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March 7, 2016 at 3:28 am #220419
I’m in the Timothy Spall camp. Possibly the best performance of the decade so far, his lack of traction will be a huge WTF in years to come.
Spall’s awards narrative strangely resembles David Thewlis’s for Naked: won at Cannes, then later with the New York and National Society of Film Critics, but no mainstream nominations even including BAFTA. (Sally Hawkins followed a similar route for Happy-Go-Lucky, winning Silver Bear in Berlin and then winning all 3 major critics awards, but still no BAFTA nom.) Why is it that Brenda Blethyn and Imelda Staunton gain traction but these others don’t?
I haven’t seen Spall, so I can’t say anything about his performance.
But the big difference between Blethyn/Staunton and Hawkins/Spall/Thewlis is that Vera Drake & Secrets and Lies were just more popular with the Academy and BAFTA. I think the missing love for their movies hurt Hawkins, Spall and Thewlis extremely. It’s still a surprise that neither of the three didn’t even manage a BAFTA nomination.March 7, 2016 at 3:20 am #220418
Voted for Gyllenhaal.
Though Fiennes’ omission is terrible as well. One of the greatest comedic performances in recent years.March 7, 2016 at 3:14 am #219871
1. Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
2. Cate Blanchett, Carol
3. Rooney Mara, Carol (I have a feeling I might change Mara and Blanchett after a 2nd watch for Carol)
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
5. Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
6. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
7. Brie Larson, Room
8. Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
9. Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
10. Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
11. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
12. Matt Damon, The Martian
13. Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
14. Tom Hardy, The Revenant
15. Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
16. Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl (The only performance I consider to be completely BAD – his performance was based on blinking, looking shyly to the floor, moving his hands, whispering. So that’s what makes a woman?)
1. to 10. are all deserving nominees (with Mara being in the wrong category), Vikander is doing her best in a weakly written role. I find 12. to 15. to be weak nominees, but there were worse cases.
Not seen: Creed, Joy, The Big Short, TrumboNovember 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm #198975
Lead – Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas (unsure about that one)
Supporting – Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility (Allen might be possible, too)
Lead – Brenda Blethyn, Secrets and Lies
Supporting – Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces
Lead – Judi Dench, Mrs Brown
Supporting – Gloria Stuart, Titanic (meh)
Lead – Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
Supporting – Lynn Redgrave, Gods and Monsters (unsure)
Lead – Annette Bening, American Beauty
Supporting – Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry
Lead – Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream
Supporting – Kate Hudson, Almost Famous
Lead – Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom (Kidman might be possible too, but she wasn’t nominated for SAG, although maybe voting split because of The Others might have hurt her chances there, so I’m unsure here)
Supporting – Helen Mirren, Gosford Park
Lead – Renée Zellweger, Chicago (should be Moore, but Zellweger won SAG, so…)
Supporting – Meryl Streep, Adaptation.
Lead – Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give
Supporting – Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April (actually, I have no idea here)
Lead – Annette Bening, Being Julia (although it should be staunton here)
Supporting – Virginia Madsen, Sideways (could very well be Portman, too)
Lead – Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Supporting – Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain (or Adams?)
Lead – Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
Supporting – No idea.
Lead – Julie Christie, Away from Her
Supporting – Ruby Dee, American Gangster (meh, the other 3 were much better)
Lead – Meryl Streep, Doubt
Supporting – Viola Davis, Doubt
Lead – Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Supporting – Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Lead – Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Supporting – Helena Bonham-Carter, The King’s Speech
Lead – Viola Davis, The Help
Supporting – Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Lead – Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Supporting – Amy Adams, The Master (could very well be Hunt or Field, but no matter who, Hathaway won this by a landslide
Lead – Sandra Bullock, Gravity (unsure again, because here I imagine another landslide victory)
Supporting – Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lead – Reese Witherspoon, Wild (I suppose Moore also had a landslide victory so it’s difficult to say. Witherspoon carried most of the movie on her shoulders and that impresses voters. Gone Girl wasn’t beloved so I don’t expect many votes for Pike, voters probably forgot about Jones because they were so in love with Redmayne. Maybe there was some love for Cotillard in the end and she ended up 2nd.)
