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What was the Oscar Best Actress race ever....

one where all 5 were strong contenders and deserving?

1977 was pretty strong although I wouldn't say Marsha Mason was award worthy...the other 4 were though.

by Anonymousreply 4403/21/2013

1982 was extremely strong. Lange would have won by a landslide any other year.

by Anonymousreply 103/21/2013

but r1 Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria or Debra Winger in Officer/Gentlemen weren't really Oscar worthy.

by Anonymousreply 203/21/2013

1967 is pretty strong: KATHARINE HEPBURN in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", Anne Bancroft in "The Graduate", Faye Dunaway in "Bonnie and Clyde", Edith Evans in "The Whisperers", Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark"

oddly Katharine Hepburn is the weak link for me.

by Anonymousreply 303/21/2013

1988: Jodie FostertThe AccusedtSarah Tobias Glenn ClosetDangerous LiaisonstMarquise Isabelle de Merteuil Melanie GriffithtWorking GirltTess McGill Meryl StreeptA Cry in the DarktLindy Chamberlain Sigourney WeavertGorillas in the MisttDian Fossey

by Anonymousreply 403/21/2013

Sorry for the character glitches from cut and paste, but 1988 was a good year for the ladies.

by Anonymousreply 503/21/2013

agreed r5...very good year. Christine Lahti didn't even make the cut for Running on Empty it was such a good year.

by Anonymousreply 603/21/2013

Yeah, 1988 is the year that comes to mind for me. And Christine Lahti was amazing in Running on Empty. Any other year, she's at least nominated.

by Anonymousreply 703/21/2013

1950 was a great year.

by Anonymousreply 803/21/2013

ooo yes r8...1950 was good:

JUDY HOLLIDAY in "Born Yesterday", Anne Baxter in "All About Eve", Bette Davis in "All About Eve", Eleanor Parker in "Caged", Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard"

by Anonymousreply 903/21/2013

1939: Vivien Leigh – Gone With the Wind, Bette Davis – Dark Victory, Irene Dunne – Love Affair, Greta Garbo – Ninotchka, Greer Garson – Goodbye, Mr. Chips

by Anonymousreply 1003/21/2013

Please OP, make a thread about the weakest Best Actress years.

by Anonymousreply 1103/21/2013

There's a lot of bad luck in the Best Actress category. Usually really strong years are back-to-back with some terrible line-ups.

1994 was terrible (Jodie Foster in "Nell" was the likely runner-up), but 1995 not only had five great performances, but several more that didn't make the cut: Kidman (To Die For), Bates (Dolores Claiborne), Collette (Muriel's Wedding) among others.

1962 had five strong performances (Bancroft beat out Hepburn, Davis, Remick and Page), but it was followed by a set of nominees so poor that Patricia Neal won for a clearly supporting role (she probably has the fourth largest part in "Hud").

2005 was so bad that Ziyi Zhang almost got in for "Memoirs of a Geisha" (and Reese Witherspoon won!), but the next year had Helen Mirren beat out Streep, Winslet, Dench and Penelope Cruz, all of whom turned in great work.

by Anonymousreply 1203/21/2013

^ 1985 was a rather strong year, followed by the weakest year of the 80's (IMO).

by Anonymousreply 1303/21/2013

1965 is good:

JULIE CHRISTIE in "Darling", Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music", Samantha Eggar in "The Collector", Elizabeth Hartman in "A Patch of Blue", Simone Signoret in "Ship of Fools

by Anonymousreply 1403/21/2013

2007 was pretty strong (sans Ellen Page) with Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, and Laura Linney. 2001 SHOULD have been Sissy's for In the Bedroom.

by Anonymousreply 1503/21/2013

I forget the year but Talulah Eckebold in Edgemont View, Jacqueline Pierrer in Les Enfants De Plum, Marcy Madison in Great Scott!, Edna Frothstein in Anchor My Heart and Maggie Smith in Murder By Death was a really tight race.

