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    The ones that come to mind

    • Gwyneth Paltrow (Fernanda Montenegro should have won)
    • Reese Witherspoon (Felicity Huffman should have won)
    • Julia Roberts (Ellen Burstyn should have won)
    • Sandra Bullock (Tilda Swinton, Gabourey Sidibe or Carey Mulligan were WAY more deserving of the win)
    • Jennifer Lawrence (Emmanuelle Riva should have won)
    • Susan Sarandon (Meryl Streep should have won)
    • Julianne Moore (Rosamund Pike should have won)
    • Emma Stone (Isabelle Huppert should have won and it’s not even close)
    • Renée Zellweger (Lupita Nyong’o should have been nominated and WON)
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    Others that I forgot to mention

    • Judy Holliday (Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis should have been the winners)
    • Grace Kelly (Judy Garland should have won hands down)
    • Elizabeth Taylor for Butterfield 8 (Shirley MacLaine should have won for The Apartment)
    • Halle Berry (Sissy Spacek or Naomi Watts should have won)
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    The ones that come to mind

    • Gwyneth Paltrow (Fernanda Montenegro should have won)
    • Reese Witherspoon (Felicity Huffman should have won)
    • Julia Roberts (Ellen Burstyn should have won)
    • Sandra Bullock (Tilda Swinton, Gabourey Sidibe or Carey Mulligan were WAY more deserving of the win)
    • Jennifer Lawrence (Emmanuelle Riva should have won)
    • Susan Sarandon (Elisabeth Shue or Sharon Stone should have won)
    • Julianne Moore (Rosamund Pike should have won)
    • Emma Stone (Isabelle Huppert should have won and it’s not even close)
    • Renée Zellweger (Lupita Nyong’o should have been nominated and WON)

    Especially this one. David O. Russell’s face when Emmanuelle Riva won the BAFTA makes the whole thing even more gross.

     

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    A lot of the wins that have been mentioned here I actually defend.

    Grace Kelly
    Marlee Matlin
    Jessica Lange
    Jodie Foster (The Accused)
    Julia Roberts
    Halle Berry
    Nicole Kidman
    Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)
    Kate Winslet
    Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
    Jennifer Lawrence*
    Julianne Moore
    Renée Zellweger

    *I actually just re-watched Silver Linings Playbook for a project, and here’s my observation of Jennifer Lawrence’s performance: At the time of when they filmed this movie, she was only 21 years old taking on a character who was supposed to be several years older than her. She played a widow who had recently been unemployed by her job. It’s also so much fun to watch Jennifer Lawrence’s chemistry with Bradley Cooper grow throughout the film as they go from bickering with each other to feeling for each other. While I’m aware that this movie was already based on a novel, watching her character unfold felt just like something you’d read in one. You can tell in her performance that her character has already been through a lot in life. I also love how her character is just no-nonsense when it comes to her brutally honest thoughts on stuff like football. Not to mention that at a couple points with her in the film, I saw no acting at all. First while watching her have a complete breakdown that started in the diner, then followed right onto the streets. Then, when she went to Bradley Cooper’s house to confront him and his family. Her performance in both of those scenes to me especially looked and felt so real.

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    1. Gwyneth Paltrow
    2. Halle Berry
    3. Sandra Bullock
    4. Reese Witherspoon
    5. Jennifer Lawrence

    FYC :

    Best Actress - Viola Davis, Frances McDormand
    Best Actor - Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman
    Best Supporting Actor - Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman
    Best Picture - Nomadland
    Best Director - Chloé Zhao
    SAG Ensemble - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Best Cinematography - Nomadland

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    A lot of the wins that have been mentioned here I actually defend. Grace Kelly Marlee Matlin Jessica Lange Jodie Foster (The Accused) Julia Roberts Halle Berry Nicole Kidman Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) Kate Winslet Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) Jennifer Lawrence *Julianne Moore Renée Zellweger 

    So you basically agree with most of the atrocious wins ever in the category…

     

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    So you basically agree with most of the atrocious wins ever in the category…

    Not necessarily. While there are some years where I would’ve gone in a different direction like Anne Bancroft in The Graduate or Helena Bonham Carter in The Wings of the Dove, the actresses that beat them in their respective years (Katharine Hepburn and Helen Hunt) I don’t think are bad winners at all. Though the following Best Actress winners that I’m not really enthusiastic about (that I can also think of off the top of my head right now) are:

