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Are Oscarologists crazy to snub Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter?

October 19, 2010 |  2:26 pm

Since Disney has decided to invest heavily in an Oscar campaign for "Alice in Wonderland," that will probably mean loud tub-thumping ahead for Johnny Depp, who has never won an Oscar. He was nominated for three lead performances: "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003), "Finding Neverland" (2004), "Sweeney Todd" (2007).

Now he'd be nommed for a comedic, cartoonish role, a type seldom appreciated by Oscar voters. But, alas, Al Pacino got nommed as Big Boy Caprice in "Dick Tracy" (1990) and Heath Ledger even won, as the Joker in "The Dark Knight" (2008). Right now Depp competes as the Mad Hatter in the lead race where he'll certainly be nommed at the Golden Globes where there are separate categories for comedy/musical roles, but Disney may be wise to push him down to supporting at the Oscars -- that's where Pacino and Ledger did well. Meantime, Depp doesn't even appear as a possibility on the current lists of potential rivals at AwardsDaily or InContention. But I think he could be a serious contender if placed in supporting.

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He deserves Oscar by his brilliant films,They missed their chance to nominate him for roles that deserved the Oscar recognition. Edward Scissorhands,, Ed Wood, Raul Duke......he deserves to win lead performances. he always play different character.

HELLO!!! Where have you been all these years? Depp might be nominated, but they always snub an Oscar win for him. Sad.

And what about the fantastic Helena Bonham Carter, astonishing in the same movie ? Could she be hope a bid for her role ?


Are you drunk? Or do you just want more traffic?

Probably both.

It was one of the worst performances of the year.

What would the clip be oscar night when they read they mention the nominees? The scene where he starts break dancing?

Honestly, this is in no way oscar worthy. Hell, its not anything worthy. The performance was crap from a crap movie.

And this is coming from a guy who usually likes Johnny and Tim.

Tom....seriously, Tom.

This was easily one of the laziest, most ill-conceived movie of Tim Burton's career. And Depp's performance (for him anyway) was practically phoned in. Depp is one of my favorite actors, and the Hatter was the worst thing he's done to date.

The man is overdue, but in no universe should he be rewarded for this.

I mean, I can't even understand what made you write this article. I just...I'm. I've got nothing.

I agree completely with Laurie Jackson.!!

I liked "Alice in Wonderland". The novel is very quirky itself.It's for more elder people than children,so Tim Burton's work is the best film adaptation so far.But honestly I went to cinema just because of Depp.I think he did a great job. He deserves Oscar by his long-time career and brilliant films,even in supporting category.His time will come one day.He just must win Best actor category!Go ahead Johnny Depp!You are THE ONE!

you have got to be kidding... right?
no disrespect to Mister depp intended,
but his quirky, derivative performances
are not oscar-worthy. at all. none of them.

I liked Alice and all the performances in it, and so did most people I know. It wasn't among the worst of the year, which would have put it in quite a large field. Movies this year have been so bad, I've stopped attending. Formulaic crap.

Mad Hatter is not Oscar material. Sorry. Oscarologists would be crazy NOT to snub it.

I disagree I loved his performance as Alice In Wonderland and wonder why he should not be nominated. He was cheated for Jack Sparrow. Sweeney Todd should have swept the boards period. To say they love him is a Joke I think it is the opposite and they don't like him. I will not be surprised if he is not nominated for The Mad Hatter but I will also be very angry!!!

They missed their chance to nominate him for roles that deserved the Oscar recognition. IE - Wilmot in The Libertine, Edward Scissorhands,, Ed Wood, Raul Duke (Fear and Loathing). I'm glad he was nominated for Capt. Jack, J.M. Barrie, and Sweeney Todd. He should have won for any of those. Personally, I would LOVE to see him recognized for his COMPLETE body of work, as most of his work is Oscar worthy. Only my opinion, of course.

This movie made WAY too much money, therefor, no awards. Sad but true.

I think you are going wrong on this one Tom, this is easily Johnny Depp's worst performance ever and 'Alice in Wonderland' has to be amongst the worst films of the year, there is no way he is getting an Oscar nomination.

A Golden Globe nomination is possible (because they love him so much), but I think not even that will happen. I would be so angry if he did get in.

good catch, NormanK -- tx!

Golden Globe? Sure. Oscar? HAHAHA.

Are you kidding? "Alice in Wonderland" was a horrifyingly bad film. It doesnt deserve any true Oscar consideration outside of makeup or costumes and maybe visual effects. Otherwise it was just dreadful and the film and Johnny Depp have no chance.

Disney has Johnny Depp in the "Best Lead Actor" category on its FYC-Website, not "Best Supporting Actor".



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