August 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm #108984
Who do you guys think should have won the Best Actress Oscar in 1951 for the film “All About Eve”. Should it have been Anne Baxter or Bette Davis?
Also who shsould have won for best Supporting Actress for “All About Eve” Celeste Holme or Thelma Ritter?August 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm #108986
Anne imo may have been a worthy winner. Aside from her stiff perf, she had other things in her corner, although a win for Bette would be fine by me. I’d have loved to see Thelma win an Oscar, but in this case, I’d vote for Celeste.. JmhoAugust 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm #108987
Thelma Ritter was barely in the movie and did nothing Oscar-worthy. Celeste Holm did a decent job and I would’ve personally give her the Oscar.
I don’t think that Baxter deserved even the nomination in the lead category, but Davis was very worthy of the win. Shame that she didn’t win.August 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm #108988
Davis gave the stronger and more iconic performance. I’ve always wondered if Baxter would have been competitive for the win in the supporting category. Her role was borderline supporting but she had a substantial enough role to be considered category fraud. She had won the supporting category a few years earlier so I can see how that would have been an issue in her category placement. I suspect Celeste Holm would have been more competitive for her role if she hadn’t already won the category. Ritter was fantastic but her role was way too brief and did not have enough impact to be truly competitive.August 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm #108989
Of course Davis gave the better performance of these two women but Gloria Swanson deserved it imo. Her performance in Sunset blvd is one of the top 5 greatest imo. Ritter’s best performance imo is Rear Window. Should should have been nominated for that one.August 16, 2013 at 7:13 pm #108990
Of the two – Bette Davis. Of the category- Gloria Swanson
Anne Baxter was nominated in the right category. Anne had the screentime for lead and would have been fraud in Supporting Actress.August 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm #108991
BETTE DAVIS. the most iconic of her great performances
shouldve been an easy win…but at least no category fraud
with Baxter..a worthy nominee..CELESTE HOLM shouldve
prevailed in supporting…
I never understood the Holliday love…maybe because of
split votes for the 2 lead Allabouteve performancesAugust 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm #108992
This sort of like the 1941 BP – Citizen Kane was the best, but How Green Was My Valley is one of the two best (for me) films ever to win BP, so why complain?
Judy Holliday might be for me my favorite best actress winner ever, but Davis slightly outshone her in her greatest performance.August 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm #108993
All About Eve is soooo revered around these parts. Perhaps understandably so. I entertained the notion of cutting it up to see what would happen, but I think I’ve had enough excitement today.
Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of the winner that year. Still, taking into account the time and place as best I can, Holiday is definitive. It’s tragic that her life was cut so short.August 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm #108994
Seriously? Bette Davis!!!! Of course! This should have been her 5th Oscar after Of Human Bondage, Jezebel, The Letter, Now Voyager. She also should have won for Baby Jane.August 17, 2013 at 12:45 am #108995
Poor Eleanor Parker. Everyone just fights until they are blue in the face about who deserved it more out of Davis, Holliday, Swanson, and Baxter. No one ever wants to throw this lady a bone!
PS-I’m team Holliday. Well, okay.. I’m team EVERYONE in this category. But if I had to pick I would be team Holliday.August 17, 2013 at 8:31 am #108996
1 – Davis
2 – Swanson
3 – Parker
4 – Baxter
5 – HollidayAugust 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm #108997
One of the strongest Best Actress lineups ever.August 17, 2013 at 1:50 pm #108998
Baxter for what it’s worth had a far more difficult part to play than Davis – she had to be convincingly innocent, be credible in winning over tough as nails Davis, then turn out to be the conniver she was. And she handled all three sides (and more) with aplomb. Davis had the more flamboyant, somewhat easier role (although she also had to switch from being less to more sympathetic along the way).
I haven’t seen Parker in years, but among the other four, all would have been deserving winners most years.August 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm #108999
Bette Davis for sure!!! Baxter, IMO, stunk. I’ve never liked any Baxter performance I’ve ever seen actually. Davis is at her her absolute best here.
This is year I would choose as a tie between Davis & Swanson and let Streisand keep the oscar in 68 all to herself.
1. Davis & Swanson