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Cloris Leachman’s Win for “The Last Picture Show”

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  • keithw
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    My favourite decade of movies is the 1970s.   Many people have ranked Cloris Leachman’s performance in “The Last Picture Show” as one of the best ever by a supporting actress.  Though, in the year she was nominated, if I remember correctly, Ann-Margret was the favourite for “Carnal Knowledge”.  The other nominees were:
    Ellen Burstyn in The Last Picture Show
    Barbara Harris in Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying All Those Terrible Things About Me
    Margaret Leighton in The Go-Between     

    I am not so sure a lot of voters saw the latter two performances so the race was likely between the first three.  Just wondering what people’s thoughts are on this……was Cloris the frontrunner?  Any opinions on who should have won?   I think Cloris deserved this Oscar though Ellen Burstyn was so good too. 

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    Scottferguson
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    She won because she had the big scene at the end (“never you mind”) and was concurrently on the Mary Tyler Moore show at its height. Burstyn was an unknown. 

    Carnal Knowledge was a widely disliked movie (for good reason – very unappealing characters). That hurt A-M.  

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    JayDF
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    Also, in theory, there could have been a snob factor against Ann-Margret (despite her great reviews) because of her very light & fluffy career previously.

    She won because she had the big scene at the end (“never you mind”) and was concurrently on the Mary Tyler Moore show at its height. Burstyn was an unknown. 

    Carnal Knowledge was a widely disliked movie (for good reason – very unappealing characters). That hurt A-M.  

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    Madson Melo
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    #110166

    Leachman was perfection, deserved win.

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    AwardsFanatic12
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    Wasn’t Barbara Harris also in a movie that was one of the worst reviewed movies of the year at that time. I mean, that title alone gives me a headache. lol

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    RobertPius
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    I don’t think there was a clear front runner that year.  Leachman, Burstyn and Ann-Margret were all considered to have a shot and the three of them had split the pre-awards. Leachman (National Board of Review), Burstyn (NY Film Critics and National Society) and Ann-Margret (Golden Globe)

    Barbara Harris was nominated for Who is Harry Kellerman etc.–a really bad Dustin Hoffman film that she is very good in.  

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    BrokenFan
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    Leachman also had BAFTA and placed 2nd in New York, apparently. 

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