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  • Phoenix LOVE.
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    24Emmy
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    Wow, you snubbed a lot of Jessica Lange performances. 😉

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    Laactingnyc
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    Omg…. i can’t do this. I would forget someone and that would kill me. lol. But i’ll give you my top 20 Best Actress winners (it’s more narrowed down that way )     🙂 

    IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER MY TOP 20 BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE WINNERS 

    Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
    Marion Cotillard – La vie en Rose
    Charlize Theron – Monster
    Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry
    Frances McDormand – Fargo
    Holly Hunter – The Piano
    Jodie Foster – Silence of the Lambs
    Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful
    Meryl Streep – Sophies Choice
    Sally Field – Norma Rae
    Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl
    Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter
    Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia
    Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar named Desire
    Olivia De Havilland – The Heiress
    Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind
    Bette Davis – Jezebel
    Janet Gaynor – Seventh Heavan, Street Angel, Sunrise
     

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    allabout oscars
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    These are my 20 favorite in order…before I start..Ill tell the poster right off.. there are no Lange performances…sorry!!

    1. ELIZABETH TAYLOR- VIRGINIA WOOLF
    2. MERYL STREEP- SOPHIE’S CHOICE
    3. BETTE DAVIS- ALL ABOUT EVE
    4. ANNE BANCROFT- THE GRADUATE
    5. BARBRA STREISAND- FUNNY GIRL
    6. VIVIEN LEIGH- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
    7. MARION COTILLARD- LA VIE EN ROSE
    8. ANNE BANCROFT- THE MIRACLE WORKER
    9. OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND- THE HEIRESS
    10. MERYL STREEP- A CRY IN THE DARK
    11. JANE FONDA – JULIA
    12. VIVIEN LEIGH- GONE WITH THE WIND
    13. ELLEN BURSTYN- REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
    14. DEBRA WINGER- TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
    15. FAYE DUNAWAY- NETWORK
    16. DIANA ROSS- LADY SINGS THE BLUES
    17. DIANE  KEATON- REDS
    18. MERYL STREEP- BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
    19. BETTE DAVIS- NOW, VOYAGER
    20. KATHARINE HEPBURN- THE LION IN WINTER

    honorable mentions
    sally field- norma rae
    charlize theron- monster
    natalie portman- black swan
    annette bening- american beauty
    hilary swank- boys dont cry

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    Bibi Andersson, “Persona”

    Ingrid Bergman, “Autumn Sonata”

    Maria Callas, “Medea”
     
    Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”

    Danielle Darrieux, “The Earrings of Madame de…”

    Olivia de Havilland, “The Snake Pit”

    Renee Falconetti, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” 

    Judy Garland, “A Star is Born”

    Lillian Gish, “The Wind”

    Audrey Hepburn, “The Nun’s Story”

    Katharine Hepburn, “The Lion in Winter”
     
    Jessica Lange, “Frances”

    Vivien Leigh, “Gone With the Wind”

    Giulietta Masina, “Juliet of the Spirits”

    Gena Rowlands, “A Woman Under the Influence” 

    Norma Shearer, “Marie Antoinette”

    Barbara Stanwyck, “The Lady Eve”

    Meryl Streep, “Sophie’s Choice”

    Charlize Theron, “Monster”

    Liv Ullmann, “Face to Face” 

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    In no particular order:
    1) Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
    2) Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
    3) Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
    4) Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen
    5) Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady
    6) Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music
    7) Meryl Streep, Doubt
    8) Faye Dunaway, Chinatown
    9) Carey Mulligan, An Education
    10) Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca
    11) Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking
    12) Annette Bening, American Beauty
    13) Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
    14) Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
    15) Helen Mirren, The Queen
    16) Natalie Portman, Black Swan
    17) Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
    18) Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
    19) Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
    20) Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

     

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    25. Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
    24. Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
    23. Nicole Kidman in The Hours
    22. Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
    21. Bibi Andersson in Persona
    20. Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby
    19. Kathy Bates in Misery
    18. Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right
    17. Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
    16. Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs
    15. Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment
    14. Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction
    13. Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night
    12. Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story
    11. Stockard Channing in Six Degrees of Separation
    10. Frances McDormand in Fargo 
    9. Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
    8. Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    7. Meryl Streep in Doubt
    6. Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice
    5. Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight
    4. Bette Davis in All About Eve
    3. Geraldine Page in Interiors
    2. Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    1. Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter 

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    Just noticed that it said the top 20 and not the top 25. Oh well. I just can’t bring myself to delete 21-25, lol.

