Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And what if we had to include at least two of the Academy's choices?

Picture: The Godfather, Part III
Actor: Costner, no change
Actress: no change
S. Actor: Garcia, no change
S. Actress: Bening, no change
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Now it's time for 1991. Here are the Academy's choices:

ACTOR

Warren Beatty – Bugsy
Robert De Niro – Cape Fear
Anthony Hopkins – The Silence of the Lambs
Nick Nolte – The Prince of Tides
Robin Williams – The Fisher King

ACTRESS

Geena Davis – Thelma & Louise
Laura Dern – Rambling Rose
Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs
Bette Midler – For the Boys
Susan Sarandon – Thelma & Louise

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tommy Lee Jones – JFK
Harvey Keitel – Bugsy
Ben Kingsley – Bugsy
Michael Lerner – Barton Fink
Jack Palance – City Slickers

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Diane Ladd – Rambling Rose
Juliette Lewis – Cape Fear
Kate Nelligan – The Prince of Tides
Mercedes Ruehl – The Fisher King
Jessica Tandy – Fried Green Tomatoes

And here are my choices:

ACTOR

Michel Piccoli, La Belle Noiseuse
Jacques Dutronc, Van Gogh
Warren Beatty, Bugsy
River Phoenix, My Own Private Idaho
Chang Chen, A Brighter Summer Day

ACTRESS

Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
Susan Sarandon, Thelma and Louise
Annette Bening, Bugsy
Juliette Binoche, The Lovers on the Bridge
Lisa Yang, A Brighter Summer Day

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Gary Oldman, JFK
Max von Sydow, Europa
Anthony Hopkins, The Silence of the Lambs
Ben Kingsley, Bugsy
Andrew Strong, The Commitments

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Christina Ricci, The Addams Family
Angela Lansbury, Beauty and the Beast
Alexandra London, Van Gogh
Silvie Laguna, Delicatessen
Cathy Moriarty, Soapdish

And my choices for best picture are:

Delicatassen
Europa/Zentropa
JFK
Shadows and Fog
The Silence of the Lambs

So who would the Academy choose if they had to choose from my nominees. For Actor, Beatty is the obvious choice against three foreign nominees and an independent film. I imagine the Academy would chose an actor playing a murderer over a street hustler. For Actress, there's no reason Foster wouldn't win, and Hopkins would probably win if moved to supporting. As for Supporting actress, the Academy has never chosen an animated performance. But Lansbury is the obvious legacy choice.
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And if we had to include at least two of the Academy's choices?

Picture: no change
Actor: no change
Actress: no change
Supporting Actor: Jones, but no changes
Supporting Actress: Ruehl, Lewis. The academy chose Ruehl in real life, and probably would here, though both suffer from not getting any other nominations.
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Now it's time for 1992. Here are the Academy's choices:

ACTOR

Robert Downey Jr. – Chaplin
Clint Eastwood – Unforgiven
Al Pacino – Scent of a Woman
Stephen Rea – The Crying Game
Denzel Washington – Malcolm X

ACTRESS

Catherine Deneuve – Indochine
Mary McDonnell – Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer – Love Field
Susan Sarandon – Lorenzo’s Oil
Emma Thompson – Howards End

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jaye Davidson – The Crying Game
Gene Hackman – Unforgiven
Jack Nicholson – A Few Good Men
Al Pacino – Glengarry Glen Ross
David Paymer – Mr. Saturday Night

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Judy Davis – Husbands and Wives
Joan Plowright – Enchanted April
Vanessa Redgrave – Howards End
Miranda Richardson – Damage
Marisa Tomei – My Cousin Vinny

And here are my choices:

ACTOR

Jack Lemmon, Glengarry Glen Ross
Harvey Keitel, Reservoir Dogs, Bad Lieutenant
Stephen Rea, The Crying Game
Anthony Hopkins, Howard's End
Samuel Froller, The Best Intentions

ACTRESS

Pernilla August, The Best Intentions
Emma Thompson, Howard's End
Tilda Swinton, Orlando
Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny
Winona Ryder, Bram Stoker's Dracula

