When Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress Oscar for David O. Russell‘s “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), many awards pundits wondered if the first “Hunger Games” film might have given her an extra boost when it came time for Oscar voters to mark their ballots. Three years later, will Academy members give Lawrence a bookend trophy for yet another Russell movie, “Joy,” thanks in part to the final “Hunger Games” chapter, “Mockingjay – Part 2”?
It wouldn’t be the first time a performer won an Oscar for a smaller film after gaining notoriety thanks to a blockbuster flick released in the same year. “This is a longstanding practice,” says our forum poster NateDoggg in our movie forum.
“Some [examples] that come to my mind immediately are Michael Douglas winning for ‘Wall Street’ in the same year that ‘Fatal Attraction’ was a big hit, Joe Pesci winning for ‘Goodfellas’ the year that ‘Home Alone’ was the #1 movie, Tom Hanks winning for ‘Philadelphia’ when ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ made more money, Kevin Spacey winning for ‘The Usual Suspects’ when ‘Seven’ made a lot more money and Jim Broadbent winning for ‘Iris’ in the same year that both ‘Moulin Rouge!’ and ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ were much bigger hits.”
Will “The Hunger Games” boost Lawrence’s Oscar chances for “Joy”? Our readers, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been debating this hot topic in our all-new, much faster and easier-to-navigate movie forum. Read some of their comments below and then join the discussion in our forums here.
nkb325: Jennifer Lawrence already did it once I don’t think it will work again.
The Cheshire Cat: Anne Hathaway won the Oscar for “Les Miserable” thanks to blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises.” Same year as Jennifer Lawrence.
Manuelcolon: Julianne Moore: “Still Alice” (Oscar) and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” (blockbuster).
FilmGuy619: I don’t really think so. Even when she almost scored another win with both “Catching Fire” and “American Hustle” under her belt the same year, “Catching Fire” had a significantly better opening than the first “HG” and franchises are supposed to grow.
KyleBailey: I don’t think the voters are watching the “Hunger Games” movies with the grand total of 0 nominations for the series for things that should be getting attention like the production design, costumes, hair/makeup, visuals and sound categories, heck even a song nomination.
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