Re: Academy Award for Wes Studi

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Posted by Georgette on November 08, 1997 at 11:09:35:

In Reply to: Re: Alice, Magua, Uncas... posted by Myrrh on October 31, 1997 at 09:39:50:

: : What is astounding is how Wes Studi conveyed all that with just minor adjustments in facial expressions. The Academy should be tarred and feathered for not awarding him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

: : Mike

: Wes Studi was so perfect-- what a performance. God.

: M.

Yes, I feel strongly about that, too. The performance at the cliff when Alice jumps and also the one in the Huron village - either of those two scenes should have clinched the Best Supporting Actor award. Did we ever figure out why the Academy snubbed the movie so badly? It won for Best Sound, but should have won for Cinematography and Best Score, at a minimum. (I wouldn't have minded at all seeing a second Academy Award for DDL.) Some comments I read by movie reviewers contained erroneous interpretations like "the women mostly just screamed and swooned," and "the overacting was widespread," but I disagree with both determinations. Cora was one brave woman, and I wonder how anyone else would have acted in similar circumstances. The question is, were the actors overacting, or reacting appropriately to unusual circumstances? I believe they were acting appropriately (and I know I've watched the movie more times than any movie critic!)

Another criticism I've seen is that the movie was not realistic. One critic even said that he never saw Hawkeye load his rifle once! It's hard to believe that he even saw the movie, to make a comment like that! The scene of Hawkeye shooting to allow the courier to successfully escape from William Henry concentrates on loading rifles to ready them for shooting. I know the "Oscar Snubbing" has been discussed before, but can someone tell me if we ever figured out why it happened?

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