by Anonymousreply 1603/21/2013

1990 was pretty good too. I remember hearing somewhere that Anjelica Huston and Joanne Woodward split the vote and Kathy Bates won by default. Julia Roberts for Pretty Woman and Meryl for Postcards From The Edge were just filler.

by Anonymousreply 1703/21/2013

1937: Louise Rainer, "The Good Earth"(W), Janet Gaynor, "A Star Is Born", Greta Garbo, "Camille", Barbara Stanwyck, "Stella Dallas", and Irene Dunne, "The Awful Truth"

by Anonymousreply 1803/21/2013


Glenn Close - Fatal Attraction

Cher - Moonstruck

Holly Hunter - Broadcast News

Sally Kirkland - Anna

Meryl Streep - Ironweed

by Anonymousreply 1903/21/2013

And Cher, the eventual winner, turned in the worst performance of the five nominees that year. Close, Hunter, Kirland, Streep, and especially Hunter were light years ahead of Cher.

by Anonymousreply 2003/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 2103/21/2013

only elderly self-hating gays still say "queens"....kill yourself r22

by Anonymousreply 2303/21/2013

'I remember hearing somewhere that Anjelica Huston and Joanne Woodward split the vote'

They don't release figures, r17, so this is fantasy on your part.

Also, this is bullshit:

'Julia Roberts for Pretty Woman and Meryl for Postcards From The Edge were just filler'

Julia isn't a great actress, but she made Pretty Woman what it became, i.e. the biggest female smash film since Streisand's movies in the 70s;

and Meryl turned in one of her strongest performances with Postcards.

Neither of them were 'filler'.

In any case, 1988 and 1987 win hands down as THE most high calibre best actress races in Hollywood history.

Trashing Cher's work in Moonstruck is beyond silly. She is great in it.

by Anonymousreply 2403/21/2013

R24's an idiot.

[quote]Also, this is bullshit:'Julia Roberts for Pretty Woman and Meryl for Postcards From The Edge were just filler'

No, it's not bullshit.

This is:

[quote]In any case, 1988 and 1987 win hands down as THE most high calibre best actress races in Hollywood history.

by Anonymousreply 2503/21/2013

You're the idiot, r25.

Anybody with taste would agree 1988 was THE strongest race, ever.

Meryl in A Cry in the Dark (career highlight bar none, not even Sophie's Choice), Glenn Close in Dangerous f*cking Liaisons, Melanie in Working Girl (she was great in it), Sigourney giving it all as Diane Fossey, plus Jodie Foster, a total revelation in The Accused.

Nuff said.

by Anonymousreply 2603/21/2013

Good point, R26, until EVER, not with 1939 and 1962 running around.

by Anonymousreply 2703/21/2013

[quote]Melanie in Working Girl (she was great in it),

This thread is getting WAY too queenie for me.

by Anonymousreply 2803/21/2013

Then get out, r28.

Following your logic, the Academy is made of 'queens' too -- it's not DL who nominated Melanie Griffith in 1989, remember?

Buh-bye, fuckcake!

by Anonymousreply 2903/21/2013

The wrong Hepburn won in 1967 - it should have been Audrey for her knockout role in TWO FOR THE ROAD (and she was also in WAIT UNTIL DARK) but I suppose they were so pleased to see Katharine back in a role she could have done in her sleep that she swept the others aside, at least she deserved to win the following year for LION IN WINTER, but certainly not again in 1980 !

1960, 1961 and 1962 were 3 stunning years with equal contenders. Jean Simmons (Elmer Gantry, but she was not even nominated) or Deborah Kerr (The Sundowners) should have won in 1960, as the culmination of their great years, but Liz Taylor almost died!

Despite Cotillard's brilliance as Edith Piaf, I really wanted Christie to win in 2007, as it would have been over 40 years since her first win in a leading role.

