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How did Laura Linney get nominated for The Savages?

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    In 2008 Laura Linney got a Best Actress nod without hitting any of the big precursors or winning any major critics circle award.
    As far as I know, Angelina Jolie was expected to get in for A Mighty Heart, having gotten in at SAG and GG. And I suppose Keira Knightley was also in contention for Atonement, getting in at BAFTA and GG.

    So how the hell did Linney beat out Jolie who was the biggest movie star in the world at time playing a real character, and Knightley whose movie was a BP nominee?
    Was it a big shock at all back then? Because it makes no sense to me looking at it now.

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    Talent.

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    She gave a damn good performance in that movie, that’s why.

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    Love Linney, but I have no idea how she pulled that off. After Globe nominations I thought she was 8th-9th in the line, behind Jolie, Knightley, Adams. I would not nominate her myself, but it’s hard to complain when a truly gifted performer receives recognition.

    It was also puzzling to me that some pundits thought her nomination was expected and a nod for Blanchett (Globe, SAG, Bafta nominee) was a surprise in the category.

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    I think that Linney was (and probably still is) more respected than Angelina Jolie didn’t hurt either.

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    This thread is one of the reasons I, personally, hate GoldDerby. People on here will always look at actors’ awards chances on everything else going for them but the performance. Linney was outstanding in that and she got in because she had the PERFORMANCE and that was enough, as it always must be. Jolie is always, always mediocre.

    Sorry, but that’s very naive. I’m a big fan of Laura Linney and I glad she got nominated. Hell, I think she deserved nods for Love, Actually and Mystic River and deserved to win for You Can Count on Me. However, I don’t delude into thinking that my opinion and taste matters much (like so many people here).

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    That was one of my first years on GoldDerby and Best Actress was pretty much up in the air that year, something like 2004 (although not to such extent). Cotillard, Christie and Page were no-brainers while Blanchett somehow surprisingly got in for prestige project despite lukewarm reception and maybe due to her not winning for “Elizabeth”.

    That left one spot and Linney was a passion pick, as it was written before. When you have films with balanced male-female dynamics in the lead, it’s always easier for women to get in:
    Yes to Riva, no to Trintignant,
    Yes to Williams, no to Gosling,
    Yes to Negga, no to Edgerton,
    Yes to Larson, no to Tremblay,

    In terms of wins:
    Yes to Lawrence, no to Cooper,
    Yes to Stone, no to Gosling,
    Yes to Witherspoon, no to Phoenix.

    So while Hoffman got in at the Golden Globes, “The Savages” would never get him an Oscar nod not being a bigger hit. It’s different with Best Actress which had a various “sole nominee from the film” inclusions (Close, Pike, Moore, Cotillard’s 2nd the most recently). Besides that Amy Adams, Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie and even Helena Bonham Carter were not without chances. I guess it was very close.

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    Jolie is always, always mediocre.

    Gia
    Girl, Interrupted
    Life or Something Like It
    Beyond Borders
    Alexander
    A Mighty Heart
    Beowulf
    Changeling
    Wanted
    Salt
    The Tourist
    By the Sea

    They’d like a word with you.

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    Jake
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    Gia
    Girl, Interrupted
    Life or Something Like It
    Beyond Borders
    Alexander
    A Mighty Heart
    Beowulf
    Changeling
    Wanted
    Salt
    The Tourist
    By the Sea

    They’d like a word with you.

    You’re not helping with majority of those.

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    They are all good performances, some of them being great performances.

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    TBH I’m surprised that Laura Linney didn’t get nominated for “The Squid and the Whale” back in 2005 when the competition was weaker and she had some precursors under her belt. That film also got nominated for its original screenplay.

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    TBH I’m surprised that Laura Linney didn’t get nominated for “The Squid and the Whale” back in 2005 when the competition was weaker and she had some precursors under her belt. That film also got nominated for its original screenplay.

    I didn’t like The Savages, is TSATW better than that?

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    It’s a matter of opinion but you should check it out for fine performances by Linney and Daniels plus good early showcase for Jesse Eisenberg. It was a little bit in the mold of Woody Allen.

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    Linney was amazing in “The Savages.” I thought Hoffman was just as good, too.

    The real question is how did Linney lose with a made-to-measure tape with the pilot of “The Big C.” Probably a comment for the television message board, but she gave one of the best performances this decade in that category with the pilot. Sure, she won later for the role, but the pilot was one of the best tapes. Other performers that year (Plimpton and Poehler, in particular) were also just as good. This will remain one of my biggest snubs overall with the Emmys.

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