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    Dan Jo
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    Jack Warden in Shampoo

    Margaret Leighton in The Go-Between. A role rejected by Deborah Kerr because how thin the role was. A background character. The movie was almost over before her big scene but nothing really Oscar worthy.

    Kay Medford in Funny Girl. A coattail nomination.

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    And Gladys Cooper from My Fair Lady

    I second this. I like Gladys Cooper but her nomination for My Fair Lady doesn’t really makes sense at all. She was barely there and mostly drinking tea. Her slot should have been given to Gardner or Kerr in The Night of the Iguana.

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    I second this. I like Gladys Cooper but her nomination for My Fair Lady doesn’t really makes sense at all. She was barely there and mostly drinking tea. Her slot should have been given to Gardner or Kerr in The Night of the Iguana.

    that line makes me LOL… She should’ve belonged in Best Supporting Beverages instead 🤣

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    Gary Oldman, Mank
    The role is obviously baity but did they really need to nominate him over Delroy Lindo? He was filler.

    Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins & Into the Woods
    She’s an undeniable legend but why? These performances were good but worthy of nominations? Nah. Amy Adams (Arrival), Annette Bening (20th Century Women) or Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) would’ve been better nominees.

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    Best Actress

    Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark (1967)

    Talia Shire, Rocky (1976) – so many  wasted opportunities here to make this character and performance interesting and memorable.

    Melanie Griffith, Working Girl (1988) – a stiff, dull, uninteresting, unenergetic piece of acting. That voice still disturbs me.

    Susan Sarandon, The Client (1994) – forgettable performance, a proof of how weak the 1995 best actress lineup was.

    Juliette Binoche, Chocolat (2000)

    Samantha Morton, In America (2003)

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (2015) – David O rusell really hated subtlety huh?

    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet (2019) – Unintentionally hilarious portrayal of an American legend. Tubman deserved much better than this.

    Saoirse Ronan, Little Women (2019)

    Charlize Theron, Bombshell (2019)

     

    Best Actor

    (Haven’t seen almost 90% percent of this category. Maybe i’m just not really interested watching SOME of these men chew the scenery) but here’s some noms that baffles me

    Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – read above, Jennifer Lawrence in Joy

    Christian Bale, American Hustle (2013) – ugh. Read Jenlaw in Joy.

    Christian Bale, Vice (2018)

    Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

     

    Best Supporting Actress

    Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce (1945) – Unremarkable, typical sassy, voice of reason best friend.

    Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard (1950) -An example of a coattail nom. Nothing to do.

    Lesley Browne, The Turning Point (1977)

    Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl (1977) – more typical sassy, and witty brat trope that popular during 1940s and 1950s.

    Eva La Gallienne, Resurrection (1980)

    Annette Bening, The Grifters (1990)

    Holly Hunter, The Firm (1993) – An unnecessary nomination. Didn’t do anything remarkable or memorable in the picture.

    Natalie Portman, Closer (2004) – Poorly acted mess made even worse by her stiff delivery in that ‘love’ monologue.

    Amy Adams, Doubt (2008)

    Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (2013) – an over the top, self indulgent mess of a performance. Possibly the worst oscar nominated acting i’ve ever seen.

    Meryl Streep, Into The Woods (2014)

    Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures (2016)

    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (2017)

    Amy Adams, Vice (2018) – typical ‘behind great man there’s a great woman’ type of performance.

    Florence Pugh, Little Women (2019) – cringeworthy attempt to act as 12 year old is hard to watch.

    Margot Robbie, Bombshell (2019)

    Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

     

    Supporting Actor

    Maximilian Schell, Julia (1977)

    Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point (1977) – I wish his acting as good and beautiful as his dance moves.

    John Lithglow, Terms of Endearment (1983)

    Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love (1998)

    Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile (1999) – a character that only served purpose as ‘magical negro’ trope.

    Djimon Hounsou, In America (2003) – see above.

    Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    Alan Arkin, Argo (2012) – One note cameo nominated over more deserving contenders. The Oscar can arGo fuck themselves.

    Bradley Cooper, American Hustle (2013) – Why they feel they should’ve nominate this? Because he chew the scenery down his throat? Or for historical ‘all 4 acting noms’ sake?

    Edward Norton, Birdman (2014)

    Sam Rockwell, Vice (2018) – Again, a one note cameo who’s obssessed with fried chicken getting nominated.

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    Oh my god, reading the responses on this forum hurts. There have been very, very few performances to be nominated for an Oscar that were “completely undeserving.” Streep in Post was nomination-worthy, Sam Rockwell in Vice was filler-nomination-worthy, DOR movie performances were all win-worthy or nomination-worthy. The only performances that ACTUALLY are completely undeserving are those like Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles. Otherwise, most are good enough…

    Oscars FYC:

    Visual Effects: Free Guy

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    Leslie Brown and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the Turning Point are the WORST ever. Like Leslie Brown is Razzie-worthy in that movie. The redeeming grace of that movie was the spectacular Anne Bancroft and it’s puzzling how that movie got 11 nominations.

