February 14, 2014 at 7:34 am #140057
Way before my time, but I have often heard Streisand was favored with Hepburn’s tie being a surprise, especially because she had just won the previous year. O’Toole was the one who was expected to win for the film.February 14, 2014 at 10:17 am #140058
I always wondered what would have happened had Mia Farrow taken Vanessa Redgraves’ spot. I am pretty sure however, that had Hepburn lost to Dunaway for Bancroft the previous year Streisand would have went home Oscarless.
Hepburn’s unexpected consecutive win in ’68 only showed that nominees that we perceive as locks and frontrunners in acting races may have only won by a few votes in the end.February 14, 2014 at 10:38 am #140059
^ Had Streisand lost the Oscar for Funny Girl, she would most certainly have won for for The Way We Were four years later.February 14, 2014 at 11:01 am #140060
I guess Streisand was probably the frontrunner, but I’m glad Hepburn tied because it’s a miles more deserving performance than Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Haven’t seen Funny Girl, but it would’ve been amazing to see a Hepburn-Redgrave tie – Hepburn would’ve loved that. I guess Redgrave probably finished 5th, which pains me. She’s brilliant in Isadora.February 14, 2014 at 6:56 pm #140061
Joanne Woodward was also a strong contender from what I’ve read.February 14, 2014 at 7:08 pm #140062
This was a good tie! Both were deserving of the Oscar. Streisand was probably more expected because Hepburn had just won the previous year.February 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm #140063
Hepburn deserved this one imo (not the one the year before). Streisand should have won for The Way We Were.February 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm #140064
Probably Streisand.October 8, 2014 at 11:03 pm #140065
Streisand was the favorite: Woodward won the Ny Film Critics Circle prize and Golden Globe, but she was very angry about her husband being snubbed and vowed she would not attend the Oscars that year, it surely didn’t help her chances at all, not to mention that it’s a very subtle, unflashy performance, exactly the opposite of the role that she did win for. Patricial Neal had some sentiment on her side, given she had gone through three strokes, but there was just too tough competition that year for her to win again. I don’t really see Redgrave having much of a chance though, the film is so long and dull, even if is she is highly impressive in it and it was only her second nomination, so I think the Academy figured she would have other chances. I think Barbara’s performance had so much star power and the narrative for her was very strong, so it looked like she would edge out her competition. Not sure if people Kate to be the runnerup, but given Woodward’s behavior, I would imagine she was. I could see people thinking she had won last year, so they would pass over her this year Glad it was a tie though, even if Barbara is 4th in my ranking.
3. Woodward (Should rewatch though, kinda fuzzy on her)
5. RedgraveOctober 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm #140066
Any Thoughts & Reactions to Bette Davis contention that this should be counted as a Half (1/2) Win for Hepburn & Streisand. There must be some from the Film Industry then who commented on it.October 9, 2014 at 1:07 am #140067
It’s so refreshing that three of Hepburn’s four wins happened after she turned 60.
I believe Hepburn’s win must have been surprising, especially given that – from what I’ve read – her 1967 win was just as unpopular back then as it is now. If they wanted to honor Tracy, they could have done so and not give a wasted Oscar to Hepburn for what is one of her dullest performances. Streisand has never worked for me as an actor. She’s always too obvious, but from the reaction when she wins (the ovation, holding hands with Ingrid Bergman), she must have been the It girl that year.October 9, 2014 at 3:59 am #140068
Hepburns win was shocking because of winning for the previous
year, but she gave the performance of her career and couldnt be denied.
O’Toole, also deserving got snubbed as usual…Woodward won the NYFC
award and Streisand had won the GG as comedy/musical actress..Very few
precursors in those days..By Oscar night, STREISAND was the steamroller
frontrunner and all bets were on her…She became an EGOT only 3 years later.
STREISAND was a phenomenon in the 60’s and nothing wouldve stopped her
from winning but i guess the academy had different ideas about HEPBURNS
brilliance as well…October 9, 2014 at 4:08 am #140069
On a sidenote, I’ve read that the Academy confirmed it was a proper statisticial tie, and the year before that Streisand had been invited to be a voting member of the Academy (which was considered unusual). Had they not taken that step, one would presume that Hepburn would have technically won.