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  • TV12
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    1920’s:
    1927/28- Janet Gaynor – Seventh Heaven / Street Angel / Sunrise
    1928/29- Mary Pickford – Coquette
    1930’s:
    1929/30- Norma Shearer – The Divorcee
    1930/31- Irene Dunne – Cimarron
    1931/32- Helen Hayes – The Sin of Madelon Claudet
    1932/33- Katharine Hepburn – Morning Glory
    1934- Claudette Colbert – It Happened One Night
    1935- Bette Davis – Dangerous
    1936- Luise Rainer – The Great Ziegfeld
    1937- Luise Rainer – The Good Wife
    1938- Bette Davis – Jezebel
    1939- Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind
    1940’s:
    1940- Ginger Rogers – Kitty Foyle
    1941- Joan Fontaine – Suspicion
    1942- Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver
    1943- Jennifer Jones – The Song of Bernadette
    1944- Ingrid Bergman – Gaslight
    1945- Joan Crawford – Mildred Pierce
    1946- Olivia de Havilland – To Each His Own
    1947- Lorette Young – The Farmer’s Daughter
    1948- Jane Wyman – Johnny Belinda
    1949- Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress
    1950’s:
    1950- Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard
    1951- Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    1952- Shirley Booth – Come Back, Little Sheba
    1953- Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday
    1954- Grace Kelly – The Country Girl
    1955- Katharine Hepburn – Summertime
    1956- Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia
    1957- Joanne Woodward – The Three Faces of Eve
    1958- Susan Hayward – I Want to Live!
    1959- Audrey Hepburn – The Nun’s Story
    1960’s:
    1960- Deborah Kerr – The Sundowners
    1961- Sophia Loren – Two Women
    1962- Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker
    1963- Patricia Neal – Hud
    1964- Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
    1965- Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music
    1966- Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    1967- Anne Bancroft The Graduate
    1968- Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter
    1969- Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    1970’s:
    1970- Glenda Jackson – Women in Love
    1971- Jane Fonda – Klute
    1972-Maggie Smith – Travels with My Aunt
    1973- Ellen Burstyn – The Exocist
    1974- Gena Rowlands – A Woman Under the Influence
    1975- Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    1976- Faye Dunaway – Network
    1977- Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
    1978- Geraldine Page – Interiors
    1979- Sally Field – Norma Rae
    1980’s:
    1980- Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter
    1981- Meryl Streep – The French Lieutenant’s Woman
    1982- Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    1983- Shirley MacLaine – Terms of Endearment
    1984- Sally Field – Places in the Heart
    1985- Jessica Lange – Sweet Dreams
    1986- Marlee Matlin – Children of a Lesser God
    1987- Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction
    1988- Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark
    1989- Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Diasy
    1990’s:
    1990- Kathy Bates – Misery
    1991- Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs
    1992- Emma Thompson – Howards’ End
    1993- Holly Hunter – The Piano
    1994- Jodie Foster – Nell
    1995- Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking
    1996- Frances McDormand – Fargo
    1997- Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
    1998- Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth
    1999- Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry
    2000’s:
    2000- Julia Roberts – Erin Brokovich
    2001- Judi Dench – Iris
    2002- Julianne Moore – Far From Heaven
    2003- Charlize Theron – Monster
    2004- Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby
    2005- Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
    2006- Helen Mirren – The Queen
    2007- Marion Cotillard – La vie en rose
    2008- Melissa Leo – Frozen River
    2009- Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    2010’s:
    2010- Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right
    2011- Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    1920’s:
