Was there any Oscar buzz for Sigourney Weaver in the original Alien?

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    Was she advertised? Which category. lead or supporting?

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    babypook
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    Well, she was nominated for “Most Promising” with BAFTA, quite an insightful coup for them. Dennis Christopher won that year for Breaking Away…a terrific coming-of-age film btw.

    I do know that Sigourney credits Scott for “finding” her. And she certainly deserved that nod for Aliens 2.

    One thing I love about Sigourney is her long-term, friendly collaborations with her “long-term” working relationships, with some of the most “perfectionist” and lauded Directors in the business.

    And, what of John Hurt? Anyone doubt that that “alien” burst through his chest?

    Way to go Sigourney. She’s iconic imo.
    Win that Oscar.

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    Seems like a tradition doesn’t it….nominating a young, promising actor/actress in Supporting. Wish I could get my hands on that poster M!

    So…who was Lead I wonder? The Alien d’ya think?

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    Seems like a tradition doesn’t it….nominating a young, promising actor/actress in Supporting. Wish I could get my hands on that poster M!

    So…who was Lead I wonder? The Alien d’ya think?

    In this case the studio is arguing the whole ensemble is supporting. But they’re campaigning for Weaver specifically. Wish the Academy would have nominated her lead like they did Susan Sarandon when she campaigned supporting for Atlantic City.

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    babypook
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    Might have been very interesting if SAG were around then. John, Ian, Veronica, Sigourney, Harry, Yaphet…all “stellar”.

    A work of art, is Alien. Wonder how it would do awards-wise today, where brilliant Sci-fi with an equally brilliant cast appears to be more accessible and accepted.

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    I love Alien, much more so than Cameron’s fun but bloated Aliens, but no, it was not a serious Oscar contender, Weaver included. She and Hurt did garner BAFTA noms but keep in mind, that was back when the Oscars were actually a precursor to the BAFTAs – those nominations had no influence on the Academy’s selections. Barbara Barrie and Mariel Hemingway were probably the most vulnerable of the Oscar nominees for Supporting Actress but Valerie Harper for Chapter Two, not Weaver, was likely most within striking distance.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1958) – Gigi? Seriously, Academy?

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    I’d have put her in lead in place of Jane Fonda or Jill Clayburg.

    Fonda is just sort of average in China Syndrome and I haven’t seen Starting Over since I was a kid but all I really remember from that film is Candace Bergen’s singing.

    I’d have put Sig in lead and Veronica Cartwright in supporting instead of Hemmingway.

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    I’d have put her in lead in place of Jane Fonda or Jill Clayburg.

    Fonda is just sort of average in China Syndrome and I haven’t seen Starting Over since I was a kid but all I really remember from that film is Candace Bergen’s singing.

    I’d have put Sig in lead and Veronica Cartwright in supporting instead of Hemmingway.

    I absolutely LOVE Clayburgh and Bergen in Starting Over! The film is hilarious imo. Always refreshing seeing comedic perfs being cited.
    I agree re Fonda. She’s OK, but that is Jack’s film from beginning to end. If Weaver were placed where she belonged, in Lead, Fonda is out.
    In Supporting, where she probably may have been placed, that’s far tougher.
    I guess I’d turf Jane Alexander, an actor I’ve always loved watching. She’s good, but that nomination reminds me of the one Keener received for Capote.

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    I’d have given the boot to Fonda too (Clayburgh is fantastic)…but probably to the benefit of Julie Andrews for 10.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1959) – The One Where I Finally Pick a Sinatra Song

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