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    I saw on Twitter a thread about favorite one-scene performances.

    and now I ask you:
    What is your favorite?

    Three great performances came to mind:

    Alfred Molina in “Boogie Nights” in an explosive and perfect scene, I would really give him some awards for this performance.

    Anna Thomson in “Unforgiven”, when I watched the movie, I was hooked on her, and she only has a dialogue with Clint Eastwood towards the end of the film which is great, really surprised to see that no one paid attention to her.

    Sandy Dennis in “Another Woman”, she steals the show in her few minutes of the scene, the film itself is completely snubbed and seems to be well overlooked in Woody Allen’s filmography.

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    Technically two scenes, but Viola Davis in Doubt is one that’s always mentioned with one-scene performances.

    One I never see talked about is Dinah Manoff as Karen in Ordinary People. Her performance gives off this feeling that she’s trying to be positive, but that something is clearly not okay. Which becomes important later in the film.

    FYC: Minari for Everything

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    Emma Thompson in An Education. Again technically two small scenes but it’s still worthy of a mention.

    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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    Another one-scene performance of someone who is later revealed to be mentally ill – Steve Park as Mike Yanagita in Fargo. I remember watching that scene and feeling Marge’s discomfort, which was thanks in part to McDormand but also to Park; his awkwardness and his hidden craziness was very well done.

    Steve Buscemi also comes to mind, he has a couple in Miller’s Crossing (as the fast-talking Mink) and Pulp Fiction (the waiter) which I love.

    FYC: Minari for Everything

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    FYC Oscars: Licorice Pizza (Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay), The Mitchells vs The Machines (Best Picture, Animated Feature, Original Screenplay), Wes Anderson (Best Director), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of MacBeth), Andrew Garfield and Robin de Jesus (Tick, Tick...BOOM!), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Stephen Karam (Adapted Screenplay), Attica and Summer of Soul (Best Documentary)

    FYC Razzies: Dear Evan Hansen (in all eligible categories)

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    Viola Davis in Doubt!

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    Can’t believe I forgot about that one!

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    Forgive me because she appears in three and he appears in two, but Beatrice Straight and Ned Beatty still feel like valid examples, as their appearances are decidedly minor and unexceptional, except they both get one enormous scene each where they get to completely steal the show for a brief period of time, with Straight’s heartbreaking appearance and Beatty’s nightmare inducing work providing some of the most powerful and iconic moments in an already exceptional film.

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    Just in case people want to check it out the Sandy Dennis movie is actually called “Another Woman.” Betty Buckley has a great one scene role in that too.

     

    Thanks for correcting, I got confused

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    Does Vivica A. Fox in Kill Bill count?

    Also, about half the performances in 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her.

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    Laura Linney in Nocturnal Animals

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    Lynn Redgrave in “Kinsey.” She was the final interview subject, which was at the point in the film where Dr. Kinsey questioned his life’s work and overall legacy. She said the exact opposite to him, that his work in behavioral sex studies “saved her” from a fruitless marriage to living authentically as a lesbian. Great single scene that proved how immensely talented Redgrave was no matter the screentime.

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