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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #63003

    Over the years I’ve heard some grumbling in these forums
    about these Oscar winners in the supporting actress slot. If you could only
    pick one, who should be forced to return her Oscar to the front desk of the
    motion picture academy headquarters in Beverly Hills?

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    Bill Buchanan
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    #63005

    Judi Dench didn’t win for her role in Shakespeare in Love and she knows it quite well. I’m sorry Mrs Dench, I love you, but you shouldn’t have won in 1998. It was just another scandal from the 1998 Oscars. Shakespeare in Love winning Best Picture over Elizabeth, Life Is Beautiful, Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line; Gwineth Paltrow winning Best Actress over Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth (that is a total and absolute crime) and of course the Judi Dench catastrophe… what else can I say?

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    dannyboy.
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    #63006

    Kim Basinger. I was very happy for the actress though who seemed genuinely surprised that she was even being taken this seriously. A good actress but shouldn’t have sewn up enough votes for the win against her competition. Am not overjoyed by a number of these though. Melissa Leo won for what is arguably her worst performance to date.

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    A Person
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    #63007

    Basinger should give hers to Julianne Moore

    Connelly should give hers to Marisa Tomei or Helen Mirren.

    Dench should give hers to Lynn Redgrave

    Leo should give hers to Jacki Weaver.

    Zellweger should give hers to Shohreh Ahgadashloo.

    I haven’t seen Hawn, Sorvino or Tomei so I can’t comment on them.  Even though Paquin isn’t my pick for the win I don’t have a problem with her winning really. 

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    #63008

    I am surprised you left Jennifer Hudson off that list. Her win still seems highly debatable to lots of cineastes…

    That said, of those listed, I agree most of all that Leo should give hers to Jacki Weaver.

    I don’t begrudge Judi Dench her win; she was the best thing in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE. I do wish though she had tied with Lynn Redgrave.

    Everything about L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is highly overrated, including Kim Basinger’s unconvincing turn as a prostitute.

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    Logan
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    #63009

    At least four of them gave terrific performances (Basinger, Dench, Paquin, Tomei), and I don’t think anyone should give back their Oscar seeing as though it’s not their fault people voted for them.

    The weakest from that list is probably Melissa Leo, and even then she won over a generally weak group outside of Jacki Weaver.

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    A Person
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    #63010

    I’m a big fan of L.A. Confidential, but Basinger is easily the weakest member of the ensemble.

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    Tom O’Neil
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    I am surprised you left Jennifer Hudson off that list. Her win still seems highly debatable to lots of cineastes…

    That’s why lots of cineastes are boobs

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    Fishbiscuit
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    [quote=”Poubelle”]I am surprised you left Jennifer Hudson off that list. Her win still seems highly debatable to lots of cineastes…

    That’s why lots of cineastes are boobs

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    [quote=”Poubelle”]I am surprised you left Jennifer Hudson off that list. Her win still seems highly debatable to lots of cineastes…

    That’s why lots of cineastes are boobs

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    So, you would agree then that, according to Oscar’s standards, Jennifer Hudson is a better actor and/or singer than (in no particular order):

    Deborah Kerr
    Cary Grant
    Rosalind Russell
    Judy Garland
    Glenn Close
    Peter O’Toole
    Thelma Ritter
    Sigourney Weaver
    Julianne Moore
    Laura Linney
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Albert Finney
    Tom Cruise
    Annette Bening
    Richard Burton
    Joan Allen
    James Dean
    Johnny Depp
    Marilyn Monroe
    Fred Astaire
    Greta Garbo
    Orson Welles
    Donald Sutherland
    Alan Rickman
    Martin Sheen
    Brad Pitt
    Woody Harrelson
    Edward Norton
    Helena Bonham Carter
    Liam Neeson
    Gary Oldman
    Viola Davis
    Kirk Douglas
    Gene Kelly
    Richard Harris
    John Malkovich
    Ralph Fiennes
    Steve McQueen
    Montgomery Clift
    Peter Sellers
    Barbara Stanwyck
    Eli Wallach
    Kenneth Branagh
    Angela Lansbury
    Edith Evans
    Irene Dunne
    Claude Rains
    Gloria Swanson
    Agnes Moorehead
    Judy Davis
    Robert Mitchum
    Steve Buscemi
    John Hurt
    Viggo Mortensen
    Liv Ullman
    Ian McKellen
    Lynn Redgrave
    Paul Giamatti
    Jude Law
    Mickey Rooney
    Harrison Ford
    Jeremy Renner
    Etc. (apologies to anyone I left off this list)

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    Logan
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    Well, she’s probably a better singer.

