May 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm #1201842282
I see that we have an equivalent forum thread on worst winner of Best Actor, but I don’t see a recent one on Best Actress, so I’ll be first to sling mud.
I still can’t get over that Nicole Kidman lost for Moulin Rouge, but won in the lead race for her stoic, supporting performance in a stupid plastic nose in The Hours.
Which Oscar Best Actress win grinds your gears?May 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm #1201842286
Other winners include:
Elizabeth Taylor – Butterfield 8
Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love
Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
Cher – Moonstruck
Julia Roberts – Erin BrockovichMay 30, 2016 at 2:16 pm #1201842296
Among the winners? Yeah, Taylor, Paltrow and Kidman are definitely up there for me too.
I would add Grace Kelly (The Country Girl), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class), Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).May 30, 2016 at 4:39 pm #1201842334
Yes well, it pisses me off thinking about Natalie Portman winning that year for her “psycho baby-talking” perf. I’d have given this to Annette. Every actor nominated with her “winning” would have been OK with me.
The other one which I find marginally ‘annoying’ is Bullock’s win.
I don’t ‘fault’ Luise Rainer, a fabulous actor, for playing Chinese in The Good Earth. But, it still chaps and rankles, especially since, I don’t see an end to this kind of casting anytime soon.May 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm #1201842353
(1984)(1986)(1987)(1988)(1996)(1997)(2004)(2010)(2012)May 30, 2016 at 9:33 pm #1201842404
So many bad ones that triggered other bad ones.
Elizabeth Taylor for Butterfield 8 beating out Shirley MacLaine for The Apartment which probably led to Shirley beating out Debra Winger for Terms of Endearment.
Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class. So much for having to be great to win a 2nd Oscar. Forgettable film and performance. If this goes to Ellen Burstyn than Gena Rowlands wins her deserved one in 1974. I also wouldnt have minded Marsha Mason winning this year because I adore her!
Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God. You got a chance to honor one of the 2 HUGE actresses from the time period either Kathleen Turner or Sigourney Weaver in their iconic roles and you go for one time sentiment.
Jodie Foster for The Accused. She was fine in it but won 3 years later for an iconic performance. This should have been Glenn Close’s year! 5 nominations in 7 years!
Jessica Lange for Blue Sky. Yes weak year but Winona Ryder RULED the 90s! After her upset to Paquin this should have been hers! Very charming film
Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby. Come one. They should have thrown Mrs. Beatty a bone! How embarrassing to lose to Swank 2 times!
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady. The film was borderline unwatchable and Streep was again hammy with the accents and scenery chewing. Viola’s walk at the end of The Help is iconic and the film is played all over cable today. Do they think opportunities to awards black women in lead just grow on trees?May 31, 2016 at 1:02 am #1201842423
These choices are based on the winning performance alone, and not comparing them to the performances they won over.
My 15 least favorites in no way should have won winners…
Not ranked, just chronologically listed.
Note: I am a fan of Rogers, Witherspoon & Bullock just not these works.
Mary Pickford, “Coquette”
Norma Shearer, “The Divorcee”
Ginger Rogers, “Kitty Foyle”
Greer Garson, “Mrs. Miniver”
Jennifer Jones, “The Song of Bernadette”
Olivia de Havilland, “To Each His Own”
Grace Kelly, “The Country Girl”
Elizabeth Taylor, “BUtterfield 8”
Sally Field, “Places In the Heart”
Helen Hunt, “As Good As It Gets”
Gwyneth Paltorw, “Shakespeare In Love”
Julia Roberts, “Erin Brockovich”
Halle Beery, “Monster’s Ball”
Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”May 31, 2016 at 3:18 am #1201842442
My knee jerk reaction says Meryl Streep (TiL) or Gwyneth Paltrow, but I’m going with an unpopular choice that everyone seems to be okay with yet I do not understand why: Helen Mirren in The Queen. She can give this performance in her sleep yet somehow she won literally every Best Actress prize over Meryl Streep and the woman who should’ve taken the prize, Judi Dench in Notes On A Scandal. Dench takes a role out of her comfort zone yet she ironically doesn’t get rewarded for it. Smh.May 31, 2016 at 4:16 am #1201842459
Paltrow, no contest.
