Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 6
Biggest Acting Oscar Snub
The conversation always comes up during Oscar season, who should have been given an Oscar nomination or even taken the win, we look to select the ones we feel should have been given this honour.
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Milo – Stuff and That
Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction
Considering my reasoning for my Round 4 pick, it shouldn’t be hard to deduce who I’m picking today. She just oozes aloof cool and I can’t believe, in one of the best performances of the 90s, she was booted for who? Dianne Wiest? In wha–? I can’t even remember.
In the 2017 Awards for best actress we didn’t get too much competition, we also had two performances very few people saw, Hidden Figures bought us a brilliant story of history and Taraji showed us her talent in a leading role in this movie that is such a delight to be watching.
Emma – Emma Explains It All
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
I don’t know if this is an Official ‘snub’ or not (to be honest I know so little about the Oscars), but I absolutely had to choose This actor, in This performance, in This film – because I have NEVER understood how he didn’t get a Best Actor Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Billy Costigan – a complex character of a man who was decent and kind hearted, but also very mixed up confused and constantly living on the edge of a nervous breakdown. DiCaprio REALLY played it amazingly and I don’t often get emosh about actors performances (I’m the LEAST technical film fan out there) but I was honestly blown away by his performance in The Departed and I still drone on about it now (like now). I just think he played perfectly and so believably. It actually kind of annoys me that he didn’t win an Oscar for this, yet he did for fighting a CGI bear? I mean, what?
I should probably put more effort into researching this one but two very recent performances popped into my mind: Amy Adams in Arrival & Jacob Tremblay in Room. By snub I wasn’t sure if I was meant to pick someone who was nominated but lost or someone who wasn’t nominated at all? Well, neither of these two were nominated when they really should have been. With Tremblay, I kind of understand as the Academy often ignores performances from young kids so I’ll go with Amy Adams as my answer. She was fantastic in Arrival. Let’s see who was nominated instead of her: Emma Stone in La La Land (Winner. Adams was better and Arrival was WAY better), Isabelle Huppert in Elle (Not seen it but it looks good), Ruth Negga in Loving (Not seen it), Natalie Portman in Jackie (I guess she was okay but, wow, the movie somehow managed to be a complete bore) & Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins (Not seen it but, come on! This looks like the usual “We must always nominate Streep” bullshit). So. Yeah. There was definitely room for Adams in this category! Although I only saw two of these nominees so maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. 😉 But I’d replace either of those two with Adams and am sure I’d replace Streep. Adams was definitely robbed, as was Arrival in general. Brilliant film.
Daniel – Dellens Diary
My entry for biggest Oscar actor snub is James Stewart from It’s a Wonderful Life at the 1946 Academy Awards
James Stewart was arguably one of the most famous actors of the 40’s and 50’s but mainly the 40’s and arguably his most famous film was It’s a Wonderful Life. In this film he plays a downtrodden, suicidal man who goes on an emotional journey to learn how much of an impact he has made. His performance in this film is absolutely golden and he plays all the right emotions and does all the right the right things so that you feel genuinely sorry for him.
But does he win an Oscar for this great performance? No, he loses it to Samuel Goldwyn from The Best Years of Our Lives, a film I doubt you’ve even seen. This is disgusting and you know it.
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
Matthew McConaughey – The Wolf of Wall Street
I have the feeling that the most popular choice in this category will be Amy Adams in Arrival but for me, Matthew McConaughey should have had a supporting actor nomination for his brief but memorable appearance in Scorcese’s awesome film.
Because there have been instances where actors have been on screen for a few minutes (Beatrice Straight, Judi Dench) and nabbed the trophy so why couldn’t McConaughey?
For me, it truly kicked off the “McConaughssance”, better than his appearances in Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar combined, and in his big, powerful scene with Leonardo DiCaprio, he steals the show, keeps all eyes glued on him and ensures that you remember his performance after the credits have rolled, brief though his appearance was.
A memorable supporting performance which should’ve gotten far more recognition.
