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Jan 22 2020

18 days till Oscar


18 is today's magic number. Everyone knows that Oscar's acting branch sometimes takes a shine to little kids for acting nominations (almost always it requires a Best Picture nomination for the movie that houses them) but how often do they nominate kids who've just become adults? Not too often! There have only been three 18 year olds who've ever been nominated* and curiously none were in Best Picture nominees. Still, all of them gave unforgettable performances and the latter two could have easily be argued as "shoulda wons" in their year. They are...

Mariel HemingwayManhattan(1979), Best Supporting Actress
River Phoenix运行在空(1988), Best "Supporting" Actor
Juliette LewsCape Fear(1991),最佳女配角

事实: No 18 year-olds have ever been nominated inlead acting category.

* It's possible we missed an 18 year old in Supporting Actress (though we could only think of 19 and 20 year olds like Angela Lansbury and Saoirse Ronan beyond the 16 and under famous inclusions) since it's the category that is most favourable to teenage nominees and most trivia and articles list don't go beyond age 15 or 16 in that category. If we did we trust you'll tell us who in the comments.

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January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家佩吉苏

River Phoenix’s nomination was richly deserved but nonetheless definitely category fraud. I wonder if he would have been nominated had they campaigned him as a lead? I don’t think that was a particularly crowded year for Best Actor, so I would guess he still would’ve been nominated.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Edwin

Edwin: 1988 was considered crowded for the time. William Hurt was a surprise snub.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家迈克在加拿大

Jeremy Irons, Willem Dafoe, Harrison Ford... and John Malkovich! His Valmont was divisive but it's one hell of a performance.

1988 keeps coming back.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家佩吉苏

迈克在加拿大- I was too young to be aware of the Oscar buzz in ‘88, but just going by who got nominated and awarded by other awards bodies and critic groups that year, I wouldn’t have guessed William Hurt was even in the running, so that’s interesting to hear. My assumption was that Forest Whitaker was the 6th place guy in Best Actor that year.

It’s always fascinating to hear about who/what had buzz in past years.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Edwin

Hilarious that Mercedes Ruehl does not have to share her supporting actress legacy with JLO. Since her small role in Hustlers is the last time large swaths of the public has seen her at the multiplex.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家/3rtful

我相信鲁尼(娃娃们ARMS)和迪卡普里奥(恋恋情深)生产在各自的电影中分别为18和19的奥斯卡季 - 但实际上,凤凰城和刘易斯都是孤独的18岁得分奥斯卡NOMS在那年龄。

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Andrew Carden

Whitaker had more buzz than Hurt, that's for sure, but Hurt was almost a default nominee in the 80s. Deservedly, I would add.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家佩吉苏

William Hurt is one of my all-time favorites. Like Michael Douglas and Richard Gere, an actor who starred opposite some really phenomenal leading ladies and never pulled focus while maintaining his own excellence.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家JF

I love Running on Empty, but River Phoenix was lead. Christine Lahti should have been nominated in supporting actress.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Cash

Juliette Lewis's performance in Cape Fear is an example of a performance that has really aged well. She is someone who really deserves a great comeback role.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家儒勒

Phoenix and Lewis are two of the most deserving nominees ever. The winners those years (Kevin Kline and Mercedes Ruehl) also gave wonderful performances. Juliette Lewis is a seriously GREAT actress that nobody seems to know what to do's a crime she doesn't work more.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家EricB

This should have been phoenix’s first of two deserving lead nominations.
And If it wasn’t for irons great performance in dead ringers he should have been even 2 time winner in his short and tragic career !
Lewis was also great in cape fear but i’m ok with ruehl winning

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Amirfarhang


January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Rob

My beloved Juliette Lewis fans, you must watch her in The Act, that miniseries with Patty Arquette. It's pure joy for actressexuals. The cast includes Sevigny, Margo Martindale, Rachel Ticotin and Brooke Smith.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家佩吉苏

Two notes..


Juliette Lewis seriously needs to headline some high-quality indie drama. She was phonemenal in a small role in last year's "Ma" -- you can almost sense a "Frozen River"/"American Woman"-type movie breaking out offscreen with her in it. She was great and made me miss her performances.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Paranoid Android

Lewis is great but after 91 she seemed to solidify into the manic cute girl Natural Born Killers,Kalifornia,What's Eating Gilbert Grape,That Night and hardly ever left it,maybe Strange Days let her explore her persona a bit more,this became her type then she became hard to cast except in spunky supporting roles,she elevated Ma beyond what that role required.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家markgordonuk

Lewis, however, was in a movie that has become a cult classic and has that scene with DeNiro that has become one of the classic scenes of the history of movies. Hers is the performance people remembers the most to this day as far as the nominated actresses that year.


Ma - She's not given a lot to do and the actress playing her daughter is really wooden, but she gives as much complexity to her role and plays opposite Spencer really well.

The Act - Reminiscent of her cameo in the Hillary Swank vehicle Conviction. Lewis plays her role with white-trash authenticity.

Camping - This series had issues with direction and tone, but Lewis was its absolute highlight. She was a great antagonist and had hilarious scenes and line deliveries. It's probably her best comedic performance.

八月:奥色治郡——这部电影似乎没有director and it needed one badly! But Lewis creates a great counter-point to all the other characters who are really uptight and dramatic. She is the only one who gives the mother any affection (after Meryl's monologue about the boots). I just wish the director had given that moment the attention it deserved. It's almost off-screen...

癔症性失明 - 让我们回到多一点,这个电视电影,如果它在影院上映,将是最佳女主角(瑟曼),并支持女演员(刘易斯和吉娜·罗兰兹)一个真正的竞争者。瑟曼和刘易斯之间的关系感到接地,两者有一个爆炸玩这些女孩新泽西州。刘易斯真正的亮点在这里。


January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Gio

Like Cameron Diaz, Juliette Lewis is another actress who would have done brilliantly in one of the roles that David O. Russell kept giving inexplicably to Jennifer Lawrence from 2012-14.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家特洛伊H.

@ Troy

Absolutely! In Silver Lining Playbook, I saw not only "Lewisisms" in Lawrence's performance, but it did feel like it had been tailor-made for Lewis. Lawrence was "acting" her emotional imbalance, though she was much better in the scenes she was not vulnerable, but bossy.


January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家Gio


January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家DAVID

One more! Mariel Hemingway was born November 22, 1961. The Oscars where she nominated for Manhattan were held on April 14, 1980.

January 22, 2020 |未注册的批评家James

詹姆斯 - 感谢赶上!

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