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    Did anyone ever get nominated funding their own?

     

    I read Ann Dowd did that with that fast food movie she was in.

     

    How much would that cost do you estimate?

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    Melvinezq
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    Melissa Leo for The Fighter

    Good for her it paid her back at the end!

    "The Lost Daughter" in every eligible category - Film
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    I think she paid for only a few magazine covers which the campaigning team had advised her not to do (to not appear too desperate which Anne Hathaway appeared later in 2012) but she went ahead nonetheless and as far as I remember,it kind of backfired and there were talks of her losing the Oscar but she won nonetheless. Good for her.

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    I read Ann Dowd did that with that fast food movie she was in.

    It’s a disgrace that Ann Dowd wasn’t nominated that year. She was better than the winner Anne Hathaway and certainly better than Jackie Weaver.

    lesson

    Let this be a lesson to you the Academy not to snub her this year for Mass.

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    From a Vanity Fair article, talking about Ann Dowd’s own campaigning:

    Then came a tiny movie called Compliance. Working with a budget just over $250,000, Zobel cast Dowd as a fast-food restaurant manager named Sandra in the audition room, right after she read for the part. She was paid $100 per day over a 16-day shoot.Raves for Dowd erupted out of a Sundance premiere; critics called for an Oscar nomination to follow. But this was a small movie without the cash for a campaign; distributor Magnolia Pictures declined to even send screeners to guilds or the Academy. Dowd and her husband, Lawrence Arancio, spent $13,000—financed between credit cards and loans from friends—to get the film into voters’ hands themselves: a true DIY campaign. Dowd wound up winning the National Board of Review’s best-supporting-actress prize, a key precursor, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

    “The thought of doing that campaign at first felt foolish—I mean, not arrogant, you know, but hey, I was raised Catholic,” Dowd says now. But she believed in the work and knew awards attention would be significant for her career. “I was so proud of her for doing that,” Zobel says. “There was so clearly a feeling that she deserved it.”

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    Sally Kirkland did her own campaign for Anna

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    “fast food movie” is a really weird way to describe Compliance lol

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    Jennifer Tilly campaigned herself to a nomination for Bullets Over Broadway. Dianne Wiest who was campaigned by the studio for the same movie actually won the category. Years later she went on Larry King and explained how she promoted herself by going on many talk shows to talk about her role and asking them to use the word “Oscar buzz” when talking about her performance, buying ads on Variety (Jennifer herself would put the Weinstein logo as if they were campaigning her), she also complained about Dianne Wiest placement in supporting when she was a lead in the movie (she mentions Dianne having more screen time than she did, but in fact Dianne Weist had 27 minutes of screen time and Jennifer had 26 minutes and 40 seconds). In the end, her efforts worked out, while the studio did not submit her, she still got the nomination.
    The interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8lGl7W3KbU&ab_channel=LarryKing

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    Carol Kane for the movie in 70’s. I believe I read that she would go door to door to voters.

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    Jennifer Tilly campaigned herself to a nomination for Bullets Over Broadway.

    I’ve recently learned Jennifer Tilly is responsible for her own campaigning for Bullets Over Broadway. On nominations morning, she called her publicist with news of her nomination (when usually it’s vice versa, the publicist phoning its client with the information).

    Also, some hullabaloo arose when Margaret Avery’s For Your Consideration advertisements for The Color Purple appeared in industry papers. I can’t recall specifics, if GoldDerby users will refresh my memory, feel free to chime in.

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    Oh yeah Margaret Avery took out ads but he wrote them in the style of The Color Purple book. Starting them with Dear God, and then using bad broken English.

     

    She did get flack for it. People thought it was in bad taste (especially since she was like in fifth place in that race and if anyone from that movie was going to win it would have been Oprah.)

     

    Melissa Leo. Yikes that was kind of crazy. She was campaigned by the studio and won pretty much all the precursors. She was considered a shoo in for the award and then the ads and interviews.

     

    Her complaint seemed to be that she wasn’t being put on magazine covers like younger starlets and not getting booked on late night TV.

     

    The press made her seem crazy and like an ingrate and suddenly the award was in play with people thinking Helena Bonham Carter or even Amy Adams might take her out. The thinking was that the bad press came so late in the voting process that most people had already voted.

     

    The category only got more suspenseful because Kirk Douglas presented and kept telling stories after he had opened the influence. Then she did win and yet still sabotaged herself because practically the first thing she said was an expiative and all the press the next day was about how her speech was in bad taste.

     

    She didn’t seem to learn a lesson though. Years later she was still complaining about younger co-stars getting magazine photo shoots and bigger trailers. (instead of appreciating the fact that she was a 50 something woman who had never had much of a film career and suddenly she was winning the top prize for film and getting roles she’d never be considered for in the past.

     

    Come to think of it Margaret Avery must not have got much of an Oscar bounce either. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in another movie besides Purple.

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    Oh yes I heard Jennifer Tilly discuss her campaign recently. The studio was also pushing Tracey Ullman in that category in addition to Weist which upset her. Thanks.

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    As much as I love her performance in The Color Purple, but this is the definition of cringe lol

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    As much as I love her performance in The Color Purple, but this is the definition of cringe lol

    the definition of iconic

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