Inspired by my notion that Courtney Love, fuck-up or not, "remains the biggest oversight in Oscar history, especially for not having been nominated..." And this well-conceived response:
A bigger oversight than Jeff Bridges not being nominated for "The Fisher King"? A bigger oversight than Cher not being nominated for "Mask"? A bigger oversight than Gene Wilder not being nominated for "Willy Wonka..."? A bigger oversight than Mia Farrow not being nominated for "Rosemary's Baby"? And these are just off the top of my head...
Figured with awards season upon us, it merited its own thread. WHO DO YOU CONSIDER THE BIGGEST OVERSIGHT -- A SPECIFIC ACTOR AND SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE -- IN OSCAR HISTORY?
One that wasn't even nominated but has stood the test of time (which I would argue against for Cher in that dopey movie where the bikers acted like puppies, ha. And "Fisher King" gives me a headache but that's mostly Robin Williams being all manic).
I still vote for Courtney. Chime in, folks.
I don't know about recent memory, but it began with Bette Davis's overlooked non nominated performance in "Of Human Bondage"
Courtney overshot and went for Best Actress instead of Supporting. She'd probably have got one for Supporting (she won the NY Film Critics that year. Supporting wasn't nearly as competitive as lead that year(even M got left out)
I'd vote for "Manhattan" for Best Picture. Possibly Woody's greatest film, and the 1979 nominees were particularly weak, except for "Apocalypse Now."
VERY good point, whether it was her decision or not. Always assumed she was pushed for "Supporting". (You guys are good).
Rosalind Russell - His Girl Friday
Marilyn Monroe - Some Like It Hot
Anthony Perkins - Psycho
Mia Farrow - The Purple Rose of Cairo
Lillian Gish - The Whales of August
Maggie Smith - The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Last Exit to Brooklyn
Sean Penn - Carlito's Way
Isabellle Huppert - The Piano Teacher
Emile Hirsch - Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen - The Road
Sally Hawkins - Happy Go Lucky
Angelina Jolie - A Mighty Heart
Charlotte Rampling - Under The Sand.
List troll @r5. Right on cue.
Sally Hawkins? I wanted to put my eyes out watching that dreck.
Robert Shaw for Best Supporting Actor for Jaws is one off the top of my head.
Robert Shaw never nominated for ANYTHING, right? Odd how that happens.
Why the hell am I list troll? I wasn't asked to give one solid answer was I, I'm only thinking of examples from the top of my head.
I actually agree with you up to a point, I thought she was funny in the film but it was a bit much after a while.
The reason I chose her (and Jolie) however was cause she was a classic snub in that she won the NY and LA critics awards, plus a Golden Globe, kinda unprecedented to be snubbed after that. But that was an acquired taste performance to say the least!
Since you asked, I couldn't care less who or who is not nominated.
Why should I be concerned with such a trivial matter?
Shaw was nominated for playing Henry VIII in "A Man For All Seasons," but lost to Walter Matthau.
I would second Monroe for SLIH and Tony Pwrkins for PSYCHO (shocking!) and agree with the poster who hated Sally Hawkins in Happy Go Lucky.
Kim Novak, for either Vertigo or Bell Book and Candle.
Donald Sutherland for Ordinary People.
Judy Garland in A Star Is Born owns this thread.
Thanks, was too lazy to look it up. I just remember he was pushed for "Sting" and then "Jaws" and got neither and then died. So wondered (as a kid) what was up... :)
The "Jaws" nom does feel like a huge oversight since that performance is film iconic.
Don Cheadle in Devil in a Blue Dress
Since r7 had absolutely nothing whatsoever to contribute to the conversation, I voted him for F&F.
Second Donald Sutherland for Ordinary People, especially considering everyone else on the picture was nominated.
Richard Gere - Chicago
Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm
I always wondered if that final teary "I don't know if I love you any more" scene cost Sutherland the nomination. It just felt on-the-nose in a film that had avoided that somehow (and it was a reshoot... Sutherland had played it straight and less soapy in original take).
Hutton makes me cry to this day, MTM still gives me chills... but Sutherland feels out of place somehow. The filmmakers all wanted Tom Skerritt anyway, ha.
I'm still surprised Sigourney didn't get nominated for "The Ice Storm." When I saw her in it, I thought she'd easily win, and it's not like 1997 was a competitive year for Supporting Actress.
Tovah Feldshuh for Supporting Actress in Kissing Jessica Stein. Her quiet monologue to her lesbian daughter was filmed in one astonishing three minute uninterrupted take and hit every note and nuance of truth that an actor dreams about.
Harrison Ford for "Mosquito Coast." And I think it ticked him off as he's been phoning it in ever since.
Russell Crowe for "L.A. Confidential." At least he was nominated [still robbed] for "The Insider."
Gillian Anderson for "House of Mirth."
Tyrone Power in NIGHTMARE ALLEY.
Agree with Judy in A Star is Born of the classic why didn't they win ones.
Also 1950 when Bette and Gloria Swanson split the votes with Judy Holiday in an unusually strong year with the two all time gay classics Sunset Blvd. and All About Eve.
