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  • awardskel
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    Tier 1: The Best of the Best
    1. Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    2. Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    3. Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter
    4. Jane Fonda, Klute
    5. Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    6. Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    7. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    8. Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker
    9. Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
    10. Susan Hayward, I Want to Live!

    Tier 2: Really Solid Performances
    11. Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking
    12. Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    13. Janet Gaynor, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
    14. Charlize Theron, Monster
    15. Cher, Moonstruck
    16. Sally Field, Norma Rae
    17. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
    18. Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
    19. Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba
    20. Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry
    21. Emma Thompson, Howards End
    22. Liza Minnelli, Cabaret
    23. Faye Dunaway, Network
    24. Katharine Hepburn, Morning Glory
    25. Patricia Neal, Hud
    26. Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
    27. Jennifer Jones, The Song of Bernadette
    28. Kate Winslet, The Reader
    29. Jane Fonda, Coming Home
    30. Sophia Loren, Two Women

    Tier 3: Awesome Performances/Sentimental Favorites
    31. Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight
    32. Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
    33. Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl
    34. Helen Mirren, The Queen
    35. Joanne Woodward, The Three Faces of Eve
    36. Kathy Bates, Misery
    37. Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night
    38. Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce
    39. Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
    40. Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich

    Tier 4: Solid Performances All Around (But Not My Favorites)
    41. Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins
    42. Simone Signoret, Room at the Top
    43. Julie Christie, Darling
    44. Frances McDormand, Fargo
    45. Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    46. Norma Shearer, The Divorcee
    47. Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter
    48. Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God
    49. Helen Hunt, As Good as It Gets
    50. Olivia de Havilland, To Each His Own
    51. Glenda Jackson, Women in Love
    52. Jane Wyman, Johnny Belinda
    53. Jodie Foster, The Accused
    54. Bette Davis, Dangerous
    55. Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond
    56. Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver
    57. Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday
    58. Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfeld
    59. Holly Hunter, The Piano
    60. Joan Fontaine, Suspicion
    61. Luise Rainer, The Good Earth

    Tier 5: Performances That Are Good/Enjoyable, but…Meh
    62. Marie Dressler, Min and Bill
    63. Bette Davis, Jezebel
    64. Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
    65. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
    66. Grace Kelly, The Country Girl
    67. Sally Field, Places in the Heart
    68. Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia
    69. Nicole Kidman, The Hours
    70. Janet Gaynor, 7th Heaven
    71. Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    72. Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet
    73. Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter
    74. Judy Holliday, Born Yesterday
    75. Janet Gaynor, Street Angel
    76. Gwyenth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love

    Tier 6: The Worst of the Worst
    77. Jessica Lange, Blue Sky
    78. Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
    79. Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful
    80. Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    81. Ginger Rogers, Kitty Foyle: The Natural History of a Woman
    82. Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class
    83. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    84. Mary Pickford, Coquette
    85. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    86. Anna Magnani, The Rose Tattoo
    87. Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
    88. Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8 

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    keithw
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    #108970

    My top five in order of preference:
    1.  Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment
    2.  Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice
    3.  Jane Fonda in Coming Home
    4.  Jane Fonda in Klute
    5.  Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Close ..
    Charlize Theron in Monster
    Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette
    Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    ***Should have won an Oscar:  Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard 

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    psychadelicboy33
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    My Top 10:

    1. Vivien Leigh – Gone With the Wind as Scarlett O’Hara
    2. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois
    3. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose as Edith Piaf
    4. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice as Sophie Zawistoski
    5. Charlize Theron – Monster as Aileen Wuronos
    6. Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Martha
    7. Hillary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry as Brandon Teena  
    8. Olivia DeHavilland – The Heiress as Catherine Sloper
    9. Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker as Anne Sullivan
    10. Diane Keaton – Annie Hall as Annie Hall

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    Hybrid87
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    #108972

    Only doing the last 20 years because I have seen all of them.

    1-Roberts, Erin Brockovich (2000) 
    2-Portman, Black Swan (2010)
    3-Swank, Boys Don’t Cry (1999) 
    4-McDormand, Fargo (1996) 
    5-Swank, Million Dollar Baby (2004) 
    6-Mirren, The Queen (2006) 
    7-Hunter, The Piano (1993) 
    8-Theron, Monster (2003) 
    9-Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    10-Sarandon, Dead Man Walking (1995) 
    11-Berry, Monster’s Ball (2001) 
    12-Kidman, The Hours (2002) 
    13-Hunt, As good as it gets (1997) 
    14-Cotillard, La Vie en Rose (2007) 
    15-Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love (1998)  
    16-Witherspoon, Walk the Line (2005)
    17-Bullock, The Blind Side (2009) 
    18-Streep, The Iron Lady (2011)
    19-Lange, Blue Sky (1994) 
    20-Winslet, The Reader (2008) 
     
    I am gonna do a list of my preferred winners as well, just for the sake of it.

