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  • Sab21
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    I think the title says it all – which Oscar winners do you think were (more or less) quite deserving, but get some hatred for their win? It doesn’t matter in which category he/she won.

    If I limit my choices to winners in the new century, the following seven ladies come to my mind:

    2001: Best Actress – Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball)

    She wasn’t my pick. I think the best performance was given by Sissy Spacek, my second choice wasn’t even nominated (Naomi Watts). But before I watched Monster’s Ball, I had read/heard that Berry was one of the most undeserving Oscar winners ever and I didn’t get that feeling at all when I finally watched the movie. I think she was quite effective and definitely the second best for me in that line-up.

    2001: Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind)

    Many people complain that she is actually leading in that movie (if I’m right she was even nominated in the leading category at the SAG awards), but for me she was a totally supporting character (just because she doesn’t have such limited screentime like some recent Supporting Actress winners, it doesn’t mean Connelly is a co-lead). Connelly hat several heartwarming and emotional moments. She made that performance into more than the typical “just-the-supporting-wife”-performance.

    2002: Best Actress – Nicole Kidman (The Hours)

    Moore was amazing in Far from Heaven and I wouldn’t have minded if she had won. But I would still give Kidman the edge. She nailed the portrayal of a mentally ill Virginia Woolf and had several scenes in which she greatly presented her suffering. 

    2004: Best Supporting Actress – Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)

    I suppose, Blanchett gets less hatred than the previous winners I named. But still, I’ve often read that this was just a caricatural performance. I agree, the golf scene, for example, was mostly a “caricature” but I think it completely fitted in that moment and found it wonderful. In other scenes, Blanchett’s performance is definitely more than just a Katherine-Hepburn-impersonation – just think about the scene when she talks about her brother’s funeral or when knock’s at Howard’s door and tries to talk to him. For me, it’s an absolutely deserving award.

    2005: Best Supporting Actress – Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) 

    Weisz owned the screen for the first 40 minutes or so of that movie. Even when she (mostly) disappears for the rest of the movie, her presence is still felt thanks to her stolid, but still heartfelt performance.

    2007: Best Supporting Actress – Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

    One of my favourite Supporting-Actress-line-ups in recent years. While I’ve had problems picking a deserving winner in some recent years, three women of that line-up would have totally been deserving of an Oscar: Blanchett, Ryan and Swinton. But I think the Academy got it right with their choice: While Ryan and Blanchett give very transformative performances, Swinton’s performance has several nuances and subtleties which always make it a pleasure for me to watch that performance.

    2014: Best Actress – Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

    Already now, this is only seen as an overdue-win (maybe it is, who knows). Again, Moore wasn’t my actual choice, Cotillard totally owned that category, but I doubt that she would have been a contender for the award even if Moore had already won an Oscar. Still, I wanted Moore to win (she was my second choice with Pike right behind her) and there are several worse Best Actress winners. Her performance is absolutely emotional, she convincingly shows her character’s decline. And even if Moore had won for Boogie Nights or The Hours or Far from Heaven or whatever: Who would have won the Oscar? A second one for Witherspoon? Cotillard in another French movie without a nomination at the Globes, SAG or even BAFTA? Maybe in that scenario Pike could have had more buzz for her performance, but it seems like the Academy didn’t like her movie. It definitely would have been an interesting race.

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    AMG
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    Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
    Jessica Chastain was my personal pick, but Lawrence was really good in SLP. There’s been a lot of flack on these forums since, but I understand why voters went for her. She had huge buzz, and was (still is) the biggest actress in the world, in a film voters loved.

    Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
    Naturally, I have to go with Redmayne from this year. Loads of people slating his win, because they either didn’t think he was good enough (what film were you watching!??) or because they thought Keaton was more deserving (also, what film were you watching??) but it’s the kind of performance Oscar voters go for. Packed to the rims with emotion, and such a range on display. He is my personal Best Actor winner for years and years and years. Completely captivating like no other performance this century for me. 

