August 15, 2017 at 8:52 pm #1202186299
The nominees were:
Joan Cusack – Working Girl as Cyn
Geena Davis – The Accidental Tourist as Muriel Pritchettdouble-dagger (WINNER)
Frances McDormand – Mississippi Burning as Mrs. Pell
Michelle Pfeiffer – Dangerous Liaisons as Madame Marie de Tourvel
Sigourney Weaver – Working Girl as Katharine Parker
I have seen all the movies but Mississippi Burning. I think this one the academy chose wrong. It should have been either Pfeiffer or Weaver. Davis was just ok in a film that is not that great. I am not the only one who thinks Pfeiffer or Weaver were robbed?August 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm #1202186320
I feel like Weaver was just playing a nice woman who turns out to be a terrible woman. And that’s the performance. Nothing too win-worthy for me. I’d choose Michelle Pfeiffer for actually giving the best performance, but I’m also not disgusted with the Geena Davis win really. Kind of an underwhelming category.August 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm #1202186340
Cusack should have won for her best performance to date. She was great and was better than Weaver. Pfeiffer did nothing special for me, in fact no one in that cast did, least of all Close.August 15, 2017 at 9:25 pm #1202186344
Pfeiffer was legendary as Dangerous Liaisons but this is a difficult category for me to be honest, because I for one loved Joan Cusack and Frances McDormand as well (Cusack is such a fantastic actress but for one reason or another has not maintained the stature of roles the others have, and McDormand was in this role the first time I sat up and gaped at the ability of someone to steal the spotlight from actors like Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe). I’d say it was probably a close one, but I agree—Dangerous Liaisons has held up the best: both Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer should have won for these roles, although Jodie Foster was also truly sublime so…more arguable for Glenn Close.August 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm #1202186354
I think Cusack’s best performance was In & Out and she actually should have won there but.August 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm #1202186356
As a huge Cusack fan, I feel sad that she’s been saddled with Shameless-like roles. She’s spectacular in everything she’s in and I fear she’ll never have the Pfeiffer-comeback many of us are hoping of this year.August 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm #1202186357
Accidentally liked Andy’s comment, but I’d choose Pfeiffer too. Slightly grudgingly, because the one that has stayed with me the most is Weaver in Working Girl.August 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm #1202186453
Davis was a really shocking win. (as was Kevin Kline that year and to a certain extent Jodie Foster)
Weaver seemed poised to win since prior to her every time a person got double nominations they won in the supporting category (Barry Fitzgerald, Teresa Wright, Jessica Lange.)
Davis was on Oprah a few years ago talking about how as she was driving to the show she was watching Siskel and Ebert who put her in fifth place (and also complained about category fraud.)
It is a great mystery how Davis got in. She frankly wasn’t even to respected of an actress at this time. Prior to The Accidental Tourist she really only had the small role in Tootsie and The Fly as successful film credits and then a bunch of TV sitcom stuff. I guess those were the days when supporting actress was considered the wild card category. A few years later we got Marisa Tomei and Anna Paquin scoring shocks too.August 16, 2017 at 3:38 am #1202186617
I’m really happy that Geena Davis is an Oscar-winner. She’s by far my favorite actress among these ladies.
That’s being said, I wish Sigourney Weaver would be an Oscar-winner as well.August 16, 2017 at 4:33 am #1202186675
Not sure how I feel about her win, but she is an Outstanding actress.August 16, 2017 at 6:50 am #1202186772
I’d have voted for Weaver, with Pfeiffer runner-up. Cusack is hilarious but doesn’t really have the screen time. McDormand’s been better. And I much prefer Turner to Davis in The Accidental Tourist.
Odds are, the combo of Davis having the most screen time + Cusack drawing some Working Girl fan votes away from Weaver + fatigue over the uber-aggressive Gorillas in the Mist Oscar campaign did Weaver in.
OSCAR FLASHBACK: Nicholson at the Oscars (1970) – Five Easy PiecesAugust 16, 2017 at 8:11 am #1202186828
This has been and remains one of my all-time favorite categories at any awards show. These were all great performers giving great performances in great films. At the time, Weaver was the favorite and it still boggles my mind that she was both never nominated again after that year and still hasn’t managed win any of the Triple Crown of Acting after years of consistent performances in all media. But Davis gave a classic scene stealing performance that still holds up. Muriel Pritchett is a compelling character and Davis inhabited her completely. For me, along with the Tomei win, this remains a very satisfying surprise result.August 16, 2017 at 6:28 pm #1202187309
Davis may have been helped by the reputation of the role. I’ve read how this was one of the most coveted roles ever and practically every actress around auditioned for it. The fact that she got the role, did a good job, and also that it was sort of unexpected given that she hadn’t really given many great performances before probably had voters thinking good for her. She really had a lot to overcome. I’ll give her a vote.August 16, 2017 at 6:31 pm #1202187311
You know what is also odd about this year:
Weaver was the only one of the five nominees to get a Golden Globe nomination.
The Globes had a completely different group:
Moon Over Parador: Sonia Braga
The Last Temptation of Christ: Barbara Hershey
The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Lena Olin
Bird: Diane VenoraAugust 16, 2017 at 7:01 pm #1202187335
Davis winning here makes her lost for Thelma and Louise acceptable to some extent. Weaver should have won for Aliens. She lost entirely for political reasons since all the shots of female audience members crying that the deaf nominee was their winner — the belle of the ball — the prom queen coronated.
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