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    Although he was great, I don’t understand why Jack Nicholson’s performance in One Flew Over The Cukoo’s Nest is considered to be one of the greatest performances. I’ve seen much better.

    Unpopular Opinion- I feel the same way about Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Yes, she was great, but I think she’s been better in a half dozen or so of her other films. (In BJ, I thought she was recycling her own stage performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar named Desire.)

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    Unpopular Opinion- I feel the same way about Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Yes, she was great, but I think she’s been better in a half dozen or so of her other films. (In BJ, I thought she was recycling her own stage performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar named Desire.)

    Had Bullock not won for TBS, do you think she would have had a chance?

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    Had Bullock not won for TBS, do you think she would have had a chance?

    Hard to say but I think probably, yes, and then it would have been interesting as to whether, two years later, Blanchett, never having won a lead Oscar, would have defeated Brie Larson in Room and won for Carol. We’ll never know….

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    This is only semi-relevant to the film section, but the idolization of Florian Zeller as a god of modern theatre in Oscar spaces makes little sense to me. The Father got kinda mixed reviews (for the play itself) when it hit Broadway, he’s yet to quite capture the critical success he’s had in Europe elsewhere, and there are quite a few names in contemporary theatre that are more universally revered than him. He’s definitely a respected playwright and will have a great career, but the idea that he’s currently the ultimate gold standard of contemporary theatre and has all these universal instant classics just doesn’t really line up imo.

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    Hard to say but I think probably, yes, and then it would have been interesting as to whether, two years later, Blanchett, never having won a lead Oscar, would have defeated Brie Larson in Room and won for Carol. We’ll never know….

    That’s such an interesting butterfly effect for Larson’s career, she signs up for Captain Marvel in summer 2016 after winning. Without the Oscar, does she still do marvel, does her career remain being an indie darling / underrated fav, does she take a part in something that eventual gets her the Oscar?

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    This is only semi-relevant to the film section, but the idolization of Florian Zeller as a god of modern theatre in Oscar spaces makes little sense to me. The Father got kinda mixed reviews (for the play itself) when it hit Broadway, he’s yet to quite capture the critical success he’s had in Europe elsewhere, and there are quite a few names in contemporary theatre that are more universally revered than him. He’s definitely a respected playwright and will have a great career, but the idea that he’s currently the ultimate gold standard of contemporary theatre and has all these universal instant classics just doesn’t really line up imo.

    I actually found The Humans to be more inspired and better written play than The Father on broadway. The Tonys made the right decision in rewarding Karam. The film adaptation of The Humans is much more engaging and cinematic than the film adaptation of The Father as well. Such a shame A24 fumbled The Humans so hard last season.

    Michelle (Yeoh, Williams) Oscar campaign manager.

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    I found the recent Film Twitter hatred towards Edgar Wright to be completely weird. One mediocre movie doesnt make you look like Uwe Boll

    FYC:
    Best Director: Edgar Wright, Guillermo Del Toro, Jane Campion
    Best Picture: Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog
    Best Actress: Kristen Stewart, Thomasin McKenzie, Rooney Mara, Tessa Thompson
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper
    Best S. Actress: Cate Blanchett, Diana Rigg, Anya Taylor Joy
    Best S. Actor: Kodi Smit McPhee, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins

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    This is only semi-relevant to the film section, but the idolization of Florian Zeller as a god of modern theatre in Oscar spaces makes little sense to me. The Father got kinda mixed reviews (for the play itself) when it hit Broadway, he’s yet to quite capture the critical success he’s had in Europe elsewhere, and there are quite a few names in contemporary theatre that are more universally revered than him. He’s definitely a respected playwright and will have a great career, but the idea that he’s currently the ultimate gold standard of contemporary theatre and has all these universal instant classics just doesn’t really line up imo.

    He’s definitely not a playwright revered by New York theatre critics; by some leading ones he’s seen as a tiresome trickster who writes “catnip” for star actors. Here’s the review of his most recent play in The NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/theater/review-in-the-height-of-the-storm-two-stars-and-an-enigma.html

    Zeller has had three of his plays produced in New York City, only one of which, The Father, was nominated for a Tony—- it lost to The Humans. He is nowhere near as respected as other leading contemporary playwrights such as Tom Stoppard or Tracy Letts or Martin McDonagh, or Terrence McNally, who passed away in 2020.

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    Yeah, ik that. I was more replying to a thing previously posted on this thread than declaring an unpopular opinion.

    Oh, what was that post?

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    Unpopular Opinion- I feel the same way about Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Yes, she was great, but I think she’s been better in a half dozen or so of her other films. (In BJ, I thought she was recycling her own stage performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar named Desire.)

    That was kinda the point of BJ. Woody’s A Streetcar Named Desire and Cate fresh off her stage performance. Didn’t he say at the time he wrote it for her? Seem to remember that, but could be wrong.
    I loathe her Carol performance, which I guess is my unpopular opinion.

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    Very Unpopular: I didn’t like Top Gun 2. It seems everyone is loving Top Gun 2

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    Emma Stone’s performance in La La Land has aged like fine wine over time and she not only deserved her Oscar win for it but her performance is better than the one she delivered in The Favourite and one of the strongest winners of the decade in this category.

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    Everyone has the right to call out any person who has “criticized” their favourite actors.

    E.g. when someone said “This X actor/actress sucked/didnt really impress me (or anything with negative undertones”

    then someone responded “You shouldnt said that/you’re wrong etc”. That kind of response is expected and you shouldnt be mad about it

    FYC:
    Best Director: Edgar Wright, Guillermo Del Toro, Jane Campion
    Best Picture: Nightmare Alley, The Power of the Dog
    Best Actress: Kristen Stewart, Thomasin McKenzie, Rooney Mara, Tessa Thompson
    Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Bradley Cooper
    Best S. Actress: Cate Blanchett, Diana Rigg, Anya Taylor Joy
    Best S. Actor: Kodi Smit McPhee, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins

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    Supporting Actress performance of the century!

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    I don’t get the appeal of Top Gun Maverick at all.  The dialogue was horrid, everything involving Jennifer Connelly was cringy and it was Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise.  Cool special effects and flight scenes but everything else in the movie was really bad.  Overall, the movie was a good 15 minutes too long.

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