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robin Williams, Aladdin
Gene Hackman, Unforgiven
Sidney Poitier, Sneakers
Michael Madsen, Reservoir Dogs
Max Von Sydow, The Best Intentions

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Miranda Richardson, The Crying Game
Alfre Woodard, Passion Fish
Ghita Norby, The Best Intentions
Vanessa Redgrave, Howard's End
Ayse Owens, The Long Day Closes

And the nominees for Best Picture are:

Aladdin
The Best Intentions
Bram Stoker's Dracula
The Crying Game
Reservoir Dogs

So who would the Academy choose if they had to choose from my nominees? Lemmon and Rea got some critical attention. I think Mirimax would push Rea to the win, since Lemmon already had an oscar. Thompson was the overwhelming critical choice, the only thing hampering it being the lack of a best picture nomination for Howard's End. But it got plenty of other nominations this year regardless. For supporting actor, Hackman was the Academy choice, and he would be this time. For supporting actress now we wonder whether the Academy really hates Redgrave too much to give her another award. The alternative I think is Richardson, which got some critical attention.
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And if we had to include two of the Academy's nominees?

Picture: Unforgiven, which becomes the front-runner
Actor: Eastwood. Now he would probably win
Actress: McDonnell, the only other one I've seen. No difference
S. Actor: Davidson, no change
S. Actress: no change
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Now it's 1993. Here are the Academy's choices:

ACTOR

Daniel Day-Lewis – In the Name of the Father
Laurence Fishburne – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Tom Hanks – Philadelphia
Anthony Hopkins – The Remains of the Day
Liam Neeson – Schindler’s List

ACTRESS

Angela Bassett – What’s Love Got to Do with It
Stockard Channing – Six Degrees of Separation
Holly Hunter – The Piano
Emma Thompson – The Remains of the Day
Debra Winger – Shadowlands

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Leonardo DiCaprio – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Ralph Fiennes – Schindler’s List
Tommy Lee Jones – The Fugitive
John Malkovich – In the Line of Fire
Pete Postlethwaite – In the Name of the Father

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Holly Hunter – The Firm
Anna Paquin – The Piano
Rosie Perez – Fearless
Winona Ryder – The Age of Innocence
Emma Thompson – In the Name of the Father

And here are my choices:

ACTOR

Bill Murray, Groundhog Day
Anthony Hopkins, The Remains of the Day
Liam Neeson, Schindler's List
David Thewlis, Naked
Daniel Day-Lewis, The Age of Innocence

ACTRESS

Emma Thompson, The Remains of the Day, Much Ado About Nothing
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Age of Innocence
Gong Li, Farewell my Concubine
Holly Hunter, The Piano
Juliette Binoche, Three Colours: Blue

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive
Ralph Fiennes, Schindler's List
Ben Kingsley, Schindler's List
Greg Cruttwell, Naked
Jack Lemmon, Short Cuts

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Joanne Woodward, The Age of Innocence
Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence
Anna Paquin, The Piano
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Short Cuts
Lily Tomlin, Short Cuts

Here are my nominees for best picture:

The Age of Innocence
Farewell my Concubine
Groundhog Day
Schindler's List
Short Cuts

So who would the Academy choose if they had to choose from my choices? For Actor, I think Hopkins is the likely winner, even though The Remains of the Day didn't get a nomination. For Actress, there was a consensus among the critics for Hunter, and that should be enough to beat Thompson, even though I didn't give The Piano a best picture nomination. For supporting actor, the critics were divided between Fiennes and Jones, but Jones got LA support (both the critics and the Globes), so even without a best picture nomination for The Fugitive, the academy would still support its actual choice in our world. For supporting actress, Leigh and Ryder now have best picture nominations, but I think Paquin has enough critical support for the Academy to support its actual choice. All the acting categories already have two of the original nominations. So the only change is best picture, where I add Remains of the Day, which doesn't change anything.
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Let's see if I can remember my lists of past conceivable winners, which were eliminated months ago. The second name is I had to include at least two of the Academy's nominees in every category

