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Sean Connery won an academy award for this!?!


Over Denzil Washington in Cry Freedom and Morgan Freemen in Street Smart?!? The academy is such a joke!

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Nobody agrees?

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While I think Connery was very good in his part as Malone, I also suspect this was the equivalent of Paul Newman's Oscar for The Color of Money. That is to say, it wasn't necessarily the best performance of the year or by the particular actor, but the academy saw it as good enough to make up for all the times they'd overlooked him.

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Agreed.

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The Academy is not a joke. Connery did an outstanding job and better than the other two actors you mention- although they are also fine actors.

Why do you have to denigrate people (those voting for the academy awards) just because you disagree? Who are you? What makes your opinion holier than thou? By your going over the top with your opinion, you make it worthless.

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People always say the academy is a joke on the internet. But anyway, Sean Connery is mostly an action superstar. And his role in this although it has good dialog it is mostly an action role. I honestly thought he was better in Finding Forrester which was snubbed by the academy.

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Nah they did overlook him for years. It was a sympathy award more or less. hence his famous line when he got the award, "patience is a virtue".

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Yeah. Although I look at Sean Connery more as an action superstar more than a dramtatic actor. I've seen a lot of his movies and they are more adventure films than they are dramas.

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Who did a better acting job DeNiro or Connery?
DeNiro wasn't even nominated.

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I thought Connery did a better acting job than DeNiro in their respective films.

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DeNiro was good in this movie. Great even. Still, with his limited screen time, he'd have to be outstanding. A once in a lifetime performance.

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It should have won the Oscar for "The Wind & the Lion"



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@GreenGoblinsOckVenom86 I can give three reasons why Connery got the Oscar for this:
1. It was a quasi lifetime achievement award
2. His death scene was very well-acted
3. "Well maybe I'm that whore with a heart of gold." - the Academy loves to give awards to actors who play whores.

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Also, MALE movie stars until the late ninties never showed themselves losing or dying. For CONNERY re JAMES BOND to be blown to bits on screen was a very big deal in 1988.

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I agree that Connery didn't give an all-time great performance in this movie. I think the Academy Award was simply, as that other poster said, a quai-lifetime achievement bestowal. Connery was nearing the end of his career / life, and they didn't know if he would give another Oscar-worthy performance ever again. This nomination was their last chance to honor a legend, so the Academy took it. I can't blame them; I like Connery.

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There's a saying, "the performance doesn't win the Oscar...the character does."

Sean Connery made his name as James Bond, but that petered out over time....he quit the series after 5 films in 1967, came back once in 1971, came back one last time(much older) in 1983. Which was four years before The Untouchables.

The Untouchables solidified a new "role" for Sean Connery in the years to come: father figure. Whether he took first or second billing, his job was to mentor and advise a younger, newer star: Kevin Costner, Mark Harmon, Harrison Ford(a BIG star, and playing Indy Jones), Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage. And some others. I forget.

He'd even done this BEFORE The Untouchables, as a thoughtful "monk detective" advising Christian Slater in Name of the Rose.

But Jimmy Malone was the best of the bunch. It was those great David Mamet lines("They put one of yours in the hospital, you put one of theirs in the morgue" "Do you think he feels better, or worse?" "Here endeth the lesson" "Aw hell, you're gonna die of something" "What are you prepared to do?"). But it was also the character himself. The one honest cop in Chicago putting his old life on the line to help young Elliott Ness achieve the impossible(taking down Capone)...and dying trying. His death scene put the Oscar right in his hands.

As noted at the time, the superstar leading man Connery won the Best SUPPORTING Actor Oscar -- but ,indeed, he was supporting a much lesser-known(at the time) young actor, Kevin Costner, so that fit too.

In a popularity contest like the Oscars, there are always performances as good or better than the winners. But Connery's time had come....he had a great role and it powered the entire movie(which is sad and haunted in the final half hour after he dies...and everything thereafter is vengeance for his death.)

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I think history has proven the award correct. Connery's performance in this film is iconic and referenced to this day, and it's remembered as his best role in a long and successful career. Meanwhile, no one's ever even heard of the other two movies the o.p. mentioned.

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Nobody ever heard of Cry Freedom?
Really? Or are you taking the piss?

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Be real. That movie was a blip on the radar when it was released, and now it's long-forgotten. This isn't to say it is without merit; I'm pointing out that Untouchables has stood the test of time and become a classic that's well-known, constantly quoted, and considered among the greatest modern gangster movies. Meanwhile, you'd be lucky to find one person in 100 who has even heard of Cry Freedom, much less seen it.

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Be real. That movie was a blip on the radar when it was released, and now it's long-forgotten

No it wasn't and no it isn't.
I agree that Untouchables has stood the test of time and become a classic etc... I also agree with the decision to award Connery the Oscar. Just don't agree with your opinion on Cry Freedom.

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