Oscar Villains

Discussion in 'Spider-Man Sequels' started by ThatDamnNinja, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. ThatDamnNinja Registered

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    Okay, so I've noticed something of a trend. Every Academy Awards ceremony from the past 10 years has had at least one nominee in either the Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor category who went on to be cast in a major superhero film.

    1997 - Peter Fonda; Best Actor for "Ulee's Gold," Mephisto in Ghost Rider

    1998 - Ian McKellen; Best Actor for "Gods & Monsters," Magneto in X-Men
    Nick Nolte; Best Actor for "Affliction," Absorbing Man in Hulk
    Edward Norton; Best Actor for "American History X," Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk.

    1999 - Kevin Spacey; Best Actor for "American Beauty," Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.
    Michael Caine; Best Supporting Actor for "The Cider House Rules," Alfred in Batman Begins.
    Michael Clarke Duncan; Best Supporting Actor for "The Green Mile," Kingpin in Daredevil.

    2000 - Jeff Bridges; Best Supporting Actor for "The Contender," Obadiah Stane (Iron Monger) in Iron Man.
    Willem Dafoe; Best Supporting Actor for "Shadow of the Vampire," Green Goblin in Spider-Man.

    2001 - Tom Wilkinson; Best Actor for "In the Bedroom," Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins.
    Ben Kingsley; Best Supporting Actor for "Sexy Beast," The Vulture in the original Spider-Man 3. (Cast, but character replaced by Venom).

    2002 - Nicholas Cage; Best Actor for "Adaptation," Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider.

    2003 - Ken Watanabe; Best Supporting Actor for "The Last Samurai," decoy R'as al Ghul in Batman Begins.

    2004 - Morgan Freenman; Best Supporting Actor for "Million Dollar Baby," Lucius Fox in Batman Begins.
    Thomas Haden Church; Best Supporting Actor for "Sideways," Sandman in Spider-Man 3.

    2005 - Terrence Howard; Best Actor for "Hustle & Flow," Jim Rhodes (War Machine) in Iron Man.
    Heath Ledger; Best Actor for "Brokeback Mountain," The Joker in The Dark Knight.
    William Hurt; Best Supporting Actor for "A History of Violence," Gen. Thunderbolt Ross in The Incredible Hulk.

    2006 - Jackie Earle Haley; Best Supporting Actor for "Little Children," Rorschach in Watchmen.


    ....

    Now, 2006 is kind of iffy, since Watchmen is definitely in a different category than the other "superhero movies" I listed, but there's been less time to cast guys from that crop of nominees.

    The point I'm trying to make is that this isn't coincidence. Studios deliberately try to cast their superhero films with Oscar-nominated actors, particularly guys who were nominated just prior to their casting (i.e. Ian McKellen, Willem Dafoe, Ken Watanabe, Thomas Haden Church, Terrence Howard, Heath Ledger, William Hurt). So I'm trying to pose these questions:

    Do you guys think this trend will continue? And if so, who from either the 2006 crop of Oscar nominees, of the 2007 crop of LIKELY Oscar nominees, do we see getting major roles in future superhero movies... and of course, from the title and the thread it was posted in, we're concerned CHIEFLY with Spider-Man villains. But if a guy just shouts that he needs to be cast as someone who isn't a villain, or a character in a different movie, feel free to say so. Now, just as a refresher, this the 2006 crop of guys:

    Forest Whitaker for "Last King of Scotland"
    Leonardo DiCaprio for "Blood Diamond"
    Ryan Gosling for "Half Nelson"
    Peter O'Toole for "Venus"
    Will Smith for "Pursuit of Happyness"
    Alan Arkin for "Little Miss Sunshine"
    Djimon Honsou for "Blood Diamond"
    Eddie Murphy for "Dreamgirls"
    Mark Whalberg for "The Departed"

    And here are the guys who have generated the most potential Oscar buzz:

    Daniel Day-Lewis for "There Will Be Blood"
    Johnny Depp for "Sweeney Todd"
    George Clooney for "Michael Clayton"
    James MacAvoy for "Atonement"
    Denzel Washington for "American Gangster"
    Tom Hanks for "Charlie Wilson's War"
    Viggo Mortensen for "Eastern Promises"
    Ryan Gosling for "Lars and the Real Girl"
    Frank Langella for "Started Out in the Evening"
    Emile Hirsch for "Into the Wild"
    Jack Nicholson for "The Bucket List"
    Mathieu Amalric for "The Diving Bell & The Butterfly"
    John Cusack for "Grace is Gone"
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman for "The Savages" and "Charlie Wilson's War"
    Casey Affleck for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"
    Javier Bardem for "No Country for Old Men"
    John Travolta for "Hairspray"
    Tom Wilkinson for "Michael Clayton"
    Hal Holbrook for "Into the Wild"
    Max von Sydow for "The Diving Bell & The Butterfly"
    Paul Dano for "There Will Be Blood"
    Russell Crowe for "American Gangster"
    Ben Foster for "3:10 to Yuma"
    Michael Cera for "Juno"
    Ethan Hawke for "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"


    ...

