February 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm #140031
I am assuming it was a forgone conclusion that Elizabeth Taylor would win an Oscar for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. She is fantastic in this movie. I am thinking the actress who would have placed second is Lynn Redgrave in “Georgy Girl”. After watching “A Man and a Woman” this week, I don’t see why she won the Golden Globe….nothing special in my opinion.
My ranking: Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, Ida Kaminska, Anouk Aimee…..(didn’t see Vanessa Redgrave in “Morgan” yet)February 13, 2014 at 8:46 pm #140033
Depending on the day, I would say that Taylor’s performance as Martha is my favorite film performance of all time. So deliciously over the top, acidic, and heartbreaking all at once. From all reports I’ve read, she was a slamdunk victor leading up to the ceremony.
Oh, and it’s “Woolf.”February 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm #140034
I would imagine that Taylor was the overwhelming favourite for the award. However, Lynn Redgrave was probably second.February 13, 2014 at 9:08 pm #140035
Great performance, indeed.February 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm #140036
Adored.February 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm #140037
Taylor’s bitch goddess
persona, hinted at in films like BUtterfield 8 and Reflections in a
Golden Eye, reached its ultimate glory in Who’s Afraid of Virginia
This is one of my all-time favorite screen performances and I think it is her best.
to Oscar for getting it right about Taylor in this film and Leigh in A
Streetcar Named Desire but I’ll never forgive him for passing over Davis in All About Eve. These I think are three of the greatest performances
of the fifties and sixties and I will never tire of watching them.
Thank you for creating this thread–it’s gratifying to know that some people still know great screen acting when they see it.February 14, 2014 at 4:28 am #140038
Taylor’s win for that is definitely in my top 5 of best wins ever.
Maybe second after Meryl in Sophie’s Choice.
She was such a powerhouse!February 14, 2014 at 5:20 am #140039
I corrected the “Woolf”……might as well get it right! It’s too bad Elizabeth Taylor wasn’t there to receive her Oscar. I read in a biography that she was supporting Richard, who wouldn’t attend.February 14, 2014 at 6:45 am #140040
My second favorite best actress winner after Meryl Streep in Sophie`s Choice. Amazing performance.February 14, 2014 at 7:12 am #140041
We were just discussing this race in the TCM marathon thread. They recently showed all five nominees in this category. I’d seen Elizabeth Taylor’s performance a long time ago and thought it was one of the most deserving Oscar winners ever, but I’ve always wanted to see the rest of the field. I did see “Georgy Girl,” and Lynn Redgrave was great in it. I have “Morgan!” taped to watch later for Vanessa Redgrave, and I can borrow the Criterion for Ida Kaminska in “The Shop on Main Street.” That leaves Anouk Aimee for “A Man and a Woman,” which I’d never heard of until now. I missed that in the marathon, so that will have to wait until later.February 14, 2014 at 7:44 am #140042
This performance in my opinion, is one of the greatest performances in cinema history. Right up there with Streep in “Sophie’s Choice,” Vivien Leigh in Streetcar/GWTW, Anne Bancroft in “The Miracle Worker,” and Bette Davis in “All About Eve.”February 14, 2014 at 10:15 am #140043
Iconic performance, but I always heard that Lynn Redgrave was a lot closer to winning than anyone thinks because Liz wasn’t that well liked in Hollywood at that time for how she flaunted her wealth and romance w/ Burton.