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Annette Bening – Snubbed of nom and/or win for “Mother & Child”?

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  • Gone_Guy
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    Annette Bening is such a fascinating case at the Oscars for me. In my opinion, she is a rare performer who has likely always come in second place at the Oscars. I feel like the final ballots looked like this:

    1990 Supporting Actress
    Winner: Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost
    2. Annette Bening, The Grifters
    3. Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart
    4. Lorraine Bracco, Goodfellas
    5. Mary McDonnell, Dances with Wolves 

    1999 Lead Actress
    Winner: Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry
    2. Annette Bening, American Beauty
    3. Janet McTeer, Tumbleweeds
    4. Julianne Moore, The End of the Affair
    5. Meryl Streep, Music of the Heart

    2004 Lead Actress
    Winner: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
    2. Annette Bening, Being Julia
    3. Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
    4. Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    5. Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace

    2010 Lead Actress
    Winner: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    2. Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
    3. Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
    4. Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
    5. Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

    Truly, always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride, FOUR TIMES!  But I watched a movie for the second time the other day, Mother & Child, written/directed by Rodrigo Garcia, a true gem of television (Carnivale, Six Feet Under, Big Love, creator of In Treatment). 

    At the time, this was a quietly released film. Bening was everywhere for The Kids Are All Right, usually without her costar, Julianne Moore (except she got in with Bening at the Globes and BAFTAs), who should have been nominated right along with her (I would have given her Michelle Williams’ spot). It was said that the studio would be campaigning Bening in Lead, but I don’t really remember where the other two leads, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington, were placed.

    This second viewing confirmed it for me: Annette Bening should have gone Supporting for Mother & Child. Of the three main actresses, Bening had the least amount of screentime, but she packed such a punch in her role. Bening wasn’t ever going to stop Portman in Lead Actress, for her role in TKAAR or Mother & Child. Portman was as locked for 2010 as Julianne Moore is this year for Still Alice. I do believe Bening could have stopped Melissa Leo at everything for The Fighter

    The nominees in Supporting Actress for 2010 were Melissa Leo for The Fighter (winner), Amy Adams for The Fighter, Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech, Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom, and Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit. I’ve always been underwhelmed by this batch of nominees. I ranked Leo number one, easily, because I honestly don’t think Adams, Bonham Carter, or Weaver did much to warrant nominations. Steinfeld was great but should have been in Lead, and I don’t think she was ever a threat to a win, considering her film went 0-10 (poor Roger Deakins, he really should have won Cinematography, but it’s hard to begrude Wally Pfister’s win for Inception).

    I don’t know if Bening could have stopped Leo, but she would have given her a good run. Leo’s film had huge support, winning two of its seven nominations (Supp. Actress and Supp. Actor for Christian Bale), while I’m sure Bening would have been the only nomination for Mother & Child. But Bening would have also been a double-nominee. 

    What do you think? Was it a missed opportunity having her not go Supporting? Vote in the poll above.   

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    Bening gives a sensitive and quiet perf in M&C; she’s very good. For me that film belonged to Naomi Watts however. Hers was the perf which captured me the most. Wish she could have been remembered for this.

    I really like Annette as well, ever since The Grifters. Even next to the great Anjelica Huston, she still shone. And that walk! I’m also a pretty big fan of Stephen Frears. His upcoming Icon has quite the cast, plus, I hope he goes deep enough to expose the extent of Lance Armstrong’s corruption and conflict of interest. What a bastard.

    I was rooting for Annette in TKaAR, even though I knew her chances were neglible next to Portman’s. I loved her in this.

    The only Nominee I would drop from that lineup is Hailee, mostly for the reason you mention, but even with Annette in the mix for M&C, I dont think she unseats Leo.  The other nominees are worthy imo; perhaps worthier than Bening for that role and perf. Not so much because she wasnt very good, but because the film was very underseen.

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    ^I remember that I actually watched Mother and Child on babypook’s recommendation! It was months ago, but Bening’s performance still sticks with me whenever I think of the film. That and seeing an oddly subdued Samuel L. Jackson. I think she should have gotten into supporting, but having not seen Animal Kingdom, I can’t say who exactly to drop. I do imagine Weaver would have been the likeliest candidate, considering her film was otherwise really off the radar. I would certainly say I preferred Bening’s performance to Leo’s but with personal bias aside, I can’t say she would have won. Leo was in a very buzzed about film, and she was basically unstoppable.

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    ^I remember that I actually watched Mother and Child on babypook’s recommendation! It was months ago, but Bening’s performance still sticks with me whenever I think of the film. That and seeing an oddly subdued Samuel L. Jackson. I think she should have gotten into supporting, but having not seen Animal Kingdom, I can’t say who exactly to drop. I do imagine Weaver would have been the likeliest candidate, considering her film was otherwise really off the radar. I would certainly say I preferred Bening’s performance to Leo’s but with personal bias aside, I can’t say she would have won. Leo was in a very buzzed about film, and she was basically unstoppable.

     

    Oo, that’s a tough one. I dont think I’d want to see Weaver go, nor the attention to the film. By comparison to M&C it’s a raw and shocking experience. And Jacki isnt the only standout. The entire cast is good, and Ben Mendelsohn pretty much blew me away. He followed that up with another terrific perf in The Place Beyond The Pines, and now he’s on my radar for good.

    In defense of Melissa Leo, Alice Ward is the character she played. In Welcome to The Rileys the same year, by comparison she is as far removed from Alice as it can get. Leo imo, is a very versatile, talented actor.

    Hope you find some time to see Animal Kingdom. Highly recommended.

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    I wouldn’t have minded a lead or supporting Oscar win for it (it’s one of those few performances that truly could go either way) and prefer her work there to her almost as impressive performance in ‘Kids’. However, iIt’s hard to say she was snubbed. She was nominated that year for a worthy
    performance in ‘Kids’ and there was confusion on which category she
    belonged in for M&C. I’m in the “she’s lead” camp. She had almost as much screen time as Watts and imo had the more fleshed out arc even with a slightly less fleshy role. M&C was an interesting but really frustrating movie both
    thematically and in how its plot developed. But the performance Bening
    gave remains one of my favorites from the last decade.

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    yes. she is my win

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    There wouldn’t have been confusion if it had been established early on that she was Lead for The Kids Are All Right and Supporting for Mother & Child. I know Kate Winslet tried doing the same thing, but I think Bening would have been successful with the double-nominations. Mother & Child was such an ensemble effort that all three ladies could have gone Lead or Supporting, just like The Hours a few years prior.  

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