Sunday, January 6, 2008

Better late than never

The Oscars are notorious for giving the award to great actors and actresses for the wrong roles. This usually happens when Oscar messed up the first time around. So they end up giving the award for a lesser performance in an attempt to save face.

Here are actors and actresses who won Oscar. And the performance they SHOULD have won for.

Russell Crowe: Best Actor, Gladiator
Should have won for: The Insider

Denzel Washington: Best Actor, Training Day
Should have won for: Malcolm X

Paul Newman: Best Actor, The Color of Money
Should have won for: Cool Hand Luke

Sean Penn: Best Actor, Mystic River
Should have won for: Dead Man Walking

Jack Nicholson: Best Actor, As Good As It Gets
Should have won for: Five Easy Pieces

Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor, Rain Man
Should have won for: Midnight Cowboy

Renee Zellweger: Best Actress, Cold Mountain
Should have won for: Chicago

Katherine Hepburn: Best Actress, On Golden Pond
Should have won for: Anything but that

Henry Fonda, Best Actor, On Golden Pond
Should have won for: Anything but that

Nicole Kidman: Best Actress, The Hours
Should have won for: To Die For

Al Pacino: Best Actor, Scent of a Woman
Should have won for: Godfather I or II, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon or
Glengarry Glen Ross

11 comments:

Piper said...

I don't know. Paul Neuman was pretty damn good as Fast Eddie in Color Of Money. But everything else is spot on. Denzel should have won it for Malcolm X, no question about it. Are you going to do a director's edition as well? Marty for The Departed?

brian said...

Good call on Newman. The thing about Paul Newman is that he deserves more than one win in his career.

Consider The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, The Verdict and Slap Shot. He's been dissed.

Damian said...

Not a bad list. I would also add Whoopi Goldberg winning for Ghost instead of Color Purple.

Sometimes, however, the Academy does get it right the first time (as with Anthony Hopkins' win for Silence of the Lambs or Ben Kingsley's win for Gandhi).

Also, am I the only one left who thinks that Denzel actually deserved the Oscar for Training Day?

Ray said...

Cuba Gooding Jr. for Daddy Day Camp instead of Jerry Maguire.

Great list, Piper!

www.therecshow.com

brian said...

damian -

I actually loved Denzel in Training Day. He created a scary character. That movie was intense.

I just thought he was even better in Malcolm X.

Piper said...

Denzel showed much more range in Malcolm X then he did in Training Day. He played psycho in Training Day and that's about it. And he did it very well.

Sheamus the... said...

i think you could even throw Martin Scorcese in this list with The Departed.

Garrett Sorrels said...

1990 Best Director- Costner (Dances With Wolves)
should've been
1995 Waterworld

Nayana Anthony said...

Nicole Kidman should have won for Moulin Rouge. But then Halle Berry wouldn't have had the opportunity to be hysterical while congratulating herself for being historical.

Dr. Criddle said...

John Wayne in True Grit (okay movie, but anyone looks like a badass when they're standing next to Glen Campbell).

Should have won for The Searchers.

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