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    Since it’s awards season I have been thinking about the impact of a BA Oscar win on a performers career and Hilary Swank came to mind. I actually think Swank is a tremendous talent and an incredible actor who is able to draw a viewer in with empathy and truly embody her characters when she is in the right role , that is . It’s not as if all her non Oscar roles have been bad she has given quality performances in conviction , iron jawed angels, Mary and Martha and isomnia plus I think she might of been overlooked for The Homesman but she’s had a very unusual career path for a two time best actress Oscar winner by age 30 ( that’s a crazy achievement !). I think she’s a very unusual actor , almost from another time in many ways and really can tap into the everywoman feel in a really insightful way.

    Career analysis on what happened and how can she get back on track ?

     

     

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    She’s a great actress. That’s what really matters.

    She also deserved a nomination for “Freedom Writers”, flawless performance.

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    Hilary definitely deserved her Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry. My vote would have gone to Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake and not Hilary for Million Dollar Baby

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    She should have been nominated for The Homesman. Great film and great performance.

    I assume that she was top 10 for Conviction & The Homesman. She just could not build enough steam to gather multiple TV nods.

    When it comes to her wins, her first Oscar win was historical and her 2nd win is debatable for some but I thought she was fantastic. I do feel that people felt so sad for her character in Million Dollar Baby that they voted with that in mind. Many actors probably grew up in areas like Swank’s character.

    Swank will be the first actress since Hepburn to win 3 Lead Oscars😀😀😀

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    She’s a difficult actress to cast. She is rather unconventional looking and that is what helped to make her so perfect in Boys Don’t Cry & Million Dollar Baby. Whilst both those Oscar wins are for very deserving performances Staunton was even better.

    Like her a lot in Freedom Writers too.

    Generally she manages to rise above her material but she was totally wretched in The Affair of the Necklace. The Horseman is more the type of period film she excels in. Also feel she has far more range that McDormand who kind of repeats the same performance so often (Fargo being an exception).

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    Nothing unusual about her. Winning an Oscar does not justify the range of an actor nor does it guarantee longevity for a film career. Swank broke through with Boys Don’t Cry earning a Best Actress Oscar. Her subsequent win for Million Dollar Baby set her up for an inevitable industry and public backlash because nothing necessarily about her justifies that level of recognition. Many other examples of Oscar and multiple Oscar winners who never manged to match the prestige of those lighting in a bottle moments.

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    She’s a pretty stellar actress. Her second win was not horrible (still preferred Imelda Staunton), but the public backlash was pretty expected, given that she was awarded a second honor in such a short duration of time and had not established herself as an industry icon like Streep, who was suddenly her contemporary, according to Oscar pundits. Given that few people are lucky enough to win two Academy Awards, she really never had a chance to compare to the likes of legendary performers that the public had deemed as extraordinary, whereas she was a relative newcomer with a limited filmography in comparison to people like Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, and Maggie Smith, to name a few.

    Her father’s illness and her subsequent hiatus to care for him also greatly impacted her career trajectory. Had she continued to work consistently, she may have already have reentered the Oscar conversation. Now, she would need a knockout role to carry her back to a nomination. She most likely will never win again, given the contempt surrounding her win for Million Dollar Baby.

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    People are that angry over her Million Dollar Baby win?

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    That second best actress win in such a short span of time was a curse.

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    People are that angry over her Million Dollar Baby win?

    I don’t think people are angry just that a number felt Imelda Staunton was more deserving. Still that doesn’t diminish her excellent awards worthy performance in Million Dollar Baby.

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    That second best actress win in such a short span of time was a curse.

    Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Jackson, Sally Field, and Jodie Foster all won two Best Actress awards in equal or shorter time spans than Swank.

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    Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Jackson, Sally Field, and Jodie Foster all won two Best Actress awards in equal or shorter time spans than Swank.

    Oh, and Katharine Hepburn, if you count the time span between her second and third Best Actress wins.

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    Luise Rainer, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Jackson, Sally Field, and Jodie Foster all won two Best Actress awards in equal or shorter time spans than Swank.

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    Not quite an apples to apples comparison , firstly it was a different industry 40 years ago. Also for example if we count Sally Field as belonging to the modern era , she was 33 and several movies in when she won her first oscar. Swank was barley 30 when she scored her Second win. Foster however had a similar trajectory Oscar wise to hilary, BUT once more started young and was very very seasoned by her second win including a BSA nomination in 1977. So yes I think Swank’s trajectory is an interesting footnote in recent  Oscar history and is an unusual case.

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    That second best actress win in such a short span of time was a curse.

    Not too sure about that. I mean, where would her career be without that second Oscar? Either at the same spot or she would have faded into obscurity. At least she has two trophies at home. As sombody has already pointed out here: she is an unconventional beauty and it’s probably hard for casting directors to hire her, as there is always somebody more beautiful or a bigger appeal at the box office than her.

    Maybe she should do politics; Glenda Jackson seems to like it.

     

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    She can have a career in TV. She’s a competent actress so I believe she can do wonders in tv.

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