In 1987, Dennis Hooper got his second Oscar nomination (he recieved his first for co-writing Easy Rider) for his role in Hoosiers. But, earlier in the year, he created perhaps one of the scariest villans to grace the screen in Blue Velvet. He played Frank Booth, a sadistic, mentally ill gangster. He was nominated for a Golden Globe, but not an Oscar for this role. Why? What do you guys think?
I think in today’s Oscar world, he would have gotten the nod for Blue Velvet, because Oscar would have paid more attention to it. A little villainy and evil is fine, but a creepy drug gas sniffing type like in Blue Velvet wasn’t going to fly in the 80s. Also, in Hoosiers, he plays an alchoholic who gets a happy ending in a feel good movie. It’s more of a “feel good” role.
But, like I said, I think in today’s Oscar world, Blue Velvet would have gotten him the nod.
It is definitely true that Frank Booth was too bizarre a character to get the Academy’s notice back then, which is a shame because he should have WON for Blue Velvet. Hoosiers was almost like a huge saving grace because it was a way to nominate thim without going for his work in Blue Velvet…and his work in Hoosiers was definitely good and I keep hearing how he was still highly favored to win but I do think he was easily deserving to win for BLUE VELVET.
BLUE VELVET obviously was very polarizing as it didn’t really get a lot of notice from the Academy, but it should have gotten nominate for at least Picture, Screenplay, Score, Cinematography, and MAYBE even a nod for Isabella Rosselini….and it would have contended highly with Hannah and Her Sisters for my personal vote in many categories.