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    Y’all are misinterpreting TheDreamingHead. They are saying–and I agree–that basically every single nominee’s role can be linked to having a mental illness. This year–Awkwafina’s is depressed. Renee’s is an addict and depressed. Cynthia’s quite literally has fear as a gene in her DNA. Don’t even get me started on Lupita’s! Even if it’s not this extreme, basically every leading character is a little off in one way or another. That’s part of what makes a compelling story. Obviously a story can have other things that make it compelling but this is a standard key ingredient.

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    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.

    What I mean is when thinking about mental illness/deranged role that was nominated/won the Oscar, everyone can think of at least 2 or 3 roles, and actors portraying mental illness/deranged have won/got nominated for Oscars pretty frequently if you ask me that I’m wondering what’s so special or unique or timely about OP’s subject matter enough to set up a topic? For example, actors nominated for Oscar the Razzie for the same role would be worth discussing, because it’s extremely rare and interesting.

    But OP has clearly stated that no other thread asking this question has been formed on GD since its existence so fair enough to them!

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

    Riggan can be considered.

    The Irishman and Parasite rocks!

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    Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs

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    This criteria could cover a lot of performances, some much more obvious than others.

    The glorious Isabelle Adjani brilliantly explored severe mental illness and depression in both Camille Claudel and The Story of Adele H. While she was nominated for these, it’s a shame she was snubbed for her most unhinged performance in Possession.

    Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl would have been considered mentally ill by many in that time period.

    While not perhaps mentally ill in a textbooks sense, I’d argue that Albert Finney in Under the Volcano, J.K. Simmons in Whiplash, and Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast are borderline, deranged characters at least.

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    Antonio Banderas and Asier Etxeandia, Dolor y Gloria (Best Actor/Supporting Actor)
    Emily Beecham, Little Joe (Best Actress)
    Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren, The Good Liar (Best Actor/Actress)

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    I’d argue Michèle in Elle.

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    Riggan can be considered.

    Agreed. Whether he had powers or not, there was something deeply wrong with Riggan’s head.

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    Dan Jo
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    This criteria could cover a lot of performances, some much more obvious than others. The glorious Isabelle Adjani brilliantly explored severe mental illness and depression in both Camille Claudel and The Story of Adele H. While she was nominated for these, it’s a shame she was snubbed for her most unhinged performance in Possession. Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl would have been considered mentally ill by many in that time period. While not perhaps mentally ill in a textbooks sense, I’d argue that Albert Finney in Under the Volcano, J.K. Simmons in Whiplash, and Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast are borderline, deranged characters at least.

    Oh yes. Adjani in Camille Claudel. She was mentally disturbed. Nice one. Thanks.

    Redmayne in Danish Girl…I don’t think so. He was only confused and wants to live with it.

    JK Simmons was just perfectionist with abusive and combative behavior but I don’t think he’s mentally troubled.

    Haven’t seen Sexy Beast and Under the Volcano.

    How about Judith Anderson in Rebecca? An obsessed, manipulative, cunning and an arsonist woman. I find her disturbed one.

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

    Wilkinson was the sanest guy in the room.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Philip K Dick Blade Runner

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    I’d argue Michèle in Elle.

    A possible high-functioning sociopath, but not mentally ill or deranged.

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    How are we all forgetting the performance of last year. Olivia Colman in The Favourite.

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    Cotillard was only having a career crisis that affect her family life

    But the career crisis came after she took medical leave for mental illness, and is depressed/suicidal throughout the film.

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    But the career crisis came after she took medical leave for mental illness, and is depressed/suicidal throughout the film.

    Who doesn’t get depressed when you are on the edge of losing your job? We are all vulnerable to depression but for as long as you have defense mechanism, you can cope.

    How about Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona? She was suicidal and very dangerous when she’s mad.

    Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey into Night? She was an addict that ruined her sanity and her relationship with her family. (I haven’t finish the film but she was delusional on some scenes.)

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    A possible high-functioning sociopath, but not mentally ill or deranged.

    Could be argued Michèle has PTSD from what happened when she was 10, causing her to make very destructive decisions.

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