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  • Macbeth
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    This year, the amazing Christoph Waltz returned to the Oscar podium to win another statue. This was special for me because Waltz is one of the greatest actors of the day and one of the most deserving winners. Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro and Philip Seymour Hoffman have become Oscar staples (19 of the 21 combined nominations come from them). This got me thinking – which underrated Oscar winners also need to win another one in the future?

    Chris Cooper (2003, Best Supporting Actor (Adaptation))
    One of the greatest character actors we have (second only to maybe Richard Jenkins), Cooper won a well-deserved Oscar over Hollywood legends Christopher Walken, Ed Harris, Paul Newman and frat-packer John C. Reilly.
    Since then, Cooper has reverted back to supporting roles that are electric and notable, but he has been failed to be nominated for another Oscar.
    Cooper has a huge movie coming out this year – August: Osage Country. This film is already being called as Best Picture winner, and Cooper could probably grab a nomination in Supporting Actor and hopefully he will win.
    An interesting fact – if Cooper wins, he will be the fifth consecutive winner whose name starts with “Chris” – Chris[toph] Waltz, Chris[tian Bale], Chris[topher] Plummer and Waltz again

    Kevin Spacey
    Where did the love for Spacey go? In the 90s and early 2000s, it seemed like Spacey was the next Nicholson (he still quite possibly is). Yes, he won two Academy Awards, but have there seriously been no oppurtunities for him to be nominated for another one or two? The Shipping News, he was Oscar nomination worth. What about Telstar? In my opinion, he was unfairly snubbed for Best Supporting Actor in Horrible Bosses. Yes, it was a vulgar film, but are you honestly going to tell me Melissa McCarthy, who was in an equally vulgar film, could get nominated?

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    seabel
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    I’m going with actors, directors and writers. I don’t think all of them are UNDERRATED because, you know, we have to count on them as they’re alive so they can go on stage again.

    ACTORS:
    1. Tilda Swinton
    2. Nicole Kidman
    3. Al Pacino
    4. Philip Seymour Hoffman
    5. Christopher Walken
    6. Javier Bardem
    7. Kevin Kline
    8. Ben Kingsley
    9. Frances McDormand
    10. Robert Duvall

    DIRECTORS:
    1. Johnathan Demme
    2. Sam Mendes
    3. Roman Polanski
    4. Coen Brothers
    5. Kathryn Bigelow

    WRITERS:
    1. Charlie Kaufman
    2. Aaron Sorkin
    3. Christopher Hampton
    4. Christopher McQuarrie
    5. Alan Ball

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    KT
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    I have huge respect for Jonathan Demme, Kathryn Bigelow, and the Coen brothers because they won their Oscars when they were not expecting it, for films that in many ways seem anti-Oscar. Not once did they cater to that voting body. Silence of the Lambs was released in February 1991 before the Oscar ceremony for the previous year. How it stayed in the consciousness of voters is a miracle. The Hurt Locker was a festival darling and marked Bigelow’s career resurgence. She more than any one else was shocked critical acclaim and industry support carried her to the awards. And No Country for Old Men was vintage Coen brothers, pure and simple. I love that Oscar found them, and not the other way around, and that they will never have to change what they do to get recognition, nor do they “need to.” That being said, I’d personally love to see them up on that stage again.

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    Titanium
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    I’d have to say Jessica Lange; such a powerhouse actress! Easily one of the greatest actresses who’ve ever lived in my opinion, and the only of her generation on a par with Meryl Streep. I know she’s had a quiet few years as far as films are concerned, but she’s been getting buckets of acclaim and awards for theatre and television work, and she’s enjoying a resurge in popularity thanks to American Horror Story (here’s hoping she wins her 3rd Emmy this year). So now is the perfect time for her to strike back. Here’s hoping she gets nominated for Therese in the next oscars!

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    Titanium
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    Oh… I almost forgot as well… Timothy Hutton. I know most people just think “How the hell did this 19 year old beat Joe Pesci!?” But I think that’s very unfair. HIs performance blew me away and continues to blow me away every time I watch it. He’s a lot older now, so although he doesn’t have the star factor it should probably be easier for him to find juicy roles (hopefully in big award films people will see), especially since Leverage is no more.

