CineMaven’s OSCAR EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

MY FAVORITE PERFORMANCES BY BEST ACTRESS OSCAR WINNERS:


NORMA SHEARER( 1930 ) NORMA SHEARER in “THE DIVORCEE”
Well how could I not? She is good.

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BETTE DAVIS( 1938 )  BETTE DAVIS in “JEZEBEL”

You do know Bette Davis is the Queen of the Movies, right? She’s a willful, headstrong Southern belle. She’s a volcano.

But…there is another. THE Southern belle:
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( 1939 )  VIVIEN LEIGH  in  “GONE WITH THE WIND”

VIVIEN LEIGH

This is the role of the century and Vivien Leigh seamlessly handles all the emotions of Scarlett O’Hara’s. She WAS the movie. If you don’t believe me, believer her eyes. Her eyes spoke volumes and I listened to everything they said. Scarlett did what she had to do, but perhaps learns a lesson  a little  too late.

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INGRID BERGMAN( 1944 )  INGRID BERGMAN in “GASLIGHT”

Taunted, tortured and triumphant, Ingrid Bergman is an absolute dream actress. She takes you by the heart and makes you feel her fear. She has to be my favorite actress. There may be others I like better, but there are none I’m more emotionally connected to.

 

 

 

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JOAN CRAWFORD( 1945 ) JOAN CRAWFORD in “MILDRED PIERCE”

I’m so happy for Joanie to have won this award. She deserved it. And success is the best revenge, especially in Hollywood. Joan Joan Crawford  – survivor!

 

 

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OLIVIA deHAVILLAND( 1949 )  OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND in “THE HEIRESS”

“I can be very cruel. I  have been taught, by masters.”

DeHavilland’s magnificent in this role of a plain Jane looking for love. She finds deception and cruelty all around her, because being herself was not enough for others. A regal performance.

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ELIZABETH TAYLOR( 1966 )  ELIZABETH TAYLOR in  “WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF”

You know you won’t be taken seriously when you’re beautiful. And Eizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful women in motion pictures. See, that’s where you start from with her. But then she shows you this performance and you have to re-evaluate Life. Elizabeth really WAS the Last Movie Star. I miss her.

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KATHARINE HEPBURN( 1968 )  KATHARINE HEPBURN in “THE LION IN WINTER”

Ohhhh Kate, Kate. Every inch a queen, hand-ling dialogue like nobody’s business. She was fierce in this, and all the actors had to be ready for her…because she was ready for them. Hepburn has won four Academy Awards.

It’s good to be da Queen.

 

 

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LOUISE FLETCHER( 1975 )  LOUISE FLETCHER  in  “ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST”

Am I the only one that thought Nurse Ratched was sexy in a dominatrix sort of way? She ruled that nest of cuckoos like Ilsa, She Wolf of the Nazis. I loved her.

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Fletche’rs Oscar message to her parents was lovely:

 “You are seeing my dream, come true.”

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FAYE DUNAWAY

( 1976 )   FAYE DUNAWAY in “NETWORK”

Before the Devil wore Prada, the Devil wore stripes. I dare you to not find her the eye of a hurricane in Network. I double dare you. The best performance of the 70’s.

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MERYL STREEP( 1983 )  MERYL STREEP in “SOPHIE’S CHOICE

She peeled the skin off my heart…slowly. A devastating performance. ( Whatever you want Meryl, it’s yours. )

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KATHY BATES

( 1990 )  KATHY BATES  in “MISERY”

Adoration sometimes means giving up one’s power. Kathy Bates turns the tables and goes from care taker to captor in a slow…terrifying way.

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( 1991 )  JODIE FOSTER in “THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS”

JODIE FOSTER

Jodie made us one with her as an FBI rookie who seeks the help of a serial killer. Strong and brave and persistent, Foster gives a laser-beamed performance. I think this was the movie of the 90’s thanks to her and Anthony Hopkins.

NEXT: My Favorite Performances for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR…

4 thoughts on “CineMaven’s OSCAR EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

  1. Bravo, T. I’m still fuming over GIGI, a static bore, having won best picture over THE DEFIANT ONES, (’58) as well as CRASH (not a bad film, btw) over Brokeback Mountain. And (gasp!) MIA FARROW not even nominated for Rosemary’s Baby, thanks to Frank Sinatra, who campaigned AGAINST her. (long story) I like your choices.

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    • Thank you Rob. Again, I thank you for reading my blog and offering your comments. I fume alongside you, brother, with what you’ve named above. The Academy is not a brave body of people. “Brokeback Mountain” was a fantastic film. There’s so many years they get it wrong. ( I’m going to my grave howling against Garbo not winning for “Camille” and Gable not winning for “Gone With the Wind” ). But I s’pose there are soooo many years that the Academy got it right. ( “The Silence of the Lambs” is a case in point ). I’ll be watching tonight, but breaking from tradition. Instead of being alone with my Haagen-Dazs ( Rum Raisin ) and all the lights out in my little apartment, I will go to an Oscar party in the city, if my friend goes. I will throw my self into an Oscar pool and drink myself silly so I won’t be pissed at the snark and sarcasm that will surely make itself known in a bar full of drunks. And the Oscar goes to…

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  2. Interesting, entertaining blog Theresa! I like your choices for wins tonight, especially rooting for Rosamund Pike! (But you’re right; Julianne Moore will likely win!) As far as those who “were robbed” in the past, I have to say I thought Spielberg deserved to win as Best Director for “The Color Purple.” Loved that film! Incredible acting and direction! Have fun tonight and don’t drink too much! 🙂

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    • Liza, thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it. Yeah, Rosamund Pike did a fantastic job, but what Academy likes a cold blooded calculating killer dame, I ask you. Spielberg did a great job with “The Color Purple” but I guess politics got in the way. (( Sigh! )) Last night was about a series of causes: racial equality, women’s right to fair & equal pay, ALS, Alzheimer and Immigration. All worthy issues. I basically enjoyed the show. But I have to tell you, I don’t know if I can EVER promise not to drink too much. Thanks for your comment. 😀

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