On 2002-03-25 18:00, DarkWolf_777 wrote:
Ian McKellan was robbed for Supporting Actor. That's all I have to say about that.
I'm going to say something controversial.
First of all, I loved McKellan as Gandalf.
However, I think it is far lesser an achievement for a respected, high-calibre Shakespearean actor to convincingly portray Gandalf than it is for a virtual unknown like Broadbent to bring to life a Satanic yet strangely endearing sleazy nightclub host (while also nailing the funniest musical sequence with his daffy version of "Like a Virgin").
McKellan (who, I repeat, I loved in the role) was playing a fairly walk-in-the-park stereotype of a stern mentor, while Broadbent's performance was so incredibly zany, dark, mischievous and layered. I can imagine other older British actors as Gandalf, but Broadbent put an indelible stamp on the character of Zigler.
I agree that LOTR got shafted in virtually every other artistic category, but I believe that Broadbent more than deserved his Oscar for Moulin Rouge.
Edit: I'm a jackass. I was just reading the list of winners over at Dark Horizons, and apparently, Broadbent won for some movie called "Iris" that I've never even heard of? What the hell?
Never mind, then. If he wasn't nominated for "Moulin Rouge", then I agree--
Ian got robbed!!
Ultimately, we all work for Mythocorp
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Kevin Wolf on 2002-03-25 23:14 ]</font>