Friday, 13 January 2012

Best Supporting Actor 2004: Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby

Morgan Freeman won his Oscar from his fourth nomination for portraying Eddie 'Scrap Iron' Dupris in Million Dollar Baby.

Morgan Freeman although would have been a deserving winner for all of his previous nominations, especially for Street Smart, he did not win until here in the best picture winner Million Dollar Baby, which is film that just gets worse and worse every time I watch the dreary film. Morgan Freeman here did received a career Oscar here, that really seemed to be a role that was far too much devised  for Freeman. This sometimes can mean they'll give a performance, and it will be a role they were born to play, but it can also cause one to give a very by the books and standard performance like Freeman's here.

Morgan Freeman offers the narration in the film, and it is not nearly as well handled as in The Shawshank Redemption. In Shawshank it was frankly better performed, but also better used in that it felt like more of the reflections of his character more than just narration, here it feels just like narration nothing more. Freeman being the narrator is only one facet that feels like a far too standard of a role for Freeman. His role is just of a has been old timer who offers advice to the main characters not much more than that.

Most of the time in the film Freeman just gives the same slightly dispassionate expression. It sort of makes sense due to what happened to his character but it does nothing to brighten up the dreary nature of the film, and it would have been nice if there was a performance that did that. Freeman's performance really is just rather repetitiveness giving that same expression that reflects his past. It's surprising just how little Freeman tries to do with the character. He stays painfully the same in almost every scene. 

Freeman gave some good performances in the past he was amazing in Street Smart for example, but in Street Smart he really went as far as possible with his performance, and created a truly memorable character. Here though Freeman turns Scrap Iron into just into serviceable character because of his frankly less than serviceable performance. You would expect the character to be inspiring, but he really isn't. This is a horrible win because this is one of the least interesting performances ever given by the actor.

12 comments:

RatedRStar said...

I dont think Freeman would ever be to blame for anything I guess the film would be the blame lol =D, Ive not seen this film, what is actually bad about it Louis =)

mrripley said...

I like the film and the performers i just did not feel any of it was their best work esp freeman.

Louis Morgan said...

What I don't like about is just its dreary tone throughout, and its several one dimensional characters.

Anonymous said...

Its amazing the differences with this and Unforgiven, which Eastwood one both Oscars for. Unforgiven was thought provoking, complex, contemplative everything Million Dollar Baby isnt

Louis Morgan said...

Quite true.

RatedRStar said...

So if I was depressed, and wanted to feel even worse haha, i'd watch this lol =)

Louis Morgan said...

Yes pretty much.

dinasztie said...

He's so dreary here...

joe burns said...

I like this movie! but I haven't seen it in a long time..

Though I know what you mean....

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