Then there's Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock - the original Julianne/Annette/Glenn/Michelle/Sigourney times ten.
[quote]Supporting wasn't nearly as competitive as lead that year(even M got left out)
I know the ever reliable GGs nominated M and not Diane for the filler slot for Marvin's Room in a most difficult year. And then there was Madge who won there for Evita.. oh wait!
Susan Hayward- "I'll Cry Tomorrow"
Ingrid Thulin, "The Silence"
Giulietta Masina, "Nights of Cabiria"
Giulietta Masina, "Juliet of the Spirits"
It amazes me that Donald Sutherland has never been nominated.
r5 - Not that you are THE List Troll but don't you agree that often when a question like this is posed, someone always makes a very long list? It seems to be r5 a lot, like r1 is most often a cunt.
Your list wasn't bad however.
Victor Banerjee, "A Passage to India"
It doesn't count as a huge oversight -- but I always thought it was strange that, as many times as she's been nominated, they would ignore one of Streep's best performances in "Marvin's Room".
I love her in that movie -- no tics, no tricks, just a simple middle class woman. Maybe the fact that she was just playing a normal human being got in the way but I recommend folks check it out, especially if they think she relies on accents and "impersonations".
Judy Garland at her peak in "Meet Me in St. Louis" should have been nominated. She's brilliant in it.
Gena Rowlands in the brilliant "Another Woman".
Angela Basset for What's Love Got to do With It.
Rosie Perez for Fearless
R14, dear, you're unclear on the concept. Judy was nommed for ASIB. She just didn't win. OP is asking for people who should have been nominated and weren't.
Vivien Leigh, Roman Spring of Mrs. stone
Second Russell Crowe for LA CONFIDENTIAL, and add Guy Pearce and James what's his name, the old guy, for the same film.
Garland for Wizard of Oz.
Joan Blondell for a
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. (she wasn't nominated, was she?)
Rita Hayworth for Gilda
Jane Carr for Something for Everyone.
Pamela Franklin for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."
Amy Jo Johnson - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Thora Birch - Ghost World
Cate Blanchett - The Gift
Michelle Pfeiffer - Batman Returns
R29 I wish I knew why the Academy didn't nominate foreign language performances prior to Sophia's brilliant win. There were foreign screenplay nods and the like before that.
I think I read something about they just decided to let them in that year so that's why Sophia won and there's an episode of What's My Line? on youtube where the panel rave about her performance being the best of the year so you could tell it was pre-destined.
Giulietta was definitely the best or high up there with the likes of La Strada/Cabiria. Then to go back earlier with foreign silent film you have an all time classic snub with Renee Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc.
R30 I did post long lists in the disco thread, but I think that was mostly it. I hate how you have to press enter here to get them to work cause it makes the post much longer :(
Actor: Joseph Cotten - Shadow of a Doubt
Actress: Maureen O'Hara - The Quiet Man
Didn't really care personally but I remember being shocked that Paul Giamatti wasn't nominated for Sideways(after all the hype)
Kathy Bates and Judy Parfitt for "Dolores Claiborne." It is a crime they were not nominated because they were so brilliant. I can't even remember who won that year for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, but these two should have.
Farah Fawcett left out of the Memoriam segment.
Farrah Fawcett was not a movie actress.
I'd like to see the full takes and alternate takes of Sigourney in "The Ice Storm". The character comes off as potentially fascinating and yet in the final product she's so... I can't put my finger on it. Maybe unknowable? I suspect that Ang Lee and co might have felt they had to edit Sigourney down or she would dominate what is supposed to be an ensemble piece. Shit in the dish washing scene alone she obliterates Joan Allen. I bet in rough cuts she had a bigger part and was cut down in the interest of the film as a whole.
Second Bates and Parfitt. One of those movies that got more popular over the years.
There's actually a Criterion Collection release of "Ice Storm" but I don't own it so not sure what is on there... but usually pretty thorough on deleted scenes, etc. (I have stock DVD from way back, not much use besides original film -- which I still love. Sorely overlooked).
Peter O'Toole receiving a record 8 nominations and no win
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
Naomi Watts in "Mulholland Drive"
Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Antichrist"
Dunst for sure - and Charlotte Gainsborg who is just incredible. Its a crime that she isn't even talked about for supporting actress. Bitch can act circles around the expected nominees.
Not sold on Gosling in Drive. Didn't get what he was aiming at. he was upstaged by the stylistics and attitude of the film.
Matt Damon in "Ripley". Perfectly timed and modulated performance.
Kate winslet and Melanie Lynskey in "Heavenly Creatures"
Geoffrey Rush, 'Elizabeth'
Julie Andrews should have gone back-to-back with a second Best Actress Oscar for Maria in The Sound of Music. She gave a performance that will outlive most Oscar-winning roles.
Not the biggest oversight by a long shot but a recent and painful one - Jonny Greenwood's extraordinary, wildly acclaimed score for There Will be Blood was excluded from nomination because it included a 15 minute musical segment originally commissioned not for the film but by the BBC. I can't remember another recent movie so enhanced and enriched by its accompanying music.
