And just when you thought it couldn’t be possible to top “15 Memorable Middle Child Movie Moments: Part 1.” Here's the rest of the best. If you know of any that should be included on the list, comment below or e-mail to: email@example.com
Older brother: Mark/Younger sister: Missy
Older sister: Violet/Younger brother: Jack-Jack
Older sister: Barbara/Younger sister: Karen
Older sister: Hannah/Younger sister: Lee
(AWARD ANNOTATION: Wiest won Best Supporting Actress for her Middle Child portrayal.)
So far, the list has been limited to characters who were the only movie Middle Child in the family, but these co-star/co-middlers are certainly worth mentioning.
JOSEPHINE “JO” & ELIZABETH “BETH” MARCH in “Little Women”
Oldest sister: Margaret “Meg”/Youngest sister: Amy
Winner: Best Art Direction; Nominated: Best Cinematography.
O’Brien was presented with an Academy Juvenile Award (who knew this was even a thing?) for “Outstanding Child Actress of 1944.” This happened before even filming “Little Women,” but she was a little woman at the time, if that counts for something.
(READ ABOUT how O'Brien's Oscar was stolen and found over 50 years later.)
Nominated: Best Actress (Winona Ryder); Best Costume Design; Best Original Score.
This present-day update disappointed at the box office and with critics. EW.com wouldn’t even consider it in their ranking of Little Women adaptations.
CHARLES, PERCY, GEORGE, FRED & RONALD WEASLEY:
in the Harry Potter film series.
Oldest brother: William/Youngest sister: Ginevra “Ginny”
So many Weasley’s, so little time. Let’s start with Ron. He’s Harry’s best friend, and clearly the most widely known Weasley. He’s appeared in all eight film adaptations, logging just over 3½ hours of screen time. Moving on to the lesser Weasley’s, troublemaking twins George and Fred also appear in all eight films. They may be identical, but not when it comes to screen time: George gets just slightly over 20 minutes, while Fred gets slightly under. Percy is the measly Weasley, only speaking in three films with a little over three minutes on screen. And then comes Charlie, the forgotten Weasley. He’s only seen, and his only scene, is in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” when there’s a glimpse of him in a Weasley family photo album. He’s not even credited. Ouch.
Oldest brother: Sonny/Younger sister: Connie
While Fredo was the middle Corleone son (see this previous “Profiles in Middledom” post), younger brother Michael was a Mid Kid too. Even though he “never wanted this” for his baby boy, when Don Corleone retires he still chooses Michael to lead the family. That's how little confidence he had in the feeble Fredo.
(AWARD ANNOTATION: Pacino received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “The Godfather,” and a Best Actor nomination for “The Godfather II.”)
In total, the actors actresses on this list have been nominated by the Academy 26 times for Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and have won nine times. Just four of those nominations were for movies on this list however, and of those only one walked away with an Oscar: Dianne Wiest. The rest were runners-up, which somehow seems fitting.
COMING SUNDAY: More “Greatest Middle Child Movies NEVER Made.”