Supporting – Emma Stone, BirdmanOctober 23, 2015 at 4:17 am #179593
The trailer looks really good. I hope it won’t be as disappointing as American Hustle (which, I don’t think is a bad movie per se, but it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be).
Lawrence looks really good in here, I have to admit. If she hadn’t won for Silver Linings Playbook I’d be even fine if she becomes a front-runner.
But the biggest surprise is Isabella Rossellini. I have to remove one of my Supporting Actress picks and make place for her.September 24, 2015 at 11:37 am #362422
Plenty of people noted the historic nature of Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globes win, as they did for America Ferrera’s Emmy win. And the reason for many outraged for “Selma”‘s Oscar snubs was that along with the BP nod, they only recieved a perfunctory Original Song nomination to go along with that. Major snubbing across the board there, including a huge oversight for David Oyelowo. There might not be the widespread opportunities for minorities in Hollywood like Viola Davis said, true, but “Selma” was a significant opportunitiy that the Academy blew in not acknowledging properly. The public had every right to be upset about #OscarsSoWhite that year. It’s a more complex issue than what’s being presented here.
I’m sorry but I simply do not agree with that. Some movies get snubbed on nominations morning, although they are critcally acclaimed. The love for Foxcatcher and American Sniper, in the end, was much bigger than some suspected. It wasn’t only David Oyelowo who was overlooked last year in the Best Actor Category.
Other people consider for example Mulholland Drive a movie that should have been acknowledged properly. But they didn’t, people who like that movie have to live with that. Same goes for Nightcrawler or Gone Girl that year.
I mean, let’s suppose a voter thought the five nominees Redmayne, Cumberbatch, Keaton, Cooper and Carrell were the best and wanted to give them their votes. He/She had Oyelowo in 6th. Should that Voter leave one of his 5 actual choices out for Oyelowo because of the “message” a nomination for Selma could have?September 24, 2015 at 10:30 am #362418
The funniest part about the Selma “snub” is that it got nominated for Best Picture…. lol
That was really the most ridiculous part about that whole racism controversy.
I think Viola Davis said the right thing in her speech: Actors/Actresses and other filmmakers from ethnicities other than caucasian need to be given more OPPORTUNITIES, so that they can be recognized by the awards organizations.September 24, 2015 at 4:37 am #362414
As someone mentioned above, it’s the industry that is to blame, not the awards. I find it a bit unfair towards the awards organizations that they get all the hatred as soon as a Black/Asian/Hispanic/… actor/director/writer/ … is not nominated. That doesn’t mean they have problems with diversity. But it’s still a fact that most roles and projects are given to white actors and filmmakers what is very sad. I think it’s absolutely unfair to call the Oscars or Emmys “racist” as soon as someone from a minority group is not nominated. That sometimes happens. It also happens to white people. Just take last year’s scenario at the Oscars: Selma was snubbed in various categories and then there was the big problem with the white nominees and everyone called the Academy racist although they gave the Oscar to 12 Years a Slave just the year before. No one was interested that other people were snubbed. Also Gyllenhaal was left out. Gone Girl was almost completely shut out although it had chances in various categories. Jessica Chastain was snubbed. Maybe in the end they just liked American Sniper and Foxcatcher more than Selma, BUT ALSO MORE than Gone Girl and Nightcrawler, which is their right.