ACTOR
1955 James Dean East of Eden
1956 David Niven Around the World in Eighty Days
1957 Henry Fonda Twelve Angry Men /Alec Guinness The Bridge over the River Kwai
1958 James Stewart Vertigo/Paul Newman Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1959 Cary Grant North by Northwest
1960 Jack Lemmon The Apartment
1961 Paul Newman The Hustler
1962 Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockinbird
1963 Burt Lancaster The Leopard
1964 Ivan Dixon Nothing But a Man /Rex Harrison My Fair Lady

ACTRESS
1955 Katharine Hepburn Summertime
1956 Barbara Stanwyck There's Always Tomorrow /Ingrid Bergman Anastasia
1957 Deborah Kerr An Affair to Remember /Joanne Woodward The Three Faces of Eve
1958 Kim Novak Vertigo /Rosalind Russell Auntie Mame
1959 Marilyn Monroe Some Like it Hot
1960 Shirley MacLaine The Apartment /Deborah Kerr The Sundowners
1961 Delphine Seyrig Last Year in Marienbad /Sophia Loren Two Women
1962 Jeanne Moreau Jules and Jim
1963 Jeanne Moreau Bay of Angels /Leslie Caron The L-Shaped Room
1964 Julie Andrews Mary Poppins

SUPPORTING ACTOR
1955 Arthur Kennedy The Man from Laramie /Jack Lemmon Mister Roberts
1956 Robert Stack Written on the Wind
1957 Lee J. Cobb Twelve Angry Men
1958 Dean Martin Some Came Running/Burl Ives The Big Country
1959 Joe E. Brown Some Like it Hot
1960 Peter Ustinov Spartacus/The Sundowners
1961 George C. Scott The Hustler
1962 Alec Guinness Lawrence of Arabia/Omar Shariff Lawrence of Arabia
1963 Melvyn Douglas Hud
1964 Stanley Holloway My Fair Lady /Peter Ustinov Topaki

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1955 Lillian Gish The Night of the Hunter
1956 Dorothy Malone Written on the Wind
1957 Elsa Lanchester Witness for the Prosecution
1958 Shirley MacLaine some Came Running
1959 Juanita Moore Imitation of Life
1960 Jo Van Fleet Wild River
1961 Rita Moreno West Side Story
1962 Shelly Winters Lolita
1963 Patricia Neal, Hud
1964 Anastasiya Vertinskaya Hamlet /Agnes Moorehead Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And now for 1965-1974 winners:

ACTOR
1965 Richard Burton The Spy that Came in From the Cold
1966 Paul Scofield A Man for all Seasons
1967 Albert Finney Two for the Road /Warren Beatty Bonnie and Clyde
1968 Steve McQueen Bullitt
1969 Jon Voight Midnight Cowboy
1970 Yves Montand The Confession
1971 Malcolm McDowell A Clockwork Orange /Gene Hackman The French Connection
1972 Al Pacino The Godfather
1973 Al Pacino Serpico
1974 Jack Nicholson Chinatown

ACTRESS

1965 Julie Christie Doctor Zhivago
1966 Elizabeth Taylor Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
1967 Edith Evans The Whisperers
1968 Barbra Streisand Funny Girl
1969 Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
1970 Catherine Deneuve Tristana /Glenda Jackson Women in Love
1971 Jane Fonda Klute
1972 Liza Minnelli Cabaret
1973 Harriet Andersson Cries and Whispers
1974 Liv Ullmann, Scenes from a Marriage

SUPPORTING ACTOR

1965 Rod Steiger Doctor Zhivago
1966 Leo McKern A Man for all Seasons/Walter Matthau The Fortune Cookie
1967 Gene Kelly The Young Girls of Rochefort
1968 Boris Karloff Targets
1969 Gig Young They Shoot Horses, don't they?
1970 Peter Falk Husbands /Chief Dan George Little Big Man
1971 Jeff Bridges The Last Picture Show
1972 Marlon Brando The Godfather
1973 Robert Shaw The Sting
1974 Robert DeNiro The Godfather, Part II

