eddie Redmayne; whereas, Liotta’s role is more akin to Keaton, in that, noone has to sit there being comatose or appearing as such.

    We’ll leave Costner in the lineup for several reasons.

    Hope this doesnt sound too insensitive, but there it is.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I actually think that the final line-up was one of the weaker ones for Best Actor. Liotta definitely could’ve taken the place of anyone aside from Irons and I’d have been more than happy with it.

    But then again, I’d probably go for more of left-field picks in my Best Actor slate, like Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, James Caan in Misery, and Gabriel Byrne in Miller’s Crossing. And that’s without having seen Richard Gere in Internal Affairs, which I’m curious about.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Haven’t seen Depardieu, but I would put Liotta below Irons, Costner and Harris with De Niro slightly below him. I would probably have Caan in there somewhere though, probably before Liotta.

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    babypook
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    I actually think that the final line-up was one of the weaker ones for Best Actor. Liotta definitely could’ve taken the place of anyone aside from Irons and I’d have been more than happy with it.

    But then again, I’d probably go for more of left-field picks in my Best Actor slate, like Michael Rooker in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, James Caan in Misery, and Gabriel Byrne in Miller’s Crossing. And that’s without having seen Richard Gere in Internal Affairs, which I’m curious about.

     

    Love this mention! For me it was both Finney and Turturro who could have won; never mind being overlooked. And that screenplay and score! And Byrne is mighty fine too.

    @Halo_Insider:

    ETA: I think Gere is terrific in Internal Affairs, an interesting film which takes itself very seriously. Nice seeing the under appreciated Gere play… spoiler alert…(such a bastard).

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    Yeah I thought Liotta did great. I only think DeNiro is worthy from the ones I have seen (Irons and Depardieu I have not) but no way did Kevin Costner deserve any nomination. James Caan in Misery and Liotta would have been much worthier 

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    OnTheAisle
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    I thought Liotta was on a tear back then. He was great in Something Wild, Dominick and Eugene and GoodFellas. However, I think Pesci was so brilliant that his costars simply suffered in comparison. Bracco got in, but she had little screen time with him.

    Beyond the victor Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune, there weren’t outstanding candidates for Best Actor. Beyond those previously mentioned in the thread, I though Robin WIlliams in Awakenings, Paul Newman in Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III gave solid performances and would be interchangeable with those nominated.

    I am partial to DeNiro for the double punch of Awakenings and GoodFellas and Liotta. They deserved space with Irons. 

    I would give the remaining two Best Actor slots to Iain Glen and Patrick Bergin of the forgotten Bob Rafelson bio pic Mountains of the Moon which tells the tale of explorers Sir Richard Burton and John Henning Speke who sought the source of the Nile RIver. Burton was a fascinating man who explored the world for a variety of reasons, including the sexual practices of other cultures. A linguist, he is responsible for the translation of the Kama Sutra. 

    Rafelson produced a visually intoxicating film that justifies his early promise with Five Easy Pieces. Like that classic, this story is told with intelligence. The answer to the question of the source of the Nile is not provided by the film. Rather, it is an examination of ethics and how two brave men survived heroic journeys to fall victim to jealousy and mistrust once they returned to England.

    Both Glen and Bergin give terrific performances. Their collaboration anchors the story. They make us believe that this is the first time Europeans have seen these interior parts of Africa. Sadly, this film has fallen from the canon but deserves to be rediscovered.

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