May 2, 2020 at 12:15 am #1203458340
2005 Best Actress was somewhat lackluster to me. S. Epatha Merkerson could have been nominated for Lackawanna Blues.May 2, 2020 at 12:35 am #1203458360
I actually allow TV movies in my line-ups and up until 2 years ago I also allowed mini-series to compete (I stopped including mini-series as today it’s not clear what’s a definite mini-series and what’s a drama series). So, here are just some of my winners:
2008: John Adams
1993: And the Band played on
1989: Lonesome Dove
Judy Davis wins Best Actress in 2001; Robert Duvall Best Actor in 1989 and a couple of supporting actors win for the movies above (Stephan Dillane, Ian McKellen, Chris Chooper, Anjelica Huston). Jeffrey Wright & Mary-Louise Parker win supporting trophies for Angels in America; also Miranda Richardson wins for Fatherland.May 2, 2020 at 8:24 am #1203458791
Behind The Candelabra would have been a true contender with nominations across the board for pretty much everything. Michael Douglas probably would have won over Matthew McConaughey in Best Actor, and the film’s production design and costume design probably could have either beaten The Great Gatsby by just a few votes, or would have lost by just a few votes. It also would have probably won for Best Makeup & Hairstyling, not only for Michael Douglas’ transformation into Liberace, but also Debbie Reynolds’ unrecognizable transformation into Liberace’s mother!May 2, 2020 at 9:43 am #1203458952
Cuba Gooding, Jr., could’ve scored a nom for Best Actor for Gifted Hands.
"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument." - William Gibbs McAdooMay 2, 2020 at 9:49 am #1203458957
Laura Dern in The Tale would have beaten Olivia Colman in The Favourite.May 2, 2020 at 1:18 pm #1203459214
I think THE NORMAL HEART would have a good shot for Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Bomer.May 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm #1203459627
I’m surprised no one has mentioned Game Change yet. I could see this movie being the one to get all 4 acting nominations instead of silver linings playbook, plus nominations for picture, adapted screenplay, and editing; possibly score and others. Had this movie competed at the oscars I believe this would have been the vehicle that won Julianne Moore her overdue Oscar, and in the process of beating Jennifer Lawrence, it would’ve strengthened the narrative for Lawrence to win supporting actress the next year for American Hustle which was already a tight race to begin with. Also, if Moore had won for this I don’t think she would’ve been nominated for Still Alice since she already would’ve “won”, and in her place I think Jennifer Aniston would’ve been nominated and perhaps someone like Rosamund Pike could’ve won in her place for Gone Girl.May 2, 2020 at 7:29 pm #1203459642
“A Lesson Before Dying” could have made Don Cheadle competitive for the Oscar win. So many HBO films over the years were Oscar-worthy. BTW, Alfre Woodard was incredible in “Miss Evers’ Boys.” She needs to be an Oscar winner so badly!May 3, 2020 at 8:03 am #1203460108
If Recount and Game Change had been released in theaters, they would have been nominated across the board as well.May 3, 2020 at 8:42 am #1203460160
When I look at these, I have to look at not only were they good enough to be nominated at the Emmys and the Oscars, but also, could they have bumped someone out. Let’s take a look at Game Change, I do believe it could have:
For picture, the Academy had 9 nominees that year, so Game Change could have made it 10. Or, I think Les Miserables would have been most vulnerable. All others had screenplay nominations, but maybe Zero Dark Thirty would have been next most vulnerable, especially after some of the controversy surrounding it. Director would have been a tough go. Affleck and Bigelow were already snubbed. Would Haneke or Zeitlin been bumped for Roach? It is possible. Harrelson would have fought with Washginton for that 5th spot. I loved Denzel’s performance but hated that movie. Or, would The Master have suffered since its only nominations were in the acting categories? I think Moore would have taken Watts’ spot and the fight would have been between Lawrence and Moore. I think Lawrence could have won, but Moore would probably get the edge due to the timeliness of her role and her overdue factor. I do think Lawrence’s starmaking turn in The Hunger Games really helped her as well. Harris and Paulson would have either bumped SLP’s parental duo of de Nior/Weaver or would have bumped The Master’s duo, but Paulson could possibly nudge out Hunt. But, it could have taken out Beasts of the Southern Wild in film, director, actress, and screenplay. Interesting to see how things would have shaken out. But I don’t think you can discount SLP’s crowd pleasing support and nominations.May 3, 2020 at 8:59 am #1203460181
I know that this is talking about Limited Movies, but I will mention that the 2 hour pilot of L.A.Law had the Emmy Award winning guest performance from Alfre Woodard. If Alfre were nominated in Supporting Actress in 1986 with this performance, then she would have been very worthy of the Oscar.May 3, 2020 at 9:02 am #1203460183
For Recount, it would have been a little bit dicier. Best Picture was still just at 5 slots then and the TV movie received 2 nominations each in lead and supporting. That wouldn’t happen here and maybe would have split Spacey and Wilkinson into lead and supporting. In Best Picture, I like to think it would bump The Reader, but could also take the political slot that Frost/Nixon got. But, there’s no guarantee it gets a nomination. If it did, Roach could get that directing spot. That year, all 5 directing nominees matched best picture. I hate to think that Richard Jenkins’ beautiful performance in The Visitor would get knocked out by Spacey, but, it’s very possible. The Wrestler didn’t get wide Academy support, but Rourke was highly acclaimed (and would have gotten my vote) in his comeback role, so I don’t see him staying. I don’t know if Michael Shannon’s performance which put him on the map gets bumped for Wilkinson or not. Maybe Robert Downey Jr.’s comedy performance get pushed aside. I don’t see Dern bumping one of the Doubt ladies, since it was seen as quite the actor’s showcase. That would leave Tomei or Henson as vulnerable and lack of overall support may cost Tomei. I think Strong would have easily made it into original screenplay.
However, despite the nominations, I don’t see Recount being competitive in any races and would have gone home empty handed at the Oscars, unlike Game Change, which could have won an Oscar for Moore.
In other words, in terms of awards, it’s best these 2 films were on TV.May 3, 2020 at 9:18 am #1203460204
“A Lesson Before Dying” could have made Don Cheadle competitive for the Oscar win. So many HBO films over the years were Oscar-worthy. BTW, Alfre Woodard was incredible in “Miss Evers’ Boys.” She needs to be an Oscar winner so badly!
Cheadle would have gone up against Spacey for American Beauty, Crowe for The Insider, and Washington for The Hurricane. He could have possibly edged out Farnsworth for The Straight Story or Penn for Sweet and Lowdown though.
Woodard could have easily nudged out Christie’s performance in Afterglow but between Hunt & Dench, I don’t know if a win was possible. I looked at the lineup when The Piano Lesson came out, but it was 95: Sarandon, Shue, Stone, Streep, Thompson. Yeah, that was a formidable lineup. I do hate she wasn’t nominated for Passion Fish.May 3, 2020 at 10:09 am #1203460346
Emma Thompson for “Wit”. She would have absolutely been nominated and knocked out Renee Zellweger. Emma would have been competitive for the win, imo.
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