    1-Roberts, Erin Brockovich (2000)  (Personal pick overall as well)
    2-Blanchett, Elizabeth (1998)  (Personal pick overall as well)
    3-Knightley, Pride and Prejudice (2005) (Personal pick overall as well)
    4-Portman, Black Swan (2010)  (Lost to Kim-Hye Ja, Madeo)
    5-Lane, Unfaithful (2002)  (Lost to Morton, Morvern Callar)
    6-Dench, Notes on a Scandal (2006)  (Personal pick overall as well)
    7-Zellweger, Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)  (Tied with Cheung, In the mood for love)
    8-Blethyn, Secrets and Lies (1996) 
    9-Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (Lost to Dunst, Melancholia)
    10-Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married (2008) (Personal pick as well)
    11-Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind (2004) (Lost to Thurman, Kill Bill: Volume Two)
    12-Swank, Boys Don’t Cry (1999) (Lost to Witherspoon, Election) 
    13-Riva, Amour (2012) (Lost to Knightley, Anna Karenina, and Hoss, Barbara)   
    14-Christie, Afterglow (1997) 
    15-Mulligan, An Education (2009) (Not nominated; Swinton, Julia)
    16-Hunter, The Piano (1993) 
    17-Theron, Monster (2003) (Lost to Rampling, Swimming Pool)
    18-Shue, Leaving Las Vegas (1995) 
    19-Page, Juno (2007) (Lost to Marinca, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days)
    20-Richardson, Tom & Viv (1994) 

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    AviChristiaans
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    And mine:

    1.  Hilary Swank – “Million Dollar Baby” ( as Margaret “Maggie” Fitzgerald)
    2. Meryl Streep – “Sophie’s Choice” ( as Sophie Zawistowski)
    3. Charlize Theron – “Monster” ( as Aileen Wuronos)
    4. Jessica Lange –  “Blue Sky” ( as Carly Marshall)
    5. Kate Winslet – “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” ( as Clementine Kruczynski)

    Close ..
    *Hilary Swank – “Boys Don’t Cry” ( as Brandon Teena)
    *Kathy Bates – “Misery” ( as Annie Wilkes)

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    tonorlo
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    BEST OF THE BEST


     


    1.     
    Vivien
    Leigh, “Gone With the Wind”


    2.     
    Marion
    Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”


    3.     
    Ingrid
    Bergman, “Gaslight”


    4.     
    Katharine
    Hepburn, “The Lion in Winter”


    5.     
    Meryl
    Streep, “Sophie’s Choice”


    6.     
    Charlize
    Theron, “Monster”


    7.     
    Diane
    Keaton, “Annie Hall”


    8.     
    Maggie
    Smith, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”


    9.     
    Sally
    Field, “Norma Rae”


    10.  Vivien Leigh, “A Streetcar Named
    Desire”


    11.  Olivia de Havilland, “The Heiress”


    12.  Janet Gaynor, “Sunrise: A Song of
    Two Humans”


    13.  Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s
    Daughter”


    14.  Geraldine Page, “The Trip to
    Bountiful”


    15.  Elizabeth Taylor, “Who’s Afraid
    of Virginia Woolf?”


    16.  Liza Minnelli, “Cabaret”


    17.  Hilary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry”


    18.  Judy Holliday, “Born Yesterday”


    19.  Shirley Booth, “Come Back, Little
    Sheba”


     


    CANNY MARRIAGE OF MOVIE STAR AND ACTRESS RESULTING
    IN A WHOLE GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS


     


    20.  Susan Hayward, “I Want to Live!”


    21.  Luise Rainer, “The Good Earth”


    22.  Helen Hayes, “The Sin of Madelon
    Claudet”


    23.  Janet Gaynor, “Seventh Heaven”


    24.  Helen Mirren, “The Queen”


    25.  Faye Dunaway, “Network”


    26.  Anna Magnani, “The Rose Tattoo”


    27.  Frances McDormand, “Fargo”


    28.  Julie Christie, “Darling”


    29.  Julia Roberts, “Erin Brockovich”


    30.  Audrey Hepburn, “Roman Holiday”


    31.  Barbra Streisand, “Funny Girl”


     


    STURDY WORK THAT OFTEN LOOKS DECEPTIVELY EASIER THAN
    IT IS


     


    32.  Jodie Foster, “The Silence of the
    Lambs”


    33.  Sophia Loren, “Two Women”


    34.  Jennifer Jones, “The Song of
    Bernadette”


    35.  Ellen Burstyn, “Alice Doesn’t
    Live Here Anymore”


    36.  Julie Andrews, “Mary Poppins”


    37.  Emma Thompson, “Howards End”


     


