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  • TomHardys
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    #178510

    I have a feeling this thread was already created and if that’s the case, shut it down immediately!

    Come on… only two nominations for Best Actress and Best Director? I know the movie is too affecting and nerve wrecking but did the always wonderful Gena Rowlands deserve to be overlooked for a more cheerful (and quite beautiful) performance by the overdue Ellen Burstyn after the latter being snubbed for The Exorcist? (in my opinion Gena single handledly delivered one of the best performances of the history of cinema). And why didn’t it get nominated for Best Picture or Best Original Screenplay? Or Best Editing? What do you think folks?

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    Joe Burns
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    I remember respecting the film when I watched it:  It’s interesting, although very long and confusing.  I don’t know about Screenplay, but Editing would be fine and Best Picture would be fine since it would be an interesting film to have been nominated at the time.  Rowlands was quite great, although I found her somewhat over the top in the beginning.  i think I’d definitely get more out of it if I saw it again, since I know what to expect now, lol.    

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    Nessie
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    One of my 10 favourite films. And Gloria, Opening Night (which can be currently viewed under the title ‘Birdman’) almost make the list.

    Gena Rowlands’ performance in Woman remains, for me, the ultimate film performance, electric and fluid, utterly devastating.

    “Daddy, will you stand up for me?” 

    Oscar wouldn’t and gave it to Ellen Burstyn for a very competent performance. Rowlands’ was virtuoso. 

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    helmetz
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    Remember that “A Woman Under the Influence” was not released by any studio;  it was distributed by Cassavetes himself.  He called up theater owners and asked them personally to run the film — the first time that an independent film was released without the use of a nationwide use of sub-distributors.  Of course he had no budget for Oscar campaigns, but somehow, in the year of “The Godfather Part II” and “Chinatown,” he managed to pull off 2 major Oscar nominations for the film.  The question is not “Why didn’t he get more?” but “How did he manage to do this in the first place?”

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    babypook
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    Cassavetes had balls of steel, a truly defiant guy. And his wife, one of the greatest actors around. I dont recall ever being unaffected by her perfs, but I especially very much enjoyed Gloria (noone did this better), Opening Night, and A Woman Under the Influence, in which she is so fiercely convincing.

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    RobertPius
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    Wasn’t the film improvised? I think that may explain why it didn’t get a screenplay nomination.

    I have to watch this again sometime. I saw it as a teen and found it very confusing and a bit hammy. I just remember her running up and down the stairs constantly. Again I was a kid so my feelings about the performance might be different now.

    That said though, I love Ellen Burstyn in “Alice.”

    One of the all time great Best Actress wins imo. From the hysterical crying when her husband dies to the humorous moments with the kid. (I love when he slams the door in her face at the motel.) plus she had just been really royally snubbed for Glenda Jackson the year before.

    73 and 74 were really amazing years for film.  

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    I recently watched a TMC documentary titled “And the Oscar Goes to…” which was a fascinating recount of Oscar history w/amazing video!  With that said, Burstyn personally commented on a clip, for this film, which she basically stated it was a crime that Rowlands didn’t win the Oscar that year.  At the same time, she said she was thrilled to have won her Oscar, and she didn’t want Rowlands to have taken hers, but it was very admirable that Burstyn took the time to recognize Rowlands!  It was a class act 🙂

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    I still think that Rowlands should’ve won that year. Her performance in A Woman Under the Influence was a career-best performance, IMO. The performance has also inspired many people to becomes actors and actresses over the years.

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    Berlin2002
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    Two of the best actresses in the universe duking it out. I have mad love for the work of Burstyn & Rowland.
     In a perfect world, Burstyn would’ve won for the previous year ” The Exorcist “. The fact that her performance
     held it’s own against special effects and the magnitude of the story speaks volumes. I love big performances.
     I love big emotions. I make no bones about it. That said, I love it only if it’s rooted in truth and Gena Rowlands
     delivers the truth big time in ” A Woman Under The Influence “. Rowlands is my pick. The older I get, the
     more I appreciate the nuances in her performance. Ellen Burstyn’s ( and she is one of my few acting gods )
     win was a make-up win for being snubbed for ” The Exorcist “.

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    #178520

    Glenda Jackson bumped Ellen Burstyn in 1974
    Ellen bumped Gene Rowlands in 1975
    Julia Roberts bumped Burstyn in 2001

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    Berlin2002
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    Glenda Jackson bumped Ellen Burstyn in 1974
    Ellen bumped Gene Rowlands in 1975
    Julia Roberts bumped Burstyn in 2001

    I couldn’t agree more.

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    PreludeinCSharpMinor
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    I think Rowlands was very underrated in Gloria and should have won over Spacek and the presummed runner up Moore.

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    Berlin2002
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    I think Rowlands was very underrated in Gloria and should have won over Spacek and the presummed runner up Moore.

    Aaaaaagggghhh. This is one of those King Solomon splitting the baby arguments for me. I absolutely LOVED both
    performances. So much so that both movies are catalogued with the few DVDS that I own. When has there ever
    been two performances more diametrically opposed? A tough talkin’ broad from the Bronx packin’ heat while clad
    in Emanuel Ungaro vs A hillbilly from the Ozarks packin’ a microphone while clad in Woolworths. The only thing
    the two had in common was big hair. Both deserving. Both with great backstories of Oscar snubs ( Rowlands
    more so than Spacek ) Both actresses at the absolute top of their games. This choice between the two is so
    tough that not even Sophie could make it.

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    Rowlands like Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons) after her can give the best performances by women ever committed to film and still come up Oscarless.

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    Berlin2002
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    Rowlands like Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons) after her can give the best performances by women ever committed to film and still come up Oscarless.

    Thank you. If I could, I’d give you a 1000 “Thumbs Ups”/ “Favorite” for that.
    In my world, Glenn Close is the second best actress in the universe. I love me some Cher
    but that Oscar belongs to Close for ” Fatal Attraction “. Making a villian empathetic who esle can
    pull something like that off other than Close? Glenn still has some films in her future to finally claim
    that long over-due Oscar.

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