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    Did Jessica Lange deserve all of these Oscar nominations?

    There are 6 nominations and 2 wins Total:

    1983
    Frances – Best Actress in Leading Role
    Tootsie – Best Actress in Supporting Role (WON)

    1985
    Country – Best Actress in Leading Role

    1986
    Sweet Dreams – Best Actress in Leading Role

    1990
    Music Box – Best Actress in Leading Role

    1995
    Blue Sky – Best Actress in Leading Role (WON)

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    She didn’t deserve either of her wins.

    I would have only nominated her for Country, Sweet Dreams, and Frances.

    She definitely has great on-screen charisma, but she is very conscious of the camera and has some very distracting tics. The most famous sign that its a Lange performance is overuse of fluttering hands.

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    I’m fine with Lange’s Oscar legacy. She does polarize which I think is an asset not a liability.

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    I haven’t seen them all, but I agree she didn’t deserve her two wins.

    For Tootsie: Ann Warren > Close > Lange > Garr > Stanley

    For Blue Sky: Foster > Richardson > Ryder > Lange > Sarandon

    She was very good in Tootsie. A bit over the top in Blue Sky. And very good in Frances, her other nomination I saw.

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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    She was unintentionally hilarious in Blue Sky, she kept on calling Tommy Lee Jones “Daddy” and yes, I see those fluttering hands too. It’s like Meryl always likes touching her face (especially her chin) in pretty much all her movies. It becomes a bit distracting at times I must say. I don’t think her performance in Blue Sky has aged well at all, I can’t see something like that getting award attention these days. Jessica Lange can do Blue Sky in her sleep, it was very much in her comfortable zone.

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    Would give her 0 nominations personally, but if she had to have all of these, I would actually give her the win for Sweet Dreams. For better or for worse, she was the best in the category that year lol

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    Yes. Her best role is in Frances. But no way was anyone beating Meryl for Sophie’s Choice.

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    She didn’t deserve either of her wins. I would have only nominated her for Country, Sweet Dreams, and Frances. She definitely has great on-screen charisma, but she is very conscious of the camera and has some very distracting tics. The most famous sign that its a Lange performance is overuse of fluttering hands.

    someone needs to makes a video compilation of this 🤣

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    Her TV work is phenomenal though so I don’t mind her wins/nominations.

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    "The Good Fight" and "The Other Two" in all categories.

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    I think all of em except Tootsie. Haven’t seen Country though.

    I feel like I have a different opinion about Lange than most people which is that American Horror Story made her flaws and her mistakes very very obvious, and it’s just such a BAD show that as a whole, looking at her excellent parts side by side with the mediocre ones, I see a tendency to over-act in both and it just doesn’t help my estimation of her.

    But in Blue Sky and Frances, she’s incredibly magnetic and warm and just really…surprising. When I watch some of those scenes again I feel like she’s making some very strange choices but I’m just so mesmerized by her and the character feels palpably real. She’s good in Music Box and Sweet Dreams in that inoffensive way—they’re both performances that in retrospect are such obvious Oscar choices even if they’re not all that.

    Justice for Passing, Tessa Thompson & Ruth Negga.

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    Yes she deserved all of her nominations and probably a few more. She should have been nominated for Men Don’t Leave, Titus and possibly Big Fish. She was also very good in A Thousand Acres (and earned a Golden Globe nomination).

    She was considered one of the top actresses of the 1980’s along with Meryl Streep and a few others. Her body of work during that time period was impressive. I think her best performances were in Music Box, Country and Frances, so I agree she won for the wrong roles. She had some good moments in Blue Sky.

    I don’t think the hand fluttering really started until the mid-90’s (except for Everybody’s All American) and really took over in her work on the stage. I still think she is great and could get another nomination if she chooses to work more.

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    My favorite Lange performance is an Hbo movie , she made many moons ago. It started Tom Wilkinson as her husband who at retirement finally confesses that he is transgender. I believe movie was called Normal.  She is excellent in it as she comes to term with the knowledge

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    I find her performance in Frances quite overrated. Apart from Meryl I also prefer Sissy Spacek’s Missing performance over Lange’s.

    Sweet Dreams is her most underrated nomination. I wonder if it’s because of Coal Miner’s Daughter that such a biopic was not getting more attention, it was completely shut out by the HFPA.

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    I definitely nominate her for all of these and I definitely give her the win for Blue Sky. Her best scene in Blue Sky is the car ride just before her first episode where she starts off optimistic about the move and gets darker and darker on it as the neighbourhood becomes less and less affluent. It’s a long, internalised process and she nails it.
    Her performance in Tootsie is so beautiful. There’s a sadness Lange brings to the role and that’s probably a lot of residual weight from the filming of Frances, but also Lange’s innate sadness as a person. I wouldn’t have awarded her the statue in that category, though. My choice is Glenn Close for The World According to Garp, followed closely by Lesley Ann Warren for Victor/Victoria. But what an incredible lineup, huh? They’re seriously all great performances.

     

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    My favorite Lange performance is an Hbo movie , she made many moons ago. It started Tom Wilkinson as her husband who at retirement finally confesses that he is transgender. I believe movie was called Normal. She is excellent in it as she comes to term with the knowledge

     

    I never hear people talk about this film or performance! Her and Tom were superb and so was a very young Hayden Panettiere and Joe Sikora. It was so nice to see Jessica underplay for the majority of the film, especially the scene where she responds to her partner’s accusation of her not supporting them. She’s sitting up in bed, knitting and delivers this tremendous monologue in the most restrained way. Yeah, that film was excellent. I believe it’s still up on Youtube. I watched it a couple of times during the first lockdown.

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