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    Beau S.
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    Charlie Kaufman NEEDS to write more films.

    Frances McDormand. She’s been focusing on her stage career, and gaining numerous fans among Broadway audiences, as of late. Frankly, I’d love to see a film adaptation of Good People, the play she won her Tony for.

    Al Pacino. If we were to (God forbid) lose him in the near future, Scent of a Woman would be an awful last nomination/only win for him.

    Cate Blanchett. Hopefully one of her films this year can do this for her.

    Now that Sam Mendes has critical and commercial success, I’d love to see him take on some more American beauty-esque fair.

    It would be nice to see Sam Raimi finally get a nomination, but juding by the kinds of projects he’s been taking on over the past years, it would seem that he isn’t interested in winning Oscars.

    David Lynch.

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    I’d have to say Jessica Lange; such a powerhouse actress! Easily one of the greatest actresses who’ve ever lived in my opinion, and the only of her generation on a par with Meryl Streep. I know she’s had a quiet few years as far as films are concerned, but she’s been getting buckets of acclaim and awards for theatre and television work, and she’s enjoying a resurge in popularity thanks to American Horror Story (here’s hoping she wins her 3rd Emmy this year). So now is the perfect time for her to strike back. Here’s hoping she gets nominated for Therese in the next oscars!

    Please be a real fan, please be a real fan, please be a real fan – and not someone sent from the lower recesses of hell to mock and scare me.  

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    black30
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    #93909

    Kathy Bates needs a second one just because. 

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    GhostOrchid
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    I agree with Kathy Bates, but sadly I don’t think she’ll ever win again….

    At least she has a very deserved win.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    They aren’t underrated, but I want Tom Hanks to return to the podium. He was robbed of his 3rd Oscar for Saving Private Ryan and especially Cast Away (Russell Crowe for Gladiator? Really?). 

    And Rachel Weisz has done such an incredible job with her post-Oscar career that she deserves some recognition. It’s ridiculous she doesn’t even have a follow-up nod yet. She’s been robbed several times.

    And, of course, Sandra Bullock.  

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    I’m going to bite the bullet and say Melissa Leo. Her speeches are extremely awakward and untamed, but I think she’s a good actor. She was fantastic in The Fighter, and I would like to see her at least get nominated again. 

    Kathy Bates, for sure. She should have gotten one for Primary Colors and at least a nomination for Dolores Claiborne.  

    Those without Oscars: 

    I would love to see Jim Carrey win one someday. He totally deserved a win or at least nominations for Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and Eternal Sunshine… 

    Bill Murray – I think we might see him up again. He should have taken best actor 2003, imho.

    Joaquin Phoenix needs an Oscar soon. 

    I would also like to see Viggo Mortenssen take one. He’s my second choice for 2007

     

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    Movie Mike
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    #93913

    Michelle Pfeifer should also be included in those who deserve an Oscar. Her performance in The Fabulous Baker Boys was by far the best of that year.  Her performances in The Age of Innocence and White Oleander should have been nominated.

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    Macbeth
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    Bill Murray – I think we might see him up again. He should have taken best actor 2003, imho.

     

    He’s a contender for BSA for Monuments Men

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    BrokenFan
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    Yup, that’s why I said it.

    Almost forgot: Michael Shannon needs an Oscar win.  

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    Tye-Grr
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    Of the previous winners, I’d love to see Charlize Theron return. Her win for ‘Monster’ was damn near legendary, and then she got a follow-up nod for ‘North Country’, a glorified Lifetime film. She was robbed of a nomination for ‘Young Adult’, but I’m hoping that she’ll get another juicy role again in the near future which I have no doubts that she can; it’s a matter of time. Of the actors, I too would love to see Tom Hanks return. This could be the year, what with not one but TWO baity roles. I hope he nails them. Of the non-nominated ladies, I hope Kirsten Dunst finally lands a role that earns her a nomination. In my opinion, she should’ve won for ‘Melancholia’, or at the very least have been nominated. And of the guys, Jim Carrey is one that still hurts when I think that he’s never been nominated, not even for such great work as ‘Eternal Sunshine’, ‘Man on the Moon’, and ‘The Truman Show’. The Academy really blew it. Hopefully they make it up to him one day.

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