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  • vozas
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    Having just watched Moonstruck for the first time last night (I know, shame on me. LOVED IT!), I completed my 4th decade of Best Actress winning performances, since I have seen all 23 from the 90s, noughties and the last 3 ones.

    My ultimate goal will be to have seen all the winners in this category and have a personal ranking of its winners.

    I would like to know your opinion (and ranking if you feel like it) of this particular decade. Looking at all 10 winners, I was surprised at how weak they look when grouped this way. Honestly, I only consider 2 of these performances to be great, while the others range from OK-ish to completely forgettable.

    Here’s my ranking:

    1. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    2. Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter
    3. Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful
    4. Jodie Foster, The Accused
    5. Cher, Moonstruck
    6. Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond
    7. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
    8. Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
    9. Sally Field, Places in the Heart
    10. Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God

    I mean comparing this to the winners of the previous decade is kinda embarrassing. That decade alone includes Field, Burstyn, Dunaway, Keaton and Minnelli, all of which I consider some of the greatest performances of all time.

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    Baby Clyde
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    1. Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful
    2. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    3. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
    4. Katharine Hepburn, On Golden Pond
    5. Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter
    6. Cher, Moonstruck
    7. Jodie Foster, The Accused
    8. Sally Field, Places in the Heart
    9. Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
    10. Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God

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    vozas
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    #119489

    I used to enjoy Shirley MacLaine’s win much more when I saw ToE the first time but it’s such a hamfest I can no longer take it seriously. I also have a lot of issues with the movie but Debra Winger deserved it more.

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    JayDF
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    #119490

    Let me preface this with this note:  I am a huge Mery Streep fan and I think she is excellent in SOPHIE’S CHOICE, but I don’t regard her work in that film as comparable to the 2nd coming like so many others.  The lead actress race only went my way twice in the 80’s – 1987 & 1980.

    1. Cher in “Moonstruck”
    2. Geraldine Page in “The Trip To Bountiful” (my choice in 85 was Bancroft – sorry I’m a sucker for Bancroft!)
    3. Sissy Spacek in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (Spacek was my choice in 80 by the smallest of smidges over Burstyn)
    4. Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice” (my choice in 82 was Lange)
    5. Katharine Hepburn in “On Golden Pond” (my choice in 81 was Keaton)
    6. Jessica Tandy in “Driving Miss Daisy” (my choice in 89 was Adjani)
    7. Shirley MacLaine in “Terms of Endearment” (my choice in 83 was Winger)
    8. Jodie Foster in “The Accused” (my choice in 88 was Streep)
    9. Sally Field in “Places In the Heart” (my choice in 84 was Redgrave)
    10. Marlee Matlin in “Children of a Lesser God” (my choice in 86 was Weaver) 

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    Beau S.
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    1. Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice
    2. Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter
    3. Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment
    4. Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful (my choice was Goldberg)
    5. Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond (my choice was Sarandon though I did like On Golden Pond)
    6. Sally Field in Places in the Heart (my choice was Davis)
    7. Jodie Foster in The Accused (my choice was Streep)
    8. Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy (my choice was Pfieffer)
    9. Marlee Matlin in Children of a Lesser God (my choice was Weaver)
    10. Cher in Moonstruck (my choice was Close)

    I also adore Moonstruck (my BP/BD winner)but I find Cher (and Cage) just god-awful in it. Think of how great Lorraine Bracco or Patti LuPone would have been in that role.

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    vozas
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    Poor Marlee… But that’s one of the most boring performances EVER. And it has nothing to do with the fact that she’s a mute.
    I think Cher’s pretty good in Moonstruck. Nothing to call your neighbours about but she still ranks #5 for me this decade… says how much I think of the ones after her

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    An embarassing decade of winners except for the Top3…

    1, Meryl Streep- Sophie’s Choice
    2. Shirley MacLaine- Terms of Endearment ….my choice Winger
    3. Geraldine Page- A Trip to Bountiful…my choice Streep

    4. Sissy Spacek- Coal Miner’s Daughter…my choice Burstyn
    5. Sally Field- Places in The Heart
    6. Jessica Tandy- Driving Miss Daisy
    7. Cher- Moonstruck…my choice Streisand
    8. Katharine Hepburn- On Golden Pond..my choice Keaton
    9. Jodie Foster- The Accused..my choice Streep
    10. Marlee Matlin- Children of a Lesser God..my choice Turner

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    Logan
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    I hink Matlin’s terrific in CoaLG.  I think she’s one of the best from that decade’s group.