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    You may not like it, but I bet most people would still name it as one of the most memorable female turns of the last 100 years in film.

    Isn’t that a little hyperbole? Winslet herself said she didn’t like how she acted in Titanic. I didn’t like her in Titanic that much. But I think her performance in Eternal Sunshine is one of her most brilliant creations. I don’t think anyone else could have played it.

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    Isn’t that a little hyperbole? Winslet herself said she didn’t like how she acted in Titanic. I didn’t like her in Titanic that much. But I think her performance in Eternal Sunshine is one of her most brilliant creations. I don’t think anyone else could have played it.

    Winslet can think whatever she wants (and I don’t buy it that she’d really bash her own acting, she’s not the type lol), but it’s really not a hyperbole. You cannot really name many other names that has such legacy world-wide. Maybe Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind. It’s just simply a memorable/beloved turn that has no business being mentioned in this very thread. I’m not saying you personalty cannot dislike it, but it feels surreal to question this particular nomination.

    But I’ve also seen names like Streep in Prada that didn’t make much sense, that nomination is literally the milestone that the younger generation has also started to love/appreciate Streep…then Mamma Mia! happened. etc.

    FYC 2022 Emmys:

    Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh in "Killing Eve"

    Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Sandra Oh in "The Chair"

    Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Kim Joo-ryoung in "Squid Game"

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    Best Actress

    Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark (1967)

    Talia Shire, Rocky (1976) – so many wasted opportunities here to make this character and performance interesting and memorable.

    Melanie Griffith, Working Girl (1988) – a stiff, dull, uninteresting, unenergetic piece of acting. That voice still disturbs me.

    Susan Sarandon, The Client (1994) – forgettable performance, a proof of how weak the 1995 best actress lineup was.

    Juliette Binoche, Chocolat (2000)

    Samantha Morton, In America (2003)

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (2015) – David O rusell really hated subtlety huh?

    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet (2019) – Unintentionally hilarious portrayal of an American legend. Tubman deserved much better than this.

    Saoirse Ronan, Little Women (2019)

    Charlize Theron, Bombshell (2019)

    Best Actor

    (Haven’t seen almost 90% percent of this category. Maybe i’m just not really interested watching SOME of these men chew the scenery) but here’s some noms that baffles me

    Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – read above, Jennifer Lawrence in Joy

    Christian Bale, American Hustle (2013) – ugh. Read Jenlaw in Joy.

    Christian Bale, Vice (2018)

    Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

    Best Supporting Actress

    Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce (1945) – Unremarkable, typical sassy, voice of reason best friend.

    Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard (1950) -An example of a coattail nom. Nothing to do.

    Lesley Browne, The Turning Point (1977)

    Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl (1977) – more typical sassy, and witty brat trope that popular during 1940s and 1950s.

    Eva La Gallienne, Resurrection (1980)

    Annette Bening, The Grifters (1990)

    Holly Hunter, The Firm (1993) – An unnecessary nomination. Didn’t do anything remarkable or memorable in the picture.

    Natalie Portman, Closer (2004) – Poorly acted mess made even worse by her stiff delivery in that ‘love’ monologue.

    Amy Adams, Doubt (2008)

    Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (2013) – an over the top, self indulgent mess of a performance. Possibly the worst oscar nominated acting i’ve ever seen.

    Meryl Streep, Into The Woods (2014)

    Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures (2016)

    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (2017)

    Amy Adams, Vice (2018) – typical ‘behind great man there’s a great woman’ type of performance.

    Florence Pugh, Little Women (2019) – cringeworthy attempt to act as 12 year old is hard to watch.

    Margot Robbie, Bombshell (2019)

    Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

    Supporting Actor

    Maximilian Schell, Julia (1977)

    Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point (1977) – I wish his acting as good and beautiful as his dance moves.

    John Lithglow, Terms of Endearment (1983)

    Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love (1998)

    Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile (1999) – a character that only served purpose as ‘magical negro’ trope.

    Djimon Hounsou, In America (2003) – see above.

    Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    Alan Arkin, Argo (2012) – One note cameo nominated over more deserving contenders. The Oscar can arGo fuck themselves.

    Bradley Cooper, American Hustle (2013) – Why they feel they should’ve nominate this? Because he chew the scenery down his throat? Or for historical ‘all 4 acting noms’ sake?

    Edward Norton, Birdman (2014)

    Sam Rockwell, Vice (2018) – Again, a one note cameo who’s obssessed with fried chicken getting nominated.

    I defend Samantha Morton’s nomination for In America but she’s supporting to me. The central character was the father and the daughters. But her hospital scene really gets me. Fantastic performance.

