Digital and Hollywood’s biggest night has come and gone with a few surprises, some expected outcomes, a few laughs, and quite a few tears of joy. The film 12 Years a Slave made quite an impression and won big as well as Dallas Buyers Club as they both tackled difficult subject matters.
Hollywood’s new darling, Lupita Nyong’o owned awards season racking up several honors, including the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and she left many people in tears with her humble yet empowering acceptance speech when she ended by saying , “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” It is that aforementioned validity many are searching for as they share their gift on the big and small screen.
We understand the years and years of doors being slammed in their faces until one day those important some bodies in Hollywood deem them as worthy to walk the red carpet, fraternize with the elite, and party with the pampered to potentially leave the Dolby Theatre with that highly coveted golden statue. Just as some movies propel to the top some sink at the bottom.
Then there are those films that may not have made it to the Academy nomination committee but they are classics in the hearts of many of us. With that being said, we present to you the ten sort of “Oscar-Worthy” performances that you would probably never see on the Oscars or any other awards show for that matter. Let’s have a little fun with this, shall we?
10. Arsenio Hall as Reverend Brown
The Oscar for Best Sermon Delivered by a Black Preacher in a film should have gone to Arsenio Hall for his role as Reverend Brown in the classic comedy Coming to America. Where else can you here somebody say, “He helped Joshua fight the battle of Jericho, he helped Daniel get out the lion’s den, he helped Gilligaaaan get of the island…”
9. Michael Wright as Eddie King Jr.
The Oscar for Best Extremely Talented Singer with Addiction Issues should have gone to Michael Wright for his role as Eddie King Jr. in the classic film Five Heartbeats. “Nights like this – I wish, raindrops would faalll!”
8. Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner
The Oscar for Best Portrayal of an Abusive Music Icon goes to Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner in the classic film, What’s Love Got to Do With It. “Eat the cake Anna Mae..”
7. House Party
The Oscar for Best Choreography in a House Party scene goes to none other than House Party. “Ain’t My Type of Hype of baby…” Classic!
6. Albert Collins as the Blues Singer
The Oscar for Best One-Liner Delivered by a Black dude in a Classic 80’s Movie goes to Albert Collins for his classic line, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues” in Adventures in Babysitting.
5. Eddie Murphy as Randy Watson
The Oscar for Best Comedic Rendition of “Greatest Love of All” goes to Eddie Murphy as Jackson Height’s own, Mr. Randy Watson in Coming to America.
4. Julius Carry as Sho’nuff
The Oscar for Best Musically Driven Kung Fu Flick Villain goes to Julius Carry as Sho’nuff in the classic Berry Gordy film, The Last Dragon. He had so many classic lines in this film. “Leroy, you warmed up yet?” “Kiss my Converse,” and of course, “Who’s the master?”
3. John Witherspoon as Mr. Jackson
The Oscar for Best Embarrassing Dad in a Comedy Movie goes to John Witherspoon as Mr. Jackson in the classic film, Boomerang. “You have to coordinate,” “Bang, bang, bang,” and his various other lines still keep ups laughing along with is mushroom belt.
2. RUN DMC as Themselves
The Oscar for Best Live Musical Performance in a Hip Hop Movie goes to RUN DMC in Krush Groove. If you don’t remember the scene when Run comes out on stage and says, “We had a whole lot of superstars on this stage her tonight…” before RUN DMC performed, “It’s Like That” then you need to go rent Krush Groove and watch this classic performance. Many of today’s rappers could learn something about stage presence just from watching that one clip.
1. Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller
The Oscar for Best Performance as a High School Student Having a Hell of Day in the City of Chicago goes to Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller in the classic 80’s film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. If you took a survey I bet you most people would say they have watched this movie at least 5 times. “Bueller?” “Bueller?” “Bueller?”
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