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  • Macbeth
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    This award was won by Jack Nicholson

    I personally think this was a weak year for Best Actor. Although I loved Jack Nicholson’s performance, it was just not Best Actor material. I think the winner should have either been Kevin Spacey for L.A. Confidential or Samuel L. Jackson for Jackie Brown. Two excellent, underrated performances.

    Robert Duvall and Peter Fonda were pretty forgettable in their films, and Matt Damon was too young to be Best Actor. He did win for Writing though. Dustin Hoffman gave an impressive performance, but I felt he could have won his third Academy Award if he was submitted in Supporting – it was DeNiro’s film where Hoffman just stole the show. He doesn’t belong in Lead here. (Hoffman has never been nominated in Supporting)

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    #543949

    Al Pacino should be in here for Donnie Brasco. Sides Jack, this lineup kind of sucks IMO.

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    vinny
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    #543950

    the right performance won.

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    Beau S.
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    I do think Nicholson deserved to win (and while I think Dench would have been a more deserving winner, Hunt’s win is fine by me as well).

    Al Pacino (Donnie Brasco), Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights), Samuel L. Jackson (Jackie Brown) or one of the L.A. Confidential guys (Kevin Spacey or Guy Pearce) should be here over Duvall’s weak performance (he was only nominated as an acknowledgement for the work he put into that film — he practically did everything except sew the costumes) and Fonda’s career salute nomination. As much as I would’ve loved to see Spacey up there, I’m glad he was snubbed in hindsight to preserve his perfect track record. I consider all three L.A. Confidential men leading, though Crowe’s performance is the weakest to me. If not Nicholson, my runner-up would be Samuel L. Jackson for his furiously villainous performance. My personal line up would be:

    Damon
    Jackson
    *Nicholson*
    Pacino
    Pearce
    (Spacey or Wahlberg)

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    Not a big fan of this line-up, either. I feel like the L.A. Confidential guys should have battled it out for the win (though I think Spacey is a supporting character).

    From what I’ve seen:

    1) Russell Crowe, L.A. Confidential
    2) Guy Pearce, L.A. Confidential
    3) Matt Damon, Good Will Hunting
    4) Samuel L. Jackson, Jackie Brown
    5) Al Pacino, Donnie Brasco        

    Haven’t seen Wahlberg. I’m really curious about watching The Sweet Hereafter, as I’ve heard Ian Holm received very positive notices.

    As they are, my rankings for the nominees are:
    1) Matt Damon
    2) Peter Fonda
    3) Jack Nicholson
    4) Robert Duvall
    5) Dustin Hoffman        

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    Beau S.
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    After reevaluating the film, I actually see Samuel L. Jackson as lead. I have edited my initial post to accomodate this.

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    JayDF
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    #543954

    1. Hoffman
    2. Duvall
    3. Nicholson
    4. Damon
    5. Fonda 

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    Baby Clyde
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    #543955

    Duval was robbed.

    Jack won for doing a really bad Jack Nicholson impersonatiion.  

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    Madson Melo
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    I can’t believe Nicholson has most of the votes, absolutely everyone else (maybe not Damon) was better than him. Fonda and Duvall were stellar. I’d vote for Peter Fonda.

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    Mrs. Doolittle
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    #543957

    Duval was robbed.

    Jack won for doing a really bad Jack Nicholson impersonatiion.  

    What’s your favorite Jack Nicholson performance?

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    I’m honestly surprised Hoffman has as much support as Damon and Duvall. I always assumed the he was a filler nominee.

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    Fonda is easily the best out of these nominees. LOL at Jack getting most of these votes.

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    I never warmed up to Nicholson in this performance and I always felt Matt Damon should have been snubbed…I would’ve rather had DiCaprio get that slot if they wanted a young pretty boy to be nominated.

    Duvall and Fonda deserved it, and I’d give it to Fonda by a hair.

    I agree that Hoffman could’ve probably won in Supporting.

    I also concur with the mentions of Pacino, Spacey, Jackson, Pierce, Crowe (I actually really liked him in this), and Ian Holm were all more worthy of an Oscar.     

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    Baby Clyde
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    [quote=”Baby Clyde”]Duval was robbed.

    Jack won for doing a really bad Jack Nicholson impersonatiion.  

    What’s your favorite Jack Nicholson performance?[/quote]

    Probably ‘The Pledge’. He’s also great in ‘Terms of Endearmen’t in which he plays completely to type but pulls it off fantastically.

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    #543962

    Robert Duvall

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