Oscar: Nominations–How to Get Them Quickly and Efficiently?

The best way to win awards in Hollywood is to plaster a young face with old?age makeup–artificial aging is interpreted as an infallible sign of “character”–for those who confuse the art of acting with the art of disguise–Andrew Sarris

There are many roads to get an Oscar nomination, but some are more effective, rapid, and success-proof than others. Here is a brief guide for actors who are eager to get an Oscar:
Ten Commandments
Play eccentrics, b they geniuses or madmen
Get cast in heroic roles, inspired by a real-life personality
Essay a heavy accent
Apply heavy makeup and age onscreen
Wear strange clothes
Deglamorize your looks (for women)
Play an alcoholic
Suffer physically or mentally
Die a tragic death
Avoid subtlety and delicacy
If you employ all of those things in the same role, you’ve almost guaranteed yourself an Oscar nomination, perhaps even the award itself.
Various forms of eccentricity are a common attribute of both the male and female Oscar-winning performances. And they go way beyond the genre in which the performance is contained. Players have used tricks other than heavy makeup to impress the Academy voters. Such antics do not necessarily win awards in themselves, but they contribute to the overall impact of the performance. Tricks of the trade often resulting in making a decent work look more striking and visible.
Heavy Accents

 

Heavy accents have always been used to great effect as far as the Academy Award is concerned.

 

Meryl Streep
At present, the sixteen?time Oscar nominee, the incomparable Meryl Streep, is nicknamed “the queen of accents,” for using a different accent in almost every film, from Polish and German in “Sophie’s Choice,” to British dialect in “Plenty,” to Danish in the epic biopic “Out of Africa,” to Aussie in the murder mystery “Cry in the Dark,” to imitating the tall and joyous Julia Childs in the comedy “Julie & Julia.”
Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy won his first Best Actor Oscar for sporting a thick accent for his Portuguese fisherman in Captains Courageous, one of his weaker performances.
Mischa Auer
Mischa Auer used a droll accent for his eccentric role in the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey.
Loretta Young
Loretta Young attempted a Swedish accent in The Farmer’s Daughter (a role turned down by the real-life Swede Ingrid Bergman).            
Ingrid Bergman used her native Swedish for the role of the neurotic missionary in Murder on the Orient Express.
Finney Albert
In the same film, Albert Finney was practically unrecognizable, donning a wig and speaking in a Belgian accent as detective Hercule Poirot.
Alan Arkin
Playing a Russian sailor, Alan Arkin employed a Russian accent in the comedy, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, for which he received his first lead nomination.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine spoke directly to the audience with a heavy Cockney accent in Alfie.