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Archive for December 6, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Supporting Actor – 1994

All opinions aside… 1994 is a great year. Between Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump, we were treated with a great year for American movies. Let’s focus on that rather than what we think should have won.

Forrest Gump wins Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis (talked about here) and Best Actor for Tom Hanks (talked about here). I understand the first two and like the second one (despite the fact that Hanks won the year before this, a decision I hate). Jessica Lange wins Best Actress for Blue Sky (talked about here), which was gonna happen at some point, and it worked out because they used her as an excuse to not give Jodie Foster her third statue in seven years. And Best Supporting Actress was Dianne Wiest for Bullets over Broadway (talked about here), which I don’t love, but understand.

And that leaves us with this, arguably the strongest category of 1994 (including Best Picture). I love all of these performances (well, the fifth one…), and picking a winner is really tough. But don’t worry, I totally did it.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – 1994

And the nominees were…

Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction

Martin Landau, Ed Wood

Chazz Palminteri, Bullets over Broadway

Paul Scofield, Quiz Show

Gary Sinise, Forrest Gump (more…)

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