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1965 Claire Bloom The Spy that Came in From the Cold
1966 Wendy Hiller A Man for all Seasons /Sandy Dennis Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
1967 Francoise Dorleac The Young Girls of Rochefort /Katharine Ross The Graduate
1968 Ruth Gordon Rosemary's Baby
1969 Simone Signoret Army of Shadows
1970 Karen Black Five Easy Pieces
1971 Cybil Sheppard The Last Picture Show
1972 Delphine Seyrig The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie/Eileen Heckart Butterflies are Free
1973 Ingrid Thulin Cries and Whispers /Tatum O'Neal Paper Moon
1974 Lauren Bacall Murder on the Orient Express
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And now for 1975-1984

ACTOR
1975 Michael Caine, The Man Who would be King
1976 Dustin Hoffman, All the President's Men
1977 Woody Allen, Annie Hall
1978 Robert DeNiro, The Deer Hunter
1979 Peter Sellers, Being There
1980 Robert DeNiro, Raging Bull
1981 Burt Lancaster, Atlantic City
1982 Ben Kingsley, Gandhi
1983 Bertil Guve, Fanny and Alexander /Albert Finney The Dresser
1984 Steve Martin, All of Me/F. Murray Abraham, Amadeus

ACTRESS

1975 Isabelle Adjani, The Story of Adele H
1976 Faye Dunaway, Network
1977 Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
1978 Jane Fonda, Coming Home
1979 Sally Field, Norma Rae
1980 Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner's Daughter
1981 Diane Keaton, Reds
1982 Meryl Streep, Sophie's Choice
1983 Jane Alexander, Testament /Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
1984 Mia Farrow, Broadway Danny Rose /Judy Davis, A Passage to India

SUPPORTING ACTOR

1975 Robert Shaw, Jaws 1976
Jason Robards, All the President's Men
1977 Jason Robards, Julia
1978 John Cazale The Deer Hunter
1979 Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now /Melyvn Douglas Being There
1980 Leslie Nielsen, Airplane!
1981 John Gielgud, Arthur
1982 James Mason, The Verdict
1983 Erland Josephson, Fanny and Alexander/Jack Nicholson, Terms of Endearment
1984 Ralph Richardson, Greystoke, the Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes /Haing S. Ngor, The Killing Fields

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1975 Lily Tomlin, Nashville
1976 Ingrid Bergman, A Matter of Time
1977 Vanessa Redgrave, Julia
1978 Maggie Smith, California Split/Death on the Nile
1979 Shirley MacLaine, Being There
1980 Mary Steenburgen, Melvin and Howard
1981 Maureen Stapleton, Reds
1982 Jessica Lange, Tootsie
1983 Gunn Wallgren, Fanny and Alexander /Linda Hunt, The Year of Living Dangerously
1984 Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Now it's 1994. Here are the Academy's choices:

ACTOR

Morgan Freeman – The Shawshank Redemption
Tom Hanks – Forrest Gump
Nigel Hawthorne – The Madness of King George
Paul Newman – Nobody’s Fool
John Travolta – Pulp Fiction

ACTRESS

Jodie Foster – Nell
Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
Miranda Richardson – Tom & Viv
Winona Ryder – Little Women
Susan Sarandon – The Client

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Samuel L. Jackson – Pulp Fiction
Martin Landau – Ed Wood
Chazz Palminteri – Bullets over Broadway
Paul Scofield – Quiz Show
Gary Sinise – Forrest Gump

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Rosemary Harris – Tom & Viv
Helen Mirren – The Madness of King George
Uma Thurman – Pulp Fiction
Jennifer Tilly – Bullets over Broadway
Dianne Wiest – Bullets over Broadway

And here are my choices:

ACTOR

Donald Sutherland, The Puppet Masters
Ben Kingsley, Death and the Maiden
Johnny Depp, Ed Wood
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chungking Express, Ashes of Time
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Three Colours: Red

ACTRESS

Sandra Bullock, Speed
Sigourney Weaver, Death and the Maiden
Winona Ryder, Little Women
Toni Collette, Muriel's Wedding
Gong Li, To Live

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
Martin Landau, Ed Wood
Peter Berling, Satantango
Paul Scofield, Quiz Show
John Hannah, Four Weddings and a Funeral

