One can only imagine how much influence the actress drew from the late Princess Leia for this Mike Nichols -directed Hollywood satire. Although the Julie sections of the film leave a lot to be desired, Streep is a hoot as the spirited cook during her formative years.
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Brooks stars as a recently deceased man who must defend his lifelong cowardice to a court in order to advance to the next phase of existence, or be sent back to Earth to do it all over again. Streep plays Julia, a virtuous woman who becomes the object of his affection.
After nearly 30 years and 12 failed nominations, Streep finally added a third Oscar to her shelf for the film, her second for Best Actress. Despite being the female lead, Streep won in the supporting category over co-star Jane Alexander. Streep broke her own Oscar record by receiving her 21st nomination for the film, her 17th in lead.
This was Studio-system Hollywood, and the fiercely independent Stanwyck rebelled against it all, refusing to be tied to any one studio. Whatever the reasons, Rainer prevailed for the second consecutive year! Stanwyck continued to deliver powerhouse performances in the decades to come, while Rainer only in her late 20s at the time left the entertainment industry in with two Oscars in hand.
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Not fair. Not only does Hepburn's role as Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story rank as one of her most beloved and famous performances, but after being labeled box office poison she could have quit Hollywood - many other actresses would have. Instead of quitting, she went to the stage and eventually returned to the screen with this star defining movie. Yes, Hepburn had won one Oscar in for Morning Glory and would win three more in the decades to come, but The Philadelphia Story is Hepburn at her most iconic. AFI ranked it as the 5 romantic comedy of all time.
Kerr and Russell and the aforementioned Stanwyck are the strongest examples of actresses getting shafted by the Academy. Russell 4 nominations, no wins was the odds on favorite to win for 's Mourning Becomes Electra and lost in one of the category's great injustices. She was clearly having a blast onscreen. It's a role she originated on Broadway where she received a Tony nomination. With the exception of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in , Kerr still holds the record for the most Best Actress nominations and no wins 6 total.
Really a shame. The Academy in was all about awarding up and comers, not the veterans. Honoring veteran actors was a trend that didn't happen much til the s. Regardless, any way you slice it, Swanson's exquisitely convincing Norma Desmond ranks as one of cinema history's most iconic characters. Oscar voters in must've been pretty torn between these two very different performances.
Watch Born Yesterday and Sunset Boulevard and you tell me.
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All I know is history's jaw still rests on the floor that Swanson went home empty-handed that night. And believe me, she was ready for her close-up. A classic case of the Academy honoring an actress for popularity's sake and that's it. A weak decision - sorry, Academy. Bergman should have won for Casablanca - she didn't - she won for Gaslight , which is okay, but why did she also win for this boring film? In Anastasia , Bergman has one good scene with Helen Hayes, but beyond that - nothing she does is all that memorable.
Any other actress in this category would have been a better choice. Speaking of better choices, Baker played Baby Doll to sublime perfection. She is a childish 19 year old virgin who is sold into marriage by her father.
Based on a Tennessee Williams' one act play, Baby Doll was the most controversial black comedy of its day, widely banned for its sexual themes. Watch this film - I guarantee you, you'll be hooked by this unforgettable performance. It's common knowledge at this point that the Academy awarded Taylor for Butterfield 8 because she had a major health scare that year, and had a tracheotomy done.
Many thought she wouldn't make it. MacLaine talks openly about this. The Apartment is a perfect film and MacLaine would have and should have won - and deserved to for her heartbreaking role as a complicated elevator operator. Yes, MacLaine won decades later for Terms of Endearment , which she also deserved.
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Mind you, Taylor was terrific in Butterfield , she carries the film. Plus she was a drop dead gorgeous superstar, but a bit over the top in the film. Shirley MacLaine really should have won this. She has been missed, but that doesn't change the fact that her win for Women In Love was a total injustice. Her character is a brash, abrasive, bitchy shrew who doesn't do much in what is more or less a supporting role.
Don't believe me? Watch the film. It's the worst choice in the category. After nearly 30 years and 12 failed nominations, Streep finally added a third Oscar to her shelf for the film, her second for Best Actress. Despite being the female lead, Streep won in the supporting category over co-star Jane Alexander. Streep broke her own Oscar record by receiving her 21st nomination for the film, her 17th in lead. What could easily have been a Lifetime melodrama is instead a subtle, intimate story of lost love and sacrifice.
For a country still reeling from the Vietnam War, this elegiac epic about a group of returning veterans Robert De Niro , John Savage , Christopher Walken was like a three hour therapy session. Streep received her first Oscar nomination for playing Linda, the girlfriend of one of the men Walken , who is psychologically damaged by his experiences in the war.
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