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March 15, 2019 at 2:30 am #1202817346
BenNunis wrote: Mark Wahlberg Ew.
I know. I know, you hate him in The Happening and the Transformers films among others, but he has a decent body of work, both in lead and supporting.
Also, I think the question is only limited to those actors who are still alive. So, no Charlie Chaplin etc.March 14, 2019 at 10:50 pm #1202817169
William H. Macy
James Earl Jones
Taraji P. HensonMarch 14, 2019 at 6:41 pm #1202816983
I expect that there might be the chance of the treble: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, if he makes a major Oscar contender, but it would be Screenplay like James Ivory if he doesn’t win till late in his career. Sometimes one can benefit from a weak field in one of the Screenplay categories like Adapted Screenplay the last two years, allowing Call Me By Your Name and BlacKkKlansman to win easily, allowing respected filmmakers Ivory and Spike to get their OscarsMarch 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm #1202814398
Nancy Kelly in The Bad Seed
Sharon Stone in Casino
Adolphe Menjou in The Front Page
Vittorio de Sica in A Farewell to Arms
Meryl Streep in August: Osage County, Into the Woods, The Iron Lady
Melissa Leo in The Fighter
Carol Channing in Thoroughly Modern Millie
Luise Rainer in The Good Earth
Jason Miller in The Exorcist
Julie Harris in The Member of the Wedding
Edmund Gwenn in Mister 880
Sean Penn in Milk
Annette Bening in The Kids Are All RightMarch 12, 2019 at 6:47 pm #1202814386
I would defend all of them. The Oscars are members of the industry nominating and voting their own peers. We can dislike or hate a performance or a film or its editing, but we are not among the voting members of the Academy, so not really for us to say that the winner didn’t deserve it. I mean there’s the Critics Choice Awards, The People’s Choice Awards, and even the Gold Derby Awards for other people to give their opinions and choose their favourites. Let’s not make the Oscars anything more than it is. For all those people shouting that the Oscars don’t matter, it is funny how many people get upset that Green Book or Bohemian Rhapsody or whoever else that they thought didn’t deserve it, won.March 11, 2019 at 10:29 pm #1202813108
Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock surely have to be up there for both decades. Probably Michelle Pfeiffer (90s) and Nicole Kidman too.March 11, 2019 at 9:45 pm #1202813085
Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett for me.
Viola Davis, if you include TV acting as well.
Scarlett Johansson and Octavia Spencer are mostly in supporting roles, and Scar Jo hasn’t been to good as lead, so hard to include them.March 11, 2019 at 9:36 pm #1202813075
With Marielle Heller, Greta Gerwig and Dee Rees among other female directors possibly in contention this year, it would be good to sell this year as the Year of the Women Director from now itself, to avoid an all-male line-up for DGA and the Oscars again. I fear that the female directors might split the vote again, and none get nominated. An alternative would be to put support behind just one of them, like it was for Greta for Lady Bird. Or, have a category at some of the critics awards for Best Female Director to promote them, though that could backfire with people voting them for that category then snubbing them for the general Best Director category. Another would be to make it clear who the director of the films are in promotion, like they have done for Scorsese or Spielberg or Nolan or James Cameron for example. Such as… from ‘Greta Gerwig, the visionary director of Lady Bird’, or “Marielle Heller, critically acclaimed director of Can’t You Ever Forgive Me?” etc.March 11, 2019 at 9:19 pm #1202813060
I am a little weary of predicting Best Picture nominees so early, having seen how those early predicted films of 2018 fared, like First Man and Mary, Queen of Scots.
But I am looking forward to The Irishman, The Laundromat, The Report, The Woman in the Window and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, though the anticipated controversy of the latter makes me wonder whether it would be like Vice this year.
I wonder how Gerwig will do with Little Women, with two very good adaptations already out there (1933, 1994). Hope she doesn’t update it too much, which was my biggest gripe with Lady Bird, the lead character felt like a 2017 adult in a 2005 teenager’s body, and quite unrealistic. Yet, if she doesn’t then what is the point of a retread?
Also I don’t think Us has the legs to be an award season contender.March 11, 2019 at 9:07 pm #1202813052
I would definitely rank Sophie’s Choice and Silkwood in the top 10 female performances of all time, with Sophie’s Choice in the top 3
Also up there:
Kramer vs Kramer
A Cry in the Dark
The Bridges of Madison County
Not so good:
August: Osage County (this one might be due more to poor direction, and her not having the right feel for the character and the tone of the film / play
Florence Foster Jenkins (alright, but Amy Adams was better in Arrival)
Into the Woods (over the top)
The Manchurian Candidate (Angela Lansbury was better in the original, can’t believe I am saying this)
The Iron Lady (a little melodramatic, and a little insulting portrayal of one of the most forceful woman leaders of all time)
Actually quite good:
The Post (One of her better recent performances)March 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm #1202811670
So the other nominees are not by default ‘losers’. After all, it is a ceremony to honour all the nominees.March 8, 2019 at 10:32 pm #1202809757
There are people in the audience who stand up but do not clapping at all. I remember David Fincher stand up for Kate Winslet but not clapping.
So which is more respectful: standing and not clapping, or sitting and clapping? The former is almost a peer pressure thing, in my opinion.March 8, 2019 at 10:30 pm #1202809755
I agree that Amy Adams should have been nominated for Arrival. Most people said that she lost out to Ruth Negga (Loving), but I think this was another example of Meryl Streep getting another nomination because she is Meryl Streep, for Florence Foster Jenkins (see also August: Osage County, Into the Woods, The Iron Lady) Meryl would probably get nominated for reading the phone book. Enchanted might be a bit harder sell because it is a fantasy musical, and unless its Mary Poppins, it might be a bit hard to get a nomination.
Also, all her nominations were deserved. There is no doubt about that (no pun intended)
I have an inkling that her roles in Enchanted (being too adorable) and her DCU appearances (slightly miscast) work against Amy, that the Academy do not take her seriously enough.
Amy still has a long time to go in her career, so here is hoping that she wins sooner rather than later.March 8, 2019 at 4:36 pm #1202809534
Yeah but the thing with the Hallmark movies, which I watch lol, is they are all so cheesy and oftentimes bad over the top predictable. Only reason I watch lol.
That’s my point. Isn’t that one of the criticisms of Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody?
Also the Original Song nomination was revoked because they campaigned illegally, not for eligibility, so it is possible to get a nomination. It would be funny if Spielberg put his support behind such a film out of spite if he doesn’t get his way. That, or make Netflix execs the villains in his next Indiana Jones film.