    SOMETIMES SCHIZOPHRENIC, BUT OFTEN FULL OF SURPRISES


     


    38.  Jodie Foster, “The Accused”


    39.  Halle Berry, “Monster’s Ball”


    40.  Joanne Woodward, “The Three Faces
    of Eve”


    41.  Kathy Bates, “Misery”


    42.  Holly Hunter, “The Piano”


    43.  Bette Davis, “Jezebel”


    44.  Louise Fletcher, “One Flew Over
    the Cuckoo’s Nest”


    45.  Jane Wyman, “Johnny Belinda”


    46.  Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”


     


    SOMETIMES SLOW-MOVING, BUT THE BEST EFFECTS ARE
    WORTH WAITING FOR


     


    47.  Ingrid Bergman, “Anastasia”


    48.  Jane Fonda, “Klute”


    49.  Glenda Jackson, “Women in Love”


    50.  Helen Hunt, “As Good As It Gets”


    51.  Anne Bancroft, “The Miracle
    Worker”


    52.  Simone Signoret, “Room at the Top”


    53.  Katharine Hepburn, “On Golden
    Pond”


    54.  Greer Garson, “Mrs. Miniver”


    55.  Joan Crawford, “Mildred Pierce”


    56.  Patricia Neal, “Hud”


    57.  Janet Gaynor, “Street Angel”


    58.  Susan Sarandon, “Dead Man Walking”


    59.  Glenda Jackson, “A Touch of Class”


    60.  Jessica Tandy, “Driving Miss
    Daisy”


    61.  Shirley MacLaine, “Terms of
    Endearment”


     


    STROKES OF ARTISTRY/ PROFESSIONALLY RENDERED
    ACCOUNTS OF THEMSELVES


     


    62.  Grace Kelly, “The Country Girl”


    63.  Olivia de Havilland, “To Each His
    Own”


    64.  Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver
    Linings Playbook”


    65.  Kate Winslet, “The Reader”


    66.  Luise Rainer, “The Great Ziegfeld”


    67.  Marie Dressler, “Min and Bill”


     


    UNEASY BLEND OF MOMENT-TO-MOMENT HIGHLIGHTS WITH THE
    FAIRLY HUMDRUM


     


    68.  Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar
    Baby”


    69.  Cher, “Moonstruck”


    70.  Jane Fonda, “Coming Home”


    71.  Elizabeth Taylor, “BUtterfield 8”


     


    NOT NECESSARILY BAD, BUT JUST NOMINATION-WORTHY AT
    BEST


     


    72.  Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”


    73.  Sally Field, “Places in the Heart”


    74.  Gwyneth Paltrow, “Shakespeare in
    Love”


    75.  Katharine Hepburn, “Guess Who’s
    Coming to Dinner?”


    76.  Bette Davis, “Dangerous”


    77.  Claudette Colbert, “It Happened
    One Night”


    78.  Nicole Kidman, “The Hours”


    79.  Jessica Lange, “Blue Sky”


     


    SHOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN NEAR THE
    OSCAR


     


    80.  Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”


    81.  Ginger Rogers, “Kitty Foyle”


    82.  Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”


    83.  Katharine Hepburn, “Morning Glory”


    84.  Marlee Matlin, “Children of a
    Lesser God”


    85.  Loretta Young, “The Farmer’s
    Daughter”


    86.  Norma Shearer, “The Divorcee”


    87.  Joan Fontaine, “Suspicion”


    88.  Mary Pickford, “Coquette”


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    KT
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    Unlike the Best Actor category, I don’t think there is a performance here we can point to as the most significant.  Certainly there are some that stand out over others that has generally been captured in rankings above, but I’m not sure there is a clear number one, like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, a performance that was hugely important to acting as an art form.  What makes ranking difficult is that sometimes sentimental wins or make-up wins for a previous performance are great, since it means a great actor was finally recognized (though it sucks for those nominated).  Obviously, if only the performances are being considered, that could influence one ranking…it all depends what factors you take into consideration.  It is amazing though that both of Vivien Leigh’s wins should probably be in the top 10, making her probably the only actress on this list with multiple awards who won at career peaks for the right films and performances.

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    i can’t help it that you in the first post placed liz taylor in both your first and last ranking, wow that’s a whole lotta leap

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    my rank: (just for top 10)
    1. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    2. Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    3. Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
    4.  Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
    5. Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    6. Faye Dunaway, Network
    7. Kathy Bates, Misery
    8. Nicole Kidman, The Hours
    9. Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
    10. Cher, Moonstruck 

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