    1927/28- Janet Gaynor – Sunrise
    1928/29- Maria Falconetti – The Passion of Joan of Arc
    1929/30- Louise Brooks – Pandora’s Box
    1930’s:
    1930/31- Marie Dressler – Min and Bill
    1931/32- Marlene Dietrich – Shanghai Express
    1932/33- Greta Garbo – Queen Christina
    1934- Claudette Colbert – It Happened One Night
    1935- Katharine Hepburn – Sylvia Scarlett
    1936- Ruth Cattarthon – Dodsworth
    1937- Irene Dunne – The Awful Truth
    1938- Katharine Hepburn – Bringing Up Baby
    1939- Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind
    1940’s:
    1940- Rosalind Russell – His Girl Friday
    1941- Barbara Stanwyck – The Lady Eve
    1942- Bette Davis – Now, Voyager
    1943- Jean Arthur – The More the Merrier
    1944- Barbara Stanwyck – Double Indemnity
    1945- Peggy Ann Garner – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    1946- Ingird Bergman – Notorious
    1947- Deborah Kerr – Black Narcissus
    1948- Joan Fontaine – Letter from an Unknown Woman
    1949- Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress
    1950’s:
    1950- Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard
    1951- Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    1952- Debbie Reynolds – Singin’ in the Rain
    1953- Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday
    1954- Judy Garland – A Star is Born
    1955- Susan Hayward – I’ll Cry Tomorrow
    1956- Carroll Baker – Baby Doll
    1957- Giulietta Masina – The Nights of Cabiria
    1958- Jeanne Moreau – Elevator to the Gallows
    1959- Marilyn Monroe – Some Like It Hot
    1960’s:
    1960- Emmanuelle Riva – Hiroshima mon amour
    1961- Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffanys
    1962- Katherine Hepburn – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
    1963- Anna Karina – Vivre sa Vie
    1964- Kim Stanley – Seance on a Wet Afternoon
    1965- Catherine Deneuve – Repulsion
    1966- Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    1967- Bibi Andersson – Persona
    1968- Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl
    1969- Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    1970’s:
    1970- Carrie Snoress – Diary of a Mad Housewive
    1971- Vanessa Redgrave – The Devils
    1972- Liza Minelli – Cabret
    1973- Sissy Spacek – Badlands
    1974- Gena Rowlands – A Woman Under the Influence
    1975- Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    1976- Faye Dunaway – Network
    1977- Shelley Duvall – 3 Women
    1978- Ingrid Bergman – Autumn Sontana
    1979- Hannah Schygulla – The Marriage of Maria Braun
    1980’s:
    1980- Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter
    1981- Diane Keaton – Reds
    1982- Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    1983- Isabelle Adjani – Possession
    1984- Gena Rowlands – Love Streams
    1985- Whoopi Goldberg – The Color Purple
    1986- Marie Rivière – The Green Ray
    1987- Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction
    1988- Glenn Close – Dangerous Liasions
    1989- Michelle Pfeiffer – Fabulous Baker Boys
    1990’s:
    1990- Kathy Bates – Misery
    1991- Michelle Pfeiffer – Frankie and Johnny
    1992- Emma Thompson – Howards’ End
    1993- Holly Hunter – The Piano
    1994- Julianne Moore – Vanya on 42nd Street
    1995- Julianne Moore – [safe]
    1996- Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies
    1997- Pam Grier – Jackie Brown
    1998- Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love
    1999- Hilary Swank – Boy’s Don’t Cry
    2000’s:
    2000- Björk – Dancer in the Dark
    2001- Nicole Kidman – Moulin Rogue!
    2002- Julianne Moore – Far From Heaven
    2003- Charlize Theron – Monster
    2004- Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2005- Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
    2006- Laura Dern – Inland Empire
    2007– Marion Cotillard – La vie en rose
    2008- Melissa Leo – Frozen River
    2009- Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
    2010’s:
    2010- Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    2011- Olivia Colman – Tyrannosaur
    2012- Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
    2013- Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    2014- Julianne Moore – Still Alice
    2015- Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
    2016- Sonia Braga – Aquarius
    2017-

