May 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm #153556
Inspired by Norbit coming out the same month Eddie Murphy lost the Oscar for Dreamgirls in February 2007, what are some other instances of a terrible or just mediocre film that were released around the same time the nominations were announced or the ceremony was held, causing them to lose, with some exceptions?
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) Her Norbit: Bride Wars
Meryl Streep (The Bridges of Madison County) Her Norbit: Before and After
Alec Baldwin (The Cooler) His Norbit: Along Came Polly
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) Her Norbit: Just Go With It
Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence) Her Norbit: The House of the Spirits
Queen Latifah (Chicago) Her Norbit: Bringing Down the House
Sharon Stone (Casino) Her Norbit: Diabolique
Tom Hanks (Big) His Norbit: The Burbs
Natalie Portman (Black Swan) Her Norbit: No Strings Attached
Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) His Norbit: The January Man
Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) His Norbit: Freejack
Denzel Washington (Glory) His Norbit: Heart ConditionMay 7, 2014 at 2:19 pm #153558
Let’s be honest. The Norbit effect has been addressed to before and it only serves as one of many possible factors that could have influenced Murphy’s loss. None of the other Losers were even the frontrunners for the years they lost (except maybe Ryder).
Anne Hathaway – Acclaimed and seen as a possible contender, but this year was all about honoring Winslet, and when The Reader got her nominated in Actress over Supporting Actress, it was clear who was going to emerge victorious.
Meryl Streep – Meryl was a two-time Oscar winner and Sarandon was both due for an award and gave the performance to back it up. Same scenario as pretty much every other Streep loss.
Alec Baldwin – Didn’t really win any precursors aside from NBR. Robbins swept the televised awards and was in a film the Academy liked.
Nicole Kidman – Was never really in the conversation, as she was a past winner and the narrative was all Portman vs. Bening.
Winona Ryder – Not sure, but I’d never really heard about House of the Spirits as a factor in her loss.
Queen Latifah – At best, I imagine she was in 4th place. Catherine was easily seen as the grander stand-out.
Sharon Stone – Not seen as due or deserving as Sarandon.
Tom Hanks – Break-out role, but in a broad comedy. The Academy was more taken by Rain Man.
May 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm #153559
I feel like this thread has existed several times already before…May 7, 2014 at 2:40 pm #153560
(…I really liked The Burbs…)
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)February 7, 2015 at 11:49 am #153562
Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son are out this week, and with both films not doing well with critics and at the box office, could this ruin Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore’s chances for The Theory of Everything and Still Alice respectively?February 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm #153563
Seriously? Among Oscar voters I know, “Jupiter Ascending” and “Seventh Son” are hardly on their radars. “The Theory of Everything” and “Still Alice” still are.February 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm #153564
Imo there simply isnt any proof or evidence of any, “Norbit” effect, a theory bouncing around since the film opened. Besides, does the Norbit Effect include being nominated for an Oscar?February 7, 2015 at 5:54 pm #153565
NoFebruary 7, 2015 at 7:32 pm #153566
I liked how at least one person on Hitfix put it:
So many Oscar/Guild members couldn’t get off their asses to see SELMA. Why would they ever make the effort to go see/pay attention to Jupiter Ascending or Seventh Son?February 8, 2015 at 12:35 am #153567
Some people hated Hannibal enough it made them say scott didn’t deserve to win but be was behind soderbergh and lee anyway!February 8, 2015 at 12:53 am #153568
I feel like Carol Channing summed it up well:
Thank you for posting this. I feel like I say the same thing every time Norbit is brought up (which is WAY too often), and I didn’t feel like getting into it again haha.
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