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    Post-2000 (haven’t seen Phantom Thread yet):

    Best years:
    2012 (DDL, Phoenix, Washington, Cooper, Jackman)
    2002 (Brody, DDL, Nicholson, Cage, Caine)
    2016 (Affleck, Garfield, Gosling, Washington, Mortensen)

    Strong years:
    2005
    2010
    2000
    2011
    2013

    Middle of the road:
    2007
    2008
    2014

    Weakest years:
    2004 (Foxx, Cheadle, Depp, DiCaprio, Eastwood)
    2009 (Bridges, Clooney, Firth, Freeman, Renner)
    2015 (DiCaprio, Cranston, Damon, Fassbender, Redmayne)

    The worst:
    2001 (Washington, Crow, Penn, Smith, Wilkinson)

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    1990 I think was really forgettable, I don’t think people even remember Jeremy Irons has an Oscar, I read somewhere that even him feels he isn’t as renown as he should. lol

    In my personal opinion 2008 was pretty lame too. (Not a very popular opinion)

    Of earlier years 1947 was little trascendental.

    Agreed about 2008! For me, Mickey Rourke gave the only truly memorable performance of that line-up. I think Robert Downey Jr. would have made a great nominee for Iron Man, but he didn’t give as transformative a performance and didn’t have the posthumous narrative like Heath Ledger, so the anti-comic book superhero movie bias did him in just like Hugh Jackman for Logan this very year.

    I completely agree that Robert Downey Jr. should’ve been nominated for Iron Man.

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    This may be an unpopular opinion, but here goes: Ray Liotta deserved a Best Actor nomination for Goodfellas.

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    Oh yeah, Liotta is leaps and bounds superior to all of the 1990 nominees, as are James Caan in Misery and Campbell Scott in Longtime Companion. Even Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III would’ve been worthier.

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    2006. DiCaprio (Blood Diamond) was nominated for the wrong film, O’Toole (Venus) was a veteran nomination, Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) was really a supporting role, Gosling (Half Nelson) was a strong indie performance but was never going to win, and Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) was just nominated for being a big star headlining an emotional drama that made a ton of money.

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    Oh yeah, Liotta is leaps and bounds superior to all of the 1990 nominees, as are James Caan in Misery and Campbell Scott in Longtime Companion. Even Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III would’ve been worthier.

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    De Niro in “Awakenings” is terrific and so deserving of a win but this set of nominees you listed are great. As of recently 2015 is dull as fuck.

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    For me it has to be 1986: I would only keep Newman and Hurt and replace the others with Broderick, Cruise, and Lemmon

    You’re insane. That was a stellar lineup.

    Never got the big deal about any of the other performances in the catagory that year besides Newman and Hurt.

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    2006. DiCaprio (Blood Diamond) was nominated for the wrong film, O’Toole (Venus) was a veteran nomination, Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) was really a supporting role, Gosling (Half Nelson) was a strong indie performance but was never going to win, and Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) was just nominated for being a big star headlining an emotional drama that made a ton of money.

    Not a weak category (2001, 2003, 2015–especially).

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    This may be an unpopular opinion, but here goes: Ray Liotta deserved a Best Actor nomination for Goodfellas.

    That’s not unpopular. Shocking he has yet to receive a nomination for anything.

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    Not a weak category (2001, 2003, 2015–especially).

    Not necessarily weak performances but a bad lineup. Basically all nominated for the wrong reasons. Those years were all bad too but already mentioned so I wanted to elaborate on a category that I felt was comprised of wrong film, an unearned vet nom, category fraud, too small to reward, and a ridiculous star power nom.

    When you break it down like that, it’s a pretty useless lineup.

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    Leo was nominated for the right film. If they really wanted, he should’ve went supporting for The Departed.

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    Blood Diamond was a bad movie with just okay performances. The Departed is better on all levels. But both films shared the same distributor and Leo apparently didn’t want a supporting campaign against his Departed co-stars. He just should have been campaigned and nominated lead for The Departed. I thought the world agreed on that.

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    This year is certainly good A veteran who is going to win his first Oscar. Two legends of which one may be the best ever and two outstanding newcomers.

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    2014 for me. I like none of the movies and only Keaton a little of the performances, followed by Cooper. Gleeson, Fiennes, Gyllenhaal, Spall, and McConaughey would be my five.

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