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    Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark
    Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    Julianne Moore, The Hours
    Nicole Kidman, To Die For
    Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies
    Marion Cottilard, La Vie en Rosa
    Kate Winslet, Titanic
    Bette Davis, All About Eve
    Bette Davis, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 
    Isabelle Huppert, 8 Femmes
    Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise
    Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise 
    Kathy Bates, Misery
    Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
    Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
    Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables 
    Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married 

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    Troy
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    01.   Charlize Theron, Monster
    02.   Hilary Swank, Boy’s Don’t Cry
    03.   Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
    04.   Sissy Spacek, Carrie
    05.   Kathy Bates, Misery
    06.   Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    07.   Meryl Streep, Doubt
    08.   Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom
    09.   Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    10.   Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
    11.   Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    12.   Renee Zelwegger, Chicago
    13.   Jobeth Williams, Poltergeist
    14.   Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People
    15.   Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    16.   Jessica Lange, Sweet Dreams
    17.   Bjork, Dancer in the Dark
    18.   Frances McDormand, Fargo
    19.   Mia Farrow, Rosemary’s Baby
    20.  Faye Dunaway, Mommie Dearest

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    1. Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter 

    2. Meryl Streep – Doubt

    3. Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

    4. Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth

    5. Helen Mirren – The Queen 

    6. Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby

    7. Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music

    8. Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady 

    9. Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth TGA

    10. Natalie Portman – Black Swan

    11. Kate WInslet – Titanic

    12. Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

    13. Jodie Foster –  The Silence of the Lambs

    14. Glenn Close – Dangerous Liasons

    15. Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond

    16. Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction 

    17. Toni Collette – Muriel’s Wedding

    18. Nicole Kidman – The Others

    19. Noomi Rapace – Man som hatar kninnor

    20 . Renee Zellweger – Chicago

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    Not in order of preference at all, just in the order that they come to mind:

    Bjork, Dancer in the Dark
    Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Viola Davis, The Help
    Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction
    Bette Davis, All About Eve
    Marlene Dietrich, Witness for the Prosecution
    Faye Dunaway, Chinatown
    Kathy Bates, Misery
    Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
    Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
    Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
    Melanie Laurent, Inglorius Basterds
    Ellen Page, Juno
    Penelope Cruz, Volver
    Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
    Sissy Spacek, Carrie
    Emma Stone, Easy A
    Meg Ryan, When Harry Met Sally…
    Hilary Swank, Conviction
    Natalie Portman, Garden State

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    Kevin Groome
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    the quickest man in the frying pan where did you get all those pictures? google? 

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    Because I am limited to only 20 (though I’m cheating by adding a couple more) I will only include performances I have seen more then once.

    In the order the films where made:

    1934 – Marlene Dietrich (The Scarlet Empress)
    1939 – Greta Garbo (Ninotchka)
    1941 – Barbara Stanwyck (The Lady Eve)
    1945 – Gene Tierney (Leave Her to Heaven)
    1948 – Joan Fontaine (Letter from an Unknown Woman)
    1949 – Olivia de Haviland (The Heiress)
    1950 – Bette Davis (All About Eve)
    1959 – Emmanuelle Riva (Hiroshima, Mon Amour)
    1962 – Jean Moreau (Bay of Angels)
    1964 – Kim Stanley (Seance on a Wet Afternoon)
    1968 – Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter)
    1968 – Beryl Reid (The Killing of Sister George)
    1968 – Tuesday Weld ( Pretty Poison)
    1974 – Sissy Spacek (Badlands)
    1975 – Angela Winkler (The Lost Honour of Katarina Blum)
    1977 – Shelley Duvall (3 Women)
    1977 – Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
    1978 – Jane Fonda (Coming Home)
    1978 – Glenda Jackson (Stevie)
    1979 – Sally Field (Norma Rae)
    1984 – Vanessa Redgrave (The Bostonians)
    1999 – Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry)

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    01. Bette Davis, All About Eve
    02. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    03. Isabelle Adjani, Possession
    04. Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass
    05. Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
    06. Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence
    07. Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard
    08. Maria Falconetti, The Passion of Joan of Arc
    09. Ingrid Bergman, Autumn Sonata
    10. Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
    11. Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    12. Victoria Abril, Nadie hablara de nosotras cuando hayamos muerto
    13. Bibi Andersson, Persona
    14. Geraldine Page, Interiors
    15. Holly Hunter, The Piano
    16. Juliette Binoche, Blue
    17. Björk, Dancer in the Dark
    18. Mia Farrow, The Purple Rose of Cairo
    19. Catherine Deneuve, Repulsion
    20. Isabelle Huppert, La Pianiste

    It’s impossible to choose just 20, but I’d say that my top three is untouchable.

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