    My thoughts? Look out for Javier Bardem, Daniel Day-Lewis (though he may be turned off by the idea of doing a big-budget superhero movie), Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortsensen, and Ben Foster. Though Foster is a longshot for a nod this year, expect him to be back in the game next year and the year after that, certainly in time enough for serious consideration as Electro by the time Spider-Man 5 or 6 rolls around. Don't count out Casey Affleck or Phillip Seymour Hoffman either.

    I'm predicting that both Javier Bardem and his No Country costar Josh Brolin (who won't be nominated for anything, but had a big year regardless) will be strong contenders to snag the role of Kraven in Spider-Man 4. But enough about my predictions.

    Thoughts, anyone?
     
  2. Green Goblin 1964 Registered

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    Someone loves wikipedia...
     
  3. Visionary Registered

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    Haha...that he does. :D
     
  4. Arcturus Registered

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    I thought this thread was about Visionary for a moment.

    I thought wrong.
     
  5. ThatDamnNinja Registered

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    Ironic, considering:

    #1.) I do love wikipedia, but

    #2.) I didn't use wikipedia for this one particular thing. I actually had a hunch that this might be the case, and I checked filmsite.org, which has all the Oscar history for the major categories, which confirmed that it was true back 10 years. But, ignore for a moment that I am a nerd with no life-- All of us are, after all, talking about superhero movies on a message board-- and consider for a moment whether or not this topic is worth considering.

    Let me tell you this much: people suggest a lot of virtual unknowns to play villains, or people who simply look like the character, but scanning lists of recent Oscar winners and nominees seems to be a more effective way of predicting who is going to be cast in the major roles of superhero movies these days. After all; scanning lists of Oscar nominees seems to be how the producers pick their villains.
     
  6. Visionary Registered

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    ...:woot:
     
  7. Green Goblin 1964 Registered

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    Continue boring me please...:o
     
  8. ThatDamnNinja Registered

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    :dry:

    Well, this was obviously not a subject of discussion generating a great deal of interest. Mods, feel free to close down this thread at your leisure.
     
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    $50 bucks says SpiderMan 3 will win all the Razzie Awards.:whatever:
     
  10. The Joker The Clown Prince of Crime

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    That would bring a smile to my face :hoboj:
     
  11. Killing Joke926 Registered

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    And a few giggles as well.:woot: :hehe:
     
  12. Miniduffa Welsh and Proud!

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    No offence but most directors nowerdays are casting oscar nominated actors and actresses
     
  13. ThatDamnNinja Registered

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    Um... I no offense, but that was an incredibly stupid statement. What you basically said was that the majority of movies have Oscar-nominated casts. Why don't you keep track of all the movies that come out this year, and see if the majority of the actors have Oscar nominations.
     
  14. Spider-Fan83 with great power...

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    these (Oscar-Nominated) actors, didn't do much for their roles, or were their movies any better for casting them

    most of the other names mentioned, are yet to be determined

    roles should be cast based on who fits the role, not, awards they won
    if an award winning, actor, happens to fit, great

    but, I wouldn't want someone, just because they won or were Nominated for an Oscar
     
  15. ThatDamnNinja Registered

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    The problem is not that they were miscast, though. If that was the case, you would have a point. The problem is that all of them were inferior films overall, with inferior directors and scripts. All of those actors are well-suited to their parts, with the possible exception of Nicholas Cage, who was cast for star-value not his Oscar-winning resume.

    You don't cast for the awards. You cast for the talent that got the nominations in the first place. Most of the pool should be among guys in the award-nominated category, or at least critically-regarded. I know people on here love to disagree, but let me explain the difference:

    The producers of the Spider-Man films cast Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, and Thomas Haden Church. All excellent actors.

    The people on the boards think that Oded Fehr for Kraven would be good casting. Awards are pointless *********ing by the film community, but they are pretty-good indicators of which actors to look at first when casting a film with characters you're taking seriously.

    And that's all beside the point. This isn't about who we want so much as predicting based on recent trends.
     
  16. Miniduffa Welsh and Proud!

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    sorry i didn't think that statement through enough:p :O
     

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