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    Agree, Cape Fear was DeNiro’s last true committed “method” performance.

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    Jamie Bell should have won the Oscar for Billy Elliot.

    FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")

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    Tarantino is right. The Intern is de Niro’s best performance and I can’t believe he didn’t even make it to the Globes.

    Emmys FYC | Alan Tudyk in “Resident Alien” | Jennifer C. Holmes in “This Is Us” | Ego Nwodim in “Saturday Night Live” | Kaley Cuoco in “Harley Quinn” | “Dickinson” | “P-Valley” | “Pose” | “Superstore”

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    Ethan Hawke for First Reformed

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    Two recurring themes on here that I agree with:

    (1) Egerton was a horrible horrible snub

    (2) Gylenhaal was certainly been under rewarded in terms of nominations, if not wins.

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    He was robbed

    Lerman

    Lerman, Miller, and Watson were ALL robbed of nominations. Miller, in particular, gave one of my favorite performances of the past decade, and Watson is just heartbreaking, she would’ve had a real shot had she been nominated.

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    Where do I begin!?!

    There’s a lot of winners I would change, historically speaking (too many to list, honestly). One observation looking at the lists of nominees is that great actors typically do receive statuettes, but it’s almost always for the wrong performance.

    Here are a couple of nominees that stand out to me as being snubbed:

    Bill Murray – Lost in Translation

    Sean Penn is nothing special in Mystic River, it was a classic “career achievement” award, and in retrospect a huge mistake considering he won for a much more worthy (albeit a rather baity) performance just a few years later. [It should be noted that Johnny Depp would’ve been a spectacular populist pick, as well]

    Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold

    Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite actors ever, and one of the all-time great modern movie stars, but his As Good As It Gets performance is horribly dated, and was probably kind of mean-spirited/offense even at the time. I have zero problem with Hunt’s Oscar, but I do have a problem with Jack’s, particularly when his Easy Rider battery mate Fonda gave the performance of his career. [Honorable mention to Robert Duvall]

    Anthony Hopkins – The Remains of the Day

    This one is just unexcusable. This was definitely the Academy thinking they would not have another chance to award the comedically-inclined Hanks, and it seems that he was awarded in part strictly for his willingness to play an openly gay character. That sentiment hasn’t aged all that well, and neither has that movie; in my opinion its datedness is much, much worse than something like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Hopkins gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen, and if he hadn’t won for The Silence of the Lambs just two years prior, I’d like to think he would’ve won for this… but maybe not. [Liam Neeson would also have been worthy]

    Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven

    Al Pacino’s win has been panned quite a bit over the years, with most people citing Denzel Washington’s Malcom X as the performance that was robbed. Personally, I would rather Pacino have won for this than not at all… but considering Unforgiven won Best Picture and is a classic, wouldn’t this have been a great time to honor Clint as an actor? It’s a great performance, and the fact that this icon never won an acting award is kind of unbelievable – perhaps that will change with Cry Macho? [Denzel was pretty damn good, too]

    Al Pacino – The Godfather Part II

    Almost the inverse of the Bill Murray/Sean Penn situation. Everyone loved Art Carney, which was why he won, but Pacino gave maybe the greatest screen performance of all time with this movie and Part I. He easily could’ve won Oscars for The Panic in Needle Park, both Godfathers, Serpico, Scarecrow, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice for All, and Scarface, but this one was the worst of the worst – a travesty.

    James Stewart – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington/Clark Gable – Gone with the Wind

    Could they have pulled a Hepburn/Babs and given it to both of them in a TIE?? Gable gives his most iconic performance in the apex of Old Hollywood grandeur, while Stewart gives one of the most go-for-broke performances ever! Simply magnificent. Nothing against Robert Donat, but I think the Academy probably wishes they could have a do-over with this one.

    And finally…

    Peter O’Toole – The Lion in Winter

    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the all-time Oscar loser. O’Toole goes toe-to-toe with Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn, and the result is perhaps the most delicious repartee ever committed to celluloid. Cliff Robertson’s Charly performance, meanwhile, falls under the much derided “playing a character with a disability” Oscar Bait sub-category. This would have been the perfect performance to honor O’Toole with, as well as the timeliest – he’d never get another shot this good again.

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    Morgan Freeman in the classic Lean On Me should gave Won Best Actor.

