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Performances the Academy missed

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2002 8:23 am    Post subject: Performances the Academy missed Reply with quote

As many of you know, Erik The Movieman, Jim The MovieFreak and I contribute weekly to Nick Digilio's radio show "Nick At Night" on WGN radio Chicago. In response to Entertainment Weekly's "Greatest Performances Ignored By Oscar," we each came up with 25 names of our own (though some are duplicates), and you can see them here:

http://wgnradio.com/shows/digilio_nick/ignored.htm

Who else out there has a performance at which the Academy reacted "You ain't done nutting! You ain't done nutting! Baaah!" Who else deserves to take home a little bald man?

By the way, I think the adjective "Oscar-worthy" should be deleted from the film criticism playbook. Isn't that kind of an insult? Every time I hear "Greg Kinnear gives an Oscar-worthy performance!" I always think "Fuck you, he was GREAT in that movie!"

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2002 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Off the top of my head from last year:

Guy Pearce - Memento
Jake Gyllenhaal and director Richard Kelly - Donnie Darko

Guaranteed to undeservingly miss out this year:
Ryan Gosling - The Believer
Adam Sandler - Punchdrunk Love
Bryan Johnson - Vulgar

(I'm kidding about one of those three... guess which)
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2002 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim Story - Best Director, Barbershop.

Wes Anderson - same deal, Royal Tannenbaums.

But who gives a fuck about the Oscars. That's like caring about the Grammys. The very concept of artists 'competing' strikes me as absurd.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2002 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd agree that the Oscars are a bloated and expensive farce, yet I still love watching it every year. If you love movies and you look REAL carefully, you'll spot some honest appreciation and sincere emotion in between all the crap.

The only Oscar travesty that's bugged me lately is how Moulin Rouge's "Come What May" was ineligible for Best Song because it was written (though never used) for a different film. Nitpicky sticklerdom like that left one of the finest Movie Songs ever recorded singing out in the cold. That's some fucked up shit there.

Off-topic (and Oz will disagree) but Bryan Cranston should have won an Emmy for Malcolm's first season. (Not that an Emmy means anything, but I like to see actors I admire getting some attention.)

...and how was Steve Martin not nominated for Little Shop of Horrors? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2002 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still ticked off that Amelie, Eyes Wide Shut, and Fight Club won no Oscars. Going further back, Taxi Driver should have won a cartload. Scorsese still has no Oscar. Altman doesn't either. Lynch doesn't either. The guy who directed that fat-clown-gets-gangraped movie doesn't either. It's a real shame.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin Bacon not getting nominated for Murder In The First boiled my piss.

As did no nom for Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot.

Or the lack of best picture nods for Fight Club, Magnolia, Ali, Toy Story 1 or 2...

Eddie Murphy for Bowfinger

Wilson for Cast Away
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2002 1:46 pm    Post subject: -------------- Reply with quote

Jason Patric (After Dark, My Sweet)

Michelle Pheiffer (Frankie and Johnny)

James Spader (sex, lies, and videotape)

Michael Douglas (The Game)

Bruce Willis (In Country)

(to cite just a few)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2002 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since the idiots at VH1 play anything but entire videos fifteen hours a day--

Jeffrey Jones for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (current trouble not being taken into account)
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2002 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles Tatum wrote:
Since the idiots at VH1 play anything but entire videos fifteen hours a day--

Jeffrey Jones for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (current trouble not being taken into account)


I concur: Jones' work was simply spectacular. The sad thing is, though, that comedic performances are always considered inferior to dramatic ones -- when, in fact, comedy is a lot harder to pull off. Another example of a great overlooked performance in a comedy is Kurt Russell's magnificent star turn in the 1980 classic Used Cars.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2002 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's too bad that the only thing most people are likely to remember Jones for is having pictures of nude young boys around the house. Agreed about his turn in Beuller, though - a comedic touchstone of that generation. Also agree on Russel in Used Cars - one of his most overlooked movies.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wintermute wrote:

But who gives a fuck about the Oscars.


Period
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