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Poll: Who should be forced to return their Oscar?

January 9, 2010 |  7:10 pm

Before academy members commit new Oscar felonies, let's examine some past crimes. To keep things simple, we'll only look as far back on their rap sheet as 1990.

Obviously, Nicole Kidman has no right to hold onto an Oscar for wearing a plastic nose in one hambone scene in a train station in a movie called the worst of the year by Time, Newsday and the NY Daily News. But she still hasn't returned that chunk of gold she swiped for "The Hours."

The hours

That's my favorite victory to gripe about. I asked our forum posters to voice their outrage. Below, sample responses. See more in our forums here. Then give us your opinion! And don't forget to watch this video of me and Michael Musto riffing on Oscar's worst outrages!

Blacktie: "Reese Witherspoon. Her Oscar has Felicity Huffman's name written all over it."

Musicboy: "HELEN HUNT!!! Her Oscar has to be in Judi Dench´s home."

Brickme: "Kim Basinger can give hers to Julianne Moore."

DoubleD: "Russell Crowe won for friggin' "Gladiator"; he shouldn't have even been nominated for that dreck. Make him give it back!"

jw79bull: "Angelina Jolie needs to hand over hers to Chloë Sevigny. Holly Hunter stole it from Angela Bassett!"

Sasun V.: "Renee Zellweger should get her Oscar and deliver it to Shohreh Aghdashloo in a limousine. Reese Witherspoon should send hers with apologies to Felicity Huffman."

FGTfan: "Jessica Lange should give both of hers to Teri Garr and Winona Ryder."

Jason Travis: "Kim Basinger did absolutely nothing to deserve even an Oscar nomination in 'L.A. Confidential.' She stood around looking pretty and had sex with Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce. Big deal."

Kelemenmarc: "Sean Penn needs to give it to Frank Langella."

Photo: Miramax

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Kim Basinger's performance is unjustly considered a consolation prize for L.A. Confidential. If the film had rightfully won over Titanic in the pic and director fields and Basinger had taken it, you'd be saying she only won due to the momentum of the overall picture. She's an easy actress to dislike due to her attractiveness combined with the public perception that she is unhappy. After all, pretty people have no right to be less than thrilled in life.

But she's meant to personify that sadness of dashed hopes and broken dreams that we associate with Hollywood and she does so perfectly. Don't take my word for it. Meryl Streep herself called the most honest performance of a prostitute she had ever seen and I think Streep's opinion on acting carries more weight than any of yours.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Helen Hunt, Tatum O'Neal, William Holden, Jack Lemmon (for Save the Tiger, 1973...should have gone to Al Pacino), Art Carney, Richard Donat (for Good-bye Mr. Chips...Clark Gable you was robbed...and on and on...Please return your Oscars to its rightful winner...

Renee is good in cold mountain. y she must return that

Louise is right about Nicole Kidman, but for the wrong reasons; both her win and "Chicago" for Best Picture were consolation prizes for "Moulin Rouge!". The race between Nicole & Halle Berry was so close that year that Academy voters decided to err on the side of history and choose Halle. (I said even then that the voters knew about Halle's Emmy for "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge", which made her the perfect choice to take the next step.) But they made up for it by giving both Nicole AND the next musical in the pipeline (which just happened to be "Chicago") the first Oscars available to them.

Halle Berry should give back her oscar. Nicole Kidman should be win for Moulin Rouge!.

CHER It should have been MERYL's that year for IRONWEED

My personal selection for worst acting Oscar choice ever is George Chakiris in West Side Story. Russ Tamblyn had the showier (and far better) supporting male role in West Side Story but wasn't even nominated. The winner CLEARLY should have been Montgomery Clift for Judgement at Nuremberg!!!! For his performance as the mentally handicapped baker fighting for dignity after being castrated by the Naziis, he was flawless!! Also, it was the last time Monty ever had the chance to win an Oscar. Chakiris rode the mighty coattails of the West Side Story 10 Oscar sweep in 1961. The 3 other nominees for Best S. Actor were George C. Scott and Jackie Gleason for The Hustler and Peter Falk for Pocketful of Miracles. Chakiris should have been a distant 6th (behind Tamblyn who desrved the WST nod instead.

It's a bit disingenuous for you to repeatedly point out that three critics called The Hours the worst film of the year - it has an 81% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, showing that the critical consensus was rather favorable. It's fine that you don't like it, but you shouldn't cherry-pick critical opinions just to support your view.

Tom, you have no right to tell Nicole to hand back her Oscars. She's the greatest living actress of all time. Her performances in To Die For, Moulin Rouge!, The Others, The Hours, Dogville, Birth, Margot... are flawless.