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    The 90s had better winners. Paltrow, Hunt, and Swank all blend as one nasty win to me. Every other win from that decade is acceptable to me. Wait, I don’t care for McDormand’s win, Blethyn preferable.

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    vozas
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    Surprised that jodie ranks so low in some of these lists. She’s good in the accused. Obviously the movie’s pretty forgettable and that’s saying a lot given the subject matter but she saves it from mediocrity.

    McDormand is one of my favorite wins ever in this category. But the 90s werent that much better. A lot of consolation prozes were given out for very wrong reasons and I guess I only fully agree with thompson and swank. Even the mcdormand one I wouldve given to blethyn

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    Surprised that jodie ranks so low in some of these lists. She’s good in the accused. Obviously the movie’s pretty forgettable and that’s saying a lot given the subject matter but she saves it from mediocrity.
    McDormand is one of my favorite wins ever in this category. But the 90s werent that much better. A lot of consolation prozes were given out for very wrong reasons and I guess I only fully agree with thompson and swank. Even the mcdormand one I wouldve given to blethyn

    Foster was the worst potential winner out of the nominees. Close gave the best performance of the decade and one of the best for the medium.

     

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    Surprised that jodie ranks so low in some of these lists. She’s good in the accused. Obviously the movie’s pretty forgettable and that’s saying a lot given the subject matter but she saves it from mediocrity.
    McDormand is one of my favorite wins ever in this category. But the 90s werent that much better. A lot of consolation prozes were given out for very wrong reasons and I guess I only fully agree with thompson and swank. Even the mcdormand one I wouldve given to blethyn

    I actually think the 90s had some of the best wins, as far as consistency went. Bates, Foster, Thompson, and Hunter made for a great run, and McDormand and Swank were both remarkable. As far as the Academy was concerned, I’m pretty sure those were bestowed more on merit than anything else. The only one I would peg as “consolation” would be maybe Sarandon, who seems more like a case of having a great part at the right time in her career. 

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    JayDF
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    I also adore Moonstruck (my BP/BD winner)but I find Cher (and Cage) just god-awful in it. Think of how great Lorraine Bracco or Patti LuPone would have been in that role.

    Hmmm…I have never been a fan of Bracco’s, something about her just annoys me everytime I see her in something.  Now LuPone for me is feast or famine.  That’s just talking about her musical performances (that I’ve lsitened to or saw on youtube.)  She has a tendency to be so over the top that I probably would not have liked her in this.  I think I could only take LuPone is little bits. 

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    1. Meryl Streep, “Sophie’s Choice” (1982)
    2. Shirley MacLaine, “Terms of Endearment” (1983)
    3. Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980)
    4. Jessica Tandy, “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989)
    5. Geraldine Page, “The Trip to Bountiful” (1985)
    6. Marlee Matlin, “Children of a Lesser God” (1986)
    7. Cher, “Moonstruck” (1987)
    8. Jodie Foster, “The Accused” (1988)
    9. Katharine Hepburn, “On Golden Pond” (1981)
    10. Sally Field, “Places in the Heart” (1984)

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    vozas
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    [quote=”vozone”]Surprised that jodie ranks so low in some of these lists. She’s good in the accused. Obviously the movie’s pretty forgettable and that’s saying a lot given the subject matter but she saves it from mediocrity.
    McDormand is one of my favorite wins ever in this category. But the 90s werent that much better. A lot of consolation prozes were given out for very wrong reasons and I guess I only fully agree with thompson and swank. Even the mcdormand one I wouldve given to blethyn

    Foster was the worst potential winner out of the nominees. Close gave the best performance of the decade and one of the best for the medium.

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    I thought she was 4th best. Sigweavey and that gorilla movie are tv-movie laughable. I agree that Close shouldve won hands down. Definitely not the beat performance of the decade though, that’s really stretching it haha.

    Cant believe i didnt mention foster’s second oscar in the 90s. The silence of the lambs is one of my favorite movies of all time and she’s astonishing in it. I really enjoy Misery for entertaining value but bates is beyond campy in it. Not really a good performance per se, just a very entertaining, magnetic one. Anjelica Huston shouldve won that year for the grifters and the witches

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