June 27, 2015 at 6:27 am #188982
I totally agree with those saying Don Ameche. For me the most undeserved win in any acting category of all time.
But I also want to mention Sir Peter Ustinov for Topkapi. How on earth did this performance earn him a second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor only four years after his first win? It is just such a mediocre film with such mediocre performances.April 21, 2020 at 7:51 pm #1203440021
Martin Balsam literally did nothing in “A Thousand Clowns”.
10 minutes of a performance, and that’s what they considered awards worthy ?
“you look like your picture, thank god.”April 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm #1203440028
Jason Robards in Julia is my least favorite but the gag is: he is actually the best in that lineup.
https://letterboxd.com/cherry123/April 21, 2020 at 9:55 pm #1203440091
Martin Balsam literally did nothing in “A Thousand Clowns”. 10 minutes of a performance, and that’s what they considered awards worthy ?
I thought of him immediately when I saw this thread. My sentiments exactly. Where’s the outrage? I suppose nobody has seen the film or cared about the other nominees …April 21, 2020 at 10:22 pm #1203440100
I’ve done some nasty rants against Sam Rockwell’s performance in Three Billboards, but to be honest I rewatched that movie and while it wasn’t a good performance, Sam’s done worse with more.
Martin Balsam in A Thousand Clowns is baffling as a win over a phenomenal Iago, but…
Jared Leto by a country mile. Setting aside how he’s another cis actor in a trans role… he doesn’t know how to act, only do “trailer moments” of sudden boosts of energy/emotion that are detached from anything but Oscar clips. His Joker was like that too.
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Best Picture: ParasiteApril 22, 2020 at 7:45 am #1203440646
I have to mention Joseph Schildkraut in The Life of Emile Zola. He didn’t do much I must say. I haven’t seen the other nominees but Thomas Mitchell. I thought he was good in The Hurricane.April 22, 2020 at 5:32 pm #1203442020
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight would have to be up there for the sheer nothingness of the role and nothing more than a passable performance.April 22, 2020 at 5:46 pm #1203442052
Michael Caine in Cider House Rules
Tommy Lee Jones in The FugitiveApril 22, 2020 at 7:07 pm #1203442187
Jack Palance in City Slickers; before I ever saw that film, I knew he had won an Oscar for it. But as I was watching the movie, I kept asking myself “How?” and “Why?”.April 23, 2020 at 12:47 pm #1203443996
I certainly disagree about Javier Bardem and especially Sam Rockwell.
However, Martin Balsam is a name that never gets a lot of mentions so I was happy to see him here. Great character actor but I definitely saw no merit in this performance.
Don Ameche and Jack Palance are two others that I am incredibly baffled by.
George Chakiris may have had a lot of charisma and could dance but how could he win an Oscar for West Side Story?! Talk about a coattail win!
George Clooney’s win was basically a consolation prize.
Tommy Lee Jones might have been one of the most memorable facets of THE FUGITIVE but the fact that he won a major critics award (LA) and then the Globe and Oscar over Fiennes and DiCaprio is kind of laughable.
“The art of making art is putting it together...”April 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm #1203444091
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight would have to be up there for the sheer nothingness of the role and nothing more than a passable performance.
I personally liked Ali’s performance in “Moonlight” but it’s his win for “The Green Book” that irks me – not that it wasn’t a solid performance, it was as a co-lead, but Richard Grant gave such a moving performance in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and should have won the supporting Oscar. The last scene with him in the bar speaking to Lee for the last time broke me. Can I ever forgive Oscar for this one? I’m trying..April 23, 2020 at 1:32 pm #1203444100
It’s got to be Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine. The man did absolutely nothing special in that movie to deserve the award, let alone the nomination.
Then I guess Michael Caine in Cider House Rules, he wasn’t bad but all the other nominees were far more deserving. Wasted award.
Good old political Oscar raised it’s head when Alan Arkin beat the well deserved Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls”. I don’t blame Murphy for exiting early that evening.April 23, 2020 at 11:10 pm #1203444731
Neither Alan Arkin nor Eddie Murphy were worthy. My pick would have been Jackie Earle Haley from Little ChildrenMay 3, 2020 at 2:20 pm #1203460814
Watched Jerry Maguire again last night and Cuba Gooding Jr must be one of the worst winners ever. The film is cool but CGJ is just loud and annoying, a lot like his real life personality. Was this just a pop culture choice or the Academy going with a black winner in this category
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