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  • Andrew Carden
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    A few days back, I posted a poll celebrating the relatively modest number of gut-bustingly funny performances that have been nominated by the Academy in the Best Supporting Actress category. I tend to rank those among my very favorite past acting nominations. I also, however, happen to be a big fan of the polar opposite – those spine-tingling, scary turns, sometimes but not always of the horror genre, that pretty rarely garner Oscar recognition. It really does surprise me that a performance like Piper Laurie’s in “Carrie” could receive an Oscar nod and even more stuns me that a performance like Ruth Gordon’s in “Rosemary’s Baby” could win an Academy Award.

    Which hair-raising Oscar-nominated/winning performance by an actress is your favorite?

    (One could argue for Gloria Swanson and/or Charlize Theron’s inclusion here, but I don’t.)

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    ENGLAND
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    Great thread!!!

     

    I went wit he legndry Bette Davis. I know some will bring up Rosemund Pike from Gone Girl but her perforance can’t compare to these ladies imo.

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    Such a good poll idea. It’s so hard to choose. 

    Kathy Bates, Judith Anderson and Bette Davis are all spot on. I never adored Ruth Gordon’s performance in “Rosemary’s Baby” (good film, with a terribly predictable ending). 

    Some others: Monique (“Precious”), Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), Charlize Theron (“Monster”), Meryl Streep (“The Devil Wears Prada”) or Judi Dench (“Notes on a Scandal”). Not all of them ‘frighttening-frightening’ mentiones, but they are all surely intimidating. 

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    AMG
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    I would add Pike, just because she embodied every essence of Amy from the book so perfectly – it was terrifying yet joyous to see her reach that level!

    Of the options, it has to be Glenn Close on Fatal Attraction, no? That bitch by cray!

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    jamiepg88
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    Bette Davis wins this for me for somehow juggling classic camp and genuine creepiness. That last scene on the beach…iconic. Laurie and Close tie for my number two slot but Sissy Spacek deserves some love too. She terrified me as a kid and she SLEPT IN HER BLOOD makeup to do it!

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    babypook
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    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

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    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha

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    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha
    [/quote]

    Well, there’s NO WAY you’re breaking my ankles, I can tell you that.

    Lol.

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    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha
    [/quote]

    Well, there’s NO WAY you’re breaking my ankles, I can tell you that.

    Lol.

    [/quote]

    Don’t underestimate the Annie “Cliffhanger” Wilkes power in me! 

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    The most frightening female character who haunts my dark hours is Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted. Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for her breathtaking portrayal of the mentally ill young woman who terrorizes the other patient in a psychiatric ward.

    Lisa is not a nut job who wears garish make up or commits violent acts. Rather, Lisa is brilliant. She can see the neuroses of those around her. She then uses that information to shame the individual who then destroys herself.

    Lisa Rowe is probably quite close to someone we met at some point in our life and caused us anguish. And what’s most terrifying about Jolie’s magnificent performance? Despite the cruel turmoil we witness her commit, we are still drawn to her vibrant life force. She remains dangerous and yet hypnotically seductive.

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    babypook
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    [quote=”babypook”]

    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha
    [/quote]

    Well, there’s NO WAY you’re breaking my ankles, I can tell you that.

    Lol.

    [/quote]

    Don’t underestimate the Annie “Cliffhanger” Wilkes power in me! 
    [/quote]

    O ya? I’ll kill off Kate Winslet in my next book, I swear.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    Giving some love to Angela Lansbury for scaring the hell out of me when I watched “The Manchurian Canidate.”  I see no need to watch the remake partly because no one will match Lansbury’s level of crazy. 

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    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    [quote=”babypook”]

    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha
    [/quote]

    Well, there’s NO WAY you’re breaking my ankles, I can tell you that.

    Lol.

    [/quote]

    Don’t underestimate the Annie “Cliffhanger” Wilkes power in me! 
    [/quote]

    O ya? I’ll kill off Kate Winslet in my next book, I swear.

    [/quote]

    I doubt you can kill her off in your book. She’s going to attack you with her Oscar to defend herself. The Girl knows how to win a game…

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    Fantastic thread!

    For me, it’s Bette Davis all the way. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? remains one of the creepiest films ever made.

    All of the performances listed above are great choices, BTW.

    Recently, I concur with AMG and Vincelette; Rosamund Pike as Amy in Gone Girl was undeniably phenomenal. Her tete-a-tete with Ben Affleck at the end of the film was jaw-droppingly tense, hilarious and frightening. 

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    Alex
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    I totally agree with AMG, Vince and NoLogo – Rosamund Pike should be here. Her performance was incredible: frightening, blackly comic, convincing and conveyed a total understanding of this complex character.

    Out of the remaining, however, I have to vote for Glenn Close – my favourite out of the performances. 

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