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    Since most of the biggest surprises regarding the Oscars happen on nomination morning, what is the biggest surprise nominee? Like someone who get no/very little critic/industry love but still managed to get nominated

    Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.

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    Michael Norris
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    Jackie Weaver- Silver Linings Playbook
    Benh Zeitlin- Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Lenny Abrahamson- Room

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    Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
    Laura Dern – Wild

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    Marisa Tomei did not get any significant nominations for My Cousin Vinny outside of the Oscar. I wasn’t around them but that seems surprising on paper. Especially considering she won.

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    I was very surprised by Thomas Newman’s nomination last year for Passengers’ score.

    There’s also that Marcia Gay Harden nomination/win.

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    Tommy Lee Jones – In the Valley of Elah
    Laura Linney – The Savages
    Javier Bardem – Biutiful

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    alone yet not alone

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I was shocked by William Hurt’s nomination for A History Of Violence; I did not see that one coming at all. Also Max Von Sydow for that movie that’s name I always get wrong, what is it, Extremely Close and?? (for the record, I was one of the few people who loved the movie – just am blanking out on its name!)

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Marisa Tomei did not get any significant nominations for My Cousin Vinny outside of the Oscar. I wasn’t around them but that seems surprising on paper. Especially considering she won.

    I think she won because she was the only American actress nominated; Judy Davis is Australian and Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave and Miranda Richardson are all British. it’s a foolish reason but perhaps Judy Davis – who I thought would win and was definitely my choice for the win – may have gotten caught in the net of Woody Allen’s scandal when he left Mia Farrow for her daughter Soon-Yi Previn. (btw, I absolutely loved Marisa Tomei’s performance as Marcie on the daytime soap As The World Turns and find it hard to think of her as anyone other than that character). I was really surprised that Marisa Tomei went on to get two more Oscar nominations; I thought at the time she would be a one-time only Oscar nominee/winner, but she went on to get nominations for In The Bedroom and The Wrestler.

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    Laura Dern “Wild”

    Jonah Hill “The Wolf of Wall Street”

    Passengers for Music Score and to a less surprising extent Production Design

    For your Goldderby Film Awards consideration: Isle of Dogs for every category, especially Music Score for Alexandre Desplat!

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    Ian Bannen for Best Supporting Actor for FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX in 1965 is, to me, the strangest Oscar nomination of all time. Now, there have been many nominations with which I disagreed, but I can still usually see why the person gets nominated… coattail on a popular movie, career reward, not my cup of tea. But this…
    It should be noted that this is one of my favorite movies. Not top 10, but one of those movies I truly love. I’m happy it got nominated for something. However, Mr. Bannen plays one of a large crew of men who are stranded in the desert after a plane crash; it’s like picking some out of the ensemble of a musical and nominating them for an award. Now, they may have been fine as far as they went, and they may have done a few things to stand out, but Best Supporting Actor? The film is full of great supporting performances: Hardy Kruger as the German engineer who fails to tell the men that his plan for rebuilding the plane is based on rather dubious knowledge, Richard Attenborough as the hero Jimmy Stewart’s right hand man, Peter Finch as the strict military officer who learns that his rigid way of thinking is unsuited to this problem. But instead they pick this goofy guy in the background? This wasn’t a coattail nomination, the movie got only one other nod, for Editing (should’ve won that!) Mr. Bannen was an actor of some experience by that time, but hardly a Ruby Dee or Peter OToole. He even had another, LARGER role in a quality picture that year… THE HILL, another of my favorite movies, again with a raft of guys other than Bannen worthy of nomination (Ian Hendry should have won).

    So, anyone know how this guy got nominated?

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    Marcia Gay Harden – Pollock (failed to get SAG, GG, or BAFTA nom, and received hardly any pre-cursor nominations or wins)
    Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
    Laura Dern – Wild

    Silver Linings Playbook was everywhere that year, so I believe that Weaver was able to ride the coattails of that movie to a nomination.

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    Among many others, Carolyn Jones in The Bachelor Party

    For the finest in film reviews and awards analysis, please visit me at The Awards Connection!

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    I was shocked by William Hurt’s nomination for A History Of Violence; I did not see that one coming at all. Also Max Von Sydow for that movie that’s name I always get wrong, what is it, Extremely Close and?? (for the record, I was one of the few people who loved the movie – just am blanking out on its name!)

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    Marion Cotillard for Two Days, One Night was a bit of a surprise as well. Many people predicted Jennifer Aniston to get nominated over her.

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