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The 1st and Final Annual Loscar Awards

I understand that it’s a bit early to be giving kudos to the acting throughout this season, but I’m a wannabe-critic, and I can’t wait another 2 weeks to let it all out. As much grief as I have given the writing/pacing of the 6th season to this point, I must say that I’ve been impressed with the quality of the acting. That’s one thing I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem with regarding Lost overall. It seems to have gotten even better this year, and it’s not easy to make an already great thing, even greater. So here I am, handing out loscars (Lost oscars) that don’t mean shit. Enjoy.

The “Most acting diversity I’ve ever seen within a single character” loscar goes to………Terry O’Quinn (Locke/MIB).

Locke has obviously done another stellar job this year so far. I’d say the LA X episode(s) has been his strongest performance throughout all 6 seasons. After playing such a warm hearted and timid older man throughout the first 5 years, it was amazing, to me, to see him have such a wicked expression and portray a meaner, more confident individual as the man in black so far. You’re a great actor Terry. They need you on “Heroes” immediately. (LOL) No, that show is beyond repairable.

The “biggest surprise of the season….so far” loscar goes to…….Josh Holloway (Sawyer).

If there was a bit of a weak spot throughout the years in terms of the acting, I think it’s been Josh. Go ahead and hate me ladies, I understand. I also understand you’re never going to even meet him, so get over it. He usually had solid performances, but at times I thought he has overacted. This year, however, I’ve noticed improvement. In “What Kate Does”, Sawyer’s sitting by the dock with Kate in a rather depressing scene. The way he made me actually feel bad for Sawyer was something I didn’t think he could accomplish. He plays “sad” really well when he doesn’t over do it. Congrat’s Josh. Don’t let it get to your head though. If you acted like you were supposed to throughout the first 5 seasons, maybe you would have won a more prestigious award by now.

The “Best acting one could do considering he/she has gotten a relentlessly terrible script this season” loscar goes to………Jeff Fahey (Frank Lapidus).

This guy has really gotten the bottom of the barrel in terms of acting opportunities. Despite two seperate occasions where I laughed at something he said, he has gotten some ridiculous material to work with. “Hey!….Don’t talk about bacon.” had me rolling. I’m not really sure why that is, but he pulled it off well regardless. “Weirdest damn funeral I’ve ever been to.” was another that made me smile. He’s done well with what little he’s been given. It couldn’t be easy before the final season started. He probably read his entire script through the finale within ten seconds. Your one-liners wont be missed Jeff, but your ability to pull them off like a true jack-ass will be.

Finally, the “Most deceptive acting of all time, in the history of television and theater” loscar goes to……….Mark Pellegrino (Jacob).

This guy’s almost making ME believe that Jacob’s actually good. They did a tremendous job casting a guy that looks like he’s never even been angry at someone before. He looks like the type of guy that farts flower pedals and gives decent gifts at Christmas. I hear it all the time, “There is no way in hell Jacob’s a bad guy.” Only superior acting (and writing) can make so many people believe that the devil is actually a “man” with good morals. Congrat’s Mark. You deserve this award for properly disguising your sick and twisted ambitions.

Everyone else has done a terrific job of acting this year in my opinion. Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Michael Emerson, Evangeline Lilly have all done their jobs well, as expected. I’d like to hear some opinions of yours about how the acting’s been so far. Everyone’s gotta have some favorites. Feel free to make up a lame loscar category as if you have no life whatsoever.

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18 thoughts on “The 1st and Final Annual Loscar Awards

  1. Good points, I agree with all of the people you named.

    I would like to touch on Matthew Fox.

    Jack isnt my favorite character, at least he wasnt until this season. Terry O’Quinn makes it hard to compare certain scenes to, but this year in his “Locke-like” moments, he did a great job of selling it.

    I think many were disgruntled with the direction his character took last season, and kind of hold almost a grudge at Fox due to his anti-hero role last year put on by Sawyer.

    When the show first began, I came to like John Locke so much because he was very compassionate in his words. We saw that from jack several times this year. When he helped Sun, that was right after “Lighthouse”. He took on the change, and did something that I personally didnt think he was able to do…he made it believable…
    When he was trying to convince “James” to not pull the wires on the bomb, not only did he call him James, but he had that Locke-in-hatch type of feel, as if we are almost being forced to not only compare the two, but compare the actors…if Fox blows that…if he is not at least close to as good as O’Quinn…then everyone is going to stop and call a bluff…

    If someone were to tell you three years ago, that crazy wacked out on pills Jack would not only take on a Locke like role, as he did this year…but the actor would really SELL the role, and convince people to look and acknowledge the fact that he is doing so, it really is a comparison of actors…and one could not be more complimented than to be compared as an actor to O’Quinn after the last six years.