    Again, though, that’s not what a voter is thinking about when they pick their choice. No one was looking at that category and thinking, “hmmm, well, I can’t vote for Hudson since Kerr never won a competitive Oscar.” It’s about the category at hand. Do other factors come in to play (career, race, the film they’d win for, etc.)? Absolutely. However, you shouldn’t penalize someone because greats haven’t won in the past.  

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    Madson Melo
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    Connelly, Leo, Paquin and Hawn were good choices, the other 5 women… let’s see:

    Kim Basinger had a terrible carreer prior to L.A. Confidential and, for
    me, did nothing special in that great movie, she and Driver were the
    weakest in that category, I think Moore should had won, or they could
    have given that prize to Miss Gloria Stuart, she did a really great job
    in Titanic and should’ve been beautiful if she’d won in that year, the
    winner should had been Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights.

    Judi Dench simply won because of her name, movie and the loss a year
    before, she was good in Shakespeare in Love, but Rachel Griffiths and
    Lynn Redgrave were miles better, the last scene of Redgrave should’ve
    sealed the deal, superb!! and Dench won in a year where Lisa Kudrow
    (amazing in Opposite of Sex) wasn’t even nominated. Winner should had
    been Lynn Redgrave for Gods and Monters.

    Mira Sorvino isn’t a good actress, imo. Her performance was awesome, but
    clearly the majority of the greatness belongs to Allen’s character and
    direction, Sorvino couldn’t handle a candle against Winslet and Joan
    Allen, two of the greatest supporting performance of the 90’s. Winner
    should had been Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility.

    Marisa Tomei is an actress that I simply ADORE, but her winning isn’t
    credible, she was really good in Cousin Vinny, but in what world Judy
    Davis and Miranda Richardson (the Chastain of 92′) could be considerable
    less than incredibly perfect in their roles? No way Tomei should have
    won for that movie against that great competition, in the year of The
    Wrestler I could had supported her win. Winner should had been Judy
    Davis in Husbands and Wives.

    Renée Zellweger… hahaha Here I come, I like Renée from Jerry Maguire
    to Chicago, beyond this she isn’t just not good anymore. Her performance
    in Cold Mountain is one of the few that I consider BAD and that won an
    Oscar at the same time (the same group I put George Chakiris in West
    Side Story and Roberto Begnini in Life is Beautiful). Even if I think
    Hunter wasn’t a great nominee and the Gay Harden should have been
    replaced with Linney from the same movie, Aghdashloo and Clarkson were
    incredible, Zellweger in Cold Mountain is over and incredibly fake as a
    farmer, too much exagerated and too many faces for a great character.
    Winner should had been Shohreh Agdashloo in House of Sand and Fog.

    Another victories that I don’t agree are Lange in Tootsie over Close in
    Garp, Davis in Accidental Tourist over Weaver in Working Girl and
    Binoche in English Patient over Bacall and Joan Allen.

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    Boidiva02
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    #63016

    I have to say Jennifer Connelly seems like the one most in need of returning her Oscar.

    Her work since is just laughable and frankly I don’t see anything about her performance that was special.   Nothing.  The others I at least think have had respectable careers to a degree.  

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    marcelo
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    #63017

    by a mile: Jennifer Connelly

    I love Marisa Tomei in my cousin Vinny and Anna Paquin in The piano 

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    babypook
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    #63018

    I wouldnt require any of these actors to return their Oscars. I enjoyed and appreciated all of their perfs, and a few were spectacular, such as Anna Paquin.

    If someone put a gun to my head, I’d go with Zellweger and her Granny Clampett perf. But then, I adored Granny.

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