Best Year Ever in the Best Supporting Actress Race

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  • keithw
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    Was looking over the various races for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar and was wondering what everyone thought was the year with the “greatest talent”…….for me one of the top races, if not number one, was 1973 with Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak Kid), Susan Tyrell (Fat City), Geraldine Page (Pete n’ Tillie), Shelley Winters (The Poseidon Adventure), and the winner Eileen Heckart (Butterflies are Free).  My personal favourite was Geraldine Page but any one of them would have been a fantastic winner!

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    tonorlo
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    Hmmm… Interesting question.

    The first year that sprung to mind for me was 1962, which included not one but TWO (deservedly nominated) child actresses (Badham and Duke), a youngblood who proved to be a stalwart veteran (Knight), and two august character actresses who still draw considerable ire at their never having won (Ritter and Lansbury).

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    keithw
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    Also like 1957 with the two women from Peyton Place (Diane Varsi and Hope Lange), winner Miyoshi Umeki (Sayonara), Elsa Lanchester (Witness for the Prosecution), and my favourite (even though a short role it certainly made an impression) Carolyn Jones in The Bachelor Party.

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    Beastialg
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    #103300

    I like:

    1976 (Straight, Alexander, Foster, Grant & Laurie)

    1999 (Jolie, Collette, Keener, Morton & Sevigny)

    2001 (Connelly, Mirren, Smith, Tomei & Winslet)

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    Baby Clyde
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    #103301

    Susan Tyrell (Fat City)

    One of the greatest performances in cinema history.

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    keithw
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    I just recently watched Fat City again…..Susan Tyrell is so great in that movie.  I am guessing she would have been your number one choice?  Have you seen the others?

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    So glad to see the Susan Tyrell love!  She’s remarkable in Fat City.  Eileen Heckart is one of my favorite actresses of all-time, though, and think she’s amazing in Butterflies… so I’m just glad I didn’t have to vote that year.  I was outraged when Tyrell wasn’t featured in the In Memorium portion of this year’s Oscars.

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    keithw
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    I didn’t realize they omitted her.  She died June 16th last year!  You would think being a nominee she would have been included in the in memorium tribute!  Anyone have comments about Geraldine Page’s performance in Pete n’ Tillie.  It was probably the least likely to win though it is my favourite.

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    So glad to see the Susan Tyrell love!  She’s remarkable in Fat City.  Eileen Heckart is one of my favorite actresses of all-time, though, and think she’s amazing in Butterflies… so I’m just glad I didn’t have to vote that year.  I was outraged when Tyrell wasn’t featured in the In Memorium portion of this year’s Oscars.

    Strangely I’ve seen them all apart from the winner (Even though I’ve got the DVD).

    Don’t remember anything about Page but certainly Tyrell trumps the other 2.

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    keithw
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    Geraldine Page played Carol Burnett’s friend in Pete n’ Tillie.  It was more of a comedic role especially in the scene where she is forced to reveal her true age in front of Burnett and the followup “fight” they had afterwards.

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    Miss Frost
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    #103307

    Definitely the 1994 race. Harris and Mirren were sensational, Tily was hilarious, and Thurman and Wiest gave the greatest performances ever on screen. The 1962 lineup was stellar as well.

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    psychadelicboy33
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    #103308

    2008 is one of my favortie years for Best Supporting Actress. Cruz, Davis, Tomei, Adams and Henson were all fabulous. 

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    keithw
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    I just saw The Bad and The Beautiful last night which won the Supporting Actress Oscar for Gloria Grahame…..really surprised by that one.  I thought she did nothing particularly Oscar worthy….though I didn’t see the other nominees which included Thelma Ritter.

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    vinny
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    My pick is 1962. The nominees were Patty Duke (who won), and four other incredible performances that all had a great shot at winning.

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    Definitely the 1994 race. Harris and Mirren were sensational, Tily was hilarious, and Thurman and Wiest gave the greatest performances ever on screen. The 1962 lineup was stellar as well.

    OH! That year was fantastic! Wiest’s BOB win is my #2 best supporting actress win of all-time.  My #1 is Mo’Nique.. but Wiest had such incredible competition, which might make her win more impressive.  Mo’Nique had the powerhouse performance, but with zero competition. 

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