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  • Rob Licuria
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    Hi guys

    I’d love to read your thoughts on why Viola Davis has become such a lock, frontrunner, shoo-in for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Fences.”

    Pipe in!

     

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    Borja Lopez
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    Why is this even a question?

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    Julia Spencer
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    Apparently there is something like the “is due”-narrative or that is supposed to be her year or that she is the next Meryl Streep. Like last year with Leo, I am told, that Viola gave the best performence and is due to win (whatever that means). I dont know why she is that frontrunner, but I guess, that all the hype (before even the movie screened) and her winning a Tony for that performence, has helped to put her in that status. And being the first african-american woman to win an emmy, helps to boost her profile. Not all critics have agreed with that sentiment however, but she is very beloved with the actors branch and SAG voters seemed to got gaga over her performence, when it screened for them in November.

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    Riley
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    She lacks competition.

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    J H
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    Yeah, even though I would love to see Williams as an Oscar winner, her role is really quite small.
    It’s like how I rooted for Winslet to win last year, despite her part not being as strong and meaty as I would want for her 2nd win.

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    She gives the best performance. Her performance is going to be one of the all time greats. She is in the peak of her career and has never one an Oscar. She is better than her competition. She deserves an Oscar. People are still grossed out by Oscar so white two years and a row and she is the one lock as the we are sorry win.

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    Roney Moore
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    And it’s not just Williams. Harris has a similarly small role in her film that looks meatier than it actually is because of the way it is presented throughout all segments. I believe it clocks around 13-15 minutes. Kidman, same. And Spencer lacks fireworks and her (usual) sass.

    Still, with a role like this, Davis would have easily beaten more than half SActress winners in the last ten years.

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    Riley
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    Fences is not a critics’ movie. The critics tried to resist Viola Davis; NYFCC and NSFC desperately turned to Michelle Williams, but most of the rest of the groups could not even make that leap, given how slight Williams’s role is. Even I do not want to see Fences win an acting award, but it is not like I can root for any of the viable alternatives with any integrity.

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    Atypical
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    The performance

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    All that snot

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    Andrew Carden
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    Overdue perception, won a Tony for the performance, Lead role contending in Supporting and no formidable competition to speak of – seriously, who would win this category if Davis was absent?

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    Jackson B
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    She gives an oscar worthy performance. Viola is in no way “due”. I mean she only has two pet nominations and if you take THE HELP and DOUBT out of her filmography, it’s not all that impressive.
    I think she will win simply bc it’s a great performance…it also helps that she is a lead in the supporting category.

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    ENGLAND
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    Her performance was untouchable in her category.

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    She lacks competition.

    An argument can be made for all of her competitors as an alternative. Williams reaching four nominations without a previous win for a movie that is top three of the season. Harris’ movie could spoil for Best Picture and a black European national has yet to win an acting Oscar. Octavia Spencer could become the first two-time black female acting Oscar winner (although she’s not good enough in either performance to warrant this positioning from the Academy). Nicole Kidman is too legendary for such slim recognition from the Academy – stalling at three nominations and her third one was a fight to secure. She deserves to win a second Oscar based on all the work they’ve ignored.

    Viola Davis is the first black actress to secure two nominations and lose both. There is sour grapes behind her lost for The Help where Streep earned an inevitable third career statuette. Fences is the role and performance Davis is personally proudest of. It is her most feminine role. She gets to be warm and sexual without the politics of pushing against media conditioning going on with How to Get Away With Murder. Securing a third nomination is historic and due to racial politics is a bigger do or die situation than Williams who is also without a win from multiple nods.

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    Bee
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    She lacks competition.

    An argument can be made for all of her competitors as an alternative. Williams reaching four nominations without a previous win for a movie that is top three of the season. Harris’ movie could spoil for Best Picture and a black European national has yet to win an acting Oscar. Octavia Spencer could become the first two-time black female acting Oscar winner (although she’s not good enough in either performance to warrant this positioning from the Academy). Nicole Kidman is too legendary for such slim recognition from the Academy – stalling at three nominations and her third one was a fight to secure. She deserves to win a second Oscar based on all the work they’ve ignored. Viola Davis is the first black actress to secure two nominations and lose both. There is sour grapes behind her lost for The Help where Streep earned an inevitable third career statuette. Fences is the role and performance Davis is personally proudest of. It is her most feminine role. She gets to be warm and sexual without the politics of pushing against media conditioning going on with How to Get Away With Murder. Securing a third nomination is historic and due to racial politics is a bigger do or die situation than Williams who is also without a win from multiple nods.

    Which work did they ignore? Cold Mountain? Birth? The Paperboy?

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