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The last line about Rourke alone made the whole thing worthwhile. I agree with most of what you said, other than Langella, whom I’ve held in mild disdain since friends of mine who worked with him regaled me with Bad Stories.

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I dunno, isn’t “he looks like he will fuck your shit up” as good a reason to vote FOR Mickey Rourke as against him?

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Langella should win it as an apology for not getting one for THOSE LIPS, THOSE EYES.

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Also, Rourke is not winning because he almost worked a match at WrestleMania until his agent stopped him. I fear the damage has been done though.

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I like these.

2 things. 1, I don’t understand how you can reasonably say that Brad Pitt hasn’t done enough terrific work to merit an award career (granted, those shouldn’t exist, on principle). Brad Pitt is perhaps the most underrecognized actor this is…with his entire resume, he’s managed 1 oscar nom (12 monkeys). Where was the recognition for Fight Club, Burn after Reading, Spy game, Seven Years in Tibet, Kalifornia, se7en, sleepers, Thelma & Luise. even the ones that weren’t good movies were made bearable by him (Troy).

Second, why is Ron Howard a draw? I seriously don’t understand it, if its a personal affection for the man or just a notice of how voters feel toward him, either way its…wrong. We are talking about the man who made The Grinch, EdTV, the incredibly overrated beautiful mind, and the vomit-inducing Da Vinci Code. Why is this man revered exactly (is it for arrested development? Because that’s the only thing that saves him any face).

Lastly, and this isn’t completely related to this post… what’s your obsession with merryl streep?

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First, I may be misreading, but Pitt was not, in fact, buried under aging makeup. See this article on Gizmodo (it was the most relevant I could find). It seems like it’s more a matter of CGI than makeup (unless you’re referring to the phosphorescent makeup they used to map and then render his face), and that makeup was used for Blanchett, and not Pitt. Like I said, though, I might be misunderstanding (it’s a little more technically nuanced than I’m good at grokking).

Also, I’m agreeing with Sage; Pitt’s had a long and varied acting career and consistently turns in top-notch performances. And I’m a guy who loved both Meet Joe Black and The Mexican. His Rusty performance in the Ocean’s series deserved as much Oscar buzz as Depp’s Sparrow or Ledger’s Joker, but we all know how bad the Academy is at rewarding entertainment. I think people hold his looks against him, too; I tend to think a more homely actor would have received recognition that Pitt hasn’t, and might never.

Finally, why would he keep his dick in his pants when he can keep it in Angelina Jolie (whoa, hey-o!)? I’m a little tired of the whole Angelina is a whore and Brad is a philanderer and poor Jennifer Aniston and let’s not recognize they’re professional lives because we don’t approve of their personal lives. Life happens, people break up, marriages end, and it’s really nobody’s place to judge someone else’s happiness. Pitt and Jolie both consistently hand in good performances in good stories, and that’s what counts.

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malakim2099 said on February 13th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I actually hope Mickey Rourke makes it, 9 1/2 weeks notwithstanding.

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Never rule out a man who actually gave a good performance as Skeletor.

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I suspect you’re right, and that Richard Jenkins will NOT win for Frost/Nixon.

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Wait, wait, people consider The Mexican a bad movie? I loved everything about the Mexican besides Julia Roberts! I loved it enough to buy a questionable DVD out of the back of a minivan from a girl keeping all the money in spaghetti straps!

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John Pontoon said on February 14th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

I have to join the pile-on about the volume of Pitt’s good work. He was the best thing about “True Romance” by a mile, great in “12 Monkeys,” performance-of-a-generation in “Fight Club,” good in an unflashy way in “Seven” (not doing the number in the middle there, no way), good in the “Ocean’s” movies, excellent as a naif in “Johnny Suede” and a psycho killer in “Kalifornia” and an Irish gypsy in “Snatch”. Haven’t seen “Babel,” but I hear he cries and stuff.

So, I think you’re opposite of right about the volume of his good work.

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@Evan Waters:
Exactly what I thought when I read the last line. In general, I think the smart money’s on Mickey Rourke. (Second-most-possible: Frank Langella.)

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Cookie McCool said on February 16th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Personally, I think Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man is way better than most of Brad Pitt’s films. That movie should win an Oscar for something every year in perpetuity. Brad Pitt’s usually just dialling up or down his twitchy psychotic schtick in most films, although Jesse James was straight up awesome.

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I gotta say, guys, from the way the entry read it really looked like MGK was just looking for something to put in the “Why Brad Pitt Won’t Win” category just to make it fair. :)

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