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Rachel Griffiths, Muriel's Wedding
Erika Bok, Satantango
Faye Wong, Chungking Express
Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
Susan Sarandon, Little Women

And the choices for best picture are:

Chungking Express
Death and the Maiden
Pulp Fiction
Satantango
Speed

So who would the Academy choose if they had to select from my choices? For Actor, none of my choices were actually nominated or won any of the critics awards. Sutherland would be a legacy choice, but the movie got little respect. I suppose Depp would be the most likely choice. For actress, Ryder was the only nominee, but I actually think that if the Academy got permission to choose Speed, they would choose Bullock. It is the role that made her a star. For supporting actor, Landau was the overwhelming critical consensus. Since he won in reality, and Ed Wood's chances are only improved by getting a best actor nomination, he would likely win here. For supporting actress, Thurman was the only actual nominee I chose. I think she would probably beat Griffiths, the most likely competitor.
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And what if we had to include two of the Academy's nominees?

Picture: Quiz Show
Actor: Travolta, Hawthorne. Travolta wins
Actress: Sarandon, no change
S. Actor: no change
S. Actress: Wiest: she had overwhelming critical support, so the fact Bullets over Broadway got fewer acting nominations wouldn't hurt her
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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And now for 1985-1994:

ACTOR

1985 Tatsuya Nakadi Ran/Harrison Ford Witness
1986 Erland Josephson The Sacrifice
1987 Bruno Ganz Wings of Desire/Michael Douglas Wall Street
1988 John Cleese A Fish Called Wanda
1989 Tom Cruise Born on the Fourth of July
1990 Jeremy Irons Reversal of Fortune
1991 Warren Beatty Bugsy
1992 Stephen Rea The Crying Game/Clint Eastwood Unforgiven
1993 Anthony Hopkins The Remains of the Day
1994 Johnny Depp Ed Wood/John Travolta Pulp Fiction

ACTRESS

1985 Norma Aleando The Official Story/Meryl Streep Out of Africa
1986 Sigourney Weaver Aliens
1987 Holly Hunter Raising Arizona/Cher Moonstruck
1988 Glenn Close Dangerous Liaisons
1989 Jessica Tandy Driving Miss Daisy
1990 Julia Roberts Pretty Woman
1991 Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Emma Thompson Howard's End
1993 Holly Hunter The Piano
1994 Sandra Bullock Speed

SUPPORTING ACTOR

1985 Christopher Lloyd Back to the Future
1986 Michael Caine Hannah and Her Sisters
1987 Sean Connery The Untouchables
1988 Kevin Kline A Fish Called Wanda
1989 Danny Aiello Do the Right Thing
1990 Joe Pesci Goodfellas
1991 Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Gene Hackman Unforgiven
1993 Tommy Lee Jones The Fugitive
1994 Martin Landau Ed Wood

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1985 Anjelica Huston Prizzi's Honor
1986 Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters
1987 Megan Ryan Inner Space/Olympia Dukakis Monstruck
1988 Michelle Pfeiffer Dangerous Liaisons
1989 Anjelica Huston Crimes and Misdemeanors
1990 Lorraine Bracco Goodfellas
1991 Angela Lansbury Beauty and the Beast/Mercedes Ruehl The Fisher King
1992 Miranda Richardson The Crying Game
1993 Anna Paquin The Piano
1994 Uma Thurman Pulp Fiction/Dianne Wiest Bullets over Broadway
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Now it's 1995. Here are the Academy's choices:

ACTOR

Nicolas Cage – Leaving Las Vegas
Richard Dreyfuss – Mr. Holland’s Opus
Anthony Hopkins – Nixon
Sean Penn – Dead Man Walking
Massimo Troisi – The Postman (Il Postino)

ACTRESS

Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking
Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas
Sharon Stone – Casino
Meryl Streep – The Bridges of Madison County
Emma Thompson – Sense and Sensibility

SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Cromwell – Babe
Ed Harris – Apollo 13
Brad Pitt – 12 Monkeys
Tim Roth – Rob Roy
Kevin Spacey – The Usual Suspects

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Joan Allen – Nixon
Kathleen Quinlan – Apollo 13
Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite
Mare Winningham – Georgia
Kate Winslet – Sense and Sensibility

