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  • Sab227
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    Which Best Actress winners do you think should not have won in their competitive year? Who do you think should have won instead?

    2006

    Winner: Reese Witherspoon-Walk the Line

    Should Have Won: Felecity Huffman-Transamerica

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    montana82
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    1973- Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class (Should have won: Ellen Burstyn, The Exorcist)
    1974- Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Should have won: Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence)- see the tidal wave one bad decision can make!
    1978- Jane Fonda, Coming Home (Should have won: Jill Clayburgh, An Unmarried Woman)
    1981- Katherine Hepburn, On Golden Pond (Should have won: Marsha Mason, Only When I Laugh)
    1984- Sally Field, Places in the Heart (should have won: Judy Davis, A Passage to India)
    1986- Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God (should have won: Sigourney Weaver, Aliens)
    1987- Cher. Moonstruck (should have: Holly Hunter, Broadcast News)
    1988- Jodie Foster, The Accused (should have: Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons)
    1998- Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love (should have: Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth)
    2001- Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball (should have: Nicole Kidman. Moulin Rouge) sets off another bad chain of events the following year
    2002- Nicole Kidman, The Hours (should have: Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven)
    2004- Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby (should have, Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
    2005- Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line (weak year but I’ll go with Keira Knightley, Pride and Prejudice)
    2009- Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (Gabby Sidibe, Precious)
    2010- Natalie Portman, Black Swan (Annette Bening, Kids Are All Right or Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole)
    2011- Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady (Viola Davis, The Help)

    I wasnt wild about Kate Winslet, The Reader and Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook but their competition was so weak I can’t argue against their wins.

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    CanadianFan
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    Ok… this is the worst one:

    Julia Roberts for “Erin Brockovich” instead of anyone else in the category… but especially Ellen Burstyn in “Requiem for a Dream”

    Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Sandra Bullock were not good wins either. 

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    sweetemmyfan
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    I knew people were going to say Sandra Bullock. But that is a win I am good with. She took a role and a movie, which, had it been played by anyone else (Julia Roberts, who was originally offered the part but turned it down), would have been horrible, and she turned it into something fantastic. It’s not like her win came as a shock on Oscar night either. She had won the SAG and Golden Globe, and tied with Meryl Streep for the Critics Choice. Plus she tons of media attention, and buzz that lasted all year round thanks to both The Blind Side and The Proposal. Streep and Sidibe were good, but they weren’t going to beat her. So people really need to get over it.

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    allabout oscars
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    10 WORST OF ALL TIME FOR ME……IN ANY ORDER.

    sandra bullock- the blind side
    halle berry- monsters ball
    gwyneth paltrow- shakespeare in love
    reese witherspoon- walk the line
    ginger rogers- kitty foyle
    loretta young- the farmer’s daughter
    ingrid bergman- anastasia
    glenda jackson- a touch of class
    luise rainer- the great ziegfeld
    judy holliday- born yesterday

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    keithw
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    A lot of people were surprised when Glenda Jackson won her second Oscar for “A Touch of Class” which was a comedy/drama.  She was up against four great dramatic performances (Ellen Burstyn in “The Exorcist”, Joanne Woodward in “Summer Wishes Winter Dreams”, Marsha Mason in “Cinderella Liberty”, and Barbra Streisand in “The Way We Were”).    When “worst winners” are discussed this win for Jackson usually comes up.  I recently rewatched “A Touch of Class” and can’t deny that she was fantastic in it.  My personal choice would have been Marsha Mason but I don’t think Glenda Jackson didn’t deserve this Oscar.  She was great – particularly in the final scene when she is crying carrying her suitcases down the street to the taxi.  

    As to the thread’s topic I think Gloria Swanson should have won the Oscar for “Sunset Boulevard”.  It is too bad that iconic performance didn’t receive an Oscar. 

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    babypook
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    O yay!  A mean-spirited thread!