    It has to be hard for him to take on the role of lead character, and then have people say that everyone else in the show is better than him…I really think he pulled his weight all through the show, and this year has been especially fun to watch scenes with Jack in them…he, like John Locke…is making us all start to believe…

    So…Ill go with Matthew Fox, getting the Loscar for comeback actor on Lost…

    Evangeline Lilly gets Newbie…this role was her first speaking part…

    Hurley gets TeddyBear/underrated Loscar…Im telling you, if this guy dies and you dont cry…there is something wrong with you…
    I think Garcia is one of the best actors on the show, and doesnt get to truly flex his muscles due to his character.
    You know, when Sayid ran down the hall with the bomb and exploded…I thought…wow…I kind of expected it…but wow…and was OK…
    When Jin stayed with Sun, and you knew they were going to die, I was happy/sad…and when they died, and they showed the hand…I was pretty choked up…but ok…

    When Jorge Garcia, climbed up to Jack and Sawyer on the beach with Kate, and they learned that Sayid, Jin, and Sun died…I was ok…righ up until Hurley started crying…and I did everything I could to suck it in…and barely succeeded…
    But it was really Garcias breakdown…his tear that pushed me right to the edge…a phenomenal job, and I cannot wait to see what he does after this.

    Holloway…what can I say that you didnt…the scene with Locke in the house while all drunk told the whole thing…

    He laughed, he cried, he played one hell of a soiled drunk, a conman, a cop, and a person that cared about nothing or nobody, but was easily believable when jumping off the helicopter, or crying about Juliet…

    Josh could really end up playing some role that makes him one of the most known actors in hollywood…again. I think his diversity was really displayed, and the guy could play just about anything.

    Ive talked about Emerson before. He and O’quinn are easily the two best actors on the show when they are given the opportunity.
    Everything he has ever done has been beyond great. From the chair scene in the cabin (which he improvised and wrote himself), to scenes with his father or Alex. Michael Emerson can look at you…and make you want to laugh, cry, punch him in the face, or run in fear…just for that he gets the “Look Loscar”…

    I really liked Dom Monahagen here too. I think he was shown diversity this season. And although I just cant buy him being a bad ass…I think he does a great job of playing the role he did on Lost.

    I could talk for hours about Terry Oquinn…but I wont. Ill just say that if there was a person right now in Hollywood that I could work with…learn from…there is not another person who it would be from an actors perspective.
    He seems to have a constant ora about him. The type of guy that when he walks in a room, people would respect him out of fear or simply joy…he can control a scene with a look…with a word…with simply his presence.
    there have been so many scenes I have had to watch again because I get tied up in watching the man work. His facial expressions…his…ablity to be so convincing can seriously make you ignore everything else on the screen sometimes…he is the character that tells people not to tell him what he cant do…because in reality he makes us all believe, whether you want to or not…that he really could do just about anything on this show…and oddly enough has done just about everything on this show.
    He is the best actor in my opinion, and very deserving of nearly any award anyone chooses to give him.

  2. Hahaha calling Heroes ‘beyond repairable’ was my favorite part of the post

    Speaks bad about Josh Holloway?.. Aliens or not, looks like im gonna be using my shotgun! I joke 😉 Im not THAT obsessed *Tries changing username*

    Lapidus – season 4 = Awesome. Now = hmm? ‘looks like someone got their voice back’ EWW! STUPID STUPID LINE!! But i love him nonetheless <3

    Jacob – well i watch supernatural and he plays lucifer in that so id like to believe he’s good but he plays those parts very similarly:
    Lucifer manipulates people. He comes across as a wounded son of God and its not his fault. ‘Im just trying to make things fair’. He also manipulates people into being his vessel.. ‘I’ll give your body straight back’
    Jacob manipulates people into believing they have their own choices (Yeah right!) ‘people dont have to corrupt, even though im corrupt and majorly hypocritical’
    Both similar characters plays awesomely 🙂

    I must agree with you on the acting.. it has been outstanding!
    Just the other day when watching the candidate i was amazed at how believable his performances are at being both Locke and Unlocke.. With both having such different personalities, he does a sensational job! he deffo deserves your (genius) Loscar.

    I also have to admit im impressed with Emilie De Ravens acting this season too. The way she plays crazy is just… Crazy. She never had big parts in the other seasons so im glad for the character change.. If you think about her in that season 1 episode where the memories of Ethan come back to her, and she gets all mad and worked up, it was OK but just OK. If you compare it to her acting now, there is a maaaasive difference.