    Big Hero 6
    I LOVED this film, and it made my top ten films of 2014. Quite a few people on here preferred the favourite How To Train Your Dragon 2, but this was knock out. My favourite animated film at the time since Toy Story 3. It was better than Frozen from the year before. If those two went head to head there would be no competition for me. A brilliant story, excellently told. Much better than the most likely alternative winner for me.  
     
     

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    TerenceFletcher
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    Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook (fantastic performance, in my opinion her career-best thus far)
    Eddie RedmayneThe Theory of Everything (Jake Gyllenhaal was my winner but Redmayne was very good)
    Anne HathawayLes Misérables (she gets a lot of flack but this performance is phenomenal)
    Judi DenchShakespeare in Love (it’s a cameo, yes, but it is the only performance that Dench is an Oscar winner for, and that in and of itself is why I can get behind this win)
    Colin FirthThe King’s Speech (Excellent, inspiring performance)

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    vinny
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    Anne Hathaway – Yes, she can come off as a little fake sometimes BUT that performance was AMAZING.

    Jennifer Lawrence – Ok so this was one that got a lot of flack but it was just such a great performance and I think her best ever on film.

    Eddie Redmayne – Not sure where the flack comes from for this one. He was killer.

    Cher – Yes, the competition was awesome too but her win was well deserved.

    Collin Firth – I will go to the grave supporting this win. He owned that film. Yes, it wasnt for everyone but it was one hell of a performance.

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    Katharine Hepburn 1967

    Many have won an Oscar in recognition of a fine career. Hepburn won her second on her 12th nomination for Best Actress and following the demise of long time love and costar Spencer Tracy. Unlike Al Pacino who received a career recognition Oscar for a hammy, uncontrolled performance in Scent of a Woman, Hepburn gives a subtle, lovely performance in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.

    Luise Rainer 1938

    For her consecutive Best Actress Oscar, Luise Rainer played Chinese peasant O-lan in the screen adaption of Pearl S. Buck’s prize winning novel The Good Earth. The previous year Rainer won for a glamour soap turn as Flo Ziegfeld’s first wife Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld. Her next role as the timid, loyal wife of a struggling farmer surprised and impressed voters with the range Rainer demonstrated. Her win was certainly not aided by MGM who also had Greta Garbo in Camille in the race. MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer bitterly despised the actress for her unwillingness to conform to his authority, her interest in the intellectuals of the time, and her refusal to dress in the garb of leading ladies. “We made you, and we’re going to kill you,” he reportedly told her. Shortly after her second Oscar, Luise Rainer fled Hollywood and her career was over.

    Judy Holliday 1950

    Bitterly loathed by some for besting Bette Davis in All About Eve and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, Judy Holliday won her Oscar for her comedic turn in Born Yesterday. Holliday is a joy in the classic comedy. Too often comedic performances don’t win and those few that achieve the elusive honor are held in contempt. No one is disputing the achievements of two time Oscar winner Davis nor the multiple nominee Swanson, but Holliday gave us a terrific Billie Dawn that deserved its recognition.

     

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    #193591

    I’ve always thought that Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton were held up as some of the more respectable wins in their category that decade.

    I’d probably go with Argo for Film Editing.

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    I have a feeling I won’t be making friends with this one, but..Sandra Bullock (ducks to avoid chair thrown). Yes, I would’ve preferred to see her win for Gravity. But her performance in The Blind Side isn’t terrible. There are actually some hidden nuances in her portrayal that her character seem very real like when Michael says how he never had a bed before and Bullock captures her touched reaction through just her eyes. Also, Tilda Dwinton wasn’t nominated for Julia so I don’t mind too much (ducks chair again).

