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Love or Loath No. 9: Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman
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    Al Pacino who is one of the greatest actors of any generation get a bunch of well deserved Oscar nominations for films such as The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Sirico, The Irishman amongst others finally wins his long over due oscar for Scent of a Woman. I hate this win because he is so over the top and so hammy and we know he is capable of so much more, and I think it’s a tragedy that this is the film he won for. He was my personal winner this year for The Irishman. I pray to the movie gods that he wins another and I hope it’s a win he actually deserves. I wouldn’t have even nominated him for this hacky performance. So what do you walk think do you love or loath his win?

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    Al Pacino who is one of the greatest actors of any generation get a bunch of well deserved Oscar nominations for films such as The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Sirico, The Irishman amongst others finally wins his long over due oscar for Scent of a Woman. I hate this win because he is so over the top and so hammy and we know he is capable of so much more, and I think it’s a tragedy that this is the film he won for. He was my personal winner this year for The Irishman. I pray to the movie gods that he wins another and I hope it’s a win he actually deserves. I wouldn’t have even nominated him for this hacky performance. So what do you walk think do you love or loath his win?

    I don’t hate his performance here. He’s certainly (too) over the top but he has a couple of very good shouting scenes. He shouldn’t have won though, ofc. He should have won for the first 2 Godfather films (especially part 2, that was criminal) and Dog day afternoon, and I too would have picked him for The Irishman, but at the end of the day at least he’s an Oscar winner.

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    Entertaining but not Oscar worthy, especially compared to his other works.

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    One of his low tier works. Denzel being robbed for this mess.

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    Loathe.

    His performance & film was awful.

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    He was alright in “Scent of a Woman”, but nothing involved with the production deserved Oscar consideration except maybe the writing. Not trying to be the outsider I would put “The Irishman” performance near “Scent of a Woman”. Both characters are over the top before an actor gets it and both seem to go over over the top for me. Also I din’t care for much of anything regarding “The Irishman” except for Joe Pesci who was wonderful.

    Al Pacino who is one of the greatest actors of any generation get a bunch of well deserved Oscar nominations for films such as The Godfather, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, The Irishman amongst others finally wins his long over due oscar for Scent of a Woman. I hate this win because he is so over the top and so hammy and we know he is capable of so much more, and I think it’s a tragedy that this is the film he won for. He was my personal winner this year for The Irishman. I pray to the movie gods that he wins another and I hope it’s a win he actually deserves. I wouldn’t have even nominated him for this hacky performance. So what do you walk think do you love or loath his win?

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    He was terrific in Scent of a Woman, but still, Washington did his greatest performance ever in Malcolm X, so he should have won, with Downey Jr as runner-up.

    I hope Pacino manages to win a Second Oscar.

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    Definitely a make up Oscar which sucks because he was so much better in Dog Day Afternoon and the two Godfather films. Denzel Washington, hands down, gave the best performance that year. Actually, one of the best performances of the decade!

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    Um…..

    Well, it took a while to give him the Oscar.
    They threw an “oops” dart.

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    Whenever Al Pacino was nominated he was up against stiff competition. He definitely deserved a win for Dog Day Afternoon in any other year, but that year Jack Nicholson was so deserving for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I’m glad he won an Oscar, and if it had to be for Scent of a Woman, then so be it.

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    Ehh. He certainly deserved an Oscar sometime in his career, but not for this film. I’d give him wins for The Godfather(though that would be complete category fraud) and Serpico.

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    The Godfather
    Serpico
    The Godfather Part 2
    Dog Day Afternoon
    Scarface

    It’s crazy, he should have four or five Oscars by now.

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    I personally loved Pacino’s performance in Scent of a Woman. Not only did I find it to be so damn memorable, but I also thought he shared great chemistry with Chris O’Donnell. I know a lot of people complain “Really? Pacino won his only Oscar for this and not one of his more iconic performances like The Godfather or Dog Day Afternoon?”, please keep in mind that the acting awards are given to the best performances of the year, not best performances of a lifetime. It wasn’t Pacino’s fault that he had never won prior to Scent of a Woman, it always had to do with the competition he was up against. For The Godfather, he pretty much split his support with his nominated co-stars, James Caan and Robert Duvall, and it also did not help that he boycotted the Oscars that year due to what he felt was a case of category fraud for his nomination. For Dog Day Afternoon, he pretty much had no chance of taking down Jack Nicholson for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (who at that point, was overdue himself). Having seen all the Best Actor nominees of 1992 (with the exception of Denzel Washington in Malcolm X), I really thought Al Pacino gave the best performance out of that entire lineup. Was his performance hammy and over the top? Yes, but he was playing a drunk, blind man. What do you expect? If for nothing else, Scent of a Woman still has to be a much better movie than Pacino’s last collaboration with writer/director Martin Brest (which was 2003’s Gigli).

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    I guess you could say that I don’t hate his performance but I do think I’d rank him dead last in that category.

    Denzel Washington was robbed that year and I also felt Stephen Rea was wonderful as well.

    Strictly basing it on the performance, Pacino did a great job in not having any kind of vibrancy around the eyes. The lack of movement was quite impressive.

    However, he felt very bombastic and over the top and it didn’t help the film was pretty much schmaltz.

    Pacino should’ve won for an Oscar for SERPICO and perhaps one for either GODFATHER PART II or DOG DAY AFTERNOON. I think he would’ve even gotten my vote for THE IRISHMAN since Song and Dafoe were snubbed.

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