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    Will Smith was fantastic in The Pursuit of Happyness and if Forest Whitaker wasn’t nominated, Will could have very well won. Will was completely deserving of that nomination.

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    I defend Samantha Morton’s nomination for In America but she’s supporting to me. The central character was the father and the daughters. But her hospital scene really gets me. Fantastic performance.

    Yea Samantha was great in that movie.

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    Best Actress

    Audrey Hepburn, Wait Until Dark (1967)

    Talia Shire, Rocky (1976) – so many wasted opportunities here to make this character and performance interesting and memorable.

    Melanie Griffith, Working Girl (1988) – a stiff, dull, uninteresting, unenergetic piece of acting. That voice still disturbs me.

    Susan Sarandon, The Client (1994) – forgettable performance, a proof of how weak the 1995 best actress lineup was.

    Juliette Binoche, Chocolat (2000)

    Samantha Morton, In America (2003)

    Jennifer Lawrence, Joy (2015) – David O rusell really hated subtlety huh?

    Cynthia Erivo, Harriet (2019) – Unintentionally hilarious portrayal of an American legend. Tubman deserved much better than this.

    Saoirse Ronan, Little Women (2019)

    Charlize Theron, Bombshell (2019)

    Best Actor

    (Haven’t seen almost 90% percent of this category. Maybe i’m just not really interested watching SOME of these men chew the scenery) but here’s some noms that baffles me

    Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (2012) – read above, Jennifer Lawrence in Joy

    Christian Bale, American Hustle (2013) – ugh. Read Jenlaw in Joy.

    Christian Bale, Vice (2018)

    Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

    Best Supporting Actress

    Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce (1945) – Unremarkable, typical sassy, voice of reason best friend.

    Nancy Olson, Sunset Boulevard (1950) -An example of a coattail nom. Nothing to do.

    Lesley Browne, The Turning Point (1977)

    Quinn Cummings, The Goodbye Girl (1977) – more typical sassy, and witty brat trope that popular during 1940s and 1950s.

    Eva La Gallienne, Resurrection (1980)

    Annette Bening, The Grifters (1990)

    Holly Hunter, The Firm (1993) – An unnecessary nomination. Didn’t do anything remarkable or memorable in the picture.

    Natalie Portman, Closer (2004) – Poorly acted mess made even worse by her stiff delivery in that ‘love’ monologue.

    Amy Adams, Doubt (2008)

    Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (2013) – an over the top, self indulgent mess of a performance. Possibly the worst oscar nominated acting i’ve ever seen.

    Meryl Streep, Into The Woods (2014)

    Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures (2016)

    Mary J. Blige, Mudbound (2017)

    Amy Adams, Vice (2018) – typical ‘behind great man there’s a great woman’ type of performance.

    Florence Pugh, Little Women (2019) – cringeworthy attempt to act as 12 year old is hard to watch.

    Margot Robbie, Bombshell (2019)

    Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

    Supporting Actor

    Maximilian Schell, Julia (1977)

    Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Turning Point (1977) – I wish his acting as good and beautiful as his dance moves.

    John Lithglow, Terms of Endearment (1983)

    Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare in Love (1998)

    Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile (1999) – a character that only served purpose as ‘magical negro’ trope.

    Djimon Hounsou, In America (2003) – see above.

    Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

    Alan Arkin, Argo (2012) – One note cameo nominated over more deserving contenders. The Oscar can arGo fuck themselves.

    Bradley Cooper, American Hustle (2013) – Why they feel they should’ve nominate this? Because he chew the scenery down his throat? Or for historical ‘all 4 acting noms’ sake?

    Edward Norton, Birdman (2014)

    Sam Rockwell, Vice (2018) – Again, a one note cameo who’s obssessed with fried chicken getting nominated.

    Just because you don’t like this role doesn’t mean he was great in it. Michael Clarke Duncan was great in that, and deserved his nomination.

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    Will Smith was fantastic in The Pursuit of Happyness and if Forest Whitaker wasn’t nominated, Will could have very well won. Will was completely deserving of that nomination.

    Nah, there was never a chance of Smith winning in that category. Gosling and O’Toole would make more sense as runner-ups and had v. strong narratives. And DiCaprio’s film (which he is the best part of) scored quite a few other nominations, so Will Smith was almost certainly in last place.

    And his performance isn’t bad, nor is the film – it’s just all very middling, in my eyes.

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    Will Smith was fantastic in The Pursuit of Happyness and if Forest Whitaker wasn’t nominated, Will could have very well won. Will was completely deserving of that nomination.

    Will Smith totally deserved his nomination. Under the right circumstances he would’ve won. It’s the best dramatic performance of his career. Not sure why such a significant & impactful role shouldn’t have been nominated.

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