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    I have a feeling I won’t be making friends with this one, but..Sandra Bullock (ducks to avoid chair thrown). Yes, I would’ve preferred to see her win for Gravity. But her performance in The Blind Side isn’t terrible. There are actually some hidden nuances in her portrayal that her character seem very real like when Michael says how he never had a bed before and Bullock captures her touched reaction through just her eyes. Also, Tilda Dwinton wasn’t nominated for Julia so I don’t mind too much (ducks chair again).

    Absolutely yes to Sandra. I forgot to mention her in mine. I loathe the amount of hate she gets for her win. I found this a worthy performance in a more mainstream film than typical for the Oscars. I actually really enjoy The Blind Side, and I’ve never understood why it gets the hate it does. Plus, she’s proven in her post-win career that she deserves to have the title of Oscar-winner.

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    Glenda Jackson for “A Touch of Class”

    Any one of the five women that year were deserving…….definitely one of the best “Best Actress” line-ups ever with Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Marsha Mason (Cinderella Liberty), Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were), and Joanne Woodward (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams).  There was no clear frontrunner and any one of the five could have won.   Glenda Jackson & Marsha Mason won the Golden Globes in the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical and Drama respectively.

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    #193595

    Movies:
    The King’s Speech
    Shakespeare in Love
    Titanic 
    Brave
    Frozen
    Big Hero 6
    Driving Miss Daisy

    Performances:
    Julie Andrews- Mary Poppins (shocked the fuck out of me)
    Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
    Anne Hathaway- Les Miserables
    Colin Firth- The King’s Speech (I remember at the time everybody loved his performance)
    Sandra Bullock- The Blind Side (Not my choice for a win, but the way most people reacted to this win you thought she had won for Speed 2 or something).
    Gwyneth Paltrow- Shakespeare in Love
    Cher- Moonstruck

    All pitchfork’s and torches can be bought a Wal-Mart near you. 

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    I’m a bit surprised to see Firth being mentioned. I think he was excellent, but I’ve never known that he received much backlash for his win. If that’s the case, I’d definitely include him.

    I’ve always thought that Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton were held up as some of the more respectable wins in their category that decade.

    I’d probably go with Argo for Film Editing.

    Well, as I said: Blanchett doesn’t get that much hatred, but I’ve often read that she just won because she had lost for Elizabeth or that she just impersonated Hepburn. 

    About Swinton: It’s certainly no Renée-Zellweger-case, but there are comments that reach from “Blanchett/Ryan deserved it more” to “She did nothing in this movie”. I’ve also had “discussions” with friends of mine who said that they didn’t understand why she won an Oscar for it.

    They don’t get THAT much hatred, but their two of my favourite Supporting Actress wins of the last 25 years or so, so maybe I’m a bit biased about negative comments for them 🙂 

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    I included Firth because of backlash I saw very recently in this forum. I don’t remember which thread. But to reiterate, his win was very well-deserved.

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    #193598

    Lupita Nyong’o’s win is hated by two groups the people here and Guy Lodge.

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    Julie Andrews- Mary Poppins (shocked the fuck out of me)

    In 1964, Mary Poppins was a hit film that received a whopping 13 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Julie Andrews was the expected Best Actress winner that night.

    Academy voters rallied around the vote, not only due to the talent of Julie Andrews, but in anger over the casting of the film adaptation of the long running Broadway hit My Fair Lady. Producer Jack L. Warner opted for the star of the stage production Rex Harrison as Henry Higgins but selected established movie star Audrey Hepburn over the movie novice Julie Andrews who originated the role of Eliza Dolittle. Remember the 1960s was the era of Broadway musicals recreated for film. Four such films (West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Oliver!), prevailed in the Best Picture category during the decade.

    Not only did the Academy honor Andrews, it controversially failed to nominate Audrey Hepburn for her performance in My Fair Lady. Without Hepburn on the ballot, Andrews faced minimal competition and was an easy victor.

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    Yes to Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side! Also, who has backlash for Nyong’o’s win on here? I thought hers was a respected win?

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