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8 Oscar nominees and their LEAST Oscar worthy performances

Posted on February 12, 2013 by

When Anne Hathaway won her Golden Globe for her role of Fantine in Les Miserables, she said “anyone can bounce back.” She explains how she went from being a Disney princess to where she is now, and reminded us of that time when Sally Field played a flying nun. After we finished bowing down to the royalty that is Anne Hathaway, ANDPOP started to look at some of this years Oscar nominee’s and the embarrassing movies they did way back when. Like Hathaway said, you can bounce back from anything, and in some actors cases we see how true that statement really is.

I just hope Les Miserables just wins all of the awards, because in my opinion, it was the movie of the year. The actors nominated this year are a great bunch. From Anne Hathaway to Sally Field and from Hugh Jackman to Daniel Day Lewis, it is most definitely a talented bunch. Personally, I can’t wait. I can’t even guess who will win because this year was a great year for films and actor performances. However, why wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio nominated for Django? The man is a genius actor who has done genius films, the Academy clearly has something against the poor guy. Thats okay Leo. You can cry on my shoulder.

ANDPOP Is very excited to watch the Oscars. After all, Barbara Streisand and the cast of Les Miserables are both performing. We have the date saved on our calendar, do you?

See the nominees worthy and non oscar-worthy performances below

1) Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway has been a Disney princess in The Princess Diaries, drug addict in Rachel Getting Married and of course, Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Most recently, she was Fantine in Les Miserables. With every movie she does, she outdoes her last performance. She already won the Globe, and I have my fingers crossed for her to win the Oscar. If she loses, I can’t be held accountable for my actions. Anna Hathaway has proven you can bounce back from anything. She went from Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia with frizzy and curly hair, to Fantine, a character that she had to cut her hair and diet intensely for. Anne Hathaway is truly royalty.

P.S. Being a disney princess is NOT something to necessarily “bounce back from,” when you’re starring beside Julie Andrews. I would take that gig ANYDAY.

Hathaway in The Princess Diaries

Hathaway in Les Miserables

2) Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence got her break in X-Men: First Class and worldwide attention for her role as Katniss. Lawrence has only had great roles, right? Wrong. While Jennifer Lawrence might be nominated for her spectacular performance in Silver Linings Playbook (and she was previously nominated for Winter’s Bone), she hasn’t always been in movies that got such critical acclaim. Lawrence was in a horror film called House At The End Of The Street. We still love her. It’s not like she was in Jennifer’s Body.

Lawrence in House At The End Of The Street

Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

3) Sally Field

You might remember Sally Field from Mrs. Doubtfire, but many remember her as a nun in The Flying Nun. If you haven’t seen the hilarious intro, you haven’t lived. It’s very 60s and perfectly cheesy. All these years later, and Field is still going strong. It’s hard to poke fun of someone with so many previous Oscar nominations for movies like Norma Rae, but really, she was a flying nun. That’s pretty priceless. Everyone in this business took on cheesy roles to start of with, so theres no shame in looking back on them, especially when you’re Sally Field and nominated for your role in Lincoln.

Field in The Flying Nun

Field in Lincoln

4) Hugh Jackman

Along with being Wolverine in all the X-Men instalments, Hugh Jackman has been in cutesy romantic films, but none that can be classified as downright embarrassing — even though he plays a man from the 19th century living in modern society in Kate and Leopold. The man wore tights, but because he’s Wolverine, he’s allowed. If I was to go way back and pick one thing Jackman was in that was slightly embarrassing, I would pick his stage role as Peter Allen in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz. In that role Jackman played a gay man who was married to Liza Minelli. Let me explain this further: he wore tight gold pants. You know those ones Kurt Hummel wore when he performed the same song on Glee? Yeah. That was all an allusion to the part. Of course, Jackman won a Tony for the role. Hugh Jackman is just perfect, I’m not sure why I even tried. Now, he is nominated for his role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables — which he must win. Unfortunately he’s up against Daniel Day Lewis, but I’m still rooting for 24601.

Jackman in The Boy From Oz

Jackman in Les Miserables

5) Amy Adams

This will be Amy Adams’ second year being nominated for supporting actress. A few years ago she was nominated for her role in Doubt alongside Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. For such a young actress, Amy Adams has scored some pretty great roles – but like any great actress, she too has a couple movies a little less Oscar worthy. Adams got her start as Gisele in Disney’s Enchanted, but even that was opted for Oscars. It was a very successful film, so when I think of Adams’ least Oscar worthy film I think of Leap Year. We all kind of wanted to watch that movie because it looked cute, but we never ended up watching it… The film did awful in the box office, and it’s just unfortunate this happened to Amy Adams. Sorry Amy, we still love you! But hey, she’s nominated this year for The Master, so that goes to show how you can bounce back.

Adams in Leap Year

Adams in The Master

6) Bradley Cooper

Cooper sported dreadlocks in Hit and Run, but that movie is so obscure I would feel bad poking fun at his ridiculous role. I’d say his worst WORST role was All About Steve with stalker Sandra Bullock. Thankfully Cooper took on the leading role in Silver Linings Playbook to remind us just how talented he is. His chemistry with Jennifer Lawrence is off the charts in the movie, so I’m thrilled his work in the film is being recognized. Congratulations Bradley Cooper. You bounced back.

Cooper in All About Steve 

Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook

7) Tommy Lee Jones

We know and love him from the Men In Black trilogy, but Jones has a movie that I’ll be quick to expose. He’s known for his badass roles, but I must acknowledge Man Of The House, in which he plays a cop assigned to protect the only witnesses to a gruesome murder — a group of cheerleaders. It’s as stupid as you might think. Jones bounced back in Lincoln, with a role that earned him an Oscar nom. To be fair, sharing a screen with Daniel Day Lewis is already classified as “bouncing back.”

Jones in Man Of The House

Jones in Lincoln

8) Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro is one of those actors who we all bow down too. I mean, who doesn’t have infinite respect for De Niro and his work? He’s Hollywood royalty. There’s a long list of this man’s great works and it ranges from The Godfather, to Goodfellas, to Stardust. We even loved him Meet the Parents but Little Fockers was one step too far. I hope I’m not any anyone’s hit list for poking fun at one of Hollywood’s most respected actors now…

Little Fockers

De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook

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