Supporting Actress is obviously Beatrice Straight
Actor I'd guess would be Anthony Hopkins
Actress-Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfield?
David Niven for best actor in Seperate Tables....15 minutes and 38 seconds
Isn't Supporting Actress Judi Dench rather than Beatrice Straight?
I believe Judi Dench's role in Shakespeare in Love was actually shorter than Beatrice Straight's in Network. Dench was in more scenes than Straight but her screentime in them was very brief. Straight had a monologue. I would also think Lee Grant's role in Shampoo is one of the shortest on screen. With due respect to that great actress, judging just by the role itself, it is certainly one of the least deserved oscars ever given in Hollywood.
I wouldn't be surprised if Nicole Kidman had less screen time in The Hours than Rainer did in Great Ziegfeld. Rainer had musical numbers in addition to her dramatic scenes, and perhaps Rainer's role seems smaller than it is because although she's absent from much of the movie, the movie is over three hours long. Kidman is only in The Hours for about 20 minutes.
I wouldn't be surprised if Brando has less screen time inThe Godfather than Hopkins had in Silence.
In comparison, the best supporting actor winners seem to all have relatively substantial roles. My best guess for the shortest would be Ben Johnson in The Last Picture Show.
Somebody posted the times of Beatrice Straight vs. Judi Dench once before on DL and Straight was shorter. She really only had one scene.
The woman who played Lauren Hobbs in Network should have been nominated.
Anthony Quinn had the least screen time among Supporting Actor winners for "Lust for Life."
Straight holds the record for shortest amount of screen time to win an Oscar. Hopkins had 18 minutes of screen time in Silence of The Lambs.
"David Niven for best actor in Seperate Tables....15 minutes and 38 seconds"
Another reason why it was silly to criticize Viola Davis going lead for The Help.
Judi Dench won an Oscar for her 8 mintues in Shakespeare in Love (1998), but the shortest Oscar winning performance goes to a different supporting actress: Beatrice Straight and her 5 mintues in Network (1976).
We didn't say it to be critical.....just to guide her to a win.
What about the lady who won for supporting in "Network"?
Nichole Kidman winning Best Acress in The Hours...20 minutes wearing a fake nose.
[quote]Supporting Actress is obviously Beatrice Straight
Whoops! Sorry, I had forgotten her name ... Beatrice Straight in "Network"!
2002 was a strange year---Kidman as Best Actress for 15 minutes in The Hours and CZJ as Supporting Actress for a lead in Chicago!?
Haven't seen it in a while, but I seem to recall Best Actress Patricia Neal having a rather small role in "Hud".
true r14...never understood how Neal got nominated for lead
Anthony Quinn is in Lust For Life for 24 minutes, i have no idea where that 8 minute urban legend came from.
David Niven's is one of the shortest, but i timed it myself last night(out of boredom), and he's in Separate Tables for a solid 25 minutes. Note: The same long as Lee Marvin in Cat Ballou
The shortest Supporting Actor has to go to Jason Robards for a 9 minute turn in Julia.
Is this time they are actually visible on screen or can they been heard but not seen? Thinking someone like Hopkins' time would go up if it were the later, as he speaks over many of Jodie Foster's close-ups.
[quote]true [R14]...never understood how Neal got nominated for lead
Because it was considered an extremely weak year in the category. Her studio was was about to start campaigning her for Best Supporting Actress, but she won the NYFC award as Best Actress (at the time a huge precursor to the Best Actress Oscar)and the studio shifted her campaign to Best Actress. Her main competition was Leslie Caron for The L Shaped Room and Natalie Wood in Love With The Proper Stranger.
Beatrice Straight just has a monologue but it's a hell of a monologue.
straight is also in more than one scene. she searches the apartment for Beale and says something like "wake up, Max, Howard's gone."
She's also in the "mad as hell" sequence, just reacting and watching with Max and her daughter.
The joke about THE HOURS is that Julianne Moore had the most screen time of any of the 3 actresses, and she was nominated for Supporting.
Clearly Kidman and/or her handlers were determined to get her that Lead Actress Oscar no matter what.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Brando has less screen time in The Godfather than Hopkins had in Silence."
R3, are you kidding? It seems to me that Brando has quite a lot of screen time in THE GODFATHER.
[Her main competition was Leslie Caron for The L Shaped Room and Natalie Wood in Love With The Proper Stranger.]
Patricia Neal is an astounding actress, certainly better than Caron or Wood - and even in a weak year and a weak role (otherwise Hud is IMO a masterpiece), Neal is certainly a deserved Oscar winner. That's all I wanted to add.
Loved pat neal too. Along with her terrific earthy performance in hud, having one child hit by a cab, one dying from measles and her strokes, she fought her way back as an actress and landed another oscar nominated role in 1968 for the subject was roses. Along with the weak year of best actress candidates and her performance, her personal tragedy played a role in her win.
Maybe Anthony Hopkins didn't have a huge amount of screen time, but remember back when you watched "Silence of the Lambs" for the first time - wasn't his performance the one that dominated the whole movie? Well deserved, IMHO.
And Judi Dench really won her award for her previous performance in "Mrs. Brown."
[quote]her personal tragedy played a role in her win.
Her stroke happened a year after her Oscar win. Her personal story had nothing to do with her winning.
Well, R26, the death from measles and the kid being hit by the cab (which I happened to have seen from the window of my elementary school classroom) preceded her win -- as did her affair with Gary Cooper, and her not-yet-known-to-be-tragic marriage to the talented but plainly insane Roald Dahl. And then she died.
Granted, that death didn't get her the Oscar, but someone was carrying on about what a talented actress she is. WAS. Dead, ya know.
R27 Pat neal just died a year or so ago.
I waited on her at the opening night party for the premiere of "Cookie's Fortune" some years back. I told her how much I loved her work and told her she looked great. She grabbed my hand and thanked me generously, and smiled at me all night. I was completely charmed.
[quote]Beatrice Straight just has a monologue but it's a hell of a monologue.
Yes, but she won over Piper Laurie in "Carrie" and Piper's is the performance that is still remembered.
Hopkins easily has 30 minutes of screen time. He's actually in quite a bit of that film.
R13, Velma is already a secondary lead in the stage show, because her story takes a backseat to Roxie's. Velma's crime is mentioned in "Cell Block Tango" but not shown, and we're never even told how Velma got off in the end. She just comes out of nowhere and joins Roxie in the final number. Whereas we actually witness Roxie killing Fred, see how her crime affected the public and attracted the media, and are shown her trial culminating in her acquittal.
The movie further decreased Velma's role by cutting several of her songs and thus screen time, since the story was now being told solely from Roxie's POV. So in the film, she is definitely supporting.
R31, Hopkins only has 16 minutes of screen time in LAMBS. I've actually timed it because I was curious. Anne Hathaway, who won last year for Supporting Actress (LES MISERABLES), had the same amount of screen time.
What about Helen Hayes getting a supporting Oscar for "Airport"?
How Hathaway ever won for that insufferably smug performance, I'll never know.
[quote]Clearly Kidman and/or her handlers were determined to get her that Lead Actress Oscar no matter what.
Well, she did manage to win by a nose.
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