Kidman was fine in The Hours.May 31, 2016 at 8:05 am #1201842526
My knee jerk reaction says Meryl Streep (TiL) or Gwyneth Paltrow, but I’m going with an unpopular choice that everyone seems to be okay with yet I do not understand why: Helen Mirren in The Queen. She can give this performance in her sleep yet somehow she won literally every Best Actress prize over Meryl Streep and the woman who should’ve taken the prize, Judi Dench in Notes On A Scandal. Dench takes a role out of her comfort zone yet she ironically doesn’t get rewarded for it. Smh.
I think it wasn’t as bad choice as it was completely uninspiring choice. It seemed that everyone that year took the most obvious – British biopic drama role and pushed it as far as they could have. I agree that either Streep or Dench should have won, especially when you have in mind that Meryl won for the atrocious “The Iron Lady” (another incredibly boring choice). This is one of rare years where I am so torn between many ladies in the category regarding who should have won.
The ones I can remember: Paltrow (by quite the margin), Lawrence, Streep (TIL – just boring choice), Bullock, RobertsMay 31, 2016 at 12:23 pm #1201842632
so many in just the last 15 years…
RANKED worst to least worst
Julianne MooreMay 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm #1201842767
Helen Hunt- As good As it Gets
Gwyneth Paltrow- Shakespeare in Love
Julia Roberts- Erin Brockovich
Halle Berry- Monsters Ball
Nicole Kidman- The Hours
Reese Witherspoon- Walk The Line
Sandra Bullock- The blindside
Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
Brie Larson- RoomMay 31, 2016 at 5:51 pm #1201842785
Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8)
Katherine Hepburn (On Golden Pound)
Louise Rainer (The Great Ziegfeld)
Let me continue to be one of a few people that defends Helen Hunt and Julia Roberts.
Yes, there were better choices both years. But they both delivered at least perfectly fine performance. Roberts gave a classic movie star turn, was genuinely charming and engaging and delivered her dramatics moments with solid chops. It was a much better win than Bullock’s, who won for a similar type of role.
As Good As It Gets is for me almost un-watchable, but Hunt brought some real fire and honesty to a very cliched “working, single mom’ type role. She had no business winning an Oscar. But looking at the other nominees it wasn’t too bad of a victory, and I definitely prefer her to Winslet.
Also, worst acting is different than least deserving. You can give a good performance in a role that’s just not Oscar worthy. You can give a bad/mediocre performance in something that’s seemingly good bait.May 31, 2016 at 6:16 pm #1201842789
Which Oscar Best Actress win grinds your gears?
Won/Should Have Won:
1954 Grace Kelly/ Judy Garland SHOULD HAVE WON
1973 GLENDA JACKSON/ ELLEN BURSTYN SHOULD HAVE WON
1979 SALLY FIELD/ BETTE MILDER SHOULD HAVE WON
1980 SISSY SPACEK/ MARY TYLER MOORE WAS ROBBED!!!!
1986 MARLEEN MATLIN/ SIGNORGY WEAVER SHOULD HAVE WON
1988 JODIE FOSTER/ SIGNOGRY WEAVER SHOULD HAVE WON
1994 HOLLY HUNTER/ ANGELA BASSEST SHOULD HAVE WON
1997 HELEN HUNT WORST WIN/ JUDI DENCH SHOULD HAVE WON
1999 HILLARY SWANK/ ANNETTE BENNING SHOULD HAVE WON
2005 WORST WIN WORST WIN WOEST WIN EVER RESSE WITHERSPOON… FELICITY HUFFMAN SHOULD HAVE WON