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September 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm #162363
All of the wins for “A Beautiful Mind”, “Crash” for BP, and Sandra Bullock. I recently watched “A Beautiful Mind” again after years from the inital viewing and it plays wonderfully still. Russell should’ve taken it in a walk, but that was the year the voters were so transparent with their “three with one stone” mess. “Crash” also still plays well for me. It’s definitly on the nose with the story being helmed from a priveleged perspective. Reminds of a paper I once wrote about the film about that. Don’t miss college lol. And Sandy’s win for that role makes sense and I agree with it given the crop of nominees that year. It had all of the ingredients of what makes her a draw with the sheen of Oscar bait 101.September 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm #162364
It’s not cool to like “Crash,” but I liked it a lot too. Haven’t seen it since the first time, so I can’t say how it holds up, but at the time I liked it a hair better than “Brokeback Mountain.” It’s a worthy Best Picture winner in my eyes; the problem is how it won. “Brokeback Mountain” was a much more important film in cinema and Oscar history, and the specter of homophobia that hangs over its loss makes “Crash,” in hindsight, the wrong winner, but not a bad winner.
I also agree about Helen Hunt. She was outstanding in “As Good As it Gets.”
I’m not sure if it’s her performance or her public persona, but Anne Hathaway gets a lot of flack for her “Les Miserables” win, but I thought it was well deserved. There weren’t that many supporting performances that excited me that year; just her and Amy Adams (“The Master”).
I also thought Jennifer Connelly was the right winner when she won for “A Beautiful Mind.” I also didn’t mind its win for Best Picture. I think she tends to get some flack too. And so does Kim Basinger, who I also considered a deserving winner for “LA Confidential,” even though she dealt Julianne Moore her first loss.
I also thought Halle Berry did a great job in “Monster’s Ball.” That win made me happy too.
Is it just me, or do women tend to get more backlash for Oscar wins than men?
Daniel, I think that might be true, but I think people are more passionate about the female categories then the male ones in general, at least that’s how it was when I was starting out ranking profiles on my Oscar blog five years ago. There was only one blog that did rankings of Best Actor back then and its still by far the most active with most people still doing female ones if they’re doing it at all. It’s been so hard for all of us on there to post consistently and given I’m an actor and singer as well as a student, I often chose to commit to that instead and I assume others of the group I was part of made similiar choices. However, I’m trying to get more active again now that Oscar season is coming up and I want to reach my goal of seeing alll the Best Actress winners. You should check out my newest post about Jane Fonda’s controversial Oscar winning performance in Coming Home on my blog http://filmoscarsandmore.blogspot.com and also check out Louis Morgan’s excellent blog http://actoroscar.blogspot.com and if you haven’t already, http://oscarnerd.blogspot.com, http://fritzlovesoscars.blogspot.com, http://moviefilm-moviefilm.blogspot.com, and http://sageslowdive.blogspot.com.
Agree about Hathaway in Les Mis and gald you agree with me on Crash and Helen Hunt. Glad you like A Beautiful Mind and Kim Basinger since so few do (including me, even though its been way too long since I’ve seen them)!September 29, 2014 at 9:22 pm #162365
Russell should’ve taken it in a walk, but that was the year the voters were so transparent with their “three with one stone” mess.
Crowe won for his weakest nomination. But a second Oscar and a consecutive one at that had to weight against him considering that this was only his third nomination and Washington was on his fifth. In the end Washington was nominated again and Crowe is still waiting for his comeback commercially and artistically.
Kathy Bates for Best Supporting Actress (Richard Jewell)September 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm #162366
Gwyneth Paltrow. (I’m almost afraid to say this!!) I thought she was quite charming and skilled in Shakespeare in Love.
So many people feel Cate Blanchett was robbed but I never really felt strongly about that performance. It seems like Queen Elizabeth has been done so many times and I’m not sure she brought much new stuff to it.
Plus I love Blanchett’s work in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine and I doubt she’d have won both those Oscars had she won for Elizabeth. So IMO this all worked out for the best.September 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm #162367
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
“The best way to make someone feel small, is to not say anything to them at all” —>clicks ignore buttonSeptember 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm #162368
Shakespere in Love winning Best Picture over Private Ryan. Yes Spielberg deserved his directing nomination but Shakespere is a better movie. Gweynth and Judi as well.
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. I thought she was terrific in that movie and the only other lady that deserved to take her down would have been Gabby Sidibe or if Marion Cotillard was nominated for Nine
Crash winning Best Picture. Yeah I liked Brokeback better but it’s not like Crash is a bad movie. It is a really good movie
I don’t remember if it was more about her performance rather than just her being everywhere and winning everything award season, Anne Hathaway in Les Mis. No one has left an impression on me like that in a performance that lasted about 20 min since Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.
Marcia Gay Harden for Pollock. Though I don’t I agree she was supporting but lead definitly.
