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    Alcoholism is considered a disease so by default it could be considered a mental illness.. in my opinion.

    In that case, Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend.

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    MrGoodWood
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    Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in The Hours both seem to have severe depression and possibly some other mental illnesses

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    Jessica Lange in Blue Sky was unhinged.

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    Not really deranged or what but more of an attitude problem: Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.

    The Irishman and Parasite rocks!

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    Dan Jo
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    I’m sorry but how has Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine not been mentioned yet? She is profoundly deluded, depressed, has an extreme anxiety disorder, and is addicted to alcohol and Xanax. Not to mention, she talks to herself and needed electroconvulsive shock therapy.

    She was mentioned already.

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    Anthony Perkins Psycho Fredric March Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (deranged) Robert Morley Marie Antoinette borderline but definitely not the brightest star in the sky Ray Milland Lost Weekend temporarily out of it Gloria Swanson Sunset Blvd James Stewart Harvey Vivienne Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire Shirley Boothe Comeback Little Sheba borderline Humphrey Bogart Caine Mutiny Ingrid Bergman Anastasia debatable Patty McCormack The Bad Seed Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve Cliff Robertson Charly John Mills Ryan’s Daughter Carrie Snodgress Diary of a Mad Housewife debatable Linda Blair The Exorcist Brad Dourif One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Peter Finch Network Peter Firth Equuis Peter Sellers Being There Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now Jessica Lange Frances Glenn Close Fatal Attraction Diane Ladd Wild at Heart Anthony Hopkins Silence of the Lambs Robert De Niro Awakening Kathy Bates Misery Leonardo DiCaprio What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Ralph Fiennes Schindler’s List Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of King George Brad Pitt 12 Monkeys Geoffrey Rush Shine Billy Bob Thornton Sling Blade Angelina Jolie Girl Interrupted Willem Dafoe Shadow of The Vampire Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind Charlize Theron Monster DiCaprio again The Aviator Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Jackie Earle Haley Little Children Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Natalie Portman Black Swan Not comfortable calling some of them deranged and left out some borderline ones, but it appears that playing them pays dividends. [/quote

     

    Linda Blair was only possessed by the devil. She has no mental illness or disorder.

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    Dan Jo
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    Just to add: Ronald Colman in A Double Life

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    Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver and Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter.

    The Irishman and Parasite rocks!

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    Sorry if I sound edgy but I thought mental illness/deranged are the key/popular elements in Oscar baity/winning performances any way so what’s so special and unique about it, enough for us to have a whole thread dedicated to it?

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    Anthony Perkins Psycho Fredric March Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (deranged) Robert Morley Marie Antoinette borderline but definitely not the brightest star in the sky Ray Milland Lost Weekend temporarily out of it Gloria Swanson Sunset Blvd James Stewart Harvey Vivienne Leigh A Streetcar Named Desire Shirley Boothe Comeback Little Sheba borderline Humphrey Bogart Caine Mutiny Ingrid Bergman Anastasia debatable Patty McCormack The Bad Seed Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve Cliff Robertson Charly John Mills Ryan’s Daughter Carrie Snodgress Diary of a Mad Housewife debatable Linda Blair The Exorcist Brad Dourif One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Peter Finch Network Peter Firth Equuis Peter Sellers Being There Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now Jessica Lange Frances Glenn Close Fatal Attraction Diane Ladd Wild at Heart Anthony Hopkins Silence of the Lambs Robert De Niro Awakening Kathy Bates Misery Leonardo DiCaprio What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Ralph Fiennes Schindler’s List Nigel Hawthorne The Madness of King George Brad Pitt 12 Monkeys Geoffrey Rush Shine Billy Bob Thornton Sling Blade Angelina Jolie Girl Interrupted Willem Dafoe Shadow of The Vampire Russell Crowe A Beautiful Mind Charlize Theron Monster DiCaprio again The Aviator Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Jackie Earle Haley Little Children Judi Dench Notes on a Scandal Natalie Portman Black Swan Not comfortable calling some of them deranged and left out some borderline ones, but it appears that playing them pays dividends. [/quote

    Linda Blair was only possessed by the devil. She has no mental illness or disorder.

    You’re right. But she WAS deranged for while there. How’d you like to sit and watch while she’s tied to a bed?

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    Sorry if I sound edgy but I thought mental illness/deranged are the key/popular elements in Oscar baity/winning performances any way so what’s so special and unique about it, enough for us to have a whole thread dedicated to it?

    Not always. Jake Gyllenhaal also portrayed a person with mental disorder in Nightcrawler but snubbed.

    I also like to say, I’ve been a follower of Goldderby forum since 2006 but I think this is the first time (correct me if I’m wrong) that a thread was created to talk about performances nominated at the Oscars for portraying a role with mental illness or deranged ones.

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    Sorry if I sound edgy but I thought mental illness/deranged are the key/popular elements in Oscar baity/winning performances any way so what’s so special and unique about it, enough for us to have a whole thread dedicated to it?

    Yes I thought that too but the OP wanted to know.

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    Maybe characters with poor mental health have had a strong correlation with Oscars historically because until recently mental health was SUCH a taboo. In many places around the world it still is.

    No one was open about experiencing poor mental health.

    Cinema opened up many people’s eyes to varying forms of psychosis/depression/addiction, and no one can really say ‘that’s not what it’s like’.

    Experiences depicted on screen are so subjective that the performances are harder to scrutinise than others e.g. compared to biopic roles.

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    Dan Jo
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    To add more: Edward Norton in Primal Fear and Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton. Michael Keaton in Birdman (?)

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    Sorry if I sound edgy but I thought mental illness/deranged are the key/popular elements in Oscar baity/winning performances any way so what’s so special and unique about it, enough for us to have a whole thread dedicated to it?

    First, roles about people with mental illness do not always guarantee Oscar nominations or are oscar bait.
    Second, the reason why performances like that always get attention and are often discussed is because playing a mentally ill person is not easy, there are a lot of such performances that are considered among the best in movie history like Vivien Leigh in A streetcar named desire, Kathy Bates in Misery, Anthony Perkins in Psycho, Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive, Isabelle Huppert in The piano teacher etc…
    Playing someone with mental illness is not easy, and when successful can result in a memorable performance, even if it does not necessarily win an Oscar.

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