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Love or Loath Number 5: Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line
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    Sab227
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    When I first watched this movie I was impressed by how good Witherspoon was and though she was fully deserving of her awards, but after watching the moving a couple more times the performance isn’t as appealing as it once was. I went from loving to loathing her in this movie and what actually surprised me was the clean sweep she did for this movie with all the big awards. What do you guys think, do you love or loath Reese in this movie

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    I continue to support her win.
    She gave a natural performance and did her own singing. She had a natural chemistry with Phoenix and was equal to him and the perfect foil to Cash.
    I remember all the moaning and whining when she won. Dench was better and Theron was better and Keira was better and Felicity was better and the kitchen sink was better blah blah and more blah.
    She was a worthy winner imo and was the “best” compared to all of them.

    ETA This is one of Mangold’s best films because he didn’t try to push things and allowed the cast to move beyond stereotypes.

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    Love. But she was a supporting actress in Walk the Line. And I don’t mind having Rachel Weisz lose to her. Back then I didn’t care for her performance. And that’s how it’s gonna be ‘cause I have no intention of watching Constant Gardener again.

    I would’ve supported her win this year for The Favorite, though.

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    Love. I feel like the only reason some people aren’t fans of her win is because it’s not some in your face performance. She was very natural and really captured June Carter’s essence. She also nailed the more emotional scenes. I thought she was the heart of the movie and deserved that Oscar.

    And yeah, it shouldn’t be discounted that she did her own singing/played her own instruments.

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    Didn’t really love her performance at all especially when Joaquin Phoenix is better in the same film. But I don’t hate the win either. Its very whatever.

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    Didn’t love it. What a weak year that was for BA.

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    I didn’t love her but I also didn’t hate her in the movie. I do hate her win though. Simply atrocious. Yes she was very natural and did her own singing and blah blah blah. But does that mean she was the best of five? Hell no. Not even close. Felicity Huffman completely outacted her in Transamerica. And just because she was playing a transgender woman doesn’t mean it was a bigger or a showier performance. Felicity’s performance was quite subdue. She had the voice change and make up but beside that her role was very natural and human. I don’t think the question should be if we loved or hated her in Walk the Line. Because I did like her. Basically all the hate comes from the fact that she swept for a good performance but not a great one. Especially when you had Felicity Huffman in the race.

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    FYC Emmys: Helena Bonham Carter (Drama Supporting Actress), Olivia Colman (Drama Actress), Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh (Drama Actress), Fiona Shaw (Drama Supporting Actress), Zendaya (Drama Actress), Alexis Bledel (Drama Guest Actress)

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    The standards were very low that year.

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    I thought this was going to be another “lead or supporting” threads. Hmmm. Reese was fine, I guess. It was pleasing and standout enough, but I thought she was overshadowed by Phoenix and was borderline supporting. Loved Dench in “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” which is also unpopular to say around here. Don’t care, still loved it. Keira was a revelation in “Pride & Prejudice.” Probably should have picked her for the Oscar win at the time, but I was completely in the tank for Felicity back then. Super awkward to say now lol, but whatever. Only Charlize seriously underwhelmed me in “North Country,” which is rare. But love or loathe for Reese? Neither.

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    I still think Huffman should’ve won this Oscar.

    Witherspoon wasn’t bad but she paled next to Huffman…and it didn’t help that she was practically Supporting.

    Even if she were in Supporting that year though, I would’ve put Adams and Weisz ahead of her.

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    I continue to support her win.
    She gave a natural performance and did her own singing. She had a natural chemistry with Phoenix and was equal to him and the perfect foil to Cash.
    I remember all the moaning and whining when she won. Dench was better and Theron was better and Keira was better and Felicity was better and the kitchen sink was better blah blah and more blah.
    She was a worthy winner imo and was the “best” compared to all of them.

    ETA This is one of Mangold’s best films because he didn’t try to push things and allowed the cast to move beyond stereotypes.

    She sounded pretty much nothing like June Carter.

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    I like her performance but she’s more of like a supporting to me. I don’t even know if she would crack into my BSA. I really did enjoy her performance but Phoenix was completely the MVP of that movie.

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    Loathe.

    Huffman should’ve won!

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    I did not hate Reese’s performance, but she belonged in Supporting and when I think of Phoenix when I think of Walk The Line.

    My vote would have been for Felicity Huffman in Transamerica. I suspect that quite a few Academy members refused to see Transamerica.

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