Now here are my choices:

ACTOR

Morgan Freeman, Se7en
Ian MacKellan, Richard III
Gabriel Byrne, The Usual Suspects
Johnny Depp, Dead Man
Robert De Niro, Heat, Casino

ACTRESS

Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking
Isabelle Huppert, The Ceremony
Sandrine Bonnaire, The Ceremony
Madeline Stowe, 12 Monkeys
Alicia Silverstone, Clueless

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects
Kevin Spacey, Se7en
Chazz Palminteri, The Usual Suspects
Pete Postelthwaite, The Usual Suspects
Jim Carrey, Batman Forever

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Gwyneth Paltrow, Se7en
Annette Bening, Richard III
Michelle Reis, Fallen Angels
Mirjan Jokovic, Underground
Tran Nu Yen Khe, Cyclo

And the nominees for best picture are:

Dead Man
Richard III
Se7en
12 Monkey
The Usual Suspects

So who would the Academy choose if they had to choose from my nominees? Not a lot of critical love for my choices for best actor, but De Niro has already won before, Harvey Weinstein did everything he could to actually bury Dead Man and given Se7en's greater impact, I think Freeman's a shoe-in. Since the Academy already chose Sarandon and Spacey in real life they would probably choose them here. Nothing in the other nominees really worsens their position. And the greater publicity should push Paltrow against three foreign film rivals, though Bening might have a shot.
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And what if we had to include two of the Academy's choices?

Picture: Babe, Sense and Sensitivity
Actor: Cage, Penn. Cage might now win, given that he won in reality
Actress: Thompson, no change
S. Actor: Cromwell, no change
S. Actress: Sorvino, Allen. I suspect Sorvino might win. She did win in reality, she had a lot of critical support, "hooker with heart of gold" is a major Hollywood trope, and the other winners and the best picture nominees are so grim
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Now it's 1996. Here are the Academy's choices:

ACTOR

Tom Cruise – Jerry Maguire
Ralph Fiennes – The English Patient
Woody Harrelson – The People vs. Larry Flynt
Geoffrey Rush – Shine
Billy Bob Thornton – Sling Blade

ACTRESS

Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies
Diane Keaton – Marvin’s Room
Frances McDormand – Fargo
Kristin Scott Thomas – The English Patient
Emily Watson – Breaking the Waves

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Jerry Maguire
William H. Macy – Fargo
Armin Mueller-Stahl – Shine
Edward Norton – Primal Fear
James Woods – Ghosts of Mississippi

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Joan Allen – The Crucible
Lauren Bacall – The Mirror Has Two Faces
Juliette Binoche – The English Patient
Barbara Hershey – The Portrait of a Lady
Marianne Jean-Baptiste – Secrets & Lies

And here are my choices:

ACTOR

Ralph Fiennes, The English Patient
Kenneth Branagh, Hamlet
Marcello Mastroianni, Three Lives and Only One Death
Timothy Spall, Secrets and Lies
Joe Pantoliano, Bound

ACTRESS

Mara Wilson, Matilda*
Jennifer Tilly, Bound
Brenda Blethyn, Secrets and Lies
Nicole Kidman, Portrait of a Lady
Maggie Cheung, Comrades: Almost a Love Story, Irma Vep

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Derek Jacobi, Hamlet
Danny DeVito, Matilda
John Malkovich, Portrait of a Lady
William H. Macy, Fargo
Edward Norton, Primal Fear

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets and Lies
Holly Hunter, Crash
Barbara Hershey, Portrait of a Lady
Kate Winslet, Hamlet
Juliette Binoche, The English Patient

And here are the choices for best picture

Bound
The English Patient
Hamlet
Matilda
Secrets and Lies

So if the Academy had to chose from my choices, whom would they choose. For Actor, it's hard to see Fiennes losing, given the movie's victory in real life and its prominence over the four competitors. For Actress, Blethyn got the most critical love, and as the one nominee in the real world would probably win here. For Supporting Actor, I think Norton would edge out Macy, while Binoche would win here as she did in real life.
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