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Of his seven Oscar nods, what do you think Robert Duvall should have won for?

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    Of his seven, I would have kept his win for “Tender Mercies” (is that unpopular here?). It was an almost completely internalised portrayal of recovery from alcoholism. It’s one of the most, if not, the most subtle performance to have ever won an Oscar. The way he portrays his character as painfully repressed and quiet is heart-wrenching to watch. If anyone digs Ledger’s turn in “Brokeback Mountain”, they should thoroughly enjoy Duvall in “Mercies”.

    Now I would have also given him Supporting Actor for “Apocalypse Now”. This turn, when you put it next to “Tender Mercies”, just proves how versatile Duvall was in his prime. It’s an impressively commanding show stopper.

    So what would you have given Duvall Oscar nods/wins for?

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    Apocalypse Now, not because his surprisingly brief performance was that amazing, but because he was facing the least serious competition.

    And he achieved that show stopper in a little amount of screen time. That truly is what you call Supporting Actor worthy.

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    Apocalypse Now and The Apostle. He was definitely worthy for Tender Mercies and while it always felt like a makeup win to me, I know he truly was the strongest in the lineup that year.

    Somehow such an underrated actor who deserves almost double the nominations he has now. Should have also been recognized for To Kill a Mockingbird, Network, Rambling Rose, The Road, and Get Low.

    He also seems to be one of the only actors of his generation (DeNiro, Pacino, Hoffman, Nicholson) who still seeks out and manages to find compelling and serious dramatic roles for his age without having to resort to mostly terrible comedies or TV movies.

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    The Great Santini, though The Apostle would’ve been a richly deserved victory as well (I ever-so-slightly prefer Fonda).

    THE OSCAR 100 (#80-76): Dustin Hoffman, Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Fredric March and Elizabeth Taylor

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    As Good As It Gets sweeping the main acting categories its award season makes zero sense to me from merit and narrative criteria.

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    I think Tender Mercies is a great performance.

    I love him in Network too. Hard to see how he got left out for that film when everyone else got nominated.

    and as said above he just glows as Bo in Mockingbird.

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    Probably only for “The Apostle.” Staggering performance. Would have also nodded him for “Network,” “Apocalypse Now,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the little-seen and brilliant “Get Low.”

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    Not too familiar with Duvall, but he had more range as The Judge than J.K. Simmons.

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    What about True Confessions. I can’t believe I’ve never seen that. It is him and De Niro. I guess it was kind of a flop.

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