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  • Strong & Silent Type
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    #548038

    i shocked when figure out there is no poll about this .a great year of performances and imo the winner is worst among others.
    Watson was simply the best .a real dazzling portraite of an unusual sacrificing.i cant undersatnd why watson was underestimated in all these years.
    my ranking(i didnt see the marvins room)
    1-Watson
    2-Scott Thomas
    3-Blethyn
    4-McDormand

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    1. McDormand
    2. Watson
    3. Keaton
    4. Blethyn
    5. Thomas

    The academy unusually got it right on the money.  McDormand i sbeyond perfection in a perfect film.  Watson is great.  Keaton is sturdy as usual.  Blethyn makes me want to drive nails in my head, although is still good bc it fits the character.  Thomas is lovely to look at and gives a decent performance. 

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    Anthony
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    This race is interesting for me because while I understand the iconic nature of McDormand in FARGO and think she did great in the role,  I have never viewed as an Oscar win-worthy performance…and the pretty much instant standing ovation she received kind of surprises me.

    I do support her win but she doesn’t get my personal vote. Emily Watson was amazing, Keaton was solid, but kind of the odd-ball of the group. I think Thomas was borderline Supporting.

    Brenda Blethyn was, indeed, screechy and fairly annoying but I agree it worked for her character and for me, it paid off. I loved her in Secrets & Lies and it was my way to give it a major win.

    #1-Brenda Blethyn
    #2-Emily Watson
    #3-Frances McDormand
    #4-Kristin Scott-Thomas
    #5-Diane Keaton 

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    #548042

    Because McDormand’s a character actress her victory in Lead Actress is special. Especially in light of the fact she’s the last character actress to do so. My choice from that year’s lineup is Brenda Blethyn.

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    vinny
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    #548043

    Went with McDormand but my ideal nominees would have been:

    Keaton
    McDormand
    Scott-Thomas
    Watson
    Glenn Close      

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    Gucci
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    None of the above.

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    Atypical
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    #548045

    Emily Watson, hands down. One of the best lead actress performances of the 1990s. I also liked Blethyn and Thomas from this roster.

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    1. McDormand
    2. Watson
    3. Keaton
    4. Blethyn
    5. Thomas

    The academy unusually got it right on the money.  McDormand i sbeyond perfection in a perfect film.  Watson is great.  Keaton is sturdy as usual.  Blethyn makes me want to drive nails in my head, although is still good bc it fits the character.  Thomas is lovely to look at and gives a decent performance. 

    This, and in the same order.

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    Beau S.
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    McDormand by far.

    Emily Watson and Brenda Blethyn deserved their spots.

    Laura Dern and Glenn Close (yes, I’m talking about THAT film) should have taken the last two slots.

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    #548048

    Watson easily. Best perf of the decade nevermind that year.

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    McDormand was great, but the utter brilliance of Emily Watson deserved the oscar.What she achieved in that movie is incredibly special and many great actors will never get to say they achieved something quite like that (she sure won´t top that in the rest of her career). It pains me she didn´t win.

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    Totally agree with Baby Clyde, one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen! I thought Blethyn was great too though and McDormand quite impressive, but not my favorite. See how her underdog status helped her win, but she is the heart of the film, which trumped the fact that it was a comedic performance.  If it hadn’t been for that, maybe Blethyn or Scott- Thomas would have won.  

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    #548051

    Watson by ten miles.

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    Blethyn by a hair over Watson

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    #548053

    This one kind of pains me. As much as I cherish McDormand winning the Oscar and I say it is one of the best decisions in the category overall, I am still going for Emily Watson.

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