    Maggie Smith-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Emma Stone-La La Land

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    Not necessarily. While there are some years where I would’ve gone in a different direction like Anne Bancroft in The Graduate or Helena Bonham Carter in The Wings of the Dove, the actresses that beat them in their respective years (Katharine Hepburn and Helen Hunt) I don’t think are bad winners at all. Though the following Best Actress winners that I’m not really enthusiastic about (that I can also think of off the top of my head right now) are: Maggie Smith-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Emma Stone-La La Land

    Yes to Anne Bancroft. Definitely should have won. Mrs. Robinson such an iconic character.
    But you said you don’t necessarily agree with most of the atrocious wins in the category but in your previous post you’re defending basically everyone that was a bad winner. I know we all have opinions but defending the wins of people like Julia Roberts, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster (The Accused), Halle Berry, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Jennifer Lawrence, who are widely considered to be among the worst winners ever, contradicts your response. I don’t think JLaw and Jodie Foster are the worst in the category, even though imo Emmanuelle Riva and Glenn should have won, but Julia Roberts, Grace Kelly and Halle Berry are just indefensible. Simply BAD choices.
    Very interesting that you don’t agree with Maggie Smith winning for Jean Brodie. That’s a very popular win and one that very few disagree. Who’s your winner? Jane Fonda for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

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    Yes to Anne Bancroft. Definitely should have won. Mrs. Robinson such an iconic character. But you said you don’t necessarily agree with most of the atrocious wins in the category but in your previous post you’re defending basically everyone that was a bad winner. I know we all have opinions but defending the wins of people like Julia Roberts, Grace Kelly, Jodie Foster (The Accused), Halle Berry, Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Jennifer Lawrence, who are widely considered to be among the worst winners ever, contradicts your response. I don’t think JLaw and Jodie Foster are the worst in the category, even though imo Emmanuelle Riva and Glenn should have won, but Julia Roberts, Grace Kelly and Halle Berry are just indefensible. Simply BAD choices. Very interesting that you don’t agree with Maggie Smith winning for Jean Brodie. That’s a very popular win and one that very few disagree. Who’s your winner? Jane Fonda for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

    I’ve only seen two of the Best Actress nominees from 1969. While I actually would give the award that year to Maggie Smith, I guess it was the movie itself that I’m not really enthusiastic about. In defense of a lot of the lesser tier Best Actress winners, I still think there’s a lot to like about their performances. As for Anne Bancroft in The Graduate, I wouldn’t give her the Oscar just because of how iconic of a character Mrs. Robinson has become, but because her performance was my personal favorite out of all the Best Actress nominees from 1967 that I’ve seen (Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark is the only exception). I’m someone who strongly believes in the fact that the Oscars should only award the best of the year, not the movies (nor performances) that will last a lifetime. Awards are only meant to be reflective of attitudes that were going on in any specific year.

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    Lupita not nominated for ‘Us’ was appalling and she could have won if she was nominated. My answer is Renee Zellweger for Judy.

    Emma Stone for La La Land.

    Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare In Love

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    Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side. I felt like I was watching bad movie on Lifetime.

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    My worst top 5 winners.

    1. Louise Fletcher (Supporting and not worth a nod in that category)
    2. Emma Stone (Good but not worthy of a nomination)
    3. Julia Roberts (A Legend but winning over Burstyn was a crime)
    4. Grace Kelly (Was the new Hottie in Hollywood, that’s it)
    5. Elizabeth Taylor (BUtterfield 8: Just no!!!)

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    As a whole, I think some people are using this thread to comment on winners that beat their favorite/more deserving as opposed to a truly wretched performance. An example would be Judy Holiday winning over Gloria Swanson and Bette Davis. Judy gave a good performance, but it was not a performance that would be categorized as the worst.

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    Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady.

    The reigning queen of dull impersonations does her usual work, dully impersonating a fascinating and complex woman with a legacy and a place in history that deserves a much better film and performance.

    Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side.

    A nothing performance in a bad, nothing film.

    Emma Stone, La La Land.

    Am I biased due to my deep and abiding hatred of La La Land? Yes, absolutely. But Emma Stone’s performance, while as good as an Emma Stone performance always is, was not, in my estimation, Oscar-worthy.

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