June 6, 2014 at 5:40 am #154396
Just wondering if anyone else thought Madeline Kahn was deserving of an Oscar for either (or both) of her two nominations. I personally would have given her the Oscar (over Tatum O’Neal) for “Paper Moon”. It was truly a supporting performance and she was excellent as Miss Trixie Delight. I would not have chosen her for the win for “Blazing Saddles”. While again she was perfect in the role, I preferred Diane Ladd as Flo in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”.June 6, 2014 at 6:28 am #154398
I loved her in Blazing Saddles. I didn’t love “Paper Moon” but Tatum O’Neal was really good in that film.June 6, 2014 at 7:28 am #154399
Diane Ladd was absolutely outstanding. What a compelling performance.June 6, 2014 at 8:10 am #154400
It was weird…Golden Globes nominate her for one Mel Brooks movie (Young Frankenstein) and the Oscars for another (Blazing Saddles). Personally, I feel she was better in Young Frankenstein, which is also the better movieJune 6, 2014 at 11:33 am #154401
I think Kahn should have won for Paper Moon, and was entirely deserving of her Blazing Saddles nom. Both are wonderfully performed, unique characters.
I also would have nominated her a third time in 1999 for her final role in Judy Berlin.June 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm #154403
I don’t really like many film comedies, that is, I think most film comedies (except for the greats by Chaplin; Cukor; Hawks; Kubrick; Lubitsch; Sturges; Wilder, etc., along with some of those classic Ealing Studios releases) are insultingly stupid and instantly forgettable, but seeing Madeline Kahn’s name in the credits is always a good sign. What a scene stealer! Some of my favorite comedic performances:
Miss Trixie Delight — Paper Moon
Eunice — What’s Up, Doc?
Elizabeth — Young FrankensteinJune 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm #154404
I think she’s fabulouis. I also really enjoyed her in Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, and her voice work.
Comedic performances and ones as unique as hers are a hard sell to Academy voters. Go figure.June 7, 2014 at 5:16 am #154405
Ms. Kahn did fine work in the early 1970s. Following 1974, her film work is mostly limited to an overwhelming number of subpar films.
I prefer to think of her as a stage performer where she won her Tony and had several artistic triumphs as she developed and matured as an actress.