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Old 07-07-2013, 05:14
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Where do I even start? When starting this post I said quietly to myself: “Wait a sec, Michelle has never won an Oscar.” Then I started repeating it again and again (yes like a crazy person) and I realized how ridiculous that sounded. Michelle Pfeiffer has never won an Academy Award. I’d laugh out loud if it wasn’t so immensely ridiculous. This is definitely one of those things that can suddenly anger me.

Michelle Pfeiffer is one of those great actresses, no doubt about it, drama is definitely her best side and she has portrayed tons of amazing characters. She was one of the dominant actresses thorughout the late 80's and 90's. So why is it that in all the years she has been active, no one in the Academy has stood up and said “Hey, Michelle Pfeiffer doesn’t have one, how dumb is that?!” Well, someone probably has, but they’ve never done anything about it now have they? When I think of all the other talented actresses that have won Oscars, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Whiterspoon, Marion Cotillard, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman; it’s a wow! Considering I do think she's better than them

Michelle has been nominated (only) 3 times; in 1988 for Dangerous Liaisons for Best Supporting Actress while for Best Actress for both in 1989 for her outstanding performance in ‘The Fabulous Baker boys’ and in 1992 for her role in ‘Love field’. She should’ve been nominated for a lot more of her films though.

Do you think the Academy will ever give her one?
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:22
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That's a bit unfair. Marion Cotillard is a tremendous actress, where as the others mentioned are so average and have a weak body of work of films. We can argue on another thread why the likes of Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon did not deserve their academy award for such sub-par performances.

To be fair, i have only ever seen her in Hairspray, What lies beneath and Dark shadows to judge her acting. I must check out her nominated work at some point.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:47
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Academy awards are no indication of talent. That being said shes really not a great actress, shes good, but far from great.

To win an Oscar you need to be in the right role, in the right film at the right time, thats the formula.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:49
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I like her, but after a look at her film career I don't really see any outstanding role that would merit winning such an award. Maybe she'll eventually receive a lifetime achievement award or something along those lines.
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Old 07-07-2013, 19:23
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Where do I even start? When starting this post I said quietly to myself: “Wait a sec, Michelle has never won an Oscar.” Then I started repeating it again and again (yes like a crazy person) and I realized how ridiculous that sounded. Michelle Pfeiffer has never won an Academy Award. I’d laugh out loud if it wasn’t so immensely ridiculous. This is definitely one of those things that can suddenly anger me.

Michelle Pfeiffer is one of those great actresses, no doubt about it, drama is definitely her best side and she has portrayed tons of amazing characters. She was one of the dominant actresses thorughout the late 80's and 90's. So why is it that in all the years she has been active, no one in the Academy has stood up and said “Hey, Michelle Pfeiffer doesn’t have one, how dumb is that?!” Well, someone probably has, but they’ve never done anything about it now have they? When I think of all the other talented actresses that have won Oscars, Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Whiterspoon, Marion Cotillard, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman; it’s a wow! Considering I do think she's better than them

Michelle has been nominated (only) 3 times; in 1988 for Dangerous Liaisons for Best Supporting Actress while for Best Actress for both in 1989 for her outstanding performance in ‘The Fabulous Baker boys’ and in 1992 for her role in ‘Love field’. She should’ve been nominated for a lot more of her films though.

Do you think the Academy will ever give her one?
Michelle Pfeiffer is a capable actress and the way she ought perhaps to be judged is on how many nominations she's had over the years and she's had plenty of Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominations and that's a reflection of her talent. It's like the Leonardo di Caprio discussion - plenty of nominations but no award as yet.
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Old 07-07-2013, 19:25
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But she was catwoman... Totally deserved
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Old 07-07-2013, 23:54
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Does anybody really care about Academy Awards? They're all fixed and pretty meaningless.
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Old 08-07-2013, 00:42
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Please don't be so silly as to put Marion Cotillard, who's a fabulous actress, in the same sentence as Gwyneth Paltrow! Cotillard certainly deserved her Oscar and I wouldn't mind at all if she wins another sometime. Paltrow and Berry are the most undeserved winners on that list in my opinion, though I know I'm in the minority in thinking Reese Witherspoon deserved her award.

As others have said, it's about being in the right role in the right film at the right time, rather than necessarily about talent. Many of the most talented actresses have got Academy Awards (Hepburn, Streep, Foster etc) but others have never managed it - Glenn Close and Annette Bening spring to mind, but there are many more.

