Meryl Streep fans either get me really annoyed or really amused. Okay, not all her fans…but those rabid ones that will not rest until she earns her third Oscar. But who am I to judge? I have my own people I get fanatic about…and to each his own. Ne c’est pas? Anyhow, this is not a post about Ms. Streep…well not really. I understand that Meryl is one of the few older actors that is still constantly working…because you know everyone cowers in fear when she demands a role… but there are a few other great stars with two Oscars who deserve a third. But will they ever get that elusive third Oscar…I don’t think so…I hope…but I don’t think so. This isn’t a list of persons who deserve that Oscar more than Meryl. That’s debatable. Obviously. It's just a list of good actors [some working more than others] who should be giving Meryl a run for her money as far as that third Oscar is concerned.
Best Actress – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Best Supporting Actress – California Suite
I am content watching her act in her sleep in The Harry Potter films, but I know she’s still got a lot of life left in her. And thus, I am patiently waiting…patiently waiting…of course she may not win. That is likely…but if she gets another plum role like she did in Gosford Park that would please me very much. As much as I love that other Dame, you have to admit that when Maggie does it well she is one fire...and that is not a question.
Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actor – My Left Foot
Best Actor – There Will Be Blood
Daniel Day Lewis is magnificent. This man is so talented…but we already know that. I’m not crazy enough to think he’ll win that third Oscar for Nine [cross fingers]…but I think he’ll win it sometime though. Just because he is so talented…and just because he’s so talented…and just because… okay you get the picture. But really. I can think of five outstanding performances from him.He's just that good...or maybe I'm just obsessed. Either way. I want him to get that third Oscar.
Best Supporting Actress – Hannah & Her Sisters
Best Supporting Actress – Bullets Over Broadway
I like Brenda Fricker, but Wiest should have won an Oscar for Parenthood. That would have given her three. Diane Wiest reminds a whole lot of Marcia Gay Harden and that’s one of the reasons that I like her. But she’s also a really good actress – so there’s that. She’s doing her thing on In Treatment [which won her an Emmy], so she still can act. So somebody needs to give her a role.A nice juicy leading role. I'd just like to see her carry a film on her own.
Best Supporting Actor – The Usual Suspects
Best Actor – American Beauty
We need a revival of Kevin Spacey. He can still act – that I am sure of. But he needs to win an Oscar. Okay, scratch that. He needs a good role. He doesn’t have to win an Oscar…but I won’t mind…I really would not mind if he wins another Oscar. Just because he’s that good…and just because anyone who can go toe to toe with Annette Bening deserves some accolades…again and again…
Best Actress – Klute
Best Actress – Klute
Best Actress – Coming Home
I am a big fan of Jane Fonda. She’s gorgeous, she’s talented, she’s smart and she’s funny. I figure that she’s all but done with acting but if someone were to serve her up a plum role she would devour the opportunity to win that third Oscar. Just because she’s talented. Monster-in-Law was a mixed bag, but La Fonda was delightful.
Best Actress – Norma Rae
Best Actress – Places in the Heart
Sally seems quite content getting the Emmy love on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, but it would be nice to see her back in the movies. She won two Oscars in a relatively short time and she knows that Oscar really likes her…so it wouldn’t be that hard for her… I mean, who out there wouldn't like to see her back on the big screen. Who does not like Sally Field. She's like Julia Roberts...older and with more talent.
Best Actor – Kramer vs Kramer
Best Actor – Rain Man
Whatever happened to Dustin? He needs to get back in the game. Actually he’s not been that out...at least he’s still doing movies. I’ve always liked him in comedy but Last Chance Harvey wasn’t quite right for the job. Something a little more profound – or original maybe. I do think he has at least one good performance left in him.
Best Actress – Howards End
Best Adapted Screenplay – Sense & Sensibility
This is a cheat. I know. But Emma is one of my favourites and she just needs a good role. She was good in Last Chance, Harvey…though it was lightweight and I loved her in Stranger Than Fiction. I wonder if her bit role in An Education is any good. I don’t realise I miss her until I see her again. I’m a bad fan…
Best Supporting Actress – Tootsie
Best Actress – Blue Sky
Jessica Lange is wonderful. Most persons are mixed when it comes to her…and although she may not be one of top 20 or so…she’s high up. It would have been great if Grey Gardens was a cinematic release…as it is though I’m ready for her to get a good role because she can still act like hell. So now, she needs a role to give her a reason to act…like hell.
Which of these actors deserves a third? Who deserves a third that's not here?
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