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Hollywood Comebacks Vying for an Oscar

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By Daniel Johnson

As Oscar season comes around the corner, let us take the opportunity to remember theses actors and directors that made a big comeback to their media. Either a return to the very high quality of their past or a return to the bright lights of Hollywood, these men and women have had a successful 2019 that they should be proud of and their work will certainly be in the discussion for some sort of award come the 2020 Oscars.

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez has been one of the biggest stars on the plant for the past quarter-century, that is unarguable. What is also unarguable is that her movie roles during the same period have had its ups and downs. It has been the critical receptions for her role has been as high as the commercial reception. That came back with her starring and producing role in the drama/thriller 'Hustlers.' A nomination from the Independent Spirit awards certainly has helped boost the film into the minds of voters, but what helps more is the amazing performance of Lopez and the rest of the cast.

Joe Pesci


Joe Pesci with Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro is a triple threat unmatched by any other actors/director triplet in film history. Pesci spent much of the 2010s out of the spotlight, appearing in only two films (one animated) during the decade before. Believing to be in retirement, Pesci returned to the screen with the 'The Irishman' this year. Another Scorsese and De Niro mobster film, the film focuses on the life of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran as a driver and hitman for mobster Russell Bufalino, played by Pesci.

Eddie Murphy


In the 1980s and 90s, Eddie Murphy was in a realm all his own for comedy specials and films. During the 2000s and 10s, aside from the occasional "DreamGirls" and "Shrek," Murphy has taken a bit of a nosedive in films. 2019 was a godsend for any fan of Murphy with his Netflix film, "Dolemite is My Name," where Murphy plays the starring role of Rudy Ray Moore as he develops the famous blaxploitation film, "Dolemite."

Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler, another SNL alumni with an iffy track record like Murphy, ended 2018 with a bang with his Netflix comedy special, "100% Fresh." Adam Sandler, unlike Murphy, followed up in 2019 not with a comedic movie, but instead a crime/thriller in "Uncut Gems." Being released in December, the film and its star have already garnered accolades, proving that the clown can sometimes put on a dark face.

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