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    Love her and the character, but I didn’t think she deserved an Oscar for this. Scarlett or Florence should have won.

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    Andrew Harper
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    Laura’s performance is good considering what she’s given. But the win itself disappoints for the following reasons:
    * We all know Laura can and has done better.
    * Scarlett and Florence gave better performances in the same category.
    * It shows that nepotism, back-handed bribery, bias, and other forms of deceit can almost always get a less-deserving nominee to the victory.

    Out of the four acting winners, only Joaquin and Renee deserved to sweep in the way they did. There should’ve been at least two nominees from “Parasite” should’ve been in the supporting categories.

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    forwardswill
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    Neither. It’s good not great.

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    CateNicole
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    This was Laura Dern’s best performance of all time thus far and she deserved her Oscar.

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    Atypical
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    Neither. Didn’t love it. Didn’t loathe it. But Dern didn’t deserve the Oscar either.

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    jez89
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    Laura’s performance is good considering what she’s given. But the win itself disappoints for the following reasons: * We all know Laura can and has done better. * Scarlett and Florence gave better performances in the same category. * It shows that nepotism, back-handed bribery, bias, and other forms of deceit can almost always get a less-deserving nominee to the victory. Out of the four acting winners, only Joaquin and Renee deserved to sweep in the way they did. There should’ve been at least two nominees from “Parasite” should’ve been in the supporting categories.

    Did Laura Dern just get accused of bribery lol

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    HawkWD
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    Laura Dern killed it. She elevates every character she plays and Nora is no exception. No one else would’ve been able to turn this part into an Oscar winning role but her, period.

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    This is not her best performance by any means, but I look to the script for the reason there wasn’t more development or screentime. I don’t really see anything else she could have done with the role. With that being said, I thought she was great in Marriage Story and I think she was even better in Little Women. Playing 2 very different roles in 2 best picture nominees, in addition to her iconic reprisal of Renata in Big Little Lies this year, I think she just had too much momentum to stop her. And while people might constantly say this was nepotism or her affiliation with the academy, I disagree- if so, what about her nominations for Rambling Rose or Wild? Everyone in the industry and outside of the industry just genuinely love her. Everyone I know that has met her or worked with her has nothing but incredible things to say about her as a person and as an actress. That coupled with her great career, previous nods, and having solid performances in 2 BP nominees this year proves that she more than deserves her Oscar.

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    I initially agreed with those who weren’t huge fans of Dern’s performance because it resembles her character from Big Little Lies, but I’ve been watching a lot of scenes from Marriage Story recently and I have to say that while she didn’t deserve to win (Imo should’ve been Pugh), her performance is worth a lot of recognition. Also, Nora isn’t actually a lot like Renata. We saw a lot of vulnerabilities in Renata, but Nora is calculating, cunning, and manipulative through and through from what we see. Yes, she has empathy for her clients, but her first meeting with Nicole is very much a way of luring a vulnerable woman into hiring her. She has intense showdowns with Alan Alda and Ray Liotta, and she delivers a great monologue about society’s perception of motherhood. Throughout all of this, she constantly flaunts her “strong, independent woman” status. While Baumbach designed the character down to her fingernails, Dern is so good at making her this intimidating bully while also making her seem very kind and thoughtful. She seems maternal and warm sometimes, even as she schemes and criticizes. The way she walks, the way she gesticulates, her cloying tone that often disguises her venom, every bit of Dern’s performance is designed to show Nora’s power and confidence.

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    I’m on the fence with her work in the film. She’s good in so far as what she has to work with but there is nothing special about her character or performance.

    If I was an Academy member I would have voted for her as a ‘career’ reward than the actual performance. Also, that I didn’t think much of ScarJo, Margot Robbie and was also on the fence about Florence Pugh voting for Dern would have been a no-brainer for me.

    (I haven’t seen Richard Jewell so can’t comment on Bates’ performance).

    Funnily enough my own best supporting actress line-up are all from foreign languages films this year but speaks volumes of the lack of great roles of women in 2019.

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    Jays
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    There should be a “like” option lol. The performance is good, but not near her best. She deserves an Oscar though, so I’m fine if this is one of those “career” wins. But honestly, if not her than who else in this lineup lol? It’s not like she robbed someone who gave an undeniable performance or anything.

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    This is not her best performance by any means, but I look to the script for the reason there wasn’t more development or screentime. I don’t really see anything else she could have done with the role. With that being said, I thought she was great in Marriage Story and I think she was even better in Little Women. Playing 2 very different roles in 2 best picture nominees, in addition to her iconic reprisal of Renata in Big Little Lies this year, I think she just had too much momentum to stop her. And while people might constantly say this was nepotism or her affiliation with the academy, I disagree- if so, what about her nominations for Rambling Rose or Wild? Everyone in the industry and outside of the industry just genuinely love her. Everyone I know that has met her or worked with her has nothing but incredible things to say about her as a person and as an actress. That coupled with her great career, previous nods, and having solid performances in 2 BP nominees this year proves that she more than deserves her Oscar. null

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    ArtIsntEasy
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    I’m on the fence with her work in the film. She’s good in so far as what she has to work with but there is nothing special about her character or performance.

    If I was an Academy member I would have voted for her as a ‘career’ reward than the actual performance. Also, that I didn’t think much of ScarJo, Margot Robbie and was also on the fence about Florence Pugh voting for Dern would have been a no-brainer for me.

    (I haven’t seen Richard Jewell so can’t comment on Bates’ performance).

    Funnily enough my own best supporting actress line-up are all from foreign languages films this year but speaks volumes of the lack of great roles of women in 2019.

    This is basically the same as how I feel about the nominees.

    I would’ve nominated Florence Pugh, but my other four nominees all would’ve been foreign language performances.

    Cho Yeo-Jeong, PARASITE
    Park So-dam, PARASITE
    Zhao Shuzhen, THE FAREWELL

    Those three definitely would’ve gotten in.

    I would’ve also considered Lee Jung-eun from PARASITE and Penelope Crux for PAIN & GLORY as well for the 4th spot.

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