Yes for more diversity, but tell that to the industry to give more chances to Black, Asian, Hispanic and other people so that the awards organizations have a bigger pool with performances by people from minority groups to choose from. If 90 % of performances are given by white people it’s no surprise that 90 % of the nominees are white.September 21, 2015 at 3:03 am #361759
I feel so sorry for Christina Hendricks and Sarah Paulson. I really thought they would have their moments this year. Well, at least Jon Hamm won, I’m so happy for him!September 20, 2015 at 5:44 am #192898
Two blatantly obvious Oscar bait films are trying much too hard in how they’ve created and marketed their LGBT themes. There’s nothing daring, bold or new. The Boys in the Band, Midnight Cowboy, Milk, The Kids are All Right, and Brokeback Mountain have been there, done that. Two more now? [yawwwwnnnnn]
- The Danish Girl
Could you explain in which way Carol is trying so hard to market its LGBT theme? Because the trailer shows two loving women which is the movie’s subject? People shouldn’t forget that Carol isn’t only a LGBT movie, it’s also a movie based on an acclaimed novel by a well-known author. If you think of several Best Picture winners in recent years you will see that hardly any of those movies dealt with “new” issues. Sometimes the great thing is HOW they deal with it.September 16, 2015 at 3:57 pm #194468
All ranked with the best performance named first each year:
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Christian Bale – The Fighter Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Andrew Garfield – The Social Network Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine
Michael Fassbender – Shame Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin
Christopher Plummer – Beginners Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
Albert Brooks – Drive Carey Mulligan – Shame
Jean Dujardin – The Artist Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes – The Sessions Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Bruce Dern – Nebraska Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Joaquin Phoenix – Her Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Colour
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips Judi Dench – Philomena
Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners June Squibb – Nebraska
Michael Keaton – Birdman Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
J. K. Simmons – Whiplash Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent YearSeptember 16, 2015 at 4:21 am #184011
DiCaprio was NOT the best in 1993. Ralph Fiennes gave easily the best performance that year, across ALL acting categories (although Hunter and Hopkins were extremely strong that year).
Altough I want DiCaprio to win an Oscar, the only time I think he might have deserved it was in 2013 although I prefered Dern and Phoenix. DiCaprio was nominated for the wrong performance in 2006 and none of his two performances stood a chance against Whitaker’s and in 2004 Foxx and Giamatti (one of the biggest nomination snubs of this century) gave the best performances.September 16, 2015 at 2:55 am #194425
Still so many to see, but so far:
1. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
2. Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs
3. Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
4. Robert De Niro in Raging Bull
5. Peter O’Toole in The Lion in Winter
6. Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
7. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire
8. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
9. F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus
10. Ben Kingsley in Gandhi
Honorable Mention (this time I tried to limit myself to 5…):
Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s List
Al Pacino in The Godfather (Part I & II)
Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
Kevin Spacey in American Beauty
Philip Seymour Hoffman in CapoteSeptember 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm #187692
Couple of questions:
1. Will “Truth” clash with “Carol” or will it enhance and make a point of Blanchett being such an extraordinary actress that she actually deserves 3rd Oscar?
I think it won’t clash with Carol. Carol will get much more awards attention and it got better reviews. I suppose most voters who decide to vote for Blanchett will push her for Carol. So if it influences Blanchett’s awards chances, I’d say it enhances them. But honestly, I don’t think she will be this year’s winner (and she’s one of my favourite actresses, so I would be totally happy if she won). I just don’t see a 3rd win so soon after her 2nd one.September 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm #194242
I have yet to see so many performances (especially some classics), but so far:
1. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
2. Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
3. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
4. Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard
5. Bette Davis – All About Eve
6. Charlize Theron – Monster
7. Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter/The African Queen
8. Marion Cotillard – La vie en rose
9. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
10. Jane Fonda – Klute
Honorable Mentions (only some actresses I haven’t mentioned in my top 10): Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons), Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Julianne Moore (Far from Heaven), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Nicole Kidman (To Die For), Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry), Frances McDormand (Fargo), Emma Thompson (Howards End), Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom), Mo’Nique (Precious), Holly Hunter (The Piano), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road), …