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    JayDF
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    Editec to include 2011 & 2012 choices…
    I’ve included a tie to match to academy’s…and included the unofficial nomination of 1934…

    1920’s:
    1927/28- Gloria Swanson – Sadie Thompson
    1928/29- Jeanne Eagles – The Letter
    1930’s:
    1929/30- Greta Garbo – Romance
    1930/31- Marlene Dietrich – Morocco
    1931/32- Marie Dressler – Emma
    1932/33- May Robson – Lady For a Day
    1934- Bette Davis – Of Human Bondage
    1935- Katharine Hepburn – Alice Adams
    1936- Carole Lombard – My Man Godfrey
    1937- Irene Dunne – The Awful Truth
    1938- Bette Davis – Jezebel*
    1939- Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind*
    1940’s:
    1940- Katharine Hepburn – The Philadelphia Story
    1941- Barbara Stanwyck – Ball of Fire
    1942- Bette Davis – Now, Voyager
    1943- Jean Arthur – The More the Merrier
    1944- Barbara Stanwyck – Double Indemnity
    1945- Ingrid Bergman – The Bells of St. Mary’s
    1946- Celia Johnson – Brief Encounter
    1947- Rosalind Russell – Mourning Becomes Electra
    1948- Barbara Stanwyck – Sorry, Wrong Number
    1949- Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress*
    1950’s:
    1950- Bette Davis – All About Eve and Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard
    1951- Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire*
    1952- Julie Harris – The Member of the Wedding
    1953- Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday*
    1954- Judy Garland – A Star Is Born
    1955- Anna Magnani – The Rose Tattoo*
    1956- Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia*
    1957- Deborah Kerr – Heaven Knows, Mr. Alison
    1958- Rosalind Russell – Auntie Mame
    1959- Katharine Hepburn – Suddenly, Last Summer
    1960’s:
    1960- Shirley MacLaine – The Apartment
    1961- Sophia Loren – Two Women*
    1962- Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker*
    1963- Patricia Neal – Hud*
    1964- Anne Bancroft – The Pumpkin Eater
    1965- Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music
    1966- Lynn Redgrave – Georgy Girl
    1967- Edith Evans – The Whisperers
    1968- Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl*
    1969- Jane Fonda – They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
    1970’s:
    1970- Carrie Snodgress – The Diary of a Mad Housewife
    1971- Jane Fonda – Klute*
    1972- Liza Minnelli – Cabaret*
    1973- Ellen Burstyn – The Exorcist
    1974- Ellen Busrtyn – Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore*
    1975- Isabelle Adjani – The Story of Adele H.
    1976- Liv Ullmann – Face To Face
    1977- Diane Keaton – Annie Hall*
    1978- Geraldine Page – Interiors
    1979- Bette Midler – The Rose
    1980’s:
    1980- Ellen Burstyn – Resurrection
    1981- Diane Keaton – Reds
    1982- Jessica Lange – Frances
    1983- Debra Winger – Terms of Endearment
    1984- Vanessa Redgrave – The Bostonians
    1985- Anne Bancroft – Agnes of God
    1986- Sigourney Weaver – Aliens
    1987- Cher – Moonstruck*
    1988- Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark
    1989- Isabelle Adjani – Camille Claudel
    1990’s:
    1990- Meryl Streep – Postcards From the Edge
    1991- Susan Sarandon – Thelma & Louise
    1992- Emma Thompson – Howards’ End*
    1993- Holly Hunter – The Piano*
    1994- Jessica Lange – Blue Sky*
    1995- Emma Thompson – Sense and Sensibility
    1996- Frances McDormand – Fargo*
    1997- Judi Dench – Mrs. Brown
    1998- Meryl Streep – One True Thing
    1999- Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry*
    2000’s:
    2000- Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream
    2001- Sissy Spacek – In the Bedroom
    2002- Julianne Moore – Far From Heaven
    2003- Samantha Morton – In America
    2004- Kate Winslet – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2005- Felciity Huffman – Transamerica
    2006- Judi Dench – Notes On a Scandal
    2007- Laura Linney – The Savages
    2008- Kate Winslet – The Reader*
    2009- Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
    2010’s:
    2010- Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
    2011- Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady*
    2012 – Emanuelle Riva – Amour

    Multiple wins:
    5 – Meryl Streep (plus 1 supporting)
    4 – Bette Davis
    4 – Ellen Burstyn (plus 1 supporting)
    3 – Barbara Stanwyck
    3 – Katharine Hepburn
    3 – Anne Bancroft
    2 – Gloria Swanson
    2 – Vivien Leigh
    2 – Ingrid Bergman
    2 – Rosalind Russell
    2 – Jane Fonda
    2 – Diane Keaton
    2 – Isabelle Adjani
    2 – Jessica Lange
    2 – Emma Thompson
    2 – Judi Dench
    2 – Kate Winslet

    1 (plus 1 supporting) : Judy Garland, Geraldine Page, Vanessa Redgrave, Cher, Sigourney Weaver & Holly Hunter 

     