Greenwood is scoring Paul Thomas Anderson's next film as well - it can only be great, they're both otherworldly talents.
Judy did receive a special Oscar for Oz, for outstanding juvenile performance.
forgive me for being ignorant, but Courtney Love was in a movie? I don't remember it.
The People Vs. Larry Flynt in 1996, R58. She played Larry Flynt's wife, a strung-out, heroin-addicted mentally ill whore. Not exactly much of a stretch for Courtney.
Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Script - Synecdoche, NY
oh wow, that was a high-profile movie. and if she was good in it, she should have had a movie career after that. I assume she didn't bc she's such an unstable mess?
Courtney being an unstable mess is the main reason her movie career died. But a contributing factor is all the plastic surgery she had. She's become so unnatural looking that she's hard to cast.
Her ears are now practically below her jaw line.
Stephen Boyd for Ben Hur - his Messala is the black heart of the film and he is at least as good as Heston. Also Jack Hawkins - Hugh Griffith who won best supporting for the same film is just a comic turn with just a couple of scenes.
God this thread is going to be flooded by the ELDERS
Please, R66. It was started with by some obnoxious queen who just knows Courtney Love's omission was the biggest oversight in HISTORY!
And "the elder gays" are what offend you?
r36: I adore Blondell, but she's unendurably arch and actressy in A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. She's miles better in any of her pre-code Warners films.
Meryl Streep in The Hours.
Meryl Streep in Manhattan.
Meryl Streep in Dancing at Lughnasa.
Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her.
Meryl Streep in Marvin's Room.
Jo Van Fleet in WILD RIVER (196?)
Beulah Bondi in MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (1937)
If you haven't seen these two movies, check them out. These two actresses play characters much older than they were at the time and both do incredible work. But the movies got no love from the Academy. Leo McCarey won Best Director the same year as MAKE WAY for THE AWFUL TRUTH. When he accepted the award and asked if they had given it to him for the right film.
And yes, Sigourney Weaver in THE ICE STORM. That entire character is revealed through her eyes and it's heartbreaking to watch. Hell, the entire movie was ignored and yet has proven very influential (AMERICAN BEAUTY is essentially the sitcom version).
When I see performances like these ignored it reminds me how meaningless the Oscars really are.
R42, R46 and R65 took mine. I read a whole page about Kathy and Judy in Dolores one time at a blog, which led me to go get the movie and they were unreal! Lifelong fan of Judy Parfitt from now on thatnks to that. And Stephen won the Golden Globe and couldn't get a nomination?!
Was Diane Keaton's Looking for Mr. Goodbar released the same year as Annie Hall? I would have nominated Keaton for Goodbar if that had come out a different year.
"Best Picture, Best Art Direction, Best Director, Best Script - Synecdoche, NY"
Agreed. And I would add a Best Actor for Hoffman and possibly Best Actress for Morton as well.
Jeff Bridges - Fearless
Rosie Perez - Fearless (nominated, should have easily won)
Charlotte Rampling - Swimming Pool
Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises
Sigourney Weaver - Working Girl (nominated, should have won)
Toby Jones - Infamous
Sandra Bullock (yes, I hate to say it) - Infamous
Kristin Scott-Thomas in "I've loved You So Long"
Crazy For You, Visionquest
Into the Groove, Desperately Seeking Susan
Causing A Commotion, Who's That Girl
I'll Remember, With Honors
Live To Tell, At Close Range
This Used To be My Playground, A League Of Their Own
This movie has so many fans on the message board, so I'm surprised nobody has picked Mia Farrow for "Rosemary's Baby."
Lainie Kazan "My favorite Year". Winner Jessica Lange should not have been in the supporting category for "Tootsie".
I'm surprised at the couple of mentions for Rosie Perez for Fearless. Couldn't agree more. Also the three leads in Dolores Claiborne.
Regarding Damon for the Talented Mr. Ripley--I totally agree he gave a great performance. The movie was a tour-de-force between his and Jude Law's character. They gave equally great performaces but only Law got a nom in the supporting category.
I heard that Damon would have been nominated had great politicker Harvey Weinstein not become very ill during the pre-oscar season and dropped out of the shmoozing scene.
R72, yes it was. She was ineligible to be nominated for both at the Oscars. She did get the split vote at the Globes, of course, GOODBAR for Drama, ANNIE HALL for Comedy.
Robyn Lively (older sis of Blake) - Teen Witch
Angela Basset - Waiting 2 exhale
Meryl Streep- She devil
Roseanne- She Devil
Julia Roberts- Mary Reily
Cameron Diaz- Charlies Angels
Faruza Balk- The Craft
The rest needn't matta!
For films, I agree with the above about MANHATTAN and would add Diane Keaton's snub for acting that year right up there with it. I almost think PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO being shut out was a worse snub, ditto for CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS.
As for Mia Farrow, the fact that she hasn't been nominated at all is pretty shocking. Look at how different she is BROADWAY DANNY ROSE, to PURPLE ROSE, to RADIO DAYS. And she's great in HANNAH, and she took ROSEMARY'S BABY to a different level altogether.
