It’s generally believed that Paul Giamatti was snubbed in a big way for Alexander Payne’s Sideways (2004). The five actors that made the lineup were Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda (2004), Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland (2004), Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator (2004), Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby (2004), and Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004). If you were going to insert Giamatti into the lineup, which actor would you remove?
The easy answer I think is Johnny Depp but there has always been something about Jamie Foxx’s work in Ray that really urks the hell out of me. I find it to be one of the most overrated works of Oscar’s awarded history in Best Actor. Definitely prefer his work in Collateral, a true LEAD performance, that was campaigned in the wrong category. That’s my two-sense.
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