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  • Jason Travis
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    With Elba’s history making win tonight at SAG even though he has no Oscar nod, I got to thinking. Sure Stallone still would be competitive to win, but if Elba had been an Oscar nominee and with this triumph, we would have had a race. 

    So I pose the question: which actors/filmmakers/movies do you think would have won the Oscar in their respective categories, had they in fact been nominated? This is, of course, strictly subjective, but I thought it would be interesting to discuss.

    Here are a few of my guesses off the top of my head:

    BEST PICTURE
    Singin’ in the Rain
    (1952)

    BEST ACTOR
    Humphrey Bogart, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    Jim Carrey, The Truman Show (1998; seriously, only Drama Globe Actor winner to never be nodded for an Oscar since I don’t know when, and the Oscar’s slate was a weak one. I could see voters doing it)

    BEST ACTRESS
    Marliyn Monroe, Some Like It Hot (1959)
    Pam Grier, Jackie Brown (1994)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation (2015)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Margaret Hamilton, The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    Ann-Marget, Bye Bye Birdie (1963) 
    Rosie Perez, White Men Can’t Jump (1992; Ebert hailed her as a total package for the award)
    Oprah Winfrey, The Butler (2013)

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Ron Howard, Apollo 13 (1995)
    Ben Affleck, Argo (2012)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Groundhog Day (1993)

    BEST SONG
    “Stayin’ Alive”, Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    “A Love That Will Never Grow Old”, Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    “The Wrestler”, The Wrestler (2008)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
    The Godfather (1972; if the disqualification hadn’t happened)
    Psycho
    (1960)
    The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly (1966)
    Glory (1989)
    Jurassic Park (1993) 
    Rudy (1993)
    The Piano (1993) 
    Dragonheart (1996)
    The Danish Girl (2015) 

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Gone with the Wind (1939; had the category been invented)
    Far from Heaven
    (2002)

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    The Lego Movie (2014)
     

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    Joe Burns
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    I don”t think Oprah would have won that year- it still would have been Lupita. I doubt Kidmsn could have beaten Sarandon or even Elisabeth Shue. I also think Davis would have triumphed in 38 regardless.

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    Jason Travis
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    Haha okay I edited it down strictly to who I think would have WON, some of those were who I think would have been competitors.

    Still, I stick by Winfrey- I remember so many pundits were rallying behind her and had she won the SAG and made a huge speech, I bet she would have given Lupita a run for her money.  

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    Joe Burns
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    Maybe- I just think the film wouldn’t”t have had enough support to put her over the top either way and let”s face it- she”s Oprah, she doesn”t need an Oscar

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    Choice Chayawat
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    If Idris Elba had been nominated for Oscar, there wouldn’t have been #Oscarsowhite, which played a role in his SAG victory. So someone else might have won SAG instead.

    Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part, but if Walton Goggins in The Hateful Eight had been nominated for Oscar, he could pull an upset a la Marcia Gay Harden. He has a Christoph Waltz type of performance and if voters had paid enough attention to him, he could win.

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    Jason Travis
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    Oh I forgot about Hoop Dreams!!! Yeah that def would have won in my opinion if it had been nominated. There was a huge outcry when that failed to make the cut (though it at least got an Editing nomination). 

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    *Kevin Spacey – Se7en for supporting
    *Blade Runner for best picture
    *Ridley Scott – Blade Runner for best director
    *Hal Holbrook – All the President’s Men for supporting(seriously, Robards was meh and average, while Deep Throat was so haunting)
    *Eternal Sunshine and Michel Gondry
    *John Cazale in Godfather Part II
    *Martin Scorsese – Taxi Driver
    *Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
    *Philip Baker Hall – Magnolia
    *Mark Wahlberg – The Fighter
    *Scarlett Johannson’s goddess voice in Her
    *Jeff Bridges and John Goodman – Big Lebowski
    *Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed and Django Unchained
    *Lee J. Cobb – 12 Angry Men
    *Idris Elba – Beast of No Nation
    *Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange
    *Rutger Hauer – Blade Runner
    *R. Lee Ermey and Vincent D’ Onofrio – Full Metal Jacket
    *Stanley Kubrick – The Shining, 2001, Paths of Glory
    *Ben Affleck for director in Argo
    *Al Pacino – Scarface
    *Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter – Fight Club
    *Edward Furlong – American History X
    *John Huston – Chinatown(anyone agree with me? Underrated)
    *Memento for best picture and Nolan for director
    *Joe “whatever his name is because I completely forgotten” in Memento