Renne Zellweger for Cold Mountain. She was great in that movie
Resse Witherspoon in Walk the Line. Magnificent
Mixed reveiwed movies winning tec Oscars like Alice in Wonderland and The Great Gatsby. I love both films but it proves my point that not all “bad” movies should be shut out for wins just because it wasn’t recieved well for something else like story or acting
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club. He got alot of flack on Tumblr for being a straight man playing a transgender woman but it’s about the amazing performance first and he definitly earned it.
Forrest Gump for Best Picture. Far better movie than Pulp Fiction but not saying it isn’t good.
Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich. OutstandingSeptember 30, 2014 at 12:44 am #162369
I love CRASH. I think it’s so effectively directed and put together. It gets so much hate for being “forced” or “unrealistic”, but that really doesn’t bother me. I see Haggis’ vision as a sort of hyper-reality based on reality as opposed to a fully realistic piece. So it all works for me. The same goes for FORREST GUMP. It’s a hyper-reality. It doesn’t have to be realistic because that’s not the point of the story.
I’ll never understand why people don’t like SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. I think it’s wonderful and has a clear vision and brilliant pace from start to finish… Not to mention a very unique story.
I thought OCTAVIA SPENCER walked away with The Help and thought she totally overshaddowed Jessica Chastain.
RENEE ZELLWEGER totally slays everyone in Cold Mountain.
MELISSA LEO’s win is fine.
JEFF BRIDGES was the best in his category when he won.
And MIRA SORVINO is an absolute riot in Mighty Aphrodite. She should have a bigger career in comedies.
GWYNETH PALTROW is great in Shakespeare in Love. Would I have given her the win over Blanchett? No. But people seriously act like she murdered puppies by winning.September 30, 2014 at 1:31 am #162370
The Kings Speech.
dead at people defending razzie worthy messes like Reene and Mira Sorvino. I was legitimately embarrassed when they were on screen.September 30, 2014 at 3:21 am #162371
I agree with KyleBailey on Shakespeare in Love – honestly, I think Saving Private Ryan lacks greatness outside the iconic scenes on the Omaha beach and in the ruined town, and the ending at the gravestone was mawkish to say the least. I reckon even some of SPR’s most ardent supporters wouldn’t deny that Shakespeare deserved that screenplay award.
Also, Jean Dujardin. I get irked by people comparing his win to Roberto Benigni’s – they may have had similar awards trajectories, but the similarity ends there. While I found Benigni somewhat creepy and inappropriately lacking in pathos in Life Is Beautiful, Dujardin in The Artist is like a great silent film star resurrected. His body language and comic timing are immaculate, and he never descends into hamminess. I rejoice that he was able to beat Hollywood big-boys George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and I actually felt Gary Oldman in TTSS was also more deserving than them.September 30, 2014 at 5:24 am #162372
Anne HathawaySeptember 30, 2014 at 5:38 am #162373
Marisa Tomei. A masterful comedic performance that many look down upon simply because the film is a comedy. However, Tomei’s performance of Mona Lisa Vito oozes charisma, depth, and heart.September 30, 2014 at 7:51 am #162374
Is it just me, or do women tend to get more backlash for Oscar wins than men?
I think female winners only get bashed more official. There are threads for them any time here and there. More than for actors.
Why? Because they’re more interesting. Who’s actually interested in actors these days?
*lol* I’m just kidding.
But let face it: many love the crazy awards circus that is centered by women and their performances. Good or bad, it’s something worth to talk about. Plus their public behaviour.
Males are also in the most BP nominees, females sometimes have to carry a whole movie on their shoulders. That means they are more likely to be awarded for Best Actress only than for multiple Oscars. Only three films the last 14 years were able to win another Oscar(s) than “only” best actress.
The opposite of that is that only three films the last 14 years won best actor and nothing else.
Hollywood is a male industry. Even if you were lucky enough to be the first woman to win best director (for a war film full of men only) does not mean they support you for the next (another war film, but this time a woman is the “hero”. Hmmmm….)September 30, 2014 at 9:20 am #162375
[quote=”TinoPecchia”]People hating Julie Andrews win is news to me. But, I’ll defend Brave winning best animated feature easily
When I first started looking into Oscarwatcher’s opinions over the Internet, Andrews win was hated on by the people I knew. Brave is a good, entertaining movie, but I didn’t see any of the other nominees so I can’t say who should have won. [/quote]
Frankenweenie was also great
Wreck-it Ralph was really good
Haven’t seen ParaNorman yet
I’m alone on this but I thought Pirates! Band of Misfits was terrible
Frankenweenie & Wreck-it Ralph I recommend you see.September 30, 2014 at 11:26 am #162376
Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball.
Billy Bob Thornton should’ve won as well.September 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm #162377
I personally think it’s a shame that more people don’t talk about Ordinary People. Sure it’s as beloved as Raging Bull but that doesn’t mean Ordinary People isn’t still an excellent movie in it’s own right. You’ve got Mary Tyler Moore expertly playing against type as a cold distant mother, Timothy Hutton giving a scene stealing performance as a suicidal teenager and Donald Sutherland as the father trying desperately to keep his family what’s left of his family together and how he didn’t get a nomination for this film still puzzles me. There’s so much wonderful acting to go around it’s just a shame how much this film has been forgotten
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