It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.
This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will pop up every now and then during the year and will let us focus on movies that received the Academy Award. As I’ve established before, this is not exactly a specialty of mine, but let’s see what I can come up with for Best Actor/Actress today. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the movies from the past 2-3 decades, but I never felt that those movies were my favourites.
Room – Brie Larson
This movie is just outstanding. The premise is so heartbreaking and the point of view unique, since it mostly rests on Jacob Tremblay’s character. Still, Brie Larson gave this everything she got and made me cry several times with the impossible decisions that had to be made.
The Blind Side – Sandra Bullock
I realise this is one of those white saviour movies and I’m not excusing that narrative, but I’m a weird sucker for American Football content and I really liked it when I saw it for the first time. I think this was also the year Sandra Bullock was nominated and received the Golden Raspberry for worst performance, which I just find hilarious.
Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks
Forrest Gump is just a classic and Tom Hanks will forever been associated with the iconic role. Is there more to say?
The Artist – Jean Dujardin
I just thought it was fantastic that a French actor won in this category with a black and white silent movie in the year 2011. I mean, what are the chances?
Nominees Who Would Have (Also) Deserved the Win
I’m not here to debate whether someone rightfully got the Oscar or not, but sometimes there’s just people who I’d also have liked to see get the award. So, here are some examples:
- Captain Fantastic – Viggo Mortensen
- Get Out – Daniel Kaluuya
- Little Women – Saoirse Ronan (or for Brooklyn, or Lady Bird)
- The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep
- Pride & Prejudice – Keira Knightley
- Finding Neverland – Johnny Depp
12 thoughts on “TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Actor/Actress”
I love these picks too. Also the deserving list! I’m so scared that Saoirse Ronan is going to turn into Amy Adams and keep getting nominated without winning.
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Thanks! Saoirse Ronan was literally nominated three times in five years and never won and that seems like an injustice to me haha no shade on the actual winners though!
I always like to include the deserving list in these, because my Oscar winner picks for the games ahead of the ceremony rarely win, so at least I get to celebrate them here.
I wish she would have won for Lady Bird! She was fabulous in Little Women too.
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For me, the acting standout was Jacob Tremblay. Larson was impressive but her role after the initial escape felt supporting to me, had she competed and won there I would be fully behind her taking the prize but in lead I would have handed the statue to Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years over her.
I like Sandra Bullock a great deal, I enjoyed The Blind Side, she never should have come within a mile of winning an award for the best performance by an actress that year though. The part did not challenge her one iota, it was handed to her because the Academy felt it was “her time”. I hate that! It cheats the rightful winner time and again. The Oscar should have gone to Carey Mulligan in An Education.
I’m a big Tom Hanks fan but I hate, loathe and despise Forrest Gump. Just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt. Any of the other nominees in his field would have been better choices. That’s not to say I don’t think Hanks should have two Oscars, he should. Just not for the performances for which they were awarded.
I think Jean Dujardin and The Artist were swept along by the zeitgeist of the moment. I loved the film, even if it borrows liberally from A Star is Born and was charmed by his performance and though I was pulling for Brad Pitt in Moneyball I was happy he won. I do think the novelty of the picture played a large part in its award haul.
That’s a good list of performers who deserved to win for those films. I especially agree about Keira Knightley and Meryl Streep (talk about someone winning for the wrong film-The Iron Lady-ACK!)
My shortlist (it could be much longer) of nominees that should have won:
Judy Garland-A Star is Born
Bette Davis-All About Eve
Gloria Swanson-Sunset Boulevard
William Holden-Sunset Boulevard
Montgomery Clift-From Here to Eternity
Spencer Tracy-Inherit the Wind
Katharine Hepburn-Long Day’s Journey Into Night (I would take away all of Hepburn’s Oscars except Lion in Winter if she could have had this one.)
Peter O’Toole-The Lion in Winter and My Favorite Year
Julie Christie-Away from Her
Chiwetel Ejiofor-12 Years a Slave
I honestly just struggle with the themes for the Oscar movies, because I don’t watch that many of the contenders. I’m far more into mainstream media, or when I go independent, it’s more along the lines of comedy and romance rather than serious drama, which the Academy seems to drift towards. So, this long-winded reply was basically just me saying that I can’t speak to anything in much detail, I had a hard time coming up with anything at all.
At first, I planned to use Gone with the Wind and its trio of Oscar winners-Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland as a set especially since both ladies won twice. But GWTW is so discussed and while I love all three, I decided to go with other lesser-known performers who deserve some light shone on them. So, I lit upon Greer Garson as my through line along with two of her costars who won their Oscars in close proximity to hers.
Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson-Best Actress) (1942)-Kay Miniver (Greer), her architect husband Clem (Walter Pidgeon-also Oscar nominated) and their three children are living a comfortable life in a small village outside of London until war is declared. Eldest son Vin (Richard Ney-who shortly after the film’s completion married Greer!) leaves college to join the Royal Air Force while also falling for and marrying local girl Carol Beldon (Teresa Wright-winner for Best Supporting Actress). As the war arrives on their doorstep they must endure bombing raids and many other hardships and tragedies meeting them with perseverance and fortitude.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Robert Donat-Best Actor) (1939)-1n 1870 schoolteacher Charles Chipping “Mr. Chips” (Donat) fresh from university is a strict disciplinarian to his young students at his new public-school post making him unpopular. However, on holiday he meets and impulsively marries the feisty suffragette Katherine Ellis (Greer Garson-Oscar nominated) whose love softens and humanizes Chips until he becomes a beloved institution on campus and a source of inspiration through the tough years of World War I onward into the 20th Century.
A Double Life (Ronald Colman-Best Actor) (1947)-Legendary stage star Anthony John’s (Colman) method is to totally immerse himself in the parts he plays. This is fine when he appears in comedic roles but with more serious roles, he becomes unpredictably volatile as his real-life self slowly ebbs away leading to the end of his marriage to Brita (Signe Hasso) his frequent costar. Now despite all warning signs he has undertaken Othello partnered again with Brita, though having a young mistress, Pat Kroll (an incredibly young, very thin Shelley Winters in her first important role), and as the part overtakes him, he descends into madness. Though Greer isn’t in this film she and Colman costarred (the year she won for Mrs. Miniver) in another big success for both “Random Harvest” where Colman was again nominated for Best Actor.
While I loved these three, they aren’t my favorite wins in either category. Since you asked my top two in each are:
Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress
Vivien Leigh-Gone with the Wind
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
F. Murray Abraham-Amadeus
Brie Larson was great in room but I really wanted Saoirse to win that year for Brooklyn. She really brought Eilis to life so well.
I hear you! I feel like Saoirse had a couple really strong years, but unfortunately never won.
I still have to see Room…I just feel too upset to see it yet. I like The Blindside and it is a true movie so we need to stop hating all these films but I don’t think she deserved the Oscar for this role. I think she won because she has been in so many others and is well liked. What a shame that not 24 hrs later, after thank her I know husband, that she finds out what. Two-timing a hole he was. I am not one for Forest Gump and truly believe Tim Robbins should have won the award for Shawshank Redemption but he wasn’t even nominated. I am so happy you picked Jean for The Artist because I love this film and he gave a great performance.
Room is a really heavy movie, but I think they did well.
I just struggle with these particular Oscar-prompts, because I barely watch any of the movies and I often don’t care who wins or loses. So, for me, it’s more about just finding movies I watched to be able to list something rather than the best possible options haha
We share two picks! 😀 Room was an incredible film and Brie made me cry several times as well.
And agreed, Forrest Gump is just a classic!
I like how versatile Brie is! She was great in this one though.
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