    I might forget some names, but that’s my snub list for now

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    OnTheAisle
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    I think one of the most interesting cases of what might have been is the 1974 Best Actress race where the Academy disqualified Liv Ullman for the acclaimed film Scenes From a Marriage.

    Swedish filmmaker and nine time Academy Award nominee Ingmar Bergman was quite celebrated in the early ’70s. The year prior to the release of Scenes from a Marriage, Bergman had been Oscar nominated for Picture, Director and Screenplay for Cries and Whispers.

    Scenes from a Marriage was widely considered a masterpiece. The subtitled film was heralded for its honest depiction of the marriage of a professor and a lawyer who have two children. During the course of the film, the couple divorces and yet they still love one another. In an illicit weekend many years after their divorce and remarriages to other partners, Johan states, “I think I love you in my imperfect and rather selfish way. And I think you love me in your stormy, emotional way. In fact, I think that you and I love one another. In an earthly and imperfect way.”

    The power of the film was evident in its home of Sweden. Following the release of Scenes from a Marriage, the country’s divorce rate nearly doubled in the subsequent year. Because so many viewers wanted to discuss their own marriage with Bergman, he was forced to get an unlisted phone number.

    Much of the critical praise centered around the performance of Bergman’s longtime muse Liv Ullman as Marianne. Vincent Canby of The New York Times called Ullman, “one of the most fascinating actresses of our time.”

    Ullman was the leading contender for Best Actress. The 168 minute film was edited from a five hour television miniseries that had been broadcast in Sweden earlier that same year. In a controversial decision, the Academy ruled that the previous showing disqualified Scenes from a Marriage from Oscar consideration in all categories.

    Outrage was strong and immediate. A letter protesting the Academy’s decision from a couple dozen Oscar recognized filmmakers including a range from Frank Capra to Federico Fellini was published in an advertisement in the New York Times.

    The controversy tainted the film during awards season. Ullman still landed nominations, though unsuccessfully, at BAFTA and the Golden Globes. Best Actress races were inconsistent that year with no one actress dominating the field. Despite the rave reviews and strong initial box office, the film and Bergman received little awards attention at all.

    Ullman and Bergman would each receive Oscar nominations a couple of years later for another edited Swedish television series, Face to Face. In this case, the film was released prior to the miniseries being screened on Swedish television. Ullman would win Best Actress that year from New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics and National Board of Review but lose the Oscar to Faye Dunaway for Network.

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    Brice Nicholas Reyes Arante
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    Gong Li for Best Supporting Actress in Memoirs of a Geisha

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    OnTheAisle
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    *Kevin Spacey – Se7en for supporting

    *Stanley Kubrick – 2001

    Kevin Spacek won Best Supporting Actor for The Usual Suspects in the same year as Se7en. It was fairly acknowledged at the time that the double punch of supporting roles contributed to his victory.

    Stanley Kubrick was nominated for both the direction and screenplay of 2001 A Space Odyssey.

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    Riley
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    Given that they went with the popular song over the important/campaigned one, I think that we can add “See You Again” to this list.

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    Nick
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    No. I still think thy would’ve been lazy and given the Oscar to Writings on the Wall. And Jim Carrey wouldn’t have won either.

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    Jake
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    Nobody. If someone can’t crack Top 5 in the first round of voting, then he/she won’t win the second one.

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    M
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    Jackie Brown is a 1997 release. 

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    FilmGuy619
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    Kristen Stewart for Clouds of Sils Maria. She could’ve gotten in if IFC had gotten a head start on promoting her. The narrative was sitting right in front of them: First American actress to win a Cesar, career-best reviews, career redemption after Twilight and the cheating scandal, etc.. Yet they waited until it was too late. 

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