October 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm #70394
This year Philip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt are guilt of category fraud since they’re lead stars dropping down to supporting. Let’s look back at Oscars history and come up with a list of the WORST cases EVER. We’d like to create a photo gallery of worst examples — Here some starter ideas. What about others?
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Hailee Steinfeld – “True Grit”
Cate Blanchett – “Notes on a Scandal”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Doubt”
Casey Affleck – “Assassination of Jesse James”
Jennifer Hudson – “Dreamgirls”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “Brokeback Mountain”
Jamie Foxx – “Collateral”
Catherine Zeta-Jones – “Chicago”
Jennifer Connelly – “A Beautiful Mind”
Ethan Hawke – “Training Day”
Marcia Gay Harden – “Pollock”
Haley Joel Osment – “The Sixth Sense”
Martin Landau – “Crimes and Misdemeanors”
Timothy Hutton – “Ordinary People”
Al Pacino – “The Godfather”
Tatum O’Neal – “Paper Moon”October 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm #70396
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Julianne Moore – The Hours
Benicio Del Toro – Traffic AND 21 GramsOctober 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm #70397
Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata
Patty Duke, The Miracle Worker
Jason Miller, The Exorcist
Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan
Howard E Rollins Jr, Ragtime
Jessica Lange, Tootsie
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Color of Money
Albert Brooks, Broadcast News
River Phoenix, Running on Empty
Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects
Some debatable, some co-leads
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerOctober 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm #70398
Great mentions…one I’d like to point out one from back in the day when the studios were in control of which category the academy considered you for and someone didn’t get nominated. Rosalind Russell missed out on a probable nomination for supporting actress, in 1955 for PICNIC, because she demanded on only being considered a lead actress. Her quote was something like “I’ve been a star for too many years to downgrade to simply win an oscar.”October 3, 2012 at 10:34 pm #70399
Hutton, Foxx, Gyllenhaal, Steinfeld, Affleck, Hawke, and O’Neal are the worst cases from that list.
Outside of that, Tim Robbins is, without question, Penn’s equal in Mystic River. To add some more, Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech, Matt Damon in Invictus, George Clooney in Syriana, Streep in Adaptation, Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry, Juanita Moore for Imitation of Life. Also, a case can be made that Streep is lead in Kramer vs. Kramer.October 4, 2012 at 12:23 am #70400
Tom Cruise – Magnolia
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordOctober 4, 2012 at 3:50 am #70401
For me, it’s HAILEE STEINFELD and TIMOTHY HUTTON.
How can the PROTAGONIST of a film be nominated in the supporting category?! It’s crazy.October 4, 2012 at 4:40 am #70402
CATE BLANCHETT…. Notes on a ScandalOctober 4, 2012 at 6:01 am #70403
Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry.
Sevigny is not the lead of Boys Don’t Cry!October 4, 2012 at 7:40 am #70404
I am totally ok with Catherine Zeta Jones being supporting.
There’s also a lot of people that say Forest Whitaker should have been supporting. I really don’t mind him being lead, but why do you think we usually begrudge leads for running in supporting, but not the other way around?October 4, 2012 at 8:59 am #70405
Whatever you say, Viola Davis was anything but the lead in The Help. You could’ve taken her character entirely out and it hardly would’ve made a difference to the storyline.October 4, 2012 at 11:25 am #70406
[quote=”LoganKM”]Sevigny in Boys Don’t Cry.
Sevigny is not the lead of Boys Don’t Cry![/quote]Pretty clear to me that the film is a love story between the two, with Sevigny having a fine amount of scenes without Swank. It isn’t the same thing as Monster, where Ricci is the supporting player to Theron.October 4, 2012 at 11:59 am #70407
I think the only real 100% perfect examples of those listed are Hailee Steinfeld and Timothy Hutton. In these particular cases you really can’t even consider anything else but fraud. Plus Tatum ONeil for Paper Moon.
These three frauds exist only to prove that 2003 was so weak that Keisha Castle Hughes managed to get that nomination despite being in the exact same position as Steinfeld and Hutton. In fact, she was in a worse position because Whale Rider as a movie wasn’t going anywhere, it was all her, unlike Paper Moon, True Grit and its 10 nominations or Ordinary People with its easily predicted top awards.
At least in Foxx’s case, which I do consider fraud, somebody could argue that he was lead by default, he was the one driving the lead around, of course he had that ammount of screentime. The same could be said for the police partner who rides all day with the lead in Training Day.
But the others are the real stars of the movie, the script and the story, only because they weren’t famous enough they get to be supporting.October 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm #70408
Well, for me Casey Affleck in TAoJJBTCRR is the most egregious example of category fraud I’ve ever personally seen. And he wasnt a minor at the time…..
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Philip K Dick Blade RunnerOctober 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm #70409
Forgot about Affleck. That’s another example. What’s worse in this case is that the other lead in the movie wasn’t going to show up anywhere for awards, so the path was clear for him (unlike Gyllenhaal or Zeta Jones, for example), he didn’t have to compete with a huge star. But of course, when the movie didn’t excite anybody and wasn’t considered a contender for the top awards, he gets to commit fraud because getting in for lead was too much for Affleck and his little movie to achieve.
Having said that, that’s such an amazing movie that was incredibly underrated and unseen, that I gladly accept this fraud because at least it’s in the books and some people will see it because of that nomination.
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