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  •  Heh, they were right. (3+ / 0-)
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    Statistically, they've found there's no difference between lead and supporting actors (although Beatrice Straight, who won with the least screentime - < 8 minutes! - is pretty clearly a supporting player.)

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 05:05:11 PM PST

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    •  Are there no clear-cut standards... (4+ / 0-)
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      as to what constitutes a lead role, and what constitutes a supporting role?

      •  There aren't any. (5+ / 0-)

        So we get clearly lead roles like Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon getting a supporting nod, and Peter Finch, who is not the lead in Network (less time on screen than William Holden or Robert Duvall) winning Best Actor outright.

        Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

        by pico on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 05:10:25 PM PST

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        •  other examples..... (1+ / 0-)
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          (1) Geoffrey Rush getting a Best Actor nomination for Shine and winning, while Noah Taylor, the young David Helfgott in the movie, got totally shut out.
          (2) Admittedly, I haven't seen this one (again, the weak stomach thing), but I heard that Anthony Hopkins was only on screen in The Silence of the Lambs for something like 20 minutes, but got a Best Actor nomination, and of course he won.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:10:05 PM PST

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    •  Judi Dench almost matches her... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....from Shakespeare in Love, although Dame Judi does make the most of every second she's on screen there.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Mar 06, 2010 at 09:05:17 PM PST

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