Best Oscar Nomination Classes (by category and year)
I nominate the Best Actor class of 2002.
Adrien Brody in THE PIANIST, Nicolas Cage in ADAPTATION, Michael Caine in THE QUIET AMERICAN, Daniel Day-Lewis in GANGS OF NEW YORK, and Jack Nicholson in ABOUT SCHMIDT.
Best Actress 1988
Best Supporting Actress 1982
Best Actor 1980 (although Donald Sutherland in Ordinary People should have got Jack Lemmon's nod)
I nominated the Best Actor class of 1999:
Russell Crowe in THE INSIDER, Richard Farnsworth in THE STRAIGHT STORY, Sean Penn in SWEET AND LOW DOWN, Kevin Spacey in AMERICAN BEAUTY, and Denzel Washington in THE HURRICANE.
Four of the greatest actors of this generation (Crowe, Penn, Spacey, and Washington) and one of the best character actors of his generation (Farnsworth).
And, Kevin Spacey won the Best Actor Oscar.
1970 Best Song: "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; “Come Saturday Morning,” from The Sterile Cuckoo; “Jean,” from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; “True Grit” from True Grit; and “What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life,” from The Happy Ending.
Best Supporting Actress, 1988:
*Geena Davis - The Accidental Tourist
Joan Cusack - Working Girl
Frances McDormand - Mississippi Burning
Michelle Pfeiffer - Dangerous Liaisons
Sigourney Weaver - Working Girl
Best Actor 1951: Bogart, Brando, Clift, Arthur Kennedy, Frederic March
Best Actress 1939: Leigh, Davis, Dunne, Garbo, Garson
Best Supporting Actress 1944: Ethel Barrymore, Jennifer Jones, Aline MacMahon, Angela Lansbury, Agnes Moorehead
Best Supporting Actor 1972: Joel Grey, Eddie Albert, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino
1982 Best Supporting Actress:
Glenn Close - The World According to Garp
Teri Garr - Tootsie
Jessica Lange - Tootsie (WINNER)
Kim Stanley - Frances
Lesley Ann Warren - Victor/Victoria
Best Actress 1962:
Bette Davis - Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Katharine Hepburn - Long Days Journey Into Night
Geraldine Page - Sweet Bird of Youth
Lee Remick - Days of Wine and Roses
Anne Bancroft - The Miracle Worker (winner - but my choice would be Remick).
Best Actress 1961:
Natalie Wood - Splendor in the Grass
Page, again -Summer and Smoke
Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffanys
Piper Laurie - The Hustler
Sophia Loren - Two Women - winner, first in a foreign language.