Live Face-Off Poll: 2009: Oscar Nominations in a Lonely Role

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In A Single Man (2009), Colin Firth played George Falconer, a man who lost with his companion an existential balance, whatever could make the idea of living the future bearable. He did have complicity with his friend played by Julianne Moore but more than fun and life projects, he actually craved for precious "little" moments that could channel him to a brighter vision of the future, moments he might find with his student played by Nicholas Hoult.

In Up in the Air (2009), there's a lot of 2009 George Clooney in Ryan Bingham, a competent executive estranged to the very notion of love and family, one of these men "married to their job", one that consists of firing people, one of the ultimate life-questioning experiences. And it takes the relationships with two women played by Anna Kendrick and Vera Ferniga so he makes the same questioning and grasp the emptiness of his life, for the best.

Precious (2009) starts as a vast horizon of despair, immortalized by Gabourey Sidibe's deadpan expression, speaking thousand words about all the hell she's been through. But the film is less about her abusive mother (Mo'Nique) than two others who care for her (Paula Patton and Mariah Carey). Under their support, Precious learns to smile, to talk, to stand to her mother, to triumph! A powerful journey far beyond the hackneyed 'inner beauty' formula.

And in Crazy Heart (2009), Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a country singer whose days of glory are over and the present ones spent in the company of bottles of whisky in shabby motels. Ironically, his music is basically his sordid life translated into poetry, the more he suffers, the better he sings... but there's too much suffering a man can take and even if people like him, it's through Maggie Gylenhall's Jean that he realizes his need to be loved again.

You got it, in 2009, the Oscar acting nomination gallery showcased unforgettable depictions of loneliness, in different moods and colors and various shades of pathos and optimism. Never surrendering to cynicism, the stories were profoundly human and illustrated the need of love to be able to live or at least the idea of loving life through these moments we share with people who care for us.

Which of these Oscar-nominated performances is your favorite?

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You got it, in 2009, the Oscar acting nomination gallery showcased unforgettable depictions of loneliness, in different moods and colors and various shades of pathos and optimism. Never surrendering to cynicism, the stories were profoundly human and illustrated the need of love to be able to live or at least the idea of loving life through these moments we share with people who care for us.
I'll raise a glass for this. Cheers!
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I'm not sure what the better performance is - maybe the Academy got it right. But I'd pick A Single Man, an unusual film which certainly made me feel the pain and longing of its main character.
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Pretty sure Carl will gonna lead the votes (if this gets picked) but I couldn't not include him, the Carl and Ellie montage is certainly the most iconic sequence of 2009 and the 2000s in general. Performance-wise, I'd vote for Firth (close call for Sidibe)
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In my opinion, this is an important poll, and will touch many people, whether they want to admit it, or not. I'm bumping it since it got buried in this thread by a slew of other poll suggestions that got bumped shortly after it.
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Thanks mihailo,
I'm gonna bump it again before the Face-Off days, I don't know if it's an important poll but I'd say it's a poll about an important issue especially since these movies don't deal with the alienating effect of isolation, all these characters aren't solitary like Travis Bickle or the Joker, they have people who care for them and they have a capability for love but they just don't know how to apply it properly outside their psychological mindset... in a way, we're all lonely, we all see the world from our own perspective, our own body, our own professional or social context, it's very limited when you think about it...  we're all isolated by birth and some think of these limitations as insuperable obstacles... it's all about finding someone to help you and give you another perspective of life, maybe loving someone is simply about loving life with his/her company.
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A Single Man
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Oops, that is the film that does the best job but my favorite performance is Clooney's, although Firth comes in second for me. 
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ElMo,

Your very well written introduction for your poll may be too long for the Poll Tool to accept. If it is too long, I will tell you in this thread.
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OK, if that's the case, I can put the descriptive texts inside the options...
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ElMo,

Sorry, for not getting back to you sooner on this.

I really like what you wrote for each of the films. It would be a shame to edit this to fit within limits set by the Poll Admin Tool.

Please put the descriptive text inside the options. After reviewing the few times we've had problems with the Poll Admin Tool rejecting polls, the length of the description was the cause.
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ElMo, I love the descriptions of the films and especially this paragraph:

You got it, in 2009, the Oscar acting nomination gallery showcased unforgettable depictions of loneliness, in different moods and colors and various shades of pathos and optimism. Never surrendering to cynicism, the stories were profoundly human and illustrated the need of love to be able to live or at least the idea of loving life through these moments we share with people who care for us. 

Wow, that's good. You know, as a writer, I just love when writing impacts me the way this does. Remember - my invitation (or pleading, rather, lol) to write about film for my literary magazine when it get backs back off the ground still stands. You'd be my first choice. It's non-profit so I don't know if I could pay you anything but I'm doing fundraising for it so that I don't have to lose as much of my own money on it and I'm hoping to be able to pay contributors a little bit. Anyway, I'll bother you about this more, lol, when I get more of the archives back online. For now, just "bravo" on the powerful writing.
 
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THANKS RUBY FOR THESE KIND WORDS
I'll give you a lengthy answer tomorrow (quite busy tonight)... but I fixed the length problem in the poll's page.
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ElMo,

Not only are Ruby's words kind, but they are true. I am humbled by the quality of your writing and look forward to reviewing your poll suggestions.
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Ruby, can you contact me in private by e-mail? I would be glad to hear more about your project. Anything that would make me write about movies is welcome... it's never been a matter of money, but of visibility, I would love to write something with the certainty that I'll be read by 10, 20 or maybe more people in a short span of time. And I also have a few projects and ideas I would love to share with you.
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Carl in a landslide!