    And as AES mentions… Michael. I cant say much because i think the word MAJESTIC sums him up quite nicely 🙂

  3. AES – Totally with ya on Matthew Fox. I suppose I overlooked what he has been able to do this season. Like you said, he’s been believable. He’s calmed down, and has found a purpose. It’s just hard to notice the job well done because it involves less fireworks than what we’ve seen from him in previous seasons.

    I think he plays a father to David really well too.

    Good pick on the coveted “Look Loscar”. It definitely goes to Emerson. When you can remember almost every scene an actor has been in, you know that’s some engaging acting.

    About O’Quinn, I too believe he’s helped make the show what it is. One thing he’s done successfully since season one, that I doubt he did on purpose, is split the audience. I always wanted the best for Locke. I trusted his word when no one (on the show) would. What’s weird to me is, every female that I know of has thought of Locke as one of the scariest and most distrustful sons of bitches in television. I always thought that to be interesting.

    SawyerGirl – Yeah, I thought Heroes was amazing until halfway through season 2. Now it’s a crock.

    Hmmm…I always forget about Emilie. She has such a strange role in this show. She’s done a solid job with what she has, and I suppose she has actually had some stand out moments this season. I think it was “Recon” where she was able to flex her ability quite a bit. She tackled the challenge of threatening Kate’s life, and then making it up to her very believable. Good thinking there.

  4. Geez, how could I forget Nestor Carbonell as “Richard”? This guy did the job about as well as anyone could in “Ab Aeterno”. A lot of credit should also go to the set designers and make up people (whatever they’re called) for that episode. I felt like I was watching a movie during that hour.

  5. I would dare say that Nestor Carbonell’s performance in “Ab Aeterno” is the single greatest performance ever on Lost. I mean, during the flashback, I forgot that was the same guy playing Richard. Much like you forget that its Tom Hanks when you watch Forrest Gump.

  6. I’d like to bring up the dock scene with Sawyer and Kate in “What Kate Does” and compare Josh’s acting skillz to Terry’s in the “Fine, I’ll finally tell you Dr. Shepard why I don’t want the surgery” scene in “The Candidate”.

    I’m going to argue that acting doesn’t get any better than that. AMAZING.

  7. Also – I’d like to nominate whichever writer got drunk with his buddies and joked, “I wonder if there is any way I could get away with writing a scene where Elizabeth and Evangeline are handcuffed together…….”

    THANK YOU, WHOEVER YOU ARE, HERE’S A LOSCAR FOR YOUR BRILLIANCE.

  8. Chief! I just stopped by for a visit and saw this. I love it! And I agree with what others (especially AES) has said and almost everything commented so far.

    I just can’t figure out how you could watch The Candidate and still think that MIB/Flocke’s intentions are for the good side of things and that Jacob is Evil Incarnate. Or are you still not liking the way answers have been given? 😉

    Anyway, simply put…I’ve hated Jack for 5 and a half seasons, and now I don’t. That is 1) incredible writing 2) phenomenal directing and 3) an actor not screwing all that up and doing a great job.

  9. Ummm…Kim….You might not like my new/last post…due to your question to Chief in your comment…last episode is actually what did it for me, oddly enough…

    Chief…you might just like it…

  10. kimberly – Thanks for stopping by. Although I believe Jacob is a nasty one in disguise, I’m not saying MIB’s a saint. I realize it sort of implies it, since there’s the scale and all. I don’t understand how it could work either. There’s usually a proper balance between good and evil. Usually.

    I guess what I’m saying is, we’ve seen MIB do some terrible things to people, he doesn’t seem to be hiding it from us or the losties. Jacob, on the other hand, has lied to people on numerous occasions, and has very possibly done much worse. If he’s truly the one that was controlling the others all along, I’m not seeing anything positive about his influence. We can all remember the deceptive and violent nature of that clan.

    Anyway, I also agree that Jack is a MUCH more likeable character now. I’m even liking Kate a little more, as well as Sawyer (Even though he still acts before thinking. What’s a redneck to do though?).

    AES – Uh oh, can’t wait to see what this is about!

  11. “we’ve seen MIB do some terrible things to people, he doesn’t seem to be hiding it from us or the losties…”

    So what do you call tricking Jack into taking a bomb onto the sub in an attempt to kill them the very way he described Widmore’s so-called bomb scheme? I’m confused.

