February 25, 2010

What great performances did Oscar miss, along with a new Oscar Circuit article and American Idol update today!

We start off today with a great article on the Main Page of The Awards Circuit. The article is on some of the great performances that Oscar missed, and it's a wonderful read. You can read it here, so go and check it out, though I'll just throw it out there that I completely agree with choices 5, 7, 10, and 14.
Continuing the Oscar Circuit series is an article on the Best Adapted Screenplay category. That can be found here, so take a gander and enjoy!
Finally, there's an American Idol update to be seen for all you fans, so go here and read up on what the latest is with the show.
-Thoughts on the articles?


  1. I hope what John Foote REALLY means by "Great Performances Oscar Missed" is "Great Performances (since the mid-1970s, and one from 1956) That Oscar Missed." That might explain the conspicuous absence of Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Peter Lorre in M.

    Even still, he's missed some pretty big ones. How about Donald Sutherland, ignored among his other recognized co-stars in Ordinary People? Or James Stewart, for arguably the best work of his career in the Hitchcock masterpiece, Vertigo?Off the top of my head, Anthony Perkins in Psycho, Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange, Gene Hackman in The Conversation, Richard Pryor in Blue Collar, Raúl Juliá in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jeff Daniels in The Purple Rose of Cairo, Gary Oldman in Sid & Nancy, just about any lead performance in David Cronenberg's 1980s films, Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, or Man on the Moon, for that matter), Guy Pearce in Memento, or Campbell Scott in Roger Dodger are far worthier candidates than Warren Beatty in Bulworth.

    In fact, over half of the actors I just mentioned have *never* been nominated by the Academy. All but three on his list have. I certainly agree that Jeff Bridges got screwed in 1993, but at least he's racked up five nominations in his career with an almost guaranteed win in a week and a half. The "other Jeff" (Daniels) has nothing. That's far more infuriating, in my opinion.

    I don't want to bash his list though as he has some great choices. I especially agree with 1, 2, 4, 6 and 13. I don't really understand 5, 7, 8, 11 and 14, however.

  2. Although most of Mr. Foote's picks are very good performances, and a good deal of them were nomination worthy, I wouldn't put any of them near the top fifteen snubs in the history of cinema. I agree with more of the picks made by Robert. For what it's worth, here's what I believe to be the 30 most-worthy Oscar snubs:

    1. Anthony Perkins – Psycho (1960)
    2. Al Pacino – Scarface (1983)
    3. Andy Griffith – A Face In The Crowd (1957)
    4. Humphrey Bogart – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    5. Malcolm McDowell – A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    6. James Stewart – Vertigo (1958)
    7. James Dean – Rebel Without A Cause (1955) (was nominated for East of Eden)
    8. Christian Bale – American Psycho (2000)
    9. Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau – The Odd Couple (1968)
    10. Richard Burton – The Night of The Iguana (1964)(was nominated for Becket)
    11. Henry Fonda – 12 Angry Men (1957)
    12. Cary Grant – Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    13. Gene Kelly – Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
    14. Johnny Depp – Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)
    15. Sidney Poitier – In The Heat of The Night (1967)
    16. Charles Chaplin – City Lights (1931)
    17. Cary Grant – North By Northwest (1959)
    18. Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road (2008)
    19. Robert Mitchum – Cape Fear (1962)
    20. Jeff Bridges – The Big Lebowski (1998)
    21. Gene Wilder – Young Frankenstein (1974)
    22. Warren Beatty – Splendor In The Grass (1961)
    23. Marcello Mastroianni – 8 ½ (1963)
    24. Humphrey Bogart – The Treasure of The Sierra Madre (1948)
    25. Peter Lorre – M (1931)
    26. Matt Damon – The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
    27. Omar Sharif – Doctor Zhivago (1965)
    28. James Cagney – White Heat (1949)
    29. Henry Fonda – Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
    30. Cary Grant – Notorious (1946)


  3. Great List Robbie I Thought I would at three more to it

    Jack Nicholson - The Departed
    Tim Robbins - Shawshank Redemption
    Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino

  4. One that always comes to mind for me and was one of the biggest snubs in the past decade was Ryan Gosling for Lars and the Real Girl. Very few actors could have pulled that role off and he was sheer brilliance in it. After a Screen Actors Guild nom, a Critics Choice nom, and a Golden Globe nom I was so surprised when the Oscars left him out.

  5. The purpose of these articles is always to generate discussion and expand on the list, so great expansions!

  6. I sure hope there's going to be a list of snubbed female actors, because I think there's been more injustice done to them in the past few decades than to the males.

  7. There should be, and if John doesn't do it, I will. Fair enough?

    Also, who would be on your list?

  8. Just a few:

    Madonna - "Evita"
    Meryl Streep - "Marvin's Room"
    Kate Winslet - "Revolutionary Road"
    Saoirse Ronan - "The Lovely Bones"
    Michelle Williams - "Wendy and Lucy"
    Cher - "Mask"
    Jessica Lange - "Titus"
    Catherine Zeta-Jones - "Traffic"
    Ellen Page - "Hard Candy"
    Kathleen Turner - "Body Heat"
    Kate Winslet - "Heavenly Creatures"
    Sally Field - "Steel Magnolias"
    Julie Andrews - "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
    Kathy Bates - "Fried Green Tomatoes"

  9. I definitely agree with some of those, and if I end up doing the article, a couple will be there.

  10. Personally if we are speaking about actresses I am a little upset that Maya Rudolph went on to be forgotten this awards season for Away We Go, I know the movie didn't strike chords with some (some even went on to loathe the film), and it got praise from others, but she was fantastic in that role and really stood out in a very subtle and pitch perfect performance. I remember she got mentioned by one or two critics groups by the end, but I'll always be in support of that film and its performances.

    Also, I feel like Jude Law was completely unfairly and unjustly not given the credit he deserved (along with the film itself) in Gattaca.

    With that I also want to mention that Colin Farrell was the best actor of 2008 for In Bruges, thank god the Golden Globes were able to see that.

    and lastly, I completely agree with the poster above who mentioned Matt Damon not being nominated for The Talented Mr Ripley. That really was a crime.