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    I’m watching The Reader for the first time and saw that Winslet was campaigned at different points throughout the season in the Lead and Supporting categories.
    What alternate scenarios do you think could have happened based upon her placements? If she went Supporting at the Oscars who would the 5th nominee for Lead Actress have been? Who would have won if she wasn’t present? Who would she have kicked out of the supporting lineup if she was nominated there and would Winslet have won?

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    She was supporting IMO. Michael is the true lead of the movie and we see the movie through him. She’s extremely important to the movie but I think is more about Michael and how their love affair shape up his life and future relationships.

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    She’s a co-lead. So Best Actress in the Razzies because wow what an overblown mess that performance is.

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    Supporting. Ralph Fiennes was the co-lead along with David Kross.

    If she had campaigned in supporting I would say she’d have won Supporting and Meryl Streep would have won for Doubt (and then Viola Davis would have won for The Help and Michelle Williams would have won for Manchester by the Sea).

    The reason I say she would have won for The Reader in supporting is because Penelope Cruz won the BAFTA only when Kate went lead and won for The Reader. Streep competed against Winslet for Revolutionary Road at SAG and won over Winslet.

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

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    Supporting. Ralph Fiennes was the co-lead along with David Kross.

    If she had campaigned in supporting I would say she’d have won Supporting and Meryl Streep would have won for Doubt (and then Viola Davis would have won for The Help and Michelle Williams would have won for Manchester by the Sea).

    The reason I say she would have won for The Reader in supporting is because Penelope Cruz won the BAFTA only when Kate went lead and won for The Reader. Streep competed against Winslet for Revolutionary Road at SAG and won over Winslet.

    Michelle Williams still wouldn’t have beat Viola Davis

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    I agree ^. I think Davis would’ve won a 2nd Oscar for Fences.

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    If Viola had won for The Help she would have gone lead for Fences imo. Unsure if she would have beaten Emma Stone

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    Davis wouldn’t have won for Fences if she won for The Help. She would have gone Lead for Fences and I doubt she’d have won 2 lead Oscars in such a short space of time.

    Whilst imo I disagree with it being third in the Picture race Manchester by the Sea did very well at the Oscars and Williams had both the performance and would have had a strong overdue narrative. It would have been Williams vs Harris.

    What would be interesting though is I think Winslet would stand a better chance this year if she won supporting and not lead.

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    I just don’t see any way you can justify Davis’ placement in supporting. The fact that Michelle Williams went Oscar-less for Manchester by the Sea makes it hurt even more. Plus Stone v Davis v Portman v Huppert would have been an epic battle

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    Winslet would have been considered the lead of The Reader in any other year. The sole reason she was ever placed in supporting was to avoid competition with Revolutionary Road. Winslet might have been more prominent in the latter, but she was full-blown BAIT in the former. She played Hanna Schmitz with such commitment and intensity that she was able to justify some of the more controversial elements of that film.

    Marisa Tomei, for The Wrestler, or Taraji P. Hensen, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were likely the beneficiaries of a Winslet-less category. If things had gone as planned, Cruz would have lost to Winslet, and Streep would have won her third Academy Award for Doubt. The lead actress category would have stayed the same five actresses, with Winslet replacing herself. In hindsight, I’m glad she was able to be rewarded for a leading performance, and Revolutionary Road was not well-liked enough to win any significant awards other than the bizarre Globes. Winslet deserved recognition after such a strong 15 years of outstanding and complex roles. She was award-worthy in at least ten performances, from Sense and Sensibility to being the lead in one of the most popular films of all time. Her win was justified, no matter how you feel about the controversial film.

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    Kate will win another Best Actress Oscar one day, mark my words.

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