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Posted by · 6:36 pm · October 24th, 2009

Supporting actor is where old-men-who-are-gonna-die-soon go to win Oscars. Isn’t that universally known?

–Glenn in our discussion following Helen Mirren’s Rome fest victory.




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  • 1 10-24-2009 at 7:07 pm

    Mark G. said...

    LOL…does that mean Christopher Plummer is the front runner?

  • 2 10-24-2009 at 7:23 pm

    Matt T said...

    So the lead actor race which features Freeman and Holbrook means what? At least they were able to move Plummer over to supporting.

  • 3 10-24-2009 at 7:27 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    A funny quip, but not entirely true. I would change it to “Supporting Actor is where old-men-who-are-gonna-die-soon go to be nominated for and *maybe* win Oscars if there’s no clear frontrunner.” There are plenty of “Quick, before they die!” nominations, but wins are relatively hard to come by. For many, the dominant attitude for “veteran” actors is that the nomination IS the reward.

  • 4 10-24-2009 at 8:08 pm

    Colin said...

    @Robert Hamer: Yeah, I’d add that “where the clear frontrunner is a scary mega-villain”.

  • 5 10-24-2009 at 9:09 pm

    Glenn said...

    Robert, I never said they actually DO win, but if you’re an old coot you got a better chance of it here than in lead. The joke has always been that supporting actor goes to people like Jack Palance while supporting actor goes to people like Mira Sorvino.

    But, seriously guys, it was a joke.

  • 6 10-24-2009 at 9:14 pm

    John Travolta said...

    What happens is if you look at the supporting actors who are generally winning or being nominated for best supporting actor(s) they usually were once big stars in hollywood who used to always be the lead. As the years go by and they get older they are reduced to supporting roles, like being a characters grandpa or a source of wisdom. These sort of roles are almost always supporting and are often times charismatic roles. When you combine the fact that the Academy will want to honor these actors at least one last time which is sometimes easy and the obvious thing to do, and the fact that these roles are flashy- the result will be “Supporting actor is where old-men-who-are-gonna-die-soon go to win Oscars. Isn’t that universally known?”

  • 7 10-24-2009 at 9:23 pm

    Marshall said...

    Morgan Freeman cannot die. He is the voice of God to me.

  • 8 10-24-2009 at 9:41 pm

    "Julianstark" said...

    Then Christopher Plummer is the frontrunner by this logic, which is more often than not pretty accurate.

  • 9 10-24-2009 at 10:17 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I got the joke, Glenn.

  • 10 10-25-2009 at 12:03 am

    M.Harris said...

    That’s funny.And their is some truth to it.George Burns,Don Ameche,Melvyn Douglas,John Gielgund.Lifetime achievement award anybody?

  • 11 10-25-2009 at 12:15 am

    M.Harris said...

    Oh I forgot! Only thing is George Burns lived another twenty years after receiving his Oscar.

  • 12 10-25-2009 at 12:17 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Oh I got the joke and there’s definitely some truth to it; my only point was that there were some asterisks involved in the observation.

  • 13 10-25-2009 at 12:57 am

    Glenn said...

    Thank you, Kris! M Harris add Jack Palance and James Coburn. And while they’re still very much with us, Martin Landau, Alan Arkin and Gene Hackman weren’t exactly spring chickens when they won.

    Asterisks. For was was, mostly, a joke.

  • 14 10-25-2009 at 2:06 am

    j said...

    I know women have more impressive achievements mostly when it comes to youth with the Academy, but men are more impressive when it comes to nominated old men. So old men like old men & young women. Shocker.

    Oldest lead acting winners: 9 men 55+; 4 women 55+ (Katharine is one of the 4 and won thrice after that age.)
    9 sup actor winners are 70+, 9 sup actress winners are 60+.
    The youngest lead actor winner was less than a month away from 30; at least 10 lead actress winners are 26 or younger. 9 of the 10 youngest supporting winners are women.

  • 15 10-25-2009 at 2:07 am

    j said...

    Oh wait that’s 5 women 55+.

  • 16 10-25-2009 at 2:12 am

    j said...

    I looked it up; 27 women (one third) of all lead actress winners are younger than the youngest lead actor winner.

  • 17 10-25-2009 at 4:35 am

    nanoush said...

    um yeah, Cuba gooding junior, benicio del toro, chris cooper, tim robbins, george clooney, javier bardem… all were going to die. nah? bah this BULLSHIT pre-Oscar race KILLS ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a meh time!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 18 10-25-2009 at 5:14 am

    mark said...

    the last 10yrs gave us these older winners

    98 – coburn
    99 -caine
    01-broadbent
    04-freeman
    06-arkin

  • 19 10-25-2009 at 5:31 am

    Glenn said...

    Nanoush, grow a sense of humour or somethin’, please.

  • 20 10-25-2009 at 8:36 am

    M.Harris said...

    Wow Nanoush! I know that I took it as a joke.That makes you think about prior winners in that category.Compared to the other three acting categories.

  • 21 10-25-2009 at 8:51 am

    Harry said...

    Nasty comment yuck

  • 22 10-25-2009 at 10:16 am

    nanoush said...

    i DON’T CARE, the academy is a group of old twink members who like to vote for their friends (friends with same AGE, that’ swhy old people win so many times) and small beauti young ladies because they turn them on………………… everybody knows that. what a shame of Hollywood

  • 23 10-26-2009 at 4:45 am

    Glenn said...

    Wait, isn’t that what you were saying they DON’T do by using examples of Del Toro and Bardem and Gooding Jr and Robbins?

    btw “old twink”? That’s… er… okay.

  • 24 10-26-2009 at 6:37 am

    VHS said...

    If someone said Leading Actor is where actors playing gays go to win oscars, that would be considered homophobia. I think it’s perfect normal old actors winning oscars. Actors are not models or athletes.