Loren rightly won in 61 (Audrey in Tiffanys, Natalie in Splendor, Geraldine in Summer & Smoke were among other contenders) - and of 1962's lineup I would have got with Remick.

by Anonymousreply 3003/21/2013

I always find it interesting that in the Best Actress races of 1990/2001 and Best Supporting Actress 2001, all the nominees, if they weren't already, went on to be actual winners some time later in their careers.

by Anonymousreply 3103/21/2013

r31, also happened in 2006 in best actress with streep, mirren, winslet, cruz and dench

by Anonymousreply 3203/21/2013

I know this has focused on more recent (not that the 1980s are recent) contests, but posters have been wise enough to note 1937 and 1939 as especially good years to meet the criteria of the thread.


1940 - great performances, all.

Ginger Rogers (Kitty Foyle) t Bette Davis (The Letter)

Joan Fontaine (Rebecca)

Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story)

Martha Scott (Our Town)

1941 - (Garson's the weak link here, but she looked great and didn't disgrace herself)

Joan Fontaine (Suspicion)

Bette Davis (The Little Foxes)

Olivia de Havilland (Hold Back the Dawn)

Greer Garson (Blossoms in the Dust)t

Barbara Stanwyck (Ball of Fire)

AND 1950, with three of the best performances ever (and one excellent one and one very good one), up against each other

Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday)

Anne Baxter (All About Eve)

Bette Davis (All About Eve)

Eleanor Parker (Caged)

Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard)

And, not to be tedious, but 1962, 1956 and 1960 had great performances across the board, too.

Any list that contains a year with Julia (No One Else Exists On The Screen With Me) Roberts shows any understanding of the nature of a good screen performance.

by Anonymousreply 3303/21/2013

1981 was also a very good year.

Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner's Daughter Ellen Burstyn – Resurrection Goldie Hawn – Private Benjamin Mary Tyler Moore – Ordinary People Gena Rowlands – Gloria

by Anonymousreply 3403/21/2013

I agree with 1950, 1988, and 1995.

by Anonymousreply 3503/21/2013

Buck wouldn't have LOST the Oscar to Sissy Spacek!

by Anonymousreply 3603/21/2013

1996, 1974 and 1950. Nick's Flick Picks has a good round up. He likes 1987 as well.

by Anonymousreply 3703/21/2013

Gays obsessing on Oscars = Geeks obsessing on Star Trek = Fangurls obsession on Soaps.

Biggest waste of time EVER!

by Anonymousreply 3803/21/2013

I think we can all agree 1939, 1950, 1962, 1980, and 1988 are the top five most impressive best actress races.

1987, 1995 and 2006 as runner-ups.

2005 was the weakest ever.

by Anonymousreply 3903/21/2013

1993 is also considered to be one of the strongest years for actresses in the Best acting category. You had frontrunners Angela Bassett in "What's Love Got to Do With It" and Holly Hunter in "The Piano" along with Debra Winger, Stockard Channing and the fifth nominee I'm too lazy to look up right now.

by Anonymousreply 4003/21/2013

Emma Thompson, r40.

by Anonymousreply 4103/21/2013

1962 was excellent.

Anne Bancroft, "The Miracle Worker"

Bette Davis, "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

Katharine Hepburn, "Long Day's Journey Into Night"

Geraldine Page, "Sweet Bird of Youth"

Lee Remick, "Days of Wine and Roses"

That's a lineup that makes one think, for a moment, why bother opening the envelope? They were all so wonderful and winning!

by Anonymousreply 4203/21/2013

No one trashed Cher, only took note that in the final mix, her performance was the weakest of an uncommonly strong group. it's like being the poorest billionaire.

by Anonymousreply 4303/21/2013

[quote] JUDY HOLLIDAY in "Born Yesterday", Anne Baxter in "All About Eve", Bette Davis in "All About Eve", Eleanor Parker in "Caged", Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard"


by Anonymousreply 4403/21/2013
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