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    RobertPius
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    Strikes me that Laura Dern could be the rare case where an unlikable character wins an Oscar.

    What are some others you can think of?

    There are of course out right villains like Hannibal Lecter and Nurse Ratched but they are sort of likable in that they are so outstandingly menacing.

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    Jeremy Irons, Kathy Bates, Joe Pesci all won in the same year for playing unlikable characters. Seems like that isn’t as common an occurrence.

    Although more recently you have Daniel Day Lewis, Tilda Swinton, and Javier Bardem all winning the same year.

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    Strikes me that Laura Dern could be the rare case where an unlikable character wins an Oscar.

    What are some others you can think of?

    There are of course out right villains like Hannibal Lecter and Nurse Ratched but they are sort of likable in that they are so outstandingly menacing.

    Bearing in mind ArtIsntEasy’s reply, do you think the Laura Dern character is not deliciously or aspirationally unlikeabe?

    I do agree that it would be striking for a ****ing divorce lawyer character to achieve an Oscar win!

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    Monique and Alison Janney are big ones too

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    Mo’Nique was the Devil itself. And no, her tearful scene at the end doesn’t excuse her in any way, she’s still evil

     

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    Jeremy Irons, Kathy Bates, Joe Pesci all won in the same year for playing unlikable characters. Seems like that isn’t as common an occurrence. Although more recently you have Daniel Day Lewis, Tilda Swinton, and Javier Bardem all winning the same year.

    I wouldn’t say Pesci’s character in Goodfellas is unlikable. He’s so outrageous that he’s funny and scary at the same time.

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    De Niro (Raging Bull), Forest Whitaker and Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds).

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    Sam Rockwell (3 billboards) and J.K Simmons (Whiplash)

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    Mo’Nique was the Devil itself. And no, her tearful scene at the end doesn’t excuse her in any way, she’s still evil

    But who who was going to love her?

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    James Coburn, Elizabeth Taylor in Virginia Woolf, Jon Voight

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    Lots more than I thought! Maybe I should have made this thread most irritating characters to win. Dern’s character is really grating. I guess that comes with the turf for divorce lawyers.

    I wonder if she’ll lose any votes because she reminds divorced academy members of divorce lawyers they’ve had to deal with. (still predicting her for the win though.)

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    • Kathy Bates in Misery
    • Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.
    • Charlize Theron in Monster
    • Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men.
    • Mo’Nique in Precious.
    • Christoph Waltz in Inglorious Basterds.
    • Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.
    • Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club.
    • J.K. Simmons in Whiplash.
    • Allison Janney in I, Tonya.

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    Someone mentioned Liz Taylor for Virginia Woolf, you can’t top that.

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    Lots more than I thought! Maybe I should have made this thread most irritating characters to win. Dern’s character is really grating. I guess that comes with the turf for divorce lawyers. I wonder if she’ll lose any votes because she reminds divorced academy members of divorce lawyers they’ve had to deal with. (still predicting her for the win though.)

    I think it’s been mentioned that she’s based on Dern’s actual divorce lawyer.

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    I think you meant characters who are outright unlikable even in a villainous role. BTW, I don’t count Dern’s character as one of those. I didn’t mind her role in Marriage Story. Anyway…

    Since this is now a more subjective thread than ever, here’s portrayals I disliked (because they’re annoying, etc) that won the Oscars

    Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

    Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener

    Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets

    Mercedes Ruehl, The Fisher King

    LOL. But like I said, that’s subjective at this point.

     

    I just love movies. And awards.

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