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« on: September 15, 2003, 10:41:16 AM »
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An appreciation thread for an amazing actor

OSCAR-WORTHY PERFORMANCES
1. The Shawshank Redemption (nominated, lost)
2. Driving Miss Daisy (nominated, lost)
3. Street Smart (nominated, lost)
4. Se7en (probably overlooked because he played the non-flashy role in a genre film)
5. Glory (overshadowed by Denzel Washington, deservedly so)
6. Unforgiven
7. Lean on Me
8. Nurse Betty (such an underrated performance)
9. Clean and Sober

I hope there's a few more juicy roles out there for him. He seems to be stuck in the police thrillers these days. He's on my short list of folks I'm dying to see win an Oscar.

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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2003, 01:42:27 PM »
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One of my favourite actors and I'm also hoping he's given Oscar one day. Perhaps his role as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film will get him the nod for a potential win.

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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2003, 03:04:19 PM »
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I really love this guy. All of his performances are really wonderful. Lately he's had a string of bad movies (with the exception of "Bruce Almighty"), but I'm hoping that he'll do something with Oscar-quality soon.
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2003, 05:51:23 PM »
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Thank you thank you thank you for this thread.  After looking around and not finding a thread on this guy, I'm so pleased someone started it.

Morgan Freeman undoubtedly deserves an Oscar.  My favorite performance of his was Somerset, and as an aside I think Se7en is one of the most overlooked thrillers of the decade (though I hate to pigeonhole it as thriller because I think it breaks the genre in several ways.)  

I thought he was also fantastic in Nurse Betty and Amistad.
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2003, 06:07:17 PM »
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I thought he was also fantastic in Nurse Betty and Amistad.


That movie is so wonderful. It would have been great as it was, with the dialogue and the scenes between Zellweger and Kinnear. But adding the second occurrence of somebody falling in love with an idealized vision of perfection that doesn't exist (Freeman falling for Zellweger) was sheer script brilliance. And Freeman sells it. You never once think that it's odd that a 65-year-old black hitman has fallen for Renee Zellweger. Or, if you do think it's odd, at least you understand where he's coming from. She's his escape. She's the Zihuatanejo that this Freeman character will never get to. Heartbreaking stuff.

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2003, 01:26:03 PM »
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One of the most underrated comedies of recent years, for sure...

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2003, 01:12:56 AM »
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It is unbelievable that Morgan Freeman hasn't won an Oscar yet.  He definitely should have won for Street Smart.  What a brilliant performance.  Then to switch gears a year later and play a counselor in Clean and Sober -- a completely different character.  Then look at Unforgiven, Shawshank Redemption and Seven.  Amazing.
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2003, 01:32:31 AM »
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Well, to expand upon what Cinephile was saying, he does have some promising roles coming up, according to imdb.com

In addition to the Nelson Mandela biopic, he has:

1. An apparent supporting role in the Hallestrom/Redford/J.Lo vehicle (how weird does THAT sound) "An Unfinished Life"

2. Co-starring with Julianne Moore  :-D  in the Richard Price adaptation "Freedomland"

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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2003, 09:30:02 PM »
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I really liked him in "The Power of One" and "Prince of Thieves." Whenever I think of Morgan those two films and of course Shawshank immediately pop into my head. He is one of those blessed few who just seem to emanate wisdom and authority about themselves. It is thanks to this innate aura that I find many of his characters are so engaging in so far as they seem eerily realistic and tangible. I often think of him as an underrated, overworked Poitier for my generation. Sadly actors such as Morgan and Ving and Samuel and many others to boot are often compromised in terms of their freedom to select their roles as there is often a very high demand for thespians of colour and distinction, that more than anything in my mind accounts for the slew of unfortunates that are listed amongst their varied accolades.

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« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2003, 09:40:54 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2003, 11:25:02 AM »
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Morgan is great. No doubt about it, BUT....... how many more times does he need to play a detective? I mean.... really..... he shouldbe playing Somerset on almost every movie he made after Se7en.
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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2003, 11:44:08 AM »
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1. An apparent supporting role in the Hallestrom/Redford/J.Lo vehicle (how weird does THAT sound) "An Unfinished Life"


What the....
You can't even peg this oddity on global warming.
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2003, 09:44:57 AM »
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1. An apparent supporting role in the Hallestrom/Redford/J.Lo vehicle (how weird does THAT sound) "An Unfinished Life"


Right right, I remember hearing about that one...I'll have to see that. I know I can trust Hallstrom, Freeman and Redford if nobody else. And I've always thought it would make Jlo even hotter if she could act. And I think she probably can looking at Out Of Sight...with Hallstrom directing and surrounded by two great actors she would really be a joke if she fucks this one up.

Yea, Morgan Freeman is just a powerful guy. He always reminds me so much of James Earl Jones. They both have that sort of iconic voice and look.

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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2003, 03:24:01 AM »
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Rod Lurie is Resurrecting the Champ
Source: Variety

Rod Lurie ("The Contender") will rewrite and direct Resurrecting the Champ, a Paramount drama being eyed as a starring vehicle for Morgan Freeman.

Originally written by Chris Gerolmo, the film is about a 30-year-old L.A. Times sports reporter whose desperation for a big story leads him to track down a homeless man he believes was once a famous fighter. The journalist and the reluctant subject form a father-son bond while the scribe gets a heartfelt story, or so it seems.

Lurie is also writing a DreamWorks drama for Steven Spielberg that is set in the New York media world.
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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2003, 08:55:42 AM »
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Sportswriters! Freeman! Boxing! YES! Bring it on!  :-D

If they're looking for a first-time thespian to play the frumpy 30-year-old sportswriter, I'm game. ... Or they could just pick PSH and I'll project myself onto him.

 

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