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Love or Loathe No. 14: Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich
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    jez89
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    Welcome back to another round of Love or loathe. This time we have Julia Robert’s and her iconic Performance as Erin Brockovich. I know she gets a lot of hate for this win, but I dont understand why. She is entertaining and magnetic as Erin and she completely deserved her Oscar win. I can also appreciate Ellen Burstyns heartbreaking performance in Requiem for a Dream, but I still prefer Robert’s as the winner that year. What do you all think?

    100 percent. A fully deserved win

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    Like many, I would have given the win to Burstyn. But unlike, say, Sandra Bullock’s win, this is a more understandable “big movie star in crowd-pleasing, bait-y role wins Oscar”. It’s a charming, engaging performance. She displays an array of feelings throughout. And the movie has aged decently. It’s the peak of matching movie star appeal and presence with solid acting in a baity role. The fact that Burstyn was right there has hurt its reputation. But it’s certainly in the better half of winners in that category over the last 20 years.

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    I have always felt both her performance and the film all together was just a step above a lifetime TV movie. Sidenote: several other cast members did admirable work and I did like the cinematography.

    It’s extremely irritating that she won so many prizes considering not only Ellen Burstyn’s towering work but there were so many other performances so much better than Roberts in this. Laura Linney & Bjork especially.

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    That was a really solid line-up (though I would have definitely replaced Binoche with Bjork. And I might have replaced Joan Allen with Renee Zelleweger). Still, Roberts came second for me, after Burstyn. While even if you didn’t really like the film or performance all that much, thinking it’s Lifetime-y just means you haven’t seen much Lifetime. Yes, it’s a very conventional performance in a rather conventional piece of entertainment. Doesn’t make it garbage. And compared to “movie star” wins from Bullock, Lawrence and even Witherspoon, it’s gold.

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    Looking at critics assessment (trifecta), there were only two actress who’s awarded, Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich and Laura Linney in You Can Count On Me. Sadly, there’s no Ellen Burstyn. I think all three of them could become a worthy winner. Roberts gave a most baity, but must all-out performance from her. Linney were so realistic in that film, and her acting was incredible. With that performance, Burstyn confirmed that she’s one of the goddesses of acting. I’m quite underwhelmed with her win back in 1975, but among all of her filmography, I much prefer her in The Exorcist. Thus, I think Roberts are a deserving choice, and I love it.

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    I recall there being a sense by the time of the ceremony that Burstyn was the only one who could challenge Roberts. She seemed to be gaining some momentum and mentions in the weeks prior. And people were feeling like it was the most “difficult” performance. Maybe if voting had taken place a month or so later she could have won.

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    You’re all mentioning Ellen Burstyn but I don’t even remember what movie she was in that year…

    ETA: oh requiem for a dream. I dont remember her performance in that but I know I’m in the minority.

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    Laura Linney should have won for You Can Count On Me.

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    I am in the middle with Julia’s performance. I was rooting for Burstyn, but I wished that Bjork was nominated.

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    She was fantastic but honestly for me no one can top what Burstyn did that year.

    My personal lineup:

    – Gillian Anderson, The House of Mirth
    – Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream
    – Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me
    – Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
    – Michelle Yeoh, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Loath</p>

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    She was fine, and I’m not part of the group that was amazed by Burstyn so I can go to sleep knowing Roberts won. My favorite of the lineup is Linney but if I were a voter I would probably give no fucks and vote for Binoche.

    My favorites from the year:

    1. Sabine Timoteo, Love, Money, Love
    2. Charlotte Rampling, Under the Sand
    3. Bjork, Dancer in the Dark
    4. Juliette Binoche, The Widow of Saint-Pierre (she wins supporting for Code Unknown, obviously)
    5. Zhou Xun, Suzhou River

    Also love: Emmanuelle Beart in Sentimental Destinies, Isabelle Huppert in Nightcap, and Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels.

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    Julia Roberts win leaves me with no problems. It’s Sandra Bullock’s win that is deserving of loathing.

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    Love. Had no problem with her winning

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