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    allabout oscars
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    2010..Nicole Kidman- Rabbit Hole
    2009..Meryl Streep- Julie and Julia
    2008..Meryl Streep- Doubt
    2007..Marion Cotillard- la Vie en Rose
    2006..Kate Winslet- Little Children
    2005..Laura Linney- The Squid and the Whale
    2004..Hilary Swank- Million Dollar baby
    2003..Diane Keaton- Something’s gotta Give
    2002..Julianne Moore- Far From heaven
    2001..Judi Dench- Iris
    2000..Ellen Burstyn- Requiem for a Dream

    1999..Annette Bening- American Beauty
    1998..Meryl Streep- One True Thing
    1997..Judi Dench- Mrs. Brown
    1996..Frances McDormand- Fargo
    1995..Meryl Streep- The Bridges of Madison County
    1994..Jessica Lange- Blue Sky
    1993..Debra Winger- A Dangerous Woman
    1992..Emma Thompson- Howard’s End
    1991..Jodie Foster- Silence of the Lambs
    1990..Anjelica Huston- The Grifters

    1989..Jessica Tandy- Driving Miss Daisy
    1988..Meryl Streep- A Cry in the Dark
    1987..Barbra Streisand- Nuts
    1986..Anne Bancroft-‘night, Mother
    1985..Meryl Streep- Out of Africa
    1984..Sally Field- Places in the Heart
    1983..Debra Winger- Terms of Endearment
    1982..Meryl Streep- Sophie’s Choice
    1981..Diane Keaton- Reds
    1980..Ellen Burstyn- Ressurection

    1979..Sally Field- Norma Rae
    1978..Jane Fonda- Coming Home
    1977..Jane Fonda- Julia
    1976..Faye Dunaway- Network
    1975..Louise Fletcher- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    1974..Ellen Burstyn- Alice doesnt Live Here Anymore
    1973..Barbra Streisand- The Way we Were
    1972..Diana ross- Lady Sings the Blues
    1971..Jane Fonda- Klute
    1970..Glenda Jackson- Women in Love

    1969..Jane Fonda – They Shoot Horses, Dont They?
    1968..Barbra Streisand- Funny Girl
    1967..Anne Bancroft- The Graduate
    1966..Elizabeth Taylor- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    1965..Julie Andrews- The Sound of Music
    1964..Anne Bancroft- The Pumpkin Eater
    1963..Patricia Neal- Hud
    1962..Anne Bancroft- the Miracle Worker
    1961..Natalie Wood- Splendor in the Grass
    1960..Shirley MacLaine- The Apartment

    1959..Audrey Hepburn- The Nun’s Story
    1958..Susan Hayward- I Want to Live
    1957..Joanne Woodward- The Three faces of Eve
    1956..Deborah kerr- The King and I
    1955..Anna Magnani- The Rose Tatoo
    1954..Grace Kelly- The Country Girl
    1953..Deborah Kerr- From here to Eternity
    1952..Shirley Booth- Come Back Little Sheba
    1951..Vivien Leigh- A Streetcar Named Desire

    1950..Bette Davis- All About Eve
    1949..Olivia DeHavilland- The Heiress
    1948..Barbara Stanwyck- Sorry, Wrong Number
    1947..Rosalind Russell- Mourning Becomes Electra
    1946..Olivia DeHavilland- To each His Own
    1945..Joan Crawford- Mildred Pierce
    1944..Claudette Colbert- Since You Went Away
    1943..Ingrid bergman- Casablanca
    1942..Bette Davis- Now, Voyager
    1941..Bette Davis- The Little Foxes
    1940..Katharine Hepburn- The Philadelphia Story

    1939..Vivien Leigh- Gone With the Wind
    1938..Bette Davis- Jezebel
    1937..Luise Rainer- The Good Earth
    1936..Carole Lombard- My Man Godfrey
    1935..Katharine Hepburn- Alice Adams
    1934..Bette Davis- Of Human Bondage
    1933..Katharine Hepburn- Morning Glory
    1932..Helen hayes- The Sins of Madeline Claudet
    1931..Irene Dunne- Cimmaron
    1930..Norma Shearer- The Divorcee

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    1920’s:
    1927/28- Janet Gaynor – Seventh Heaven / Street Angel / Sunrise
    1928/29- Jeanne Eagels – The Letter

