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Inferior to Pacino, Hoffman, and Nicholson.


I wonder how on Earth Carney would win an Oscar against three men that did superior performances.

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This is one of the big criticisms of award ceremonies and the Oscars in particular.
Unlike some I have seen this film and as good as his performance is Carney is at best the bronze medal winner in this situation.

It's a rather obvious case of the award being given as a "thank you for your career so far" at the expense of actors who turned in better performances that year.

Isn't this what lifetime achievement awards are for?

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He was only 55, why would they be treating him as if he was about to die?

Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

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I wonder how on Earth Carney would win an Oscar against three men that did superior performances.
By giving the best performance? I have thought so since seeing this back in 1974. It is more subtle, and I like that.

Oh Lord, you gave them eyes but they cannot see...

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dont forget the great performance of Albert Finney which too was nominated.

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The American public had grown to love Art Carney because of his inimitable performances as Ed Norton on the Honeymooners. That sort of comic genius tends to leave an indelible impression that won't soon be forgotten and that, thankfully, can be revisited via reruns and today's media outlets such as YouTube. People in the acting profession loved working with Art Carney and admired him just as much as the viewing public. I think all that love and admiration played into his winning the Oscar. Besides that, all those other nominees were going to have future opportunities to vie for the Oscar. I think the Academy voters knew in their hearts that this might be the only plum lead acting role Art Carney was likely to get no matter how many more years he would be active in the profession and they wanted to reward him for all the laughter he had brought them and American audiences over his career. So, in that respect, maybe it was more of a lifetime achievement award - and a richly deserved one.

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And Hackman. I think Carney also bettered himself a few years down the line in The Late Show. He's really too consistently nice and somewhat uncomplicated here.



"facts are stupid things" Ronald Reagan

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I agree; Carney is great in The Late Show, and should have been Oscar nominated.

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