When did a Career-Comeback land Oscar gold?

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  • Jaqen H’ghar
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    #202909

    I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while, and thought it may warrant its own thread. 

    This year, Sylvester Stallone is considered to be having his “Career Comeback.” The same thing seemed to happen to Michael Keaton last year. A few years before that, Mickey Rourke.

    But with Rourke and Keaton, they ended up with nominations, but wins (Rourke losing to Sean Penn, and Keaton losing to Eddie Redmayne). Aside from his SAG snub, what’s stopping a lot of us from predicting Stallone for the win is the statement of “They didn’t give it to Rourke or Keaton, and they won’t give it to Stallone.”

    Who else has been in a similar situation? And of those, who managed to win?

    I was trying to think of actresses. I thought Sally Field in Lincoln, but she never really left. She turned in great performances post- Places in the Heart, they just were largely ignored by Oscar (Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump). That same year, Helen Hunt was in a similar place. But she too had steady work post-As Good As It Gets (my personal fav being Then She Found Me). 

    Perhaps Lauren Bacall and Gloria Stuart can be in the club with Rourke and Keaton [and most likely, Stallone].

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    24Emmy
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    #202911

    Art Carney?

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    tennisfreak
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    #202912

    Jessica Tandy definitely counts.

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    RobertPius
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    #202913

    Jessica Tandy definitely counts.

    Jessica was never really a movie star when she was younger. She worked stedily on Broadway her whole life. Driving Miss Daisy was just succes in a new medium. 

    How about Don Ameche? Was he gone for a period pre-Cocoon? 

    She didn’t win but Piper Laurie in Carrie was a comeback. She was nominated for The Hustler , left film for like 15 years and then nominated again in Carrie
     

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    RobertPius
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    Jessica Tandy definitely counts.

    Jessica was never really a movie star when she was younger. She worked stedily on Broadway her whole life. Driving Miss Daisy was just succes in a new medium. 

    How about Don Ameche? Was he gone for a period pre-Cocoon? 

    She didn’t win but Piper Laurie in Carrie was a comeback. She was nominated for The Hustler , left film for like 15 years and then nominated again in Carrie
     

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    Patrick
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    #202915

    McConaughey took a 2 year break from 2009-2011 in order to evaluate his career. He came back and began taking more serious roles and then the “McConaissance” was born in which he starred in and was featured in multiple critically acclaimed projects in a row including The Lincoln Lawyer, Mud, Magic Mike, his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, his cameo in another best picture nominee in The Wolf of Wall Street, and of course his highly critically acclaimed role in True Detective. When voters released their ballots, True Detective was just beginning to air and multiple voters admitted that they were voting for him because of the show and his career resurgence in general.

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    Chris Beachum
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    #202916

    My list would include anybody that had a long absence from making quality films (not just anybody who was older at the time)…

    Don Ameche, “Cocoon”
    George Burns, “The Sunshine Boys”
    Art Carney, “Harry and Tonto”
    Henry Fonda, “On Golden Pond”
    Ruth Gordon, “Rosemary’s Baby”
    Jack Palance, “City Slickers”
    Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
    Jessica Tandy, “Driving Miss Daisy”

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    Riley
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    #202917

    Although Christopher Plummer did get his first Oscar nomination just three years before Beginners.

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    #202918

    The ultimate Oscar comeback story is Ingrid Bergman’s second Best Actress victory for Anastasia in 1956.

    Seven years earlier Bergman wrote a letter to Italian director Roberto Rossellini remarking that she liked his work and suggested they make a film together. Bergman was cast in Stromboli the next year. While in Italy, she became pregnant with their son. Both director and star were married to others and sought divorces. Bergman divorced her husband and left her daughter for Rossellini.

    America was outraged by Bergman’s actions. Colorado senator Edwin Johnson denounced Bergman on the Senate floor. Before the assignation with Rossellini, Bergman was a revered movie star. In the 1940s she had made the classic Casablanca, won her first Oscar for Gaslight, starred in three Hitchcock thrillers, and had her biggest hit as a nun in The Bells of St. Mary’s.

    Seven years after that initial meeting, three children and five films, Bergman and Rossellini divorced. Bergman returned to Hollywood and filmed Anastasia. She won her second Oscar but did not attend the ceremony. Reportedly, she feared a negative response to her presence. Cary Grant accepted her award which was widely interpreted as forgiveness.

    At the following year’s ceremony, Bergman did show up and was introduced by Grant to announce the winner of Best Picture. She received a standing ovation from those in attendance. Her comeback was complete.

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    Mladen Vukcevic
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    #202919

    I see “Blue Jasmine” as the return of Blanchett. The last thing that good she did was in 2008 with “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. In the meantime, she gave birth, did theater work, did some questionable things like Hanna, Robin Hood and Hobbit. But from 2013 and on, she literally exploded. 4 movies this year, several other projects announced, moving to US… The woman is ready to work and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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    #202920

    I want to say Jeff Bridges, but is it really a comeback if you never really stopped working? 

    I guess the same applies for Alan Arkin. 

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    #202921

    McConaughey took a 2 year break from 2009-2011 in order to evaluate his career. He came back and began taking more serious roles and then the “McConaissance” was born in which he multiple critically successful projects in a row including Mud, Magic Mike, his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club, his cameo in another best picture nominee in The Wolf of Wall Street, and of course his highly critically acclaimed role in True Detective. When voters released their ballots, True Detective was just beginning to air and multiple admitted that they were voting for him because of the show and his career resurgence in general.

    Speaking of the McConaissance, word is that a Dunst-aissance (clunky word) going around since Kirsten Dunst’s epic, hugely acclaimed performance in Fargo on TV. Maybe next year that’s what we’ll be seeing.

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    #202922

    Although Christopher Plummer did get his first Oscar nomination just three years before Beginners.

    A s did Ruth Gordon for Inside Daisy Clover.

    You can’t make a comeback when you’ve already come back.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    #202923

    Some of these people were working steadily when the made those Oscar winning films. I mean Christopher Plummer, Cate Blanchett? Please…

    Sandra Bullock might qualify although she had a hit and a well advertised flop before The Blind Side that same year. But in general, it was viewed as a comeback since she did disappear for a while and nobody saw/cared or everybody forgot about Infamous, Premonition or The Lake House (I had to go look to see what she had done before).

    Michael Keaton had a comeback. So did Mickey Rourke. I don’t think anybody can confidently say what they were doing before those nominated roles without looking at IMDB. 

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    #202924

    Frank Sinatra for From Here to Eternity since most people had written him off at that point and he had to beg for that role. Joan Crawford for Mildred Pierce too.

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