October 10, 2014 at 9:34 am #163368
Seeing the thread about the Oscar tie and a what if thread for French Lieutenant’s Woman got me thinking about Hepburn and her wins & nominations. Many don’t like her win for “Dinner”, love “Winter”, split on “Pond”.
So, which of her 4 wins did she deserve? Not deserve? Which nominated performance should have gotten her the Oscar (The Philadelphia Story)? Did she miss being nominated when she should have been?
I’m not as well verse with her filmography so I am interested in others’ opinions on this.October 10, 2014 at 9:55 am #163370
I meant to list out her nominations & wins (winners in nominated year in parentheses):
1933 – Morning Glory (win)
1935 – Alice Adams (Bette Davis – Dangerous)
1940 – The Philadelphia Story (Ginger Rogers – Kitty Foyle)
1942 – Woman of the Year (Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver)
1951 – The African Queen (Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire)
1955 – Summertime (Anna Magnani – The Rose Tattoo)
1956 – The Rainmaker (Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia)
1959 – Suddenly, Last Summer (Simon Signoret – Room at the Top)
1962 – Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker)
1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (win)
1968 – The Lion in Winter (win, tie)
1981 – On Golden Pond (win)
October 10, 2014 at 10:21 am #163371
She shouldn’t have won in ’33 or ’67 but was robbed in ’35 and ’55.
Is give her the same amount of wins just for different years.October 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm #163372
Even Bette Davis who won for a mediocre performance in 1935 (a make up honor for being unfairly denied a nomination in 1934 for Of Human Bondage) was widely quoted as stating that Hepburn deserved the 1935 Best Actress award.
I have always thought it was rather ironic that Anne Bancroft won her 1962 Oscar for The Miracle Worker over Hepburn’s acclaimed work in Long Day’s Journey Into Night while Hepburn won her 1967 Best Actress Oscar for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner over Bancroft’s career defining work in The Graduate.October 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm #163373
I’ve seen three of her Oscar winning performances and here’s my thoughts:
1. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?: Hmm, terrible film, but Kate is fine I suppose. I can live with her win, but I should rewatch all of them.
2. The Lion In Winter: Incredible, well deserved win.
3. On Golden Pond: She’s very lively, although its so easy to not take her seriously here, LOL. haven’t seen any of her competition yet though.
She’s great in Stage Door, better then the winner that year Louise Rainer for The Good Earth. She’s marveleously talented and I certainlly look forward to seeing more of her filmography.October 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm #163374
I’ve seen most of her films and while I’ve always adored the personality and admired her no-nonsense cockiness, to me she’ll never come close to the great actresses out there (look at what Bette Davis did back then!).
1933 – Morning Glory
A pretty bad film. A performance that’s totally unsurprising. I don’t care about it but I haven’t seen her competition.
1967 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Having seen her competition, this is a typical sentimental win and probably one of the worst wins in this category. Her competition includes the brilliant Edith Evans in The Whisperers (see that performance!), Anne Bancroft in The Graduate, Faye Dunnaway in Bonnie and Clyde and Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark. The two Hepburns are definitely last for me and history doesn’t really look nicely to Kate’s win. A pseudo-liberal white guilt movie with a dull performance by Hepburn (she has one great scene, with her bitchy ‘friend’ in the car).
1967 – The Lion in Winter
The performance that should have won on its own. She’s great in it.
1981 – On Golden Pond
This one is a snoozefest. Of the competition, anybody would have made a much better winner. Streep, Keaton, Sarandon.
Of the performances she lost for, 1935, 1940, 1951 and 1962 are outstanding and award-worthy, but the thing is that she was up against performances that were better. In 1951, she was terrific in The African Queen, but Vivien Leigh couldn’t be denied. In 1962, Anne Bancroft deserved the award and Geraldine Page was outstanding.
Anyway, I would have given her wins for:
1940 – The Philadelphia Story
1968 – The Lion in WinterOctober 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm #163375
She should have Oscar’s for …
October 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm #163376
- Alice Adams (1935)
- Stage Door (1937)
- The Philadelphia Story (1940)
- The Lion in Winter (1968), should have been the only winner in my opinion
For me, personally, I gave her 3 awards
1940- THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
1935- ALICE ADAMS
1932- MORNING GLORY
So, IMO, out of her 4 wins…she should have
ONLY 1 oscar
My personal winners for
1967- Anne Bancroft for THE GRADUATE
1968- Barbra Streisand for FUNNY GIRL
1980- Diane Keaton for REDSOctober 11, 2014 at 4:12 am #163377
Another film she definitely should have been nominated for was “Bringing Up Baby,” a flop at the time but now a certified classic.October 11, 2014 at 11:09 am #163378
Hepburn vs Keaton vs Streep is always a fun one in the 80s. Great performances and it could have gone to any of them (no disrespect to the other nominees but these three were the standouts). Personally, I would have had Keaton win though.October 11, 2014 at 11:11 am #163379
Another film she definitely should have been nominated for was “Bringing Up Baby,” a flop at the time but now a certified classic.
I haven’t been able to sit through that one from beginning to end for some reason but kinda never really liked this movie.October 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm #163380
Where are Katharine Hepburn’s four Oscars? Just wondering if someone inherited them, are they in a museum??