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    RobScottDays
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    Am I alone in wondering why Dolores Claiborne didn’t rack up a whole slew of nominations (and some wins) at the Academy Awards? Can’t really call it horror bias because it was more of a drama and semi-thriller. I rewatched it the other day and it’s such a shame it didn’t receive love in the following….

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    Director (for Taylor Hackford)

    Actress (Bates)

    Supporting Actress (Judy Parfitt AND Jennifer Jason Leigh)

    Supporting Actor (David Strathairn AND Christopher Plummer)

    And a bunch of tech nodes from cinematography to editing.

    Someone clue me in. Was the competition just crazy good that season or did they really miss the boat on this brilliant film?

     

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    The competition was really hard indeed, with other potential nominees not getting in (especially Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh). If it would have been released in 1994, Bates would probably be nominated.

    Maybe, as it was 2nd time Bates was playing character written by Stephen King, it was compared to “Misery” or seen as been there/done that. IDK, I was little back then so it’s pure guessing.

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    It’s such an interesting movie to review now, especially as there has been such praise for this cast and crew over the years.

    It was directed by Taylor Hackford before Ray, written by Tony Gilroy before Michael Clayton, with David Strathairn, Christopher Plummer, and Jennifer Jason Leigh all before they finally gained Oscar nominations. And it is a phenomenal film debut for Ellen Muth, who now hasn’t even appeared onscreen in about 7 years, since her well-received 2 episode guest spot on Hannibal.

    Horror usually doesn’t get attention, but I’d really classify this as more suspense of the Hitchcock variety. Bates got that Maine accent and attitude down pat, something Frances McDormand was rewarded for a couple decades later for Olive Kitteridge. And, most unfortunately, I think that this was the last lead movie role for Bates before she went through the likely inevitable path back to television and into supporting roles. If she had a role like McDormand’s in Three Billboards, she really could have earned another lead Oscar, but this was likely her last best chance.

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    Tbh, I didn’t like the film so much but I definitely remember Parfitt and Plummer’s performances. I too don’t know why it isn’t recognized. Maybe regardless of the plot and tone, because it was a King film not set in a prison, people didn’t care much….

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    It was delayed from 1994 after poor test screenings. They re-shot and reedited the movie somewhat for clarity. Then dumped it early spring the following year without the box office to justify a campaign despite the critical acclaim. 1995 was an abundant year for lead actress vehicles. We’ll never know if she would have been competitive if they waited till the fall to release it?

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    The movie is not a horror. Like, not at all. Damn superb dramatic thriller though. Whatever the circumstances, it is a shame it went nowhere awards wise, because it definitely deserved Picture, Actress, Supp Actress, Cinematography (the eclipse scene, my god), Screenplay.

    Judy Parfitt still gives me chills upon every rewatch. Her “husbands die” monologue.. while needlepointing! that single silent tear at the very end.. who won Supp Actress that year again? i rest my case.

    and Bates.. her best role ever, on par with Misery and Primary Colors.

    Glad to see the movie resurface in conversations in recent years though as an underappreciated classic.

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    Even though my vote for Best Actress that year would’ve gone to the also snubbed Nicole Kidman in TO DIE FOR, Kathy Bates would’ve been my strong 2nd place choice.

    DELORES CLAIBORNE was certainly underappreciated at that time and I, too, love seeing the resurgence it has had in the last 20 years. I also think Kathy Bates still refers to it as her favorite role she has played.

    I think my nominees for Actress that year would be the following:

    #1-Nicole Kidman, TO DIE FOR
    #2-Kathy Bates, DELORES CLAIBORNE
    #3-Jennifer Jason Leigh, GEORGIA
    #4-Elisabeth Shue, LEAVING LAS VEGAS
    #5-Emma Thompson, CARRINGTON

    **Susan Sarandon would’ve had my vote for ATLANTIC CITY and probably ranked 6th for me here**

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

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    I wonder how bad the 1994 version could have been. Usually those delayed recut films don’t turn out well. This one did. It was all poised for awards campaigns in 1994 but then the delay happened.

    I do remember Jennifer Jason Leigh being pushed pretty hard for a supporting nomination in 1995.

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    Thatcher, Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Darlings, stop ignoring the true winner that year: Hooker Stone in Casino was the best female performance. Thatcher doesn’t accept a different answer.

    As a famous singer said, "ain't nobody gonna Thatcher, Thatcher, Thatcher!"

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    Should have done well at the Oscar’s but they messed up the release date and campaign. Bates was my #1 for 1995.

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    As the number one member of the Bates Hive at Gold Derby I’m just grateful for the 4th nod. So unfortunate it has been elusive for her. But she’s in with the three consecutive decade’s crowd.

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