MY FAVORITE PERFORMANCES BY BEST ACTRESS OSCAR WINNERS:
( 1930 ) NORMA SHEARER in “THE DIVORCEE”
( 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:
( 1939 ) VIVIEN LEIGH in “GONE WITH THE WIND”
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.
( 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.
( 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!
( 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.
( 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.
( 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.
( 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.”
( 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.
( 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. )
( 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.
( 1991 ) JODIE FOSTER in “THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS”
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.
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