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January 5, 2018 at 10:31 am #1202456971
This seemed to be another weird year for this category. Just a recap:
Kate Hudson won most of the early critic awards, including the Golden Globe.
Judi Dench won the SAG.
Julie Walters won the BAFTA.
Marcia Gay Harden won the NY Film Critics, then did not win a single critic award (and only went on to be nominated for 2 more), before being nominated and winning the Oscar.
So, what happened? Was Harden expected to win that night? Was it as wide-open as it looked on paper?January 5, 2018 at 10:48 am #1202456989
I think I prefer Dench, Hudson, and McDormand’s performances over Harden’s, but I’m not actually sure who I would choose as winner.
Also haven’t seen Walters’s film yet.January 5, 2018 at 10:49 am #1202456990
From what I remember Hudson was the clear frontrunner until SAG Awards which Dench got it. It became more of an open race but still with Hudson as a soft frontrunner. Gay Harden was a surprise win even though there was a rumour circulating that if she got the nom she could posibly get the win.
She really was the most deserving, even though she was borderline lead in Pollock. My ranking:
Marcia Gay Harden – Pollock
Julie Walters – Billy Elliot
Frances McDormand – Almost Famous
Kate Hudson – Almost Famous
Judi Dench – Chocolat
January 5, 2018 at 10:55 am #1202457005
- This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by Beastialg.
The crazy thing is that if Ellen Burstyn went supporting for Requiem for a Dream, she might have been an easy winner. IIRC the distributor thought that a Best Actress win would generate more profits than a Supporting win. Too bad because no one was beating Julia that year.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantJanuary 5, 2018 at 11:09 am #1202457014
McDormand was great in Almost Famous, but she should’ve been nominated for Wonder Boys instead. Hudson was also really good. Possibly a career best for her. Harden deserved the win. She was fantastic ii Pollock. I know that she was basically a co-lead in the film, but Roberts was unbeatable. Walters was great as well. Dench was good, but the weakest of the bunch IMO.January 5, 2018 at 11:16 am #1202457028
The crazy thing is that if Ellen Burstyn went supporting for Requiem for a Dream, she might have been an easy winner. IIRC the distributor thought that a Best Actress win would generate more profits than a Supporting win. Too bad because no one was beating Julia that year.
Burstyn in supporting would have been category fraud. She was the lead in Requiem From a Dream with Jared Leto. Jennifer Connelly should have been nominated instead of half the actual nominees.January 5, 2018 at 11:22 am #1202457040
Marcia Gay Harden was just as much of a lead in her film as Burstyn was in Requiem. But I digress: Marcia rightfully won. Hudson was the frontrunner and that season’s pretty young thing. The race shifted out of Hudson’s corner when Dench took the SAG. Many people still expected Hudson to prevail, as there was no strong alternative. Dench had just recently won, and was not going to win again with such a lightweight film, charming as it may have been. Harden was a huge surprise, and living proof of what happens when voters actually watch their screeners.January 5, 2018 at 12:15 pm #1202457091
Keep in mind, Harden was initially pushed Lead for Pollock, that is until her NYFCC win in Supporting, at which point SPC moved her down into that category (and all but did away with their initial Supporting campaign for Amy Madigan).
Hudson was indeed the front-runner, albeit a soft one. The Dench SAG victory was widely seen as a makeup win. Walters was the Brit who looked like the greater threat to Hudson but the Jamie Bell snub made that seem less likely. McDormand, while not completely out, never looked like a real threat.
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A better lineup
3. Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
4. McDormand (Wonder Boys)
5. Connelly (Requiem for a Dream)January 5, 2018 at 1:58 pm #1202457163
Would have loved a Hudson win.January 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm #1202457252
To me the real missed opportunity was not nominating Elaine May for Small Time Crooks.January 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm #1202457258
The right person won.
I can’t imagine Kate Hudson not thinking she was winning that night. Poor girl. Although who would want to win with that awful hair and dress and let that be one of the greatest most remembered pictures of your career/life?January 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm #1202457267
It’s too bad, because we haven’t seen Hudson come close to an Oscar nomination since. Plus she’s really fallen off the map in recent years too.January 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm #1202457300
Hudson was the favorite, but the race was not a slam dunk for her at the time. I think she was the winner in many people’s eyes because of lack of competition: Dench won SAG, sure, but she had never won there before and just won the Oscar for Shakespeare In Love two years earlier and Chocolat was not liked enough by the Academy to warrant a “spread the wealth win” by giving her the Oscar(I.E Tilda Swinton’s win seven years later). Walters won BAFTA, but she really didn’t have enough buzz to take home the award. McDormand had just won for Fargo, so there was a perception that there was no rush to reward her again. And then with Harden, people did not think the film was widely seen enough and underestimated her chances due to the film not being a strong Oscar contender, especially compared with these films. I think what swung it in Harden’s favor was the largeness of the role(an asset in winning this category) and the dramatic, meaty nature of it especially because she was playing “the long suffering wife”, a role that’s almost always an Awards magnet. At the age of 21, Hudson was extremely young at the time and the Academy thought that they’d have other chances to honor her in the future(although it’s hard to see why today with what we’ve seen of Hudson’s career since then). I also think McDormand stole some votes from her by fans of Almost Famous given how good she is in the role and her performance in Wonder Boys that year. If McDormand was not in the picture, Hudson would have likely won.January 5, 2018 at 6:10 pm #1202457366
Rankings of performances nominated..
1. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous
2. Julie Walters, Billy Elliot
3. Frances McDormand, Almost Famous
4. Marcia Gay Harden, Pollock
5. Judi Dench, Chocolat
My personal nominations..
1. Jennifer Connelly, Requiem for a Dream
2. Samantha Morton, Jesus’ Son
3. Kirsten Dunst, The Virgin Suicides
4. Amanda Peet, The Whole Nine Yards
5. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous
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