    I think we will debate these very things until well past the show ends because to me, people’s nature of mis-trust and the choices they make thinking it’s for their own (and/or others) good (perfect example: again, the sub scene between Sawyer and Jack and the bomb) are not Jacob’s fault, nor can you say that they were absolutely controlled by MIB. The Others proved MIB’s point because he obviously knows human nature just as Jacob does. And I think that when the show is over we will see the push-pull type of effects from both MIB’s plan (and Jacob’s) woven through every single season. And all the choices that were made and actions done by the Losties, the Others, the DI… we’ll see how human nature (with a dose of free-will counteracted with a bit of destiny) were playing themselves out in these hopes and plans.

    Anyway, I do think that MIB has a thing for killing people to get what he wants…which at the end of the day in my mind, makes him the villain or antagonist that the Losties will fight against. I also think it’s how you can explain Sayid’s ‘infection’ but that’s for another time.

    Sorry for rambling on about this here. It’s been awhile. 🙂

  12. I don’t consider it rambling, just a good old fashioned rebuttal.

    You got me there, with MIB putting the bomb in the bag. Kind of funny too. It’s the last damn thing that’s happened in this show, and I spaced it out entirely. I can’t really come back with anything there…….Well I guess I can. Jacob tricks people into living how he wants them to, MIB kills them once they start living Jacob’s way. (I guess that works)

    His reasoning for things is what we’ve yet to find out. We still don’t know who this guy is, that includes his name. We don’t know where, when, or what “home” for him is. Most importantly, we don’t know his intentions. When he says he “wants to go home”, he’s not referring to getting home before the Super Bowl so he can enjoy a few beers with the fellas. We can all agree on that. When he says “home”, it’s obviously something big.

    I just don’t buy that MIB is truly “the devil”. Jacob seemes to have wronged him badly enough to make MIB as ferocious as he is. That would make MIB a reaction to an outside source. Not trying to sound Einsteiny, I’m just saying that without Jacob, MIB wouldn’t be how he is.

  13. I’m going to quote something I actually just read, after posting my last comment but before reading yours.

    But first, I agree that MIB isn’t simply “the devil” because just like Dogen had to find a word for Sayid’s “infection” and said it is just one way of describing it… I think there is something similar to what is at play with MIB and Jacob. And yes, they need each other, you could say they have even driven each other to be who and what they are. That’s how everyone on the show has been (even in the Sideways line)…so why would it be any different for them?

    Anyway, here’s one version of an explanation on the two forces of MIB & Jacob that I agree with and would have tried to convey in our lovely little discussion here, and fortunately, someone else wrote it out far better than I would have! And she even touches on the thing about Sayid’s infection (without saying it directly) that I was alluding to earlier. When you read the part about MIB ‘projecting’ who he is on others, that is one way of describing the infection…and why it was possible for Sayid to die the awesome, redeemed, heroic death that he did. Anyway, it’s long, but I hope you read it.

    “I’ve seen some scuffling back and forth that people are still on the fence between who’s good and who’s bad. Some are climbing the tree of moral relativity and saying, well Jacob is just as bad as the Eff-Locke because all these people have come to the island because he’s brought them here, and now they’re all dead, so Jacob is the REAL bad guy. To whit, I say.. Eff… Locke killed them. Duh.

    I’m sure this debate will rage on and on. With dish rag arguments, like, we’ll he never tried to help the people he brought to the island, he just brought them and left them to suffer their fate, and Smokies wrath. I’m not persuaded.
    Eff-Locke has had deep and intricate relationships with many people on the island. He’s been deceiving everyone this season, as revealed last week, his purpose isn’t to get everyone off the island, his purpose is to kill everyone, including Jacob, so he can leave the island (as he stated in Ab Aeterno). There may be choruses of ‘Why??! he must have a good reason!!!! Jacob made him this way, it’s Jacob’s fault.’

    Excuse me while I still whisper … poppycock.

    This season has been the reflection season, and I see the two sides portrayed by Jacob and MiB have been sufficiently reflected to pose a theory. MiB holds up a mirror, and sees himself, and then looks at other people and projects his character on to them, namely: they come, the fight, they corrupt, they destroy. Or shorter, evil. Jacob holds up the mirror and looks and himself and then looks around at other people and projects something different, namely: Everything else is just progress. I make mistakes, but I learn from them and go on.

    Jacob is a creative force, MiB is a destructive force. Jacob is for recreation and redemption. MiB is for killing and damning. It’s plain to me.

    So what does that mean for our intrepid band of plane survivors, who is proven right, and who is proven wrong. It might be in the eyes of the beholder, since many have died and it could be rightfully claimed that they’ve gained nothing, no progress.”