But the fact that this list is so American just goes to underscore that many of the real snubs are not only in the best picture category for films that were not in English, but for scores of actors who deserved to be nominated and were not.
I always thought Lisa Kudrow should have been nominated for supporting actress for "The Opposite of Sex". Up to that point I only knew her as Phoebe from Friends, and TOOS was an excellent exercise in playing against type.
R78--The OP already mentioned Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby."
To that, I would add: Jobeth Williams for "Poltergeist."
(No, I'm not kidding.)
Dyan Cannon, "The Last of Sheila."
Far more entertaining than watching St. Meryl do her Rich Little schtick.
"New York, New York" by Kander & Ebb not even nominated for Best Original Song.
R86, I read the thread.
That's why I wrote "As for Mia Farrow..." in the context of a post that talked about what was already mentioned, as with MANHATTAN, and why I added additional works to ROSEMARY.
I assumed you understood what I meant.
If you're saying we're now obligated to make express references to post numbers so that we make clear we were not the first in the world to say it, thanks for letting me know.
For "The History Boys"-- Richard Griffiths (lead) and Dominic Cooper (supporting)
One more: Samantha Morton in "Morvern Callar" (lead) and "Minority Report" (supporting)
Jodie Foster in Stealing Home.
Thank you for your thorough reply R89. I was merely referring you to OP's choices in case you thought Farrow had been criminally overlooked.
No offense was intended. I like your additional ideas, by the way.
John Goodman, The Big Lebowski
R89, you are truly a douchebag. R86 was explicitly talking to R78, not to you. If you're going to so rudely criticize someone, at least pay attention.
R67 - that same ugly cunt I get stuck with on the couch at the otherwise fun party. Please kindly fuck off and die.
But excellent suggestions from the rest of you, thanks.
OP - not known as an "obnoxioius queen" but I've played one on TV
Karen Black "Day Of the Locust"
As for Donald Sutherland, he got to fuck Julie Christie. That's his Hollywood prize.
Well, R95, since you're addressing me, I guess that means you think I can reply to you. In that vein, throwing a tantrum like the Datalounge police for my failure to track numbers and "pay attention" when the person you think was wronged didn't seem to mind makes you look mentally ill. Or at least suggests you should be careful about throwing around the term "douchebag".
As for R86, who kindly did not call out my error, I apologize and appreciate your kindness and hugs,
Now to get back to the topic, thinking of HANNAH reminded me of Max Von Sydow, who should have more than one nomination. The man played Jesus and has played evil brilliantly more times than I can count. I'd have nominated him for THE EMIGRANTS, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, and THE EXORCIST, not to mention several Bergman films.
alan bates and genevieve bujold: king of hearts
Naomi Watts - Mulholland Drive
Isabelle Huppert - The Piano Teacher
Juliette Binoche - Blue
Sigourney Weaver - The Ice Storm
Virna Lisi - Queen Margot
Those are the only relevant oversights. Add Kirsten Dunst next week, for Melancholia.
This thread can be closed now.
Thanks for the reminder R100. Naomi Watts is amazing in MULHOLLAND DRIVE.
River Phoenix not being nominated for My Own Private Idaho.
To give to Anthony Hopkins? Sorry, that was just ridiculous.
Cate Blanchette - The Gift
Giovani Ribise - The Gift
The Brady Girls Get Married (1981)
Kim Hye-ja - Mother
Norma Aleandro - The Official Story
Uma Thurman - Kill Bill
Madeline Kahn - What's Up, Doc?
Beverly D'Angelo - Coal Miner's Daughter
[quote]Giovani Ribise - The Gift
Debbi Morgan for Eve's Bayou
Pia Zadora for "The Lonely Lady," which was the greatest performance by an actress since Katharine Hepburn in "The Lion In Winter." Ms. Zadora was totally robbed of an Oscar for her amazing achievement in the art of screen acting.
James Spader, 'sex, lies, & videotape.'
He won at Cannes and then not even nominated.
Well, y'all, what about me?
Christina Ricci - Buffalo 66
Amy Jo Johnson - Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Mysterious Skin
Michael Fassbender - Hunger
Meryl Streep - "Watch Me Queef"
You guys have some great choices!
Totally in agreement with
JoBeth Williams for Poltergeist- tremendous likeability and believability with a few knockout scenes. her and Craig T's likeability and insane chemistry makes the film all that more effective.
Samantha Morton- Morvern Callar. Tremendous performance but my god that film is SO depressing for some reason
Sigourney Weaver in The Ice Storm. Perfect.
Glad to see some Amy Jo Johnson live on here.
Slightly OT, but no less than three lesbian friends of mine have told me that Jobeth Williams in "Poltergeist" was their fantasy dream woman. They all told me they would give anything to have a girlfriend exactly like Jobeth in that movie.
Juliette Binoche in Blue was dazzling r100.
Good choices you made.
Annabeth Gish, JoBeth Williams, and Ellen Barkin were all unbelievably fine in the very good and underrated "Desert Bloom". What a real gem of a movie.
