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    Her work in the naughts is not properly represented because there was just no room when considering the lauded film work of her early career.  So I’ve decided to split her career into two phases.

    This is phase 1, which contains the best of her pre-naughts film work.  Phase 2 will include the best of her pre- and post-naughts film work combined with her TV work, which has been just as lauded and substantial as her earlier film work.  I’ll share my thoughts on my vote later.

    Please don’t be mean and vote!

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    black30
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    Frances but Music Box was my first choice.  

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    Miss Frost
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    Crimes of the Heart. Such a shame she didn’t get nominated in such a crap year as 1986. One of her funnest and most innovative performances to date.

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    omg.  I’m shocked to see “Blue Sky” winning.  That thrills me. 

    Why is it my favorite performance of hers, you ask?  For several reasons.  I can relate to the character but, then again, I can relate to almost any character toeing the line between sanity and madness.  I love that she looks really beautiful and that the role, though highly emotional and volatile, is still a glamorous one recalling the signature roles of Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Vivien Leigh.  In fact, these are the only other actresses I can imagine in this role.  I love that, in the end, she won such a prestigious award for an uplifting film and performance, even though most of her films and performances are sad, dark and rageous.  This is an uplifting role in an uplifting film – both brought to life by an uplifting and Oscar-calibre performance from Lange.

    And of course, it’s a sweet deal that she won her 2nd Oscar for it, too.

    P.S. If I could or had to pick another performance of hers, suprisingly to most, I’m sure, I’d pick either Sweet Dreams (Meryl’s favorite), Music Box (reminds me of my father and I) or Men Don’t Leave.

    Now, I worked a very long and hard day (physical labor, literally) and I expect(ed) more goings ons in this thread.  I want more responses.

    Now.

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    Crimes of the Heart. Such a shame she didn’t get
    nominated in such a crap year as 1986. One of her funnest and most
    innovative performances to date.

    I’m halfway through the
    film right now.  Put it on after reading your reply.  I didn’t include
    it on the list because I usually think of “Crimes of the Heart” as Sissy
    Spacek’s movie (she was undeniably brilliant and worthy of her Oscar
    nom), but so far Lange’s performance has thrilled me.  I’ve caught
    moments and nuances in her work here that I don’t usually recall when I think of this film or of her performance in it.  Far from “the funnest,”
    I find it to be a very melancholic turn.  The humor is there and quite
    surprisingly so, but it is tempered by the sadness she brings to the
    role.  She plays the middle child – never the easiest – and the loneliest and, as implied by
    her performance, the saddest.  There’s something there with the father –
    abuse, incest, betrayal – or perhaps she’s just uber sensitive; either
    way, it acts as a dark, centrifugal force.  Lange is really exquisite
    here and I’m only sad that I didn’t include the film on the poll because
    of my own ignorance, i.e. I didn’t see her as the lead in “Crimes…”
    and she wasn’t the one that received the nom, so I didn’t include it on
    the poll.  Dumb reason.  She’s fantastic.

    Edit: The laughter at the end is worth the price of admission.  I love when Keaton cuts the cake into three huge pieces and Spacek howls like a banshee to which Lange breaks into laughter like she rarely does on film (kind of reminds me of how Streep says she always has to contain her laughter during filming, hence why it’s easy for her to laugh during scenes when she has to, because her nervousness makes her want to anyway; I always loved that).  But yeah, I really love that Lange cracks up here and you can tell she’s laughing in that way because of Spacek’s howls.  It’s hilarious.

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    babypook
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    Well I like her in everything, including as the love interest in that tragic big ape film. But, my favorite among many is Sweet Dreams. Sure, she isnt actually singing, but it s Patsy Cline fer cryin out loud. Noone could blame her for mouthing.

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    My vote goes to FRANCES, one of the best performances ever captured on film.  Had TITUS been on the 2nd list it would get my vote.  Her work in TITUS is epic.  Anthony Hopkins doing Shakespeare and when Jessica is around he might as well not be because it’s all about her performance.  1999 oscar worst snubs were Lange’s and Reese Witherspoon’s.

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    allabout oscars
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    1. SWEET DREAMS
    2. FRANCES
    3. BLUE SKY

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    [quote=”TaraLauder21″]Crimes of the Heart. Such a shame she didn’t get
    nominated in such a crap year as 1986. One of her funnest and most
    innovative performances to date.

    I’m halfway through the
    film right now.  Put it on after reading your reply.  I didn’t include
    it on the list because I usually think of “Crimes of the Heart” as Sissy
    Spacek’s movie (she was undeniably brilliant and worthy of her Oscar
    nom), but so far Lange’s performance has thrilled me.  I’ve caught
    moments and nuances in her work here that I don’t usually recall when I think of this film or of her performance in it.  Far from “the funnest,”
    I find it to be a very melancholic turn.  The humor is there and quite
    surprisingly so, but it is tempered by the sadness she brings to the
    role.  She plays the middle child – never the easiest – and the loneliest and, as implied by
    her performance, the saddest.  There’s something there with the father –
    abuse, incest, betrayal – or perhaps she’s just uber sensitive; either
    way, it acts as a dark, centrifugal force.  Lange is really exquisite
    here and I’m only sad that I didn’t include the film on the poll because
    of my own ignorance, i.e. I didn’t see her as the lead in “Crimes…”
    and she wasn’t the one that received the nom, so I didn’t include it on
    the poll.  Dumb reason.  She’s fantastic.

    Edit: The laughter at the end is worth the price of admission.  I love when Keaton cuts the cake into three huge pieces and Spacek howls like a banshee to which Lange breaks into laughter like she rarely does on film (kind of reminds me of how Streep says she always has to contain her laughter during filming, hence why it’s easy for her to laugh during scenes when she has to, because her nervousness makes her want to anyway; I always loved that).  But yeah, I really love that Lange cracks up here and you can tell she’s laughing in that way because of Spacek’s howls.  It’s hilarious.[/quote]
    I studied the play Crimes of the Heart in my college acting class, and had to play Jessica’s role of Meg in a scene. I needed resources to look off of, and saw this film. Can I just say Jess blew me away. (Sides Spacek and Harper who were both great as well) It seemd as though Jessica was able to pull Meg out of the script and become her own character, playing the sexy, spoiled, and lazy middle child that all the boys loved. I was certainly impressed and angered to see she didn’t even get any recognition for that part. It was also interesting to see her do a change of acting, going the more comedic and sassy route; something you never see her doing lol.

    But yeah, I agree with your overview of the film and her performance. The ending at the end between the three of them was certainly priceless and memorable. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    As for her other films; I would say in Tootsie she was a great scene stealer and very subtle, and she would’ve been a great winner for Sweet Dreams in ’85.

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    Anthony
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    Of this list….oh gosh….she was wonderful in FRANCES, COUNTRY, MUSIC BOX, and TITUS….honestly the only performance here I don’t care for much is BLUE SKY.

    I will just give it to her for FRANCES. She was definitely a life force in that. 

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    Titanium
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    Since she delivers in about everything she does this is SOOOO HARD! But then again, it has to be Frances. Definitley one of the top performances of all time! She just dominates it. IMO she won the Oscar for that, not Tootsie the same year in supporting, academy voters just used the fact she was nominated in both acting categories to reward her and Meryl Streep; who both gave the best female female performances of the decade with their respected films.

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    Anonymous
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    Blue Sky is not winning anymore.  Oh well, at least it’s in second place…

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    omgomgomgomgomgomgomg.

    I should’ve included Far North. I’ll edit this later.

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