On this site I was looking at the “biggest” or “most surprising” losses such as Richard Burton for “Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf”. However, Linda Blair was listed for losing to Tatum O’Neal. In that race, if I recall correctly, Sylvia Sidney was the frontrunner for “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams”. Other nominees included Candy Clark in “American Graffiti” and (my choice) Madeline Kahn in “Paper Moon”. Anyone have any remembrances or thoughts? I know Tatum O’Neal (for “Paper Moon”) was a surprise but I didn’t think Linda Blair was the frontrunner for “The Exorcist”. I figure the final voting went like this: O’Neal, Sidney, Blair, Kahn, Clark
Blair’s chances were doomed when Mercedes McCambridge blasted William Friedkin and the producers for omitting her from the credits after dubbing Blair’s voice. I heard Sylvia Sidney was royally pissed to find that she had lost to a 10 year old.
Sylvia Sidney was not the front runner..it was the year
of the kids…BLAIR VS ONEAL…it was an easy win for
Tatum besting her costar and the other 3 actresses…she
was easily the star of her film and category fraud by demoting
her to supporting helped her…
I’ve never read that Sylvia Sidney was the frontrunner and I don’t think that she was because the film doesn’t seem like enough Oscar voters would watch it. From what I’ve read, I agree with Milk Money that Blair had no chance after it got out about Mercedes McCambridge. I’ve never heard that O’Neal was favored, but Benbraddock is right that her acually being the lead of her film helped her beat her compeition which wasn’t very strong. My guess is that Kahn came in second, , then Sydney, then Blair, then Clark.