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  • sisterluke
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    #182724

    The nominees were:

    Doris Day, “Pillow Talk”

    Audrey Hepburn, “The Nun’s Story”

    Katharine Hepburn, “Suddenly, Last Summer”

    Simone Signoret, “Room at the Top”

    Elizabeth Taylor, “Suddenly, Last Summer”

    The winner was Simone Signoret.  It was the biggest upset ever.  Audrey Hepburn owned the character of Sister Luke in “The Nun’s Story” and should have won the Best Actress Oscar for her best performance ever.  What a travesty of justice!

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    benbraddock
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    #182726

    This was not the biggest upset  ever… Simone was favored to win
    best actress the entire season…SUDDEMLY LAST SUMMER  was
    considered weak by most standards, DAY was too cute in PILLOW
    TALK and the only real competition was AUDREY HEPBURN IN
    THE NUNS STORY.. Audrey was my choice simply because it was
    such a different role for her in her young career..but she had just
    won 6 years earlier and the academy chose not to honor her again
    so soon..

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    Sasha
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    #182727

    I consider this year to be one of the best years for leading actress ever. I could quite easily find ten or more performances from that particular year that would be all worthy of Oscar nomination. But the sad thing is that the best performance of the year wasn’t even nominated. I’m talking about Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot”. Academy hated her beyond any belief. From the actual nominees I’d probably go with either Audrey or Lizzie.

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    babypook
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    #182728

    This was the year that Ben Hur won Best Picture….lol!

    Audrey Hepburn is my choice. And I agree with Sasha about the divine Monroe. Was she really ‘hated’? Dont know.

     There was Porgy and Bess that year as well, with a terrific perf(s) from Dorothy Dandridge.

    Audrey was never better than in A Nun’s Story. Never. Up until I saw this, I thought Audrey was over-rated. !

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    Troy
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    #182729

    Strong line up.   Not even close to one of the biggest upsets though.  Signoret was a worthy winner.  

    What was more suspect/surprising is her co-star Hermione Baddelay received a nomination for a two minute (perhaps slightly shorter) performance. 

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    Jake
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    ^^Yeah but what a performance that was. The one that stays with you. 

    I’d rather give Audrey 2nd Oscar but Signoret’s win isn’t any injustice. Hepburn certainly was lucky enough that there was no real alternative when she won for her wonderful work on “Roman Holiday”. 

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    Pavel Romanov
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    Simone all the way for me! (A short but stunning performance). A. Hepburn had only recently just won and her movie was a slog to get through. If Monroe had been nominated, I’d have chosen her though.

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    Madson Melo
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    Omg, I’m doing a marathon of this category since yesterday, crazy!

    I’ve seeing Last Summer and Room at the Top, and from the 3 actresses, it’s Taylor to lose. Signoret wasn’t exactly a lead in her movie.

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    sisterluke
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    #182733

    Please let me know what you think of Audrey Hepburn’s performance in “The Nun’s Story.”

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