Yes Debbie Morgan was great and to think Eve's Bayou was not even nominated! Disgusting oversight.
[quote]It amazes me that Donald Sutherland has never been nominated.
He's just not well-liked.
Neither is his son.
Very talented people but by many accounts, assholes.
Doesn't that describe thousands of people in Hollywood, R122?
Malcolm McDowell in "A Clockwork Orange"
Brad Davis in "Midnight Express"
Olivia Williams in "An Education"
Olivia Williams in "The Ghost Writer"
Cate Blanchett for "The Talented Mr. Ripley"--best performance in the whole film
Kate Winslet for "Heavenly Creatures"--still her greatest performance
Melanie Lynskey for "Heavenly Creatures"
All the performances in 'The Talented Mr Ripley' were good. It should have received more nominations, I agree.
At least Jude Law was nominated.
bjork: dancer in the dark
Ullman in Autumn Sonata
Stanwyck in The Lady Eve
Huppert in Story of Women
Monroe in Some Like It Hot
Cher in Mask
Boland in The Women
Keaton in Baby Boom
Keaton in Shoot the Moon
Aleandro in The Official Story
Hepburn in Two for the Road
Ritter, never winning
Moorehead, never winning
* * *
Brandauer in Mephisto
Von Sydow in Snow Falls on Cedars
Von Sydow in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Buscemi in Fargo
Finney in Shoot the Moon
Finney in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Finney in Two for the Road
Finney, never winning
I realize that it would have been an impossibility given the reaction at its initial release, but I think Tim Curry in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" delivered one of the great screen performances of all time.
[quote]Cate Blanchett for "The Talented Mr. Ripley"--best performance in the whole film
Omg, I couldn't agree more!
I also agree that Blanchett stole Talented Mr. Ripley. I much prefer her performance in it to the one she gave in The Aviator, stealing the oscar that year from the very deserving Virginia Madsen. Of course if AMPAS hadn't royally fucked up by giving the oscar that rightfully should have been Blanchett's for Elizabeth to Gwyneth Paltrow's performance in Shakespeare in Love - hardly Ms. Paltrow's finest - that never would have happened.
r129, Liv Ullmann is spelled with two Ns.
It's "Ingmar Bergman", but "Liv Ullmann".
Anyway, she should have been nominated, and WON, for Scenes from a Marriage.
Also, Bibi Andersson should have been nominated for Persona, Ingrid Thulin for The Silence and Cries and Whispers, and Harriet Andersson for Through a Glass Darkly.
R123, maybe it's because he's Canadian as well as being an asshole. You don't see Ivan Reitman being nominated for Oscars either, do you?
Madonna as Evita Peron
Madon... er, M
Absolutely bjork in dancer in the dark.
Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest
Here's what I love about DL: sure, there will always be a couple of douchebags inflitrating every thread. But mostly it's sane and thoughtful and, yes, even intellectual and if you're smart (and not just a malcontent contrary a-hole), you can always learn something.
For instance, so many of you mentioned "Dolores Claiborne" and its actors on this thread and I realized that I, even as movie buff especially during that period, had never seen it, had let it slip through the cracks all these years.
So ordered it based on the recs here and loved it. Especially said actors. So thanks, guys. Keep 'em coming.
Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.
again b/c the search button is not working, Patty Duke in Valley of the Dolls and to be serious Patty Duke in a film called Me, Natalie (which she won the GG award for that year beating out Barbra S.among others)
Campbell Scott in 'Roger Dodger'.
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Sherrybaby
Joan Allen - The Upside of Anger
Did someone already say Paul Giamatti for Sideways? It was a huge oversight considering everyone else in the cast pretty much got nominated that year.
I can't believe he wasn't nominated for Sideways.
Kevin Kline in "Dave".
I've been thinking mostly of actors -- but, in terms of Oscar snubs, they probably don't get much bigger than
Steven Spielberg, no Best Director nod for "Jaws".
I mean, talk about a director's movie! That still holds up. (I didn't care so much when they ignored him for oddly misconstrued/Disneyesque "Color Purple").
Kenneth Nelson was robbed of an Oscar nomination for The Boys in the Band. I also think Cliff Gorman and Leonard Frey should have gotten Supporting Actor nominations for the movie.
Eli Wallach and John Cazale never being nominated, ever.
But, specifically, Wallach for "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"--he stole the film.
Cazale, being passed over for "Dog Day Afternoon" in favor of his co-star Chris Sarandon.
Whoopi in [italic]The Color Purple[/italic].
Stanwyck in [italic]The Lady Eve or The Great Man's Lady or Executive Suite[/italic].
Jennifer Jones in [italic]Madame Bovary.[/italic]
Sidney Poitier in [italic]To Sir, With Love.[/italic].
Connie Mason in [italic]Blood Feast[/italic]
Stu Erwin in Pigskin Parade
Laura Dern in Citizen Ruth
Weird, the first one that came to mind was Sigourney Weaver in "The Ice Storm", and then I see that she's already been mentioned about seven times. I had no idea that her performance had connected with so many people. The movie didn't receive a single nomination that year.
