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    Jeffrey Kare
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    I previously started a thread on this topic, but it appears to have been deleted. So I decided to start a new one. Throughout all of Oscar history, what are some wins that you happen to agree with despite them received much debate and/or controversies from people? Mine are…

    Humphrey Bogart winning Best Actor for The African Queen
    Grace Kelly winning Best Actress for The Country Girl
    My Fair Lady winning Best Picture
    Paul Newman winning Best Actor for The Color of Money
    Al Pacino winning Best Actor for Scent of a Woman
    ‘When You Believe’ from The Prince of Egypt winning Best Original Song
    A Beautiful Mind winning Best Picture
    Halle Berry winning Best Actress for Monster’s Ball
    Jim Broadbent winning Best Supporting Actor for Iris
    Chicago winning Best Picture
    Nicole Kidman winning Best Actress for The Hours
    Renée Zellweger winning Best Supporting Actress for Cold Mountain
    Kate Winslet winning Best Actress for The Reader
    Meryl Streep winning Best Actress for The Iron Lady
    Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook
    Eddie Redmayne winning Best Actor for The Theory of Everything
    Birdman
    winning Best Original Screenplay
    The Revenant winning Best Director and Best Actor
    Both 2017 lead acting winners
    Mahershala Ali winning Best Supporting Actor for Green Book
    Three of the four 2019 acting winners (with Brad Pitt being the exception)
    Mank winning Best Cinematography

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    braydenfitzsimmons
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    “The Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre winning Original Song.

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    Rocky winning in 1976, with a set of films that I think are pretty much all overrated…

    Out Of Africa is actually pretty good, as is Dances With Wolves.

    Whilst I don’t think it deserved Best Picture, Crash is nowhere near as bad as a Best Picture Winner as others have made it out to be. Taken on it’s own, it’s a pretty good film.

    Birdman is a masterpiece and is worthy of the Best Picture Win, although, maybe, The Grand Budapest Hotel is marginally better.

    Green Book is actually a very good film. It’s not as good as A Star Is Born or BlacKKKlansman, but I actually really enjoy it.

    Roman Polanski’s Win for The Pianist is deserved, especially when you look at the others in the category. 2002 is full of great films that didn’t get nominated for Best Picture or Best Director.

    Damien Chazelle’s Win for Best Director is pretty deserved. It’s the best film in the category and might be the best director (Jenkins does come close, though).

    Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar win isn’t that bad.

    Lupita Nyong’o deserved that Oscar.

    Laura Dern is great in Marriage Story. Only Johansson comes close to being as good as her in this category.

    Jared Leto is great in Dallas Buyers Club. I still think Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender were a bit better, but I was almost as impressed by Leto as I was by McConaughey!

    Mahershala Ali is phenomenal in Green Book and I hope it opens him up to get more leading roles. In fact, he probably should have been nominated for Lead and, if he won there, I wouldn’t have complained – especially considering who won that year…

    Jodie Foster is still probably better than Susan Sarandon. Sorry.

    Julia Roberts is pretty good in Erin Brockovich and I can see why she won.

    Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone are phenomenal in their Oscar-winning roles and I really don’t get the backlash for them winning.

    Denzel Washington in Training Day is easily an Oscar-Worthy performance and he’s significantly better than everyone else in that category in 2001.

    I think the same probably applies for Adrien Brody in The Pianist.

    I genuinely think Sean Penn is better than Bill Murray in 2003 and gives one of cinema’s great performances in Mystic River. He’s not quite as good as Mickey Rourke in 2008, but the difference is pretty small, so it’s easily tolerable.

    I love Forest Whitaker in The Last King Of Scotland. (Not sure if this is controversial, actually – lol)

    Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix both deserved their Oscars. Sorry.

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    Nicole Kidman deserved her win in 2002, and she has proven to be a far better actress than any of her co-nominees other than Moore (who was the only one who came close to Kidman in that category)

    Impossachievable

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    Laura Dern is great in Marriage Story. Only Johansson comes close to being as good as her in this category.

    I agree. She’s the best of the nominated five by a country mile, especially without any of Lopez, Shuzhen, Park, Cho, Serrano, Cruz, Lourd, McKinnon, Qualley, Spencer or Blake in there.

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    Lupita Nyong’o deserved that Oscar.

    I was unaware that this was a controversial opinion.

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    I was unaware that this was a controversial opinion.

    Yeah, I mean, who did people think should’ve won out of that weak line-up? JLaw?

    Impossachievable

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    I’ll third the Jennifer Lawrence pick. Her performance in SLP is great and she absolutely deserved the award.

    I’d agree that Casey Affleck was great in Manchester by the Sea, too bad he’s an ass, but he was very deserving of the win.

    Mahershala Ali was great in Green Book, it’s just the movie was bad.

    I don’t hate that Suicide Squad won for make-up, there I said it. It’s not like the make-up was bad.

     

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    Art Carney for “Harry and Tonto”
    Glenda Jackson for “A Touch of Class”
    Laura Dern for “Marriage Story”

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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>The English Patient.</p>

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    Roman Polanski’s Win for The Pianist is deserved, especially when you look at the others in the category. 2002 is full of great films that didn’t get nominated for Best Picture or Best Director.

    I agree Polanski’s win is a good one, but Almodóvar was nominated that year, as well…not sure how you can’t like that!

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    Crash’s Best Picture win.

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    Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards (and I’m still shocked that this is even controversial)

    Writing’s on the Wall in Original Song

    Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody

    Letterboxd: Ray_In_Bruges

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    Green Book  in BP is not a bad win, just a terribly average and safe one, and the movie is just fine. There were way worse wins that same year (namely its win for Screenplay and all of BoRhap‘s).

    Ali would’ve made a better winner in Lead than Malek, and then Grant or Elliott (preferably the former) could’ve won for actual supporting performances.

    Impossachievable

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