    1930’s:
    1929/30- Greta Garbo – Romance
    1930/31- Marie Dressler – Min and Bill
    1931/32- Helen Hayes – The Sin of Madelon Claudet
    1932/33- May Robson – Lady for a Day
    1934- Norma Shearer – The Barretts of Wimpole Street
    1935- Katharine Hepburn – Alice Adams
    1936- Luise Rainer – The Great Ziegfeld
    1937- Greta Garbo – Camille
    1938- Norma Shearer- Marie Antoinette
    1939- Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind

    1940’s:
    1940- Katharine Hepburn – The Philadelphia Story
    1941- Bette Davis – The Little Foxes
    1942- Bette Davis – Now, Voyager
    1943- Jennifer Jones – The Song of Bernadette
    1944- Ingrid Bergman – Gaslight
    1945- Ingrid Bergman-  The Bells of St. Mary’s
    1946- Celia Johnson – Brief Encounter
    1947- Rosalind Russell – Mourning Becomes Electra
    1948- Olivia de Havilland – The Snake Pit
    1949- Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress

    1950’s:
    1950- Bette Davis – All About Eve
    1951- Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    1952- Shirley Booth – Come Back, Little Sheba
    1953- Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday
    1954- Judy Garland – A Star is Born
    1955- Anna Magnani- The Rose Tattoo
    1956- Deborah Kerr – The King and I
    1957- Joanne Woodward – The Three Faces of Eve
    1958- Rosalind Russell – Auntie Mame
    1959- Audrey Hepburn – The Nun’s Story

    1960’s:
    1960- Shirley MacLaine – The Apartment
    1961- Audrey Hepburn – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    1962- Katharine Hepburn – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
    1963- Leslie Caron – The L-Shaped Room
    1964- Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
    1965- Julie Andrews – The Sound of Music
    1966- Ida Kaminska – The House on Main Street
    1967- Edith Evans – The Whisperers
    1968- Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter
    1969- Maggie Smith – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    1970’s:
    1970- Glenda Jackson – Women in Love
    1971- Jane Fonda – Klute
    1972- Liza Minnelli – Cabaret
    1973- Ellen Burstyn – The Exorcist
    1974- Gena Rowlands – A Woman Under the Influence
    1975- Isabelle Adjani – The Story of Adele H.
    1976- Liv Ullmann – Face to Face
    1977- Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
    1978- Ingrid Bergman – Autumn Sonata
    1979- Sally Field – Norma Rae

    1980’s:
    1980- Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter
    1981- Katharine Hepburn – On Golden Pond
    1982- Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    1983- Debra Winger – Terms of Endreament
    1984- Judy Davis – A Passage to India
    1985- Geraldine Page- The Trip to Bountiful
    1986- Sissy Spacek – Crimes of the Heart
    1987- Glenn Close – Fatal Attraction
    1988- Meryl Streep – A Cry in the Dark
    1989- Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Diasy

    1990’s:
    1990- Kathy Bates – Misery
    1991- Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs
    1992- Emma Thompson – Howards’ End
    1993- Angela Bassett- What’s Love Got to Do With It?
    1994- Jodie Foster – Nell
    1995- Emma Thompson- Sense and Sensibility
    1996- Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies
    1997- Helen Hunt- As Good As It Gets
    1998- Fernanda Montenegro- Central Station
    1999- Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry

    2000’s:
    2000- Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich
    2001- Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball
    2002- Diane Lane- Unfaithful
    2003- Charlize Theron – Monster
    2004- Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake
    2005- Felicity Huffman- Transamerica
    2006- Helen Mirren – The Queen
    2007- Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
    2008- Melissa Leo- Frozen River
    2009- Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

    2010’s:
    2010- Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole

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    tonorlo, I just want to say I miss your Best ACtress analysis back at the old forums. And I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the 2011 race. I think Kidman was a surprising choice. 🙂

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    1995 was one of the greatest years for actresses. When it comes to snubs everyone always talks about Nicole Kidman in to die for and sometimes mention Angela Bassett but lets be honest, Kathy Bates delivered the greatest performace of the 90s by an actress in Dolores Claiborne hands down.

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    I’ll list my choices of the nominees, going back through the ’80s; if I would have picked someone not nominated, they’re listed in parentheses:

    2010: Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
    2009: Carey Mulligan, An Education (Tilda Swinton, Julia)
    2008: Melissa Leo, Frozen River (Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky)
    2007: Julie Christie, Away From Her (Tang Wei, Lust, Caution)
    2006: Penelope Cruz, Volver
    2005: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica (Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger)
    2004: Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2003: Charlize Theron, Monster
    2002: Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven
    2001: Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! (Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive)
    2000: Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me
    1999: Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry
    1998: Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station (Christina Ricci, The Opposite of Sex)
    1997: Helena Bonham Carter, The Wings of the Dove
    1996: Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
    1995: Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas (Nicole Kidman, To Die For)
    1994: Jessica Lange, Blue Sky (Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction)
    1993: Holly Hunter, The Piano
    1992: Emma Thompson, Howards End
    1991: Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    1990: Anjelica Huston, The Grifters
    1989: Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys
    1988: Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark (Susan Sarandon, Bull Durham)
    1987: Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction
    1986: Sissy Spacek, Crimes of the Heart
    1985: Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple
    1984: Judy Davis, A Passage to India (Kathleen Turner, Romancing the Stone)
    1983: Meryl Streep, Silkwood
    1982: Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    1981: Susan Sarandon, Atlantic City
    1980: Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People 

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    Hey, thanks, iskolar! Just for you…

    I’ll sign the general consensus that 2010 was a better-than-average year for Best Actress (none of these women strike me as out-and-out filler, which usually constitutes at least 20% of the race). That having been said, I don’t think any of these entries are candidates for the “100 Best Oscar-Nominated Performances,” either. They all have different things going for them, but all of them have little creases in their performances that nag me a bit.

    Annette Bening typically gets recognized for her highly shellac-ed neurotic women, and in “The Kids Are All Right,” she feels refreshingly put together and mostly free of the spiky artificiality that her past performances embrace wholeheartedly (granted, for “American Beauty” and “Being Julia,” it’s hard to imagine her giving successful interpretations of those characters without that element in place). There is certainly a more grounded and sympathetic woman here than is Bening’s usual wont, but- flip/flop artist that I am- I wish Bening had more to do as her world is threatened to be pulled out from under her. She remains credible and realistic in her approach throughout (her cards-on-the-table speech to Julianne Moore is amazingly free of tics and overt theatricality), but in pulling back, she seems professional rather than extraordinary to me. In order to ring the bells that make me say “Oscar,” I admit, I like a little more “oomph” in the performance and I tend to be won over by the tour-de-force rather than subtle restraint (big exception: Audrey Hepburn in “The Nun’s Story”). Bening is good in “Kids”- in fact, at times, she’s very good- but she never makes me say “Oscar.” (Now, if she had been nominated for “Mother and Child”…)

    I’ll admit: I would have preferred Tony winner Cynthia Nixon reprising her role in the film version of “Rabbit Hole,” but box office insurance (so went the idea, anyway) Nicole Kidman’s take on the meaty role of a grieving mother surprised me. Kidman is an actress I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with; the charisma has always ranked high above the actual ability, though I respect her willingness to try different things. In much of her filmography, I get the sense that Kidman always seems to want to better herself as an actress and in “Rabbit Hole,” her liquid deliveries and provocative facial expressions create something entirely unique in a role that would be easy to approach from solid, baleful mourning. Kidman has seldom been more of a chameleon than she is here, displaying shades and colors that are subtle and nuanced, and which add up to a truly legitimate performance, which for me, is a rarity for her (many of her performances add up to a lot of successful and not-so-successful line readings to me). If the eager drama student pokes her head through a few times in “Rabbit Hole,” Kidman just as often and more frequently finds the necessary gravitas needed to sell the moment.