Stanwyck didn't get the 10 or 12 nominations that she deserved. Likewise Cary Grant.
Garbo for Ninotchka
Was Preston Sturges ever nominated for Best Director? Doubtful, and a gross oversight. I don't think Hitchcock ever won a Best Director award either.
R133, many people thought Liv Ullmann was the Oscar frontrunner for Scenes from a Marriage, but as I recall the movie was ruled ineligible as it was originally broadcast on television overseas.
Joseph Gordon Levitt - Mysterious Skin
Ice Storm should have been nominated for screenplay, Weaver, score and maybe even directing. The film industry (LA) didn't seem to get the movie. I guess they prefer being bludgeoned over the head (American Beauty) than appreciating something a little more subtle.
I also think Sean Penn should have won for his direction of Into the Wild - amazing direction and passion project. Similarly Hal Holbrook should have won (I think he was nommed)
Agree on Naomi Watts/Mulholland Drive, but that performance is tricky to measure. It's the sum of disparate parts - easy to dismiss Betty as camp and Diane as heavy handed, but together, they work. It's also creepy how much Watts' character resembles her real life story (Kidman as the big star)
Tom Cruise was criminally underrated in Rain Man. He did all the work in that film while Hoffman mugged.
All the actors in LA CONFIDENTIAL were great - in fact, they were each better than Kim Basinger - not sure why she won.
CASINO - Sharon Stone should have been supporting actress. She Should have won. She's always been better at supporting and anatagonizing male leads rather than being the lead (Sliver, anyone? ew)
R153, you're right -- Preston Sturges was never even nominated for a best director Oscar! He was, however, nominated a couple of times for best screenwriter, and actually won the screenwriting Oscar for the first film he directed, The Great McGinty.
Equally shameful, Hitchcock never won the best director Oscar! He was nominated 5 times but probably deserved to get the nod a dozen times or more
"Ice Storm should have been nominated for screenplay, Weaver, score and maybe even directing. The film industry (LA) didn't seem to get the movie. I guess they prefer being bludgeoned over the head (American Beauty) than appreciating something a little more subtle."
"Ice Storm" came out two years (1997) before "American Beauty" (1999). Its year was the year of "Titinic" and "L.A. Confidential".
My issue with Naomi Watts in "Mulholland Drive" is that it was a TV pilot first so I think only sweet Betty existed then (and that is NOT a great performance really). The evil double life stuff was written in later when the show wasn't picked up -- and then Naomi was about to flourish.
And, no, she wasn't in on the joke up front because there was no joke yet. So Naomi Watts may be one of the luckiest actors on the planet. Love the movie, by the way, but it has truly weird origins.
Tori Spelling in "Trick"--excellent performance that pushed the fag-hag stereotype in another direction
THE ICE STORM is fascinating because it's not so much what the characters do, but it's what they don't do.
WHITE OLEANDER as I mentioned in another thread, is another movie that people just didn't seem to get. Pfeiffer does a brilliant balancing act between intellectual and psychotic. She could have taken the easy way out and played her one note, but she didn't.
All the other actors in the movie are also great.
161, WHote Oleander is my favorite book of all time. The film is OKAY but not nearly as amazing as the book. That being said, I totally agree with you about Michelle Pfeiffer. She was especially effective in the jail scenes. And Alison Lohman was fantastic as well. Hell, even Robin Wright was great.
Meryl Streep for JULIA
Meryl Streep for MANHATTAN
Meryl Streep for PLENTY
Meryl Streep for DEATH BECOMES HER
Meryl Streep for THE RIVER WILD
Meryl Streep for THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS
Meryl Streep for THE HOURS
Meryl Streep for DANCING AT LUGHNASA
Meryl Streep for LIONS FOR LAMBS
Meryl Streep for MAMMA MIA
Meryl should have won at least 10 Oscars by now. No one else compares to her divine talent in the history of cinema, including all directors, writers, cinematographers, and whoever does the catering. She is a national treasure and her shit smells like rose petals.
The Meryl Loon
ANY song winning Best Song other than "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp". I mean, realllllly!!!!!.....
r163, you're not far off the mark.
She should have won 5 by now. Considering her unique and very unusual talent, that is not an exaggeration.
I do believe that film history has never had an actress as VERSATILE as Meryl. Many actresses were and are very talented. Few have ever been as versatile as Meryl, and as brilliant on so many levels. She is without equal in that regard.
Meryl should have won for A Cry in the Dark, The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia. (regardless of that film's quality; the performance was a career highlight).
But r159, she played both facets brilliantly. That's what matters.
Her standout moment is her rehearsing that one scene for the film... her audition.
Her range in that scene is STUNNING. It's a very self-contained scene, unaffected by the disjointed production history of Mulholland Drive, but part of her "sweet storyline", not the evil alternate one. So it kinda disproves what you are saying, even though I understand where you're coming from.
She has so many amazing moments in Mulholland Drive, and her "innocent scenes" are full of finesse as well.
