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    Weird year with precursors all over the place.
    Nominees were:
    James Coburn – Affliction
    Robert Duvall – A Civil Action
    Ed Harris – The Truman Show
    Geoffrey Rush – Shakespeare in Love
    Billy Bob Thornton – A Simple Plan
    My Ranking:
    1. Coburn – Academy made a right choice, and in a category flooded with lazy veteran wins this win stands out. He was simply magnificent.
    2. Thornton – close second, amazing work in an underrated film
    3. Rush – funny
    4. Duvall- need to rewatch film, he was good
    5. Harris- how he was a slight favorite is a mistery to me, he did nothing here
    How would you rank nominees?

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    1. Thornton, no doubt. He was robbed.

    2. Harris. He was the standout to me.

    3. Duvall. He was excellent, but the film was a bit too aloof for me.

    4. Rush. His turn was a bit too slight for me and he was better in Elizabeth.

    5. Coburn. They seriously chose him for playing a caricature of an angry father over Murray’s phenomenal work and then gave him the award? WHY???

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    Bill Murray, RUSHMORE
    William H. Macy, PLEASANTVILLE

    Those are two people that certainly deserved to be considered here.

    #1-Billy Bob Thorton
    #2-James Coburn
    #3-Ed Harris
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    #4-Geoffrey Rush
    #5-Robert Duvall

    “The art of making art is putting it together...”

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    Unfortunately I’ve yet to see Affliction & A Simple Plan but not long ago I watched A Civil Action and I found Duvall’s performance quite good, he just lacked a big scene in my opinion. I also think the movie itself was decent and should have got more recognition.

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    1. Coburn: One of the best supporting actor wins of the 90s. This incredible role isn’t talked about nearly as much as it should today, which is unfortunate.
    2. Thornton: From what I remember of this marginal film, his character was the conscience and standout performance. He was also playing against type at the time, which benefited him too.
    3. Rush: Very funny comedic turn in the surprise BP winner. I’m glad that this was nodded over his dour dramatic role in “Elizabeth” and vote-splitting didn’t hurt him. It doesn’t usually work out that way, so this should have been an early indication of the deep support of the film itself (and the strength of Harvey’s Miramax, but that’s another topic).
    4. Harris: Fine work in an inventive film. It was nice to see Harris nodded here for a more dialed-down performance. Carrey really should have been nodded in Lead Actor that year.
    5. Duvall: The film was a slog from what little I recall from it, so Duvall being the best element of it is faint praise. I wouldn’t have nominated him. Murray was right there instead!

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    A good group of performances.

    1. Billy Bob Thornton, A SIMPLE PLAN
    2. Ed Harris, THE TRUMAN SHOW
    3. Geoffrey Rush, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
    4. Robert Duvall, A CIVIL ACTION
    5. James Coburn, AFFLICTION

    2 & 3 could easily move around. Thornton is my only option for the top spot.

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