Alright. It’s been a long and valiant struggle between 32 of the greatest performances ever put to screen. And now after these several weeks, a clear, nearly unanimous winner has been selected. And that winner for Greatest Film Performance is….?
Gloria Swanson, in her incredible turn as Norma Desmond in Sunset Blvd.
The final rankings look like this…
1st Place – Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd.
2nd Place – Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs
3rd Place – Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove
I must say I’m very pleased with these results. Despite the fact that none of my nominations made it through to the very end (though Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia came very close) I still think these results look very good. Well deserved wins for all three of our victors.
A brief remembrance of those who were also nominated for this prestigious title….
Amy Adams in Junebug
Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins
Anne Bacnroft in The Graduate
Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Charlie Chaplin in City Lights
Bette Davis in Whatever Happened To
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot
Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver
Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall
Leonardo DiCaprio in What’s Eating
Peter Finch in Network
Gene Hackman in Unforgiven
Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday
Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter
Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man
Ben Kingsley in Gandhi
Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian
Sophia Loren in Two Women
Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the
Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia
Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II
Anthony Perkins in Psycho
Norma Sheerer in The Divorcee
Meryl Streep in Doubt
Charlize Theron in Monster
Christoph Waltz in Inglorious
Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind