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  • Charlize Theron Fan
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    #110600

    We all know about the famous Hepburn/Streisand tie, but are there any other acting races that you would have personally liked to see end in a tie?

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    Actriz
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    #110602

    The only race in history (yes, history) where a tie would have been a justified outcome is Jodie Foster and Susan Sarandon in 1991.

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    Beau S.
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    The first one that comes to mind is Jodie Foster for Silence of the Lambs and Susan Sarandon for Thelma and Louise. Two career-best performances.

    Bette Davis for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane and Katharine Hepburn for Long Day’s Journey Into Night would have also been a nice tie. 

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    JayDF
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    I could tie up the majority of races without blinking.  My personal 1 tie for lead actress would have been Bette Davis & Gloria Swanson in 1950.  Although I can see strong cases to take that away and go 1941 – Bette Davis & Barbara Stanwyck or 1967 Anne Bancroft & Edith Evans.  Otherwise I give the smallest edges to Stanwyck & Evans.

    My 1 tie for best actor would be 1980 Robert DeNiro & John Hurt. 

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    MERYLMADNESS
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    Sarandon was far superior to Foster’s scared-faces-and-heathy-breathing in SOTL. She should have ran away with that one. She was a deserving winner for Atlantic City as well ten years earlier in that weak field (her and Meryl were the only ones worth talking about).

    Most of the Best Actress races of the 60’s could have been ties:

    1960: Kerr and MacLaine
    1961: Hepburn and Loren
    1962: Davis and Hepburn
    1963: Neal was far and away the best
    1964: Bancroft and Stanley
    1965: Andrews and Christie
    1966: Taylor was far and away the best
    1967: Bancroft was far and away the best
    1968: Hepburn and Redgrave (Streisand was MILES better in The Way We Were)
    1969: Fonda and Smith (though Fonda is marginally better)

    Such a good decade for actresses. 

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    MERYLMADNESS
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    #110606

    And of course Bette Davis and Gloria Swanson. No brainer.

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    Charlize Theron Fan
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    Definitely agree regarding Foster and Sarandon. That would have been great! And I feel like history would applaud the Academy for making that decission. 

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    There’s absolutely no way should another actress be put on the same level as Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs.  No one came close that year, and it’s because of Foster that Silence achieved greatness as a film.  I posted this in the poll for 1991, in which I might add Foster has 20+ more votes than her competition:

    Foster is an unrivaled physical actor, not just in action scenes but how she reacts to her environment.  Look at how she plays the final showdown with Buffalo Bill, how she moves through the basement, when the lights go out and she’s in the dark, and then once she shoots him how she handles the gun and tries to reload it, struggling in shock. In the first confrontation scene where Clarice meets Hannibal Lecter, Foster is so natural in her reaction to Hannibal calling Clarice “a well-scrubbed hustling rube with a little taste,” you totally feel her shame and embarassment. And the final confrontation with Hannibal in the bird cage, when she reveals Clarice’s past, singlehandedly deserved the Oscar. I think it was one of the best wins for a career-best role in the history of this category.


     

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    Charlize Theron Fan
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    There’s absolutely no way should another actress be put on the same level as Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs.  No one came close that year 

    (Re)watch Thelma and Louise. For everything that Foster accomplishes as an external/physical actor, Sarandon accomplishes the same as an internal/emotional actor.

    I thought Foster was great in Silence, but that scene in the pitch black basement was cringeworthy.  The scene where she tells the story about the lambs and her running away from home, however, was pure brilliance.

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    vlaxym
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    Holly Hunter and Cher in 1987
    Sissy Spacek and Mary Tyler Moore in 1980 (wouldn’t mind three way tie with Goldie)
    Goldberg and Bracco in 1990
    Williams and Kinnear in 1997
    Jackson and Streisand in 1973
    Holiday and Davis in 1950
    Tandy and Pfeiffer in 1989
    Del Toro and Finney in 2000
    Fletcher and Adjani in 1975

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    It would have been so satisfying if the race for Best Actor of 1962 ended in a tie between Gregory Peck and Peter O’Toole. Two of the most iconic characters/performances featured in cinema.

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    I’ve been predicting Oscars since before most of you were even thoughts in your parents’ heads. I used to do it professionally for a town paper in the 60’s and 70’s (a legacy for which I now get to go to private advanced screenings even though I’ve been retired for years). I have vivid and fond memories of many of the races from many of the years.

    Jodie Foster against Susan Sarandon was as debated then as it is now. It was one of my last Oscar years that I covered before retiring. Many of the Sarandon supporters tried to use Foster’s win only years earlier against her, while Sarandon supporters tried to use Silence’s early release date and genre against it. Before nominations came out, I was actually expecting a tie (my thinking was it happened before, it can happen again). Once Silence became the juggernaut it was and Thelma and Louise failed to get the widely expected Best Picture nomination, it became clear who was going to win. One of my coworkers was adament that they would split the vote and Laura Dern would win. But alas, we all know how it ended.

    To this day I think they should have tied. 

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    allabout oscars
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    I think SHIRLEY MACLAINE  AND DEBRA WINGER
    for Terms of Endearment wouldve been a perfect tie..
    Its a shame that Winger didnt win..but I loved MacLaine as much..

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    Susan Sarandon had a more dynamic role than Foster and even though I love both of them, I would give the award to Susan.

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    [quote=”rbttk1721″]There’s absolutely no way should another actress be put on the same level as Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs.  No one came close that year 

    (Re)watch Thelma and Louise. For everything that Foster accomplishes as an external/physical actor, Sarandon accomplishes the same as an internal/emotional actor.

    I thought Foster was great in Silence, but that scene in the pitch black basement was cringeworthy.  The scene where she tells the story about the lambs and her running away from home, however, was pure brilliance.[/quote]

    I wouldn’t distinguish them as external vs. internal.  Foster is an exceptional physical actress, but this role really demanded someone of incredible internal ability too.  The film is about hero’s journey into the wilderness of demons and monsters to rescue the damsel in distress.  Unlike other movies before Silence of the Lambs, this journey is taken by a woman in a man’s world, who faces opposition due to her gender as well as her background. You see the struggle in the actor and she sells it completely—and it is those scenes when Clarice is tested, culminating in her final meeting with Hannibal Lecter, that make this film so powerful.  It was the perfect part for Foster and what she brings to a film, and because it was her story and Sarandon shared Thelma and Louise with Davis that I can’t really consider a tie here.

    I like the mention of Gregory Peck and Peter O’Toole in 1962.  Now that’s a great example of a fantastic role losing, one that I would argue exceed’s Peck’s work in To Kill a Mockingbird, also a career performance.  But O’Toole was a no name at that moment and Peck probably won in a landslide.

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