March 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm #148187
What musical performances, leading or supporting, do you think were overlooked by Oscar voters as nominees and/or winners…?
From any era… what about any of the old school Rodgers and Hammerstein films from the ’50s, etc.?
I think Donald O’Connor was seriously snubbed for his thrilling performance as Cosmo in Singin’ in the Rain – easily a Supporting Actor Oscar nod there I would think, but alas, only Jean Hagen was recognized for her equally impressive Lina Lamont in the same film.
Any others?March 21, 2014 at 6:49 pm #148189
I’m so glad you started this thread because guess what i watched today? My Fair Lady. How did Audrey Hepburn not get an Oscar nomination for this?!?!?! This film got 3 Acting nominations (including 1 win) and won 8 Oscars in total including Picture and Director. It was an obviously loved film with a BIG star at the time……how did she miss out. Anyway she was deserving as hell!March 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm #148190
Oh and how could i forget! Meet me in St. Louis was snubbed for soooooo many Oscars!
Acting nominations it should have gotten
Best Leading Actress – Judy Garland
Best Supporting Actress – Margaret O’Brian
Best Supporting Actress – Marjorie Main
Best Supporting Actress – Lucille Bremer
Best Supporting Actor – Leon Ames
Best Supporting Actor – Harry Davenport
This was an ensemble film that wouldn’t have worked (in my opinion) without any of these people.March 21, 2014 at 7:05 pm #148191
Hepburn was surely more deserving for a nod than Gladys Cooper who was supporting actress-nominated for her overrated Mrs. Higgins.
Also, where was Wilfrid Hyde-White’s nod for his endearing Colonel Pickering. He should have joined Holloway in the supporting actor category.March 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm #148192
Who else? Who else?…….. ummmmm Oh! I thought Judy Garland and Angela Lansbury were great in The Harvey Girls. I would have definitlely given Angela a nomination.
Dancer in the Dark isn’t a musical (in my opinion, or is it….what do you think?) but i think Bjork should have easily won that year.March 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm #148193
I’m so glad you started this thread because guess what i watched today? My Fair Lady. How did Audrey Hepburn not get an Oscar nomination for this?!?!?! This film got 3 Acting nominations (including 1 win) and won 8 Oscars in total including Picture and Director. It was an obviously loved film with a BIG star at the time……how did she miss out. Anyway she was deserving as hell!
I believe the answer is the casting controversy.. This was supposed to be Julie Andrews’s breakout role, but they replaced her with a bigger star with a weaker voice, that ended up having to be dubbed. Plus there were already two musical performances that year both of them true musical performers and one of them was none other than Julie Andrews, picked my Walt Disney himself!
Snubbed musical performances:
Björk in Dancer in the Dark – the film was big in Cannes, she won other Best Actress accolades, she got a Golden Globe nom and the movie even managed an Oscar nom for Best Song, performed by her… How was she snubbed?
Marion Cotillard in Nine – Harvey campaigned her in Lead, that was the big problem… It worked at the Globes, where they split the categories, but she would never make it in lead at the Oscar, nor should she. It was 100% a supporting role and she’d be my winner that year, had she make it.
Amy Adams in Enchanted – this should’ve been her first lead nomination! Too bad they didn’t noticed the complexity of her performance
Jim Broadbent in Moulin Rouge! – this was the year of Iris, so all of his accolades went that way. However, IMO this was his best performance that year
March 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm #148194
Totally forgot about Amy Adams! Yes, she should have been nominated for Enchanted.March 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm #148196
Bjork – Dancer in the Dark (it’s totally a musical)
Amy Adams – Enchanted
Eddie Redmayne – Les Miserables
Donald O’Connor – Singin’ in the Rain
Norma Crane – Fiddler on the Roof
March 22, 2014 at 7:50 am #148197
Good call with Donald O’Connor for Singin’ in the Rain, but what about Gene Kelly in lead? Or Debbie Reynolds in a double supporting nomination with Jean Hagen (with Hagen winning).
Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan and Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz – okay, the latter two don’t sing, but they’re still performances in musicals.
I’ve never understood the praise for Eddie Redmayne in Les Miserables – in fact I’d even go as far as to say his performance is slightly pathetic. He sounds like Kermit the Frog with vibrato, and dramatically he’s competely one-note, constantly pushing for effect (which probably afftected his singing). His Empty Chairs at Empty Tables was ok, but it was too little too late. Thank God his supporting actor buzz died. (Sorry Carol Channing)
As for Amanda Seyfried, she sounded like she’d overdosed on helium. Though I’m guessing I’m not the first to point that out.March 22, 2014 at 8:32 am #148198
Donald O’Connor is really the only worthy one, off the top of my head.
Audrey Hepburn maybe.March 22, 2014 at 10:36 am #148199
Donald O’Connor would have been one of the most deserving Supporting Actor winners of all time.March 22, 2014 at 10:57 am #148200
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) …..one of my fav movies ever made.
Best Actor: Frank Sinatra
Best Supporting Actor: Dean MartinMarch 22, 2014 at 11:15 am #148201
The weird thing about Dancer in the Dark is that it is one of the bleakest and most depressing movies I’ve ever seen, but it also 100% a musical. There are multiple musical numbers, involving all the members of the cast, and most of the songs are non-diegetic, taking place in Selma’s head and not the real world of the movie. Which is why it’s funny that for all the movies that aren’t really musicals but have a little bit of singing that get wedged into comedy/musical at the globes, this honest to god musical got Bjork nominated in drama.
PS I agree she was absolutely deserving. Would probably be my favorite nominee everMarch 22, 2014 at 11:16 am #148202
Judy Garland and Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz
Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain
Maurice Chevalier and Hermoine Gingold in Gigi
Robert Preston in The Music Man
Shani Wallis in Oliver!
Keith Carradine in Nashville
Barbra Streisand and Mandy Patinkin in Yentl
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