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#21 Bogie56

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 09:09 PM

Re, 1996, I have Courtney Love as lead actress in The People vs. Larry Flynt.



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Posted 06 May 2017 - 12:45 PM

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1996 …

IMO Frances McDormand and William H. Macy are the two leads in Fargo.  Oscar had Macy in the supporting category.

Marianne Jean-Baptiste is the co-leading actress along with Brenda Blethyn in Secrets & Lies.  Oscar had her in support and I’m sure that suited the producers who didn’t wish to split the vote.  Timothy Spall is the lead actor.

Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci are co-leads in Big Night.

Kristen Scott Thomas is the lead actress in The English Patient.  Juliette Binoche is supporting.

Stellan Skarsgard is the lead actor in Breaking the Waves.

Ewan McGregor is the lead actor in Trainspotting.

Edward Norton is supporting in Primal Fear though it is a large part.

Joan Allen is supporting in The Crucible.

Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton are both leads in Marvin’s Room.



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Posted 06 May 2017 - 08:19 AM

Joaquin Phoenix was a lead for me.

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

I have Joaquin Phoenix as a lead in To Die For. Should that be supporting?

 

I think he's probably supporting in that one.


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:44 PM

I have Joaquin Phoenix as a lead in To Die For. Should that be supporting?



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 02:05 AM

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1995 …

IMO Kevin Spacey is a lead in The Usual Suspects.  Oscar had him in the supporting category.  

 

I'm going to make the case that Spacey is a supporting player. (Spoiler alert) Yes, his character is the most important in the movie and when we rewatch it we realize that he has been manipulating everyone the whole time.  But we don't realize it until the last three minutes of the movie.  Remember, in the climactic gunfight on the dock, the audience is led to believe that Spacey's character is just hiding and not doing much of anything.  Certainly what he's actually been doing doesn't show any great acting skill on Spacey's part.  Yes, he spends most of the movie talking to Palminteri.  But we think that's just a framing device the movie is using.  In the quintet's scenes together, he appears much of the movie in fourth place.  He has the least lines in the arrest, interrogation, lineup and jail cell scenes.  And he doesn't get the juicy dialogue the others get.  Much of the movie is spent wondering about Byrne's character, with Pollak and Baldwin getting much of the attention.  That Spacey is equally convincing as the pathetic Roger Kint and the absolutely ruthless Keyzer Soze is a tribute to his skill.  But for once it's the screenplay that deserves the credit.  Also, FWIW, Spacey overwhelmingly got supporting, not leading, nominations.



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 12:17 PM

I would say Rob Morrow is a lead in that as well. It's not as if I'm going to nominate him, though.

Ain't that the truth, Lawrence. Yes, Rob Morrow is, alas, a lead in an otherwise very good movie. Rob Morrow, who was fine on a TV series like Numbers, let the accent play him instead of the other way around.



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 03:54 AM

What about Madeline Stowe in Twelve Monkeys?

Lead actress IMO.



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Posted 30 April 2017 - 02:34 AM

What about Madeline Stowe in Twelve Monkeys?



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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:38 PM

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1995 …

IMO Kevin Spacey is a lead in The Usual Suspects.  Oscar had him in the supporting category.  

James Cromwell is the lead in Babe.  Oscar had him in the supporting category.   Arguably the pig is a co-lead.

Mira Sorvino in the lead actress in Mighty Aphrodite.  Oscar had her in the supporting category which she won.

Kate Winslet is the co-lead with the better known Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility.  Oscar had Winslet in the supporting category.

Sharon Stone is the lead actress in Casino.

Kenneth Branagh as Iago is a co-lead with Laurence Fishburne in Othello.

John Leguizamo is a co-lead with Patrick Swayze in To Wong Foo .. Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar.

Tom Hanks is the sole lead in Apollo 13.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:06 PM

i have Fiennes as the sole lead in Quiz Show.

 

I would say Rob Morrow is a lead in that as well. It's not as if I'm going to nominate him, though.


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Posted 25 April 2017 - 07:01 PM

I'm assuming Winona Ryder is the only lead in Little Women.  What about Quiz Show?

 

i have Fiennes as the sole lead in Quiz Show.



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Posted 25 April 2017 - 06:45 PM

I'm assuming Winona Ryder is the only lead in Little Women.  What about Quiz Show?



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:17 PM

 

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1994 …

IMO Samuel L. Jackson was one of the co-leads in Pulp Fiction.  Oscar had him in the supporting category.  The NY Film Critics and the Independent Spirit Awards had Jackson as a lead.  I have John Travolta and Bruce Willis as co-leads and Uma Thurman as supporting.

 

I have Jackson as supporting.  Very simply, the structure of Pulp Fiction can be broken down into four parts:  the first half of Vincent and Jules' morning, the Thurman subplot, the Wills subplot, and the second half of Vincent and Jules' morning.  Vincent/Travolta is the only character who appears in all four parts, and Jules/Jackson is missing or mostly absent from the middle two.  I can understand why people admired Jackson's performance since it overnight turned him from "the black guy in Goodfellas and Jurassic Park," to a major movie star.  But sometimes supporting roles are the more impressive ones.

 

Wills is clearly supporting in my view.


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Posted 22 April 2017 - 04:04 PM

Leading vs. Supporting Categories in 1994 …

IMO Samuel L. Jackson was one of the co-leads in Pulp Fiction.  Oscar had him in the supporting category.  The NY Film Critics and the Independent Spirit Awards had Jackson as a lead.  I have John Travolta and Bruce Willis as co-leads and Uma Thurman as supporting.

I have Martin Landau as supporting in Ed Wood even though it was a large part.  Sarah Jessica Parker is also supporting.

Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce are all leads in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Jamie Lee Curtis is the lead actress in True Lies.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are co leads in The Shawshank Redemption.

Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey are co leads in Heavenly Creatures.

Massimo Troisi and Philippe Noiret are co leads in Il Postino.

Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor and Kerry Fox are all leads in Shallow Grave.

Fanny Ardant is the lead actress in Le Colonel Chabert.  Fabrice Luchini is supporting.


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:56 PM

Are Robert Duvall and Michael Douglas co-leads in Falling Down, or is Douglas the only lead?

 

I would say Douglas is sole lead, but Duvall could go either way.



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 02:54 PM

Are Robert Duvall and Michael Douglas co-leads in Falling Down, or is Douglas the only lead?



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:22 AM

May Chin is a supporting actress in The Wedding Banquet (1993).



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Posted 20 April 2017 - 12:19 AM

Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin are all leads in This Boy's Life (1993).



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:21 PM

I have Wiley Wiggins on the cusp between Best Juvenile and Best Actor.

 

I guess he would have been between 15-16 when it was made, so it's your call.






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