    The burnished girl-woman that Jennifer Lawrence presents in “Winter’s Bone” is very nearly a triumph of talent over charisma. Hair matted, plainly made-up with a busted lip, Lawrence never looks like a remarkable heroine, and she never once tries to give a movie star performance. “Winter’s Bone” needs a tough, no-nonsense gal to sell this uncomfortable saga, and Lawrence clearly displays her chops as she builds a girl who slogs her way through large and small family drama, and as hard as she tries and as surprisingly competent as she may seem, Lawrence also injects a compelling haunt into the viewer by making it clear that she is never completely comfortable in her role as de facto foundation for her family. Lawrence is the reason “Winter’s Bone” works, and she delivers a solid performance that isn’t perfect- she has room to grow as an actress, though nothing she does in “Winter’s Bone” is sheer ineptitude- but makes the necessary vehicle for her film.

    Depending on my mood that day, I would almost say that Portman was the weakest link on the ballot, when she in fact has probably the baitiest role. Admittedly, my personal take on “Black Swan” can best be summed up by Macbeth: “the tale of an idiot told in sound and fury, signifying nothing.” But what really makes me stay off of Portman’s bandwagon is the irritating pitch at which she holds her performance for 75% of the running time, trying desperately to sell herself as a naive savant while her eyes practically radiate the subliminal message, “I’m smarter than this. I’m smarter than this.” I may be unduly harsh here, but while Portman is stuck in a wonderland nebula of more truly interesting characters, she has little to do but pop her eyes, pipe up in a childish treble, and work herself into a fragile frenzy. Ironically, it is only when Portman finally goes off the deep end and tosses the frightened little girl aside that I am able to relax as a viewer and finally sort-of enjoy the tawdry spectacle of “Black Swan,” for at last, Portman is at least in concert with her erratic vehicle. Portman does everything I suppose she’s supposed to do, but the final frenzy that comes anywhere close to justifying an Oscar nomination to me is simply a case of too little, too late.

    Williams’ portrait of disillusioned love in “Blue Valentine” is neck-and-neck with Kidman for me for best-in-lineup status. Williams is that increasingly rare young actor who doesn’t need dialogue to convey volumes of emotional turmoil; she is galvanizing when she is simply walking toward the camera, fully registering Cindy’s disgust with the present and fear for the future. I could very nearly give her the Oscar, but for one caveat that may not be fair, but here it is. Much of the power of Williams’ work in “Blue Valentine” derives from her excellent chemistry with Ryan Gosling (who could have and should have been nominated), whereas “Rabbit Hole,” even with its fine supporting cast, exists essentially as a vehicle for Kidman, and as such, her performance resonates with an unfair advantage. A one-man (or in this case, woman) show is always a difficult turndown for me, and not only is this far and away the best of Kidman’s Oscar-nominated performances, I suspect there’s a good chance she may never be this good again.

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    Ah, tonorlo, so happy to read your eloquent thoughts again!

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    ditto.

    Either the “h” or an “n” has been left off the thread title. Just thought I’d mention that…..

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    I think if I made a list of my 10 favorite Best Actress winning performances, Portman would be on it. The last bit of Black Swan (the full throttle crazy) was a great piece of acting (though she’s solid throughout). That last fifth is more of a feat than anything I’ve seen from most acting winners.

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    1980-Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter
    1981-Susan Sarandon, Atlantic City
    1982-Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    1983-Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment
    1984-Jessica Lange, Country
    1985-Geraldine Page, The Trip to Bountiful
    1986-Sigourney Weaver, Aliens
    1987-Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction
    1988-Meryl Streep, A Cry in the Dark
    1989-Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy
    1990-Kathy Bates, Mr. and Mrs Bridge
    1991-Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    1992-Emma Thompson, Howards End
    1993-Holly Hunter, The Piano
    1994-Miranda Richardson, Tom & Viv
    1995-Elizabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas
    1996-Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies
    1997-Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown
    1998-Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
    1999-Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry
    2000-Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream
    2001-Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom
    2002-Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven
    2003-Charlize Theron, Monster
    2004-Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2005-Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
    2006-Helen Mirren, The Queen
    2007-Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
    2008-Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
     

    For the last three, I need to rewatch all of the films for reconsideration.                                                                

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    Bette Davis – 1935, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1950, 1962
    Olivia De Havilland – 1946, 1948, 1949

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    I’m not listing all the broads tonight – too much time.  Here are a few off the top of my head:
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      1943 – Bette Davis, Now, Voyager 
           
      1950 – Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard
     
      1972 – Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues

      2009 – Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

    And, for those of you not picking Jess in Blue Sky:

          
      

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