I compleetly dissagree !!! Nicole Kidman did an amazing job playing the role of verginia wolf ! She is a beautiful person and should not be judged so harshly towards her own decisions of palstic surgery. Alos i doubt that she actually had plastic surgery to her nose just for this film, there is such thing as make up and costume peces such as stick on moles,eyebrows etc. that they uses in hollywood for the actors instead of going to extreams like plastic surgery and what have you. Regardless of what everyone else thinks Nicole Kidman is an amazing actrice and people should give her the credit that she rightly deserves.


She did a lot more than wear a prosthetic nose, the performance was truly deep. Maybe you need to (re)watch the movie, which many critics named the best of the decade.

All I know is if George Clooney can win an Oscar then anything is possible.

Nicole Kidman was extraordinary in The Hours, as well as Moulin Rouge!, To Die For, Cold Mountain, and The Other. I think she definitely deserved the Oscar. I hope the new decade brings better roles to her than the ladder half of this one.

Crowe is a very good actor, but Gladiator wasn't his best performance. Basinger didn't deserve her oscar, Moore or Driver deserved it more. Zellweger was deserving, although more so for other films, and Clarkson was better. Witherspoon's performance wasn't terribly deep.

Most Best Song winners, especially in the last 20 years, have been completely forgettable, especially when you look at a list of those from the earlier days of Oscar. But really? 2005? "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" by another forgettable group. Who voted for that piece of drek?
Dolly Parton was nominated that year and while her song certainly doesn't rank among the best she's written, at least it wasn't something about a pimp.

Oh, and Titanic winning over LA Confidential. I think that was the year that I sort of quit taking the Oscars seriously.

Those people who voted for Russell Crowe...need to be banned from movie theatres from this day forward.I see the next lowest after Reese is Roberto Begnini and Cuba Gooding Jr. both of whom well deserved their Oscars the problem is the masses don't like subtitled films it means they need to read and that'a an effort for them and Cuba Gooding Jr. well what can I say. He so deserved that award. I also see he is the only black male on the list. Not only that but I predict another nomination in the works for Crowe in Robin Hood.

I think that Juliette Binoche should hand her Oscar for "The English Patient" to Lauren Bacall for "The Mirror Has Two Faces" because Lauren won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for that film and Juliette even admitted in her speech that she felt that Lauren should've won.

Adrien Brody winning for "The Pianist" over Daniel Day-Lewis as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in "Gangs of New York", was one of the worst offenses ever in Oscar history. We all know the reasons for it, and since then I can only laugh at the pompous kooks who run the show, and continue to make such trash and try to force feed it to the public.

Going back to 2000, Julia Roberts should have her "Ellen Brokovich" statue sliced in half and divided between Ellen Burstyn for "Requiem for a Dream" and Bjork for "Dancer in the Dark." Both remarkable perofrmances as opposed to Roberts' servicable Hallmark telefilm-style work. That was the year the Academy shed what little credibility they had for me (oddly it was not 2006, the year they chose not to nominate my short, "Le Petomane: Parti Avec le Vent;" I'll give them that one!).

If Nicole Kidman needs to give her Oscar back does that mean that the family of Jose Ferrer needs to give his back as well for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac? I mean after all, his nose wasn't really like that.

What about Denzel Washington's for Training Day? Talk about a part that could have been played by almost any actor. Totally agree with FMJohnson, Crowe was truly robbed.

As much as I loved Ingrid Bergaman, her Oscar for Murder on the Orient Express is a joke......her heirs need to give it to Lauren Bacall who was great in the same movie......the Bergman Oscar for that movie has always been a mystery to me since her role was so minor.

I think we all know but don't want to say what happened at the Oscars when Berry and Washington both won......that night also included Sidney Poitier being presented with an special Oscar. No problem with Poitier who I think is one of the greatest actors ever and I wish we could see him more often these days but, I think it was a night to show that Hollywood wasn't completely white so they decided to show that by giving awards to a couple of performances that weren't exactly worthy.

marissa tomei robbed miranda richardson

Gregory Peck gave an excellent performance for "To Kill A Mockingbird" but over Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia?" That was voted one of the greatest film performances of all time by any actor! Oscar often throughout it's history has rewarded a career instead of an individual performance in a given year.

why is it that female performances are attacked more so than their male counterparts?

i for one believe hoffman should hand over his oscar to heath ledger's family.


When are people going to realize that Oscars are not about performances, but the "campaign" (Paltrow then Clooney now). Just listen to all of the talk about Monique not being willing to campaign for the Oscar and that is hurting her chances. Funny, shouldn't her performance be the only thing being judged? But anyway, everyone should give their Oscars to Peter O'Toole, who does not have one at all.

Honestly, Nicole Kidman really deserves to win. You always pick on her performance. Actually, it was a great performance. On the other note, i do agree that felicity huffman should've won that Oscar.




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