February 20, 2013 at 10:36 am #542228
5 totally different performances. …but for me, Whoopi was a force of nature.February 20, 2013 at 11:57 am #542230
One of my favorite lineups, yet still mad Cher couldn’t get a nomination! Likely to get flack for my top choice…but Bancroft is my all time fav actress and I just love her in this…Love Lange to pieces in SWEET DREAMS she gets #5 because she didn’t actually sing…no one can sing like Cline so it’s probably the best idea to dub the performance, I just have a prejudice against actors lip singing.
5. LangeFebruary 20, 2013 at 2:51 pm #542231
Geraldine Page gives one of the greatest performances in cinema history. There is no way anyone else was winning in ’85 and that’s just the way it should be.
1 – Page
2 – Goldberg
3 – Lange
4 – Bancroft
5 – Streep
I would happily change the last 3 about. Cher would be an easy 3rd had she ben nommed.February 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm #542232
Cher should’ve been nominated, and so should have Mia Farrow for The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Of the nominees, I really don’t put much consideration into Anne Bancroft and Jessica Lange for these performances.
Meryl Streep is one of the better things about Out of Africa, though she has too tough of competition this year.
Whoopi and Geraldine….two very different women at two very different stages of their career: Whoopi beginning and Geraldine sadly being only a year or two from her passing and it being her 8th nomination.
Much has been said about Geraldine’s win being a veteran sympathy win, much like Don Ameche for the same year. Yes it definitely is a veteran sympathy win but there is one major difference: the performance is actually stellar.
I have seen The Color Purple at least 2 or 3 times and while Whoopi Goldberg is truly wonderful in her debut (one of the best debuts ever) and she had so many amazing moments but I can’t help but think of the scene at the old bus station in The Trip to Bountiful where they try to take her back home and she starts breaking down….it is truly heartbreaking and it has never left me since I first saw it.
Had Whoopi won, I would have supported it highly but by a hair, I say Geraldine deserved it not only for a nice honorary win, but the fact that it was a truly strong performance that was highly tailored to her manners and tics and unique talents.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantFebruary 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm #542233
Jamie Foxx didn’t sing in many parts. He did sing in some parts, though. He did sound a lot like Ray Charles, though.February 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm #542234
This is a very good point and one that most people don’t think about when discussing the Best Actress Race of 1985.February 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm #542235
cher in mask and farrow in the purple rose of cairo
couldve taken the last 2 spots…February 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm #542236
I went with Whoopi. I’ve never liked career awards and Page lost for much better work.February 22, 2013 at 4:22 am #542237
But this wasn’t simply a career award. The great thing about her win is that although it was her 8th nomination she 100% deserved the win.
I think it’s her best performance by far.February 23, 2013 at 4:17 am #542238
Whoopi GoldbergFebruary 23, 2013 at 6:21 am #542239
5. LangeFebruary 23, 2013 at 10:57 am #542240
I liked all of these perfs, including Jessica’s. She didnt do her own singing, but who can blame her? This is Patsy Cline. That’s like expecting Cotillard to sound like Piaf.
I voted for Geraldine, but it’s really close for me.February 23, 2013 at 12:12 pm #542241
Whoopi Goldberg all the way. Though Page didn’t make a bad winner, I just didn’t like this makeup award. Bancroft was good, but I didn’t care for Streep and Lange, who were just messy to me. Lange should’ve been nominated for Crimes of the Heart the following year.February 24, 2013 at 10:35 am #542242
I voted for Lange for one of her best and most talked about performances (e.g., http://www.bravotv.com/watch-what-happens-live/season-7/videos/after-show-more-meryl, http://www.utsandiego.com/uniontrib/20040730/news_1c30streep.html, http://the-talks.com/interviews/meryl-streep/, http://web.archive.org/web/20070808140136/http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000552277, etc., etc.), but I really think she’s tied with Whoopi and Geraldine, whom I feel deserved the award (that moment when Geraldine finds the envelope tucked away in her bra and she admonishes it – as if it were alive – with a slap and a chuckle ::). Hell, all three deserved it.
But, yeah, if Meryl mentions a role for nearly twenty years in nearly as many interviews, I think it’s a safe bet that the performance is, hm… legendary?
P.S. It must be noted that although Legend didn’t receive a GG nom, she did receive notice from two groups I consider a tad bit more prestigious, if not necessarily more important:
1985 Sweet Dreams Patsy Cline
- Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
- Nominated — National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (2nd Place)
- Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd Place)