    Looking forward to more of this story unfolding…

  14. I’m going to quote something I actually just read, after posting my last comment but before reading yours.

    But first, I agree that MIB isn’t simply “the devil” because just like Dogen had to find a word for Sayid’s “infection” and said it is just one way of describing it… I think there is something similar to what is at play with MIB and Jacob. And yes, they need each other, you could say they have even driven each other to be who and what they are. That’s how everyone on the show has been (even in the Sideways line)…so why would it be any different for them?

    Anyway, here’s one version of an explanation on the two forces of MIB & Jacob that I agree with and would have tried to convey in our lovely little discussion here, and fortunately, someone else wrote it out far better than I would have! And she even touches on the thing about Sayid’s infection (without saying it directly) that I was alluding to earlier. When you read the part about MIB ‘projecting’ who he is on others, that is one way of describing the infection…and why it was possible for Sayid to die the awesome, redeemed, heroic death that he did. Anyway, it’s long, but I hope you read it.

    “I’ve seen some scuffling back and forth that people are still on the fence between who’s good and who’s bad. Some are climbing the tree of moral relativity and saying, well Jacob is just as bad as the Eff-Locke because all these people have come to the island because he’s brought them here, and now they’re all dead, so Jacob is the REAL bad guy. To whit, I say.. Eff… Locke killed them. Duh.

    I’m sure this debate will rage on and on. With dish rag arguments, like, we’ll he never tried to help the people he brought to the island, he just brought them and left them to suffer their fate, and Smokies wrath. I’m not persuaded.
    Eff-Locke has had deep and intricate relationships with many people on the island. He’s been deceiving everyone this season, as revealed last week, his purpose isn’t to get everyone off the island, his purpose is to kill everyone, including Jacob, so he can leave the island (as he stated in Ab Aeterno). There may be choruses of ‘Why??! he must have a good reason!!!! Jacob made him this way, it’s Jacob’s fault.’

    Excuse me while I still whisper … poppycock.

    This season has been the reflection season, and I see the two sides portrayed by Jacob and MiB have been sufficiently reflected to pose a theory. MiB holds up a mirror, and sees himself, and then looks at other people and projects his character on to them, namely: they come, the fight, they corrupt, they destroy. Or shorter, evil. Jacob holds up the mirror and looks and himself and then looks around at other people and projects something different, namely: Everything else is just progress. I make mistakes, but I learn from them and go on.

    Jacob is a creative force, MiB is a destructive force. Jacob is for recreation and redemption. MiB is for killing and damning. It’s plain to me.

    So what does that mean for our intrepid band of plane survivors, who is proven right, and who is proven wrong. It might be in the eyes of the beholder, since many have died and it could be rightfully claimed that they’ve gained nothing, no progress.”

    Looking forward to more of this story unfolding…

  15. I’ll tell ya Kimberly, you’ve always looked at this show from a broader angle than I have, and I wont be too surprised if you’re right about Jacob.

    The thing is, (and I have nothing to back it up with) it just seems too easy. If everything goes Jacob’s way, and Jacob has nothing but great intentions, then what’s that say about our losties? Jack and company did what Jacob wanted them to do, and humanity is saved? They’re simply following orders? I just feel it takes away some of the importance of getting to know this bunch of characters over the years. If Jacob saves the planet’s existence, is the audience expected to rejoice? We barely even know the guy.

    Either way, no matter what Jacob wants done, I’m sure these last few episodes are going to be entertaining……..barring an alien attack or something dreadful like that.

  16. I get what you are saying about Jacob. I do expect something unexpected in the conclusion with everything…but I don’t think it will be some twist that makes it as definitive as one or the other having nothing but great intentions.

    Again, it’s about perspective. How many episodes ago was Jack smashing the lighthouse mirrors in absolute panicked frustration? And before that, how many seasons ago was Jack driving around wasted and hoping to die? This process of transformation and choosing to believe in something or someone has made Jack likable to me. (But that ‘someone’ isn’t limited to Jacob, or John Locke…) And what about Sayid’s life? Is that not a mixed bag of some good choices and some terrible choices that plagued him and drove him deeper into his own madness that allowed him to believe that killing for Flocke was his only way out of the mess? Nothing will be as simple as “following so & so’s orders” because it hasn’t been just about saving humanity…it’s been about believing in, TRUSTing, reconciling and saving themselves in the process of trusting and believing in others. So yeah, it’s been about all the people we DO know deciding to believe in the progress in themselves first, and then whatever that does collectively we have yet to see…

    Thanks for having this conversation with me. It made the hours before the episode a bit more fun today…especially being PST.

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