Gill – Realweegiemidget Reviews
My Biggest Acting Oscar Snub has to go to Ed Harris, for his leading men and supporting role appearances in just about everything he’s done so far! My first sighting of this unsung hero has to have been his wonderful portrayal in Patsy Cline’s biopic as Charlie, her apparently abusive husband. He was fantastic at this role, making me sob at the end of this biopic as she called his name before that fateful planecrash that claimed her life. And in this film he and co-star Jessica Lange had a wonderful chemistry in all their scenes together. Since then he’s been adding his presence and gravitas to roles in Stepmom, Apollo 13, The Truman Show, The Rock and many many more. Yet, no Oscar. He’s playing good guys, and bad guys.. and hard to read guys.He’s believable in any role – a feat only few can pull off- all with these credible, steady performances. So its about time he was recognised for the talent he his… as he’s much less of a mystery man than his Man in Black role in Westworld.
Rob – Movie Rob
Penn was great as Harvey Milk, but Rourke did a much better job this year with his role in The Wrestler and should have taken home Gold for this career defining performance.
Damien Riley – Damien Riley Podcast
The Oscars have snubbed so many great percormers. Alas, picking them is a subjective, inexact science. If I could pick the biggest snub I would go with Liam Neeson in “Schindler’s List.” Tom Hanks beat him out that year winninng the Oscar for Forest Gump. I really don’t think it too much technical ability to play Forest Gump. Neeson has shown audiences his performance ability for decades, he was snubbed.
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
After considering what constitutes a “snub,” I’ve decided to limit my pick to someone who was not even nominated for an Oscar, since getting nominated is still an honor. There are plenty of actors and roles that deserved a nomination or even a win but were sadly ignored by the Academy. Some grievous ones that come to mind include Amy Adams for Arrival, Tom Hulce for Dominick and Eugene, Mathieu Amalric for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Sidney Poitier for To Sir, with Love. Yet one actor who seems to have been snubbed repeatedly is Tom Hanks, who has given several award-worthy performances in the 21st century yet hasn’t been nominated since Cast Away in 2000. They haven’t all been winners, but his roles in Saving Mr. Banks, Sully, and Bridge of Spies could have at least been nominated, while his portrayal of Captain Phillips could well have won. I know he won twice in the ‘90s, but it seems like the Academy is going out of its way to not nominate him, especially considering their favoritism for Meryl Streep year after year.
John – Johnrieber.com
Peter O’ Toole was nominated for Best Actor 8 times, for films such as “Lawrence Of Arabia”, “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” and “The Stunt Man.” His most exuberant nomination was for the 1982 comedy “My Favorite Year.” His portrayal of an Errol Flynn-type “Movie Star” who is facing financial ruin is nuanced and outrageous in equal measure. His comic timing is superb, and you see every emotion clearly performed on his weathered face. A comedic gem.
Drew – Drew’s Movie Reviews
For me, when I think of an Oscar snub, I consider not even being nominated for a great performance a snub. So in that vein, my pick is Jake Gyllenhaal in 2014’s Nightcrawler. While I didn’t enjoy the movie as well as most others seemed to, I was entranced by Gyllenhaal’s performance as Louis Bloom. He got into the character eerily well. The mannerisms he put into the character sent shivers down my spine. I thought for sure he would get a nomination that year but when the nominees were announced, his name was nowhere to be found. Normally, I don’t think about the nominations too much (mostly because I’ve stopped caring), but not acknowledging Gyllenhaal’s phenomenal turn as someone so detached from other humans was shocking. I don’t remember who won best actor that year but I do know that Gyllenhaal had a performance worthy of taking the Oscar and was never given the opportunity to get it.
Michael – The Inner Circle
I think Hank’s take of a good man like Miller who volunteers to serve his country but is being slowly worn down by what he has seen is riveting. Through Miller,we as the viewer can see how war affects us all. The shocking violence,the desire to see it end,protecting his men from harm,the struggle between duty and revenge. Most importantly is the fact that when Miller is dying while saving Pvt. Ryan,he urges him “Earn this”,he isn’t talking just to Ryan but to us all. We as a country need to keep earning what Capt Miller and all of the men who in World War 2 sacrificed. It’s a sublime performance by one of the best actors in my generation and he deserved an Oscar for it.