I don't care for the muddled origins of that film/pilot. It's easily one of the best performances ever committed to celluloid, and Naomi Watts should have been nominated and WON the Oscar that year.
kelly brook in piranha 3d (according to her) apparently
JENNIFER... JASON... LEIGH!
Best contemporary American actress without one Oscar nod to her name, and certainly the un-luckiest according to critics' precursor awards.
Last Exit to Brooklyn and/or Miami Blues (1990 Best Supporting Actress NY Film Critics)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994 Best Actress GG nod and National Society of Film Critics)
Georgia (1995 Best Actress NY Film Critics)
Dolores Claiborne (1995 Best Supporting Actress, queens everywhere love this film)
Shocked that no one has mentioned Bruno Ganz in "Downfall"
She was great in Doloris Claiborne.
Sean Penn for "The Assassination of Richard Nixon", one of the best performances of his career.
I eat shit.
This isn't going to make me any friends here on DL but:
Rupert Everett in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
Greg Kineer in "As Good As It Gets".
Russell Crowe "Cinderella Man"
Kathleen Turner "The War of the Roses" and "Prizzi's Honor"
Oh, and for my fellow eldergays...
Myrna Loy in "The Best Years Of Our Lives".
Jennifer Jones nominated for "Duel In The Sun"? Seriously?
Amy Jo Johnson in Cold Hearts
[quote]ANY song winning Best Song other than "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp". I mean, realllllly!!!!!.....
I respectfully disagree. Did you see "Hustle & Flow"? The other nominees were all tacked on at the end credits. "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp" was completely integral to the story and deserved the award.
Whitney Houston for 'the bodyguard'
Whitney Houston for 'the preacher's wife'
The single one?
Barbara Stanwyck not being nominated for The Lady Eve.
"This isn't going to make me any friends here on DL but:
Rupert Everett in "My Best Friend's Wedding"
Greg Kineer in "As Good As It Gets"."
Greg Kinnear was nominated for "As Good As It Gets."
He shouldn't have been. The token gay character nomination in that category that year should have gone to Rupert Everett for "My Best Friend's Wedding."
DiCaprio in J Edgar
Into the Wild should have been nominated for Picture and Director
Boogie Nights picture
Naomi Watts, Best Actress, Mulholland Dr.
Sharon Stone should have been nommed supporting for Casino. She would have won.
r182 DiCaprio in J Edgar Agree.
Sharon Stone should have been nommed supporting for Casino. She would have won. Agree.
Sean Astin should have at least have been nominated for The Lord of the Rings.
Teri Garr should've won best supporting actress for Tootsie. Much as I respect Jessica Lange, she did nothing special with her role that warranted Oscar consideration. Garr, however.....well, can you imagine another actress in that role? I can't.
Morgan Freeman over Tom Hanks in Shawshank Redemption. The movie and his performance mesmerize me whenever it is on one of the movie channels.
Lesley Manville in Another Year. One of the best performances of the past decade, and she wasn't even nominated.
Watching Cinderella Liberty with James Caan & Marsha Mason right now. Why didn't sweep the Oscars?
I pre- nominate Barbra for "Gypsy", for 2014. A 70 year old woman who convinces you she has 2 teenage daughters, 1 , a stripper, deserves an Oscar.
The great Warren Oates in the mesmerizing "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia."
Sam Peckinpah fan
wierd, that is a forgotten classic in my book. Should be considered one of the greats in American cinema.
R185, that's funny because I was just thinking about her performance the other day. The scene where she finally gets out of the bathroom and no one noticed that she'd been missing is hysterical.
Tom Greene for "Freddy Got Fingered" and best supporting for the horse he jerked off.
Obama Sucks Ass
John Savage for The Deer Hunter. Amazing!!!
"Thelma & Louise" for Best Picture.
1989 when "Glory" was bypassed for a nomination in favor of "My Left Foot" and "Born on the Fourth of July".My guess is that they couldn't handle two "black" movies because of "Driving Miss Daisy"..travesty...
184, wasn't Sean Astin nominated for one of the Lord of the Rings films? The third, perhaps?
Not perhaps an enormous oversight, but I thought Bruce Willis was very, very good - and different work than his usual action films - in "The Sixth Sense."
Who the hell is Sally Hawkins?? I thought I was a film buff...???
Hi, not meaning to hijack this thread, but some/several posters mentioned Vivien Leigh in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone."
Does anyone know exactly what the ending means? I'm not stupid and haven't seen the whole thing through, but am nevertheless arguing with a friend 3,000 miles away about the ending: what it is meant by her throwing down the key to a skeevy-looking guy?
I will continue to look other places on the Internet, too; just thought that one of you superb film buffs (I'm serious not sarcastic here!) might know/have an opinion.
Not too up on old(er) movies
Kate Nelligan in "The Prince of Tides." If you have seen the film you know what I mean.
"Tom Cruise was criminally underrated in Rain Man. He did all the work in that film while Hoffman mugged."
Agreed. I know Tammy is rightly hated for his personal life, but in a few performances he's been great.
