April 4, 2016 at 8:25 am #661922
I have been enjoying reading people’s opinions regarding past Oscar races. I thought I would see what people thought (remember) about the Supporting Actress race in 1974.
The nominees were:
Linda Blair, The Exorcist
Candy Clark, American Graffiti
Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon
Sylvia Sidney, Summer Wishes Winter Dreams
Tatum O’Neal, Paper Moon
Tatum O’Neal won for what is most definitely a lead performance but she is great in the movie.
My rankings for the five are:
1. Madeline Kahn
2. Candy Clark
3. Tatum O’Neal
4. Sylvia Sidney
5. Linda Blair
Other opinions?April 4, 2016 at 10:09 am #661940
This is the 1973 race.April 4, 2016 at 11:39 am #661957
Sidney, though Kahn and O’Neal are delightful too. Blair’s impressive as well and IMO undeservingly got a bad rap for the McCambridge dubbing – it’s still physically a pretty tremendous performance and she’s great in the makeup-free scenes too. Clark is memorable but clearly not in the same league.April 4, 2016 at 2:13 pm #661990
Tatum O’Neal. Although Linda Blair was brilliant in The Exorcist.April 5, 2016 at 12:07 am #662102
Tatum is just perfection in the movie. Madeline Kahn also and the scene on the hill with the two of them is an all time favorite scene of mine.
Linda Blair did get an unfair rap with the McCambridge revelation. Her screaming and crying in the final exorcism scene are so real and disturbing and as said above Blair is really interesting in the pre-posession scenes.
I sort of wish Tatum got lead and Kahn supporting.
At the globes Tatum was in lead but lost to Glenda Jackson (really? I just don’t get that one. It is one of the all time big Oscar mysteries if you ask me. How the heck did she win again for that one note performance 3 years after she first won?) Blair got supporting at the Globes.
I’d rank them
Tatum, Madeline, Linda, Sylvia, CandyApril 5, 2016 at 11:53 am #662192
I too have never much understood the praise for Jackson in “A Touch of Class.” It’s a fine, charming performance, but she’d already won and Burstyn, Mason, Woodward and arguably even Streisand were all so much better.April 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm #662216
I thought Glenda Jackson was great in “A Touch of Class” particularly her scene at the very end on the street etc…….that was, in my opinion, the best year ever for Best Actress nominees. Every single on them was a deserving winner. Madeline Kahn was so great in “Paper Moon” in a truly supporting performance. Tatum O’Neal was lead. I am thinking the actual voters probably ranked Sylvia Sidney second for “Summer Wishes Winter Dreams”……but to me she was in that movie so briefly compared to the other nominees. The voters probably ranked Linda Blair third, followed by Madeline Kahn and then Candy Clark.April 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm #662236
Yeah, I suspect Sidney (the critics’ favorite) was indeed runner-up. Considering the controversy at the time, coupled with the rather lukewarm reception for “The Exorcist” at the Oscars, I don’t think Blair had a real prayer at all. Honestly, Clark, who campaigned aggressively that year (like, almost Sally Kirkland-style), may have ranked third or fourth on account of her efforts.