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    Here are some performances recently snubbed for nominations that stand out to me:

    Bill Murray – On the Rocks (he’s a lead to me!)
    Marc Maron – Sword of Trust
    Paul Walter Hauser – Richard Jewell
    Ethan Hawke – First Reformed
    Robert Pattinson – Good Time
    Adam Driver – Paterson
    Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
    Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Tim Heidecker – The Comedy
    Logan Lerman – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Tom Hardy – Warrior

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    Where do I begin!?! There’s a lot of winners I would change, historically speaking (too many to list, honestly). One observation looking at the lists of nominees is that great actors typically do receive statuettes, but it’s almost always for the wrong performance. Here are a couple of nominees that stand out to me as being snubbed: Bill Murray – Lost in Translation Sean Penn is nothing special in Mystic River, it was a classic “career achievement” award, and in retrospect a huge mistake considering he won for a much more worthy (albeit a rather baity) performance just a few years later. [It should be noted that Johnny Depp would’ve been a spectacular populist pick, as well] Peter Fonda – Ulee’s Gold Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite actors ever, and one of the all-time great modern movie stars, but his As Good As It Gets performance is horribly dated, and was probably kind of mean-spirited/offense even at the time. I have zero problem with Hunt’s Oscar, but I do have a problem with Jack’s, particularly when his Easy Rider battery mate Fonda gave the performance of his career. [Honorable mention to Robert Duvall] Anthony Hopkins – The Remains of the Day This one is just unexcusable. This was definitely the Academy thinking they would not have another chance to award the comedically-inclined Hanks, and it seems that he was awarded in part strictly for his willingness to play an openly gay character. That sentiment hasn’t aged all that well, and neither has that movie; in my opinion its datedness is much, much worse than something like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Hopkins gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen, and if he hadn’t won for The Silence of the Lambs just two years prior, I’d like to think he would’ve won for this… but maybe not. [Liam Neeson would also have been worthy] Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven Al Pacino’s win has been panned quite a bit over the years, with most people citing Denzel Washington’s Malcom X as the performance that was robbed. Personally, I would rather Pacino have won for this than not at all… but considering Unforgiven won Best Picture and is a classic, wouldn’t this have been a great time to honor Clint as an actor? It’s a great performance, and the fact that this icon never won an acting award is kind of unbelievable – perhaps that will change with Cry Macho? [Denzel was pretty damn good, too] Al Pacino – The Godfather Part II Almost the inverse of the Bill Murray/Sean Penn situation. Everyone loved Art Carney, which was why he won, but Pacino gave maybe the greatest screen performance of all time with this movie and Part I. He easily could’ve won Oscars for The Panic in Needle Park, both Godfathers, Serpico, Scarecrow, Dog Day Afternoon, …And Justice for All, and Scarface, but this one was the worst of the worst – a travesty. James Stewart – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington/Clark Gable – Gone with the Wind Could they have pulled a Hepburn/Babs and given it to both of them in a TIE?? Gable gives his most iconic performance in the apex of Old Hollywood grandeur, while Stewart gives one of the most go-for-broke performances ever! Simply magnificent. Nothing against Robert Donat, but I think the Academy probably wishes they could have a do-over with this one. And finally… Peter O’Toole – The Lion in Winter I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the all-time Oscar loser. O’Toole goes toe-to-toe with Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn, and the result is perhaps the most delicious repartee ever committed to celluloid. Cliff Robertson’s Charly performance, meanwhile, falls under the much derided “playing a character with a disability” Oscar Bait sub-category. This would have been the perfect performance to honor O’Toole with, as well as the timeliest – he’d never get another shot this good again.

    in my opinion Penn’s win for Mystic River is one of the best ever in this category

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    in my opinion Penn’s win for Mystic River is one of the best ever in this category

    Johnny Depp should’ve won

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    Johnny Depp should’ve won

    I enjoyed his performance in the film but don’t think he should have won. His SAG win is one of the most perplexing of all time. He beat the two front runners, Penn and Murray, both of whom had won Golden Globes. Does anyone have an explanation for how he did it?

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    I enjoyed his performance in the film but don’t think he should have won. His SAG win is one of the most perplexing of all time. He beat the two front runners, Penn and Murray, both of whom had won Golden Globes. Does anyone have an explanation for how he did it?

    His SAG win means he was closer to win the Oscar despite what many people think, Johnny should’ve won, that was probably his last chance to win an Oscar.

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