The only performances of Pfeiffer's that I've seen that I'd even consider remotely Oscar-worthy are The Age of Innocence, which is sublime, and Dangerous Liasons, but I haven't seen that many of her films, so I'm not sure I can really say if she deserves one or not!
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:14
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An Oscar is not a reflection on talent IMO.
Some of the best actresses working today don't have one:-

Gleen Close
Amy Adams
Annette Bening
Sigourney Weaver
Viola Davis
Julianne Moore
Michelle Williams

I could go on, but you get my drift?
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:16
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Please don't be so silly as to put Marion Cotillard, who's a fabulous actress, in the same sentence as Gwyneth Paltrow! Cotillard certainly deserved her Oscar and I wouldn't mind at all if she wins another sometime. Paltrow and Berry are the most undeserved winners on that list in my opinion, though I know I'm in the minority in thinking Reese Witherspoon deserved her award.

As others have said, it's about being in the right role in the right film at the right time, rather than necessarily about talent. Many of the most talented actresses have got Academy Awards (Hepburn, Streep, Foster etc) but others have never managed it - Glenn Close and Annette Bening spring to mind, but there are many more.

The only performances of Pfeiffer's that I've seen that I'd even consider remotely Oscar-worthy are The Age of Innocence, which is sublime, and Dangerous Liasons, but I haven't seen that many of her films, so I'm not sure I can really say if she deserves one or not!
I would love to debate with you on this on another thread. I agree and disagree to that comment
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:17
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Does Meryl Streep need anymore?

Michelle is an amazing actress. I think my personal favourites are Dangerous Minds and The Deep End of the Ocean.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:22
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Does anybody really care about Academy Awards? They're all fixed and pretty meaningless.
The OP does apparently, he seems to be obsessed, that and Rihanna. Go figure.
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Old 08-07-2013, 13:26
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I would love to debate with you on this on another thread. I agree and disagree to that comment
As I said, I know I'm in the minority with my views on Reese Witherspoon, but for me she's a classic case of 'the right role, in the right movie at the right time,' and her award reflects that, not her career as a whole, which is fairly unremarkable (though Legally Blonde is a guilty pleasure of mine).

Whereas with Paltrow and Berry I don't rate the actresses or the movies concerned!
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Old 08-07-2013, 13:31
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The only role I'd say that was award worthy would be The Fabulous Baker Boys. She is a good actress though, and its not like she has any difficulty getting work.
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Old 08-07-2013, 13:36
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The OP does apparently, he seems to be obsessed, that and Rihanna. Go figure.
But it makes for interesting conversation personally
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Old 08-07-2013, 23:50
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After Dangerous Minds Michelle Pfeiffer had a quiet time and did not seem to be cast in too many roles, which is unfortunate.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:10
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I do think she should have won the Oscar for The Fabulous Baker Boys but she lost out to Jessica Tandy's role in Driving Miss Daisy. I think the Academy made the wrong decision however Michelle is still working and is only in her 50's ; she has the chance to win an Oscar in the future ....given the right role. I would be delighted if she was at least nominated for her work again.
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:52
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She's okay, but she needs to get in the queue behind Glenn Close, Julie Walters and Helena Bonham Carter, who all deserve one much more IMO.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:10
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I do think she should have won the Oscar for The Fabulous Baker Boys but she lost out to Jessica Tandy's role in Driving Miss Daisy. I think the Academy made the wrong decision however Michelle is still working and is only in her 50's ; she has the chance to win an Oscar in the future ....given the right role. I would be delighted if she was at least nominated for her work again.
God, don't remind me. That also won best picture somehow.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:32
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She's okay, but she needs to get in the queue behind Glenn Close, Julie Walters and Helena Bonham Carter, who all deserve one much more IMO.
Amy Adams, Annette Bening, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain are also in that queue in front of Pfeiffer in my opinion...
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:52
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Helena Bonham Carter will never ever get an oscar, if she continues to do shitty roles for Tim Burton. It's actually the roles she does without him, that actually show her as a truly incredible actress. It's a shame the upcoming Liz Taylor film is just for television and not a theatrical release.
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Old 09-07-2013, 15:07
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I think she's mesmerizing - I liked her in What Lies Beneath and the Witches of Eastwick.
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Old 09-07-2013, 16:18
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Love Michelle, but it's unfair you put Marion in the lineup, OP. Did you see La Vie En Rose? She was spellbinding.
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Old 09-07-2013, 19:09
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I did some digging around and it turns out Michelle was the hot favourite to win an oscar for The Fabulous baker boys and that it was a huge shock when Jessica Tandy won, espcially as Michelle had won the golden globe and several critic awards. Apparently it's a performance that critics still hold in such high regard to this day.
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