    Let’s see…..
    Loretta Young, Farmer’s
    Grace Kelly, Country Girl
    Elizabeth Taylor B8
    Hepburn, Dinner Guess Who
    Gwyneth Paltrow Shakesp
             Berry Ball
    Winslet, Reader (I hated RR too so no, a reverse wouldnt matter to me)
    Sandra Bullock The BS  

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    Beau S.
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    Cher beating Glenn Close and Holly Hunter.
    Helen Mirren beating Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Meryl Streep.
    Gwyneth Paltrow beating Cate Blanchett.
    Nicole Kidman beating Julianne Moore.
    Jodie Foster (first win) beating Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.
    Judy Holliday beating Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson.
    Glenda Jackson (second win) beating Barbra Streisand.
    Halle Berry beating Nicole Kidman, Sissy Spacek and the unnomianted Naomi Watts.
    Hilary Swank (second win) beating Kate Winslet and the unnominated Uma Thurman.
    Reese Witherspoon beating the unnominated Vera Farmiga.
    Sandra Bullock beating Carey Mulligan.
    Jane Fonda (second win) beating Geraldine Page.
    Helen Hunt beating the unnominated Pam Grier.
    Katharine Hepburn (second win) beating Anne Bancroft.
    Katharine Heprbun (fourth win) beating Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep.
    Jodie Foster (second win) and Susan Sarandon not tying.
    Susan Sarandon beating Meryl Streep and the unnominated Nicole Kidman and Kathy Bates.
    Meryl Streep beating the unnominated Tilda Swinton.
    Sally Field (second win) beating Judy Davis. 

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    BrokenFan
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    lol Beau. you and your resentment against that Helen Mirren win. 

    This thread is just asking for trouble, but here goes:

    Halle Berry beating anyone else in that category.
    Sandra Bullock beating anyone else in that category
    Kate Winslet beating Melissa Leo, Anne Hathaway, or Meryl Streep 
    Julia Roberts beating anyone else in that category
    Hilary Swank’s second win. Should have been Imelda Staunton all the way. 
     

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    Smileynate
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    I agree – but not becuase Witherspoon was bad.  Huffman was amazing.  I would have nominated Witherspoon for “Election.”

    Blanking on the year- but Nicole Kidman for “The Hours” over Renee Zellweger for “Chicago.” 

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    allabout oscars
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    smileynate  2002

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    Viv
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    I disagree on the Julia Roberts win. I think that holds up incredibly well. Particulary when you go back and look at the film, and this scene:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5P2iMf_ZA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybNUOfmpcP0

    Subtle, layered, so self-depricating and still so relatable. I really thought that was a great win (but I also thought Ellen Burstyn was over-the-top and should have been in the supporting category).  

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    Smileynate
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    smileynate  2002

    Thanks for having my back!   

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    babypook
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    lol Beau. you and your resentment against that Helen Mirren win. 

    This thread is just asking for trouble, but here goes:

    Halle Berry beating anyone else in that category.
    Sandra Bullock beating anyone else in that category
    Kate Winslet beating Melissa Leo, Anne Hathaway, or Meryl Streep 
    Julia Roberts beating anyone else in that category
    Hilary Swank’s second win. Should have been Imelda Staunton all the way. 
     

    Lol! 
    Looks as if Roberts’ win is divisive. I enjoyed her in the part. I’ll mention Nicole Kidman and her win for The Hours. She’s a fabulous actor, but I’m not so sure about her win, which seemed like a foregone conclusion early in the race. Why? (perf wise) Because, she stared off into the distance intensely, with that “nose”, and emoted at the station?  I would have loved a Julianne Moore win for Far From Heaven.   

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    KT
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    I like what I’m seeing. Keep up the good behavior.

        

    Hahaha love it.  My turn —

    As for the suggestion of Jodie Foster tying Susan Sarandon in 1991, or that even being a bad win:

     

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