Top Gun - not Oscar worthy by a long stretch, but he showed real movie star charisma. These days we're told Zach Effron and Shia LaShitface are movie stars, but they have no charisma.
He's great in Born on the 4th of July, Color of Money, Rain Man and Magnolia.
I also agree with Tom Cruise in "Rain Main"....it was his best performance.
Maureen O'Hara in Only the Lonely. There wasn't anything better, leading or supporting, that year.
[quote]BIGGEST OVERBITE IN OSCAR HISTORY?
Gene Tierney, of course.
Albert Finney & Diane Keaton, SHOOT THE MOON
Donald Sutherland owns this thread.
Agnes Moorehead - The Magnificent Ambersons
Totally agree about Stanwyck in The Lady Eve.
Mia Farrow - Rosemary's Baby and Broadway Danny Rose.
R186 Shawshank Redemption - Nominated for seven Oscars, winning none.
Marcia Gay Hardin in "Late For Dinner."
Last year is up there - both Jean Louis Trintigant and John Hawkes were robbed by not being nominated for Amour and The Sessions. And who got the nods instead? Jackman's disappointing Valjean and Joaquin Phoenix's hammy self-indulgent performance in The Master.
[quote]Kate Nelligan in "The Prince of Tides." If you have seen the film you know what I mean.
Oh please, it was pure Southern Fried ham. Juliette Lewis should have won for "Cape Fear".
I think "The Ice Storm" was far too subtle, maybe for its own good.
I love the movie, but it feels like the kind of movie that will carry a message or a statement about human nature... but it doesn't. Considering Ang Lee's directorial skill, I assume that is what he wanted - a character piece that leaves you with an impression but not a statement. However, I'm betting Hollywood and critics thought Lee was aiming for something bigger and missed the mark.
I would have nominated it for icture, director, screenplay, definitely costumes and production design, score, Actress for Joan Allen, Sup Actress (and easy win) for Weaver.
Sharon Stone was properly placed as Lead Actress in Casino. Not only because she is the leading lady in the film, but because she dominates it. Without her, you have another Scorsese/DeNiro mob informational with some snazzy costumes.
I believe Stanwyck wasn't nominated for The Lady Eve because she was nominated that year for Ball of Fire.
[quote]It's also creepy how much Watts' character resembles her real life story (Kidman as the big star)
I wouldn't be surprised if her telling David Lynch how close she was to the character nabbed her that part.
Meryl Streep should have 5 Oscars:
Kramer vs. Kramer
A Cry in the Dark
The Devil Wears Prada
Elaine Stritch should have won the Oscar for September.
She was even better than Olympia Dukakis who won for Moonstruck that year.
[quote]Last year is up there
The worst for me was AnN Dowd in Compliance. Such a weak supporting field, I don't understand how they could have overlooked that.
Tippi Hedren should have won for Marnie.
Ronee Blakely - Nashville
Stellar performance, wonderful songs (that she penned), and moving vocals. She IS Barbara Jean in the film - totally inhabits the character.
Karen Black - Day of the Locust
Black captures the glamour, shallowness, and repulsiveness of celebrity culture while giving a riveting performance. In some scenes she almost comes across as lizard-like - the actress as chameleon. She's tied with Blakely, IMO, for the best performance of at least the 70s.
Why do you all suppose that so few actors have been nominated when playing leads in Hitchcock films?
Check it out....there are only a few.
Dorothy McGuire for [italic] A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [/italic] (1945). Riveting performance and a shameful oversight.
Linda Lovelace, Deep Throat
Michael Fassbender in Hunger and then in Shame.
The OP is an idiot. In that Larry Flynt movie, Courtney Love was a drug-addicted, bi-sexual stripper playing a drug-addicted, bi-sexual stripper. There was NO acting involved.
Butterfly McQueen for GWTW. Seriously, good performance.
Beverly 'angelo in Coal Miners Daughter-should have been nominated
Judy Davis-in Husbands and Wives should have won
JW King in "Brothers Should Do It."
A shocking oversight, not even a nomination.
Not even nominated, but should have won:
Giulietta Masina in CABIRIA and JULIET OF THE SPIRITS
Mia Farrow in THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO
Coral Browne in DREAMCHILD
Cate Blanchett in THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (Supporting)
Sunrise should have won the first Best Picture. Yes, I know it won "Most Artistic Poduction," but "Wings" was voted Best Picture--thus setting precedent for entertaining pot-boilers with special effect through the Academy's history.
Sheryl Lee--Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Naomi Watts--Mulholland Drive
Laura Dern--Inland Empire
Nicholas Cage--Bringing out the Dead
Harvey Keitel--Bad Lieutenant
Are we just talking actors and actresses here?
Charlize Theron in Young Adult. WTF was with that? Even if you didn't like the film, there's no denying her incredible work here.
Lara Parker in Save The Tiger
In all honesty, Christine Taylor in The Brady Bunch Movie
Michael Keaton was not even nominated for Clean and Sober. Dustin Hoffman got the trophy that year for Rain Man, a way way overrated movie.