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  • Miss Frost
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    All gave outstanding, iconic performances worthy of all the praise. Who gave the best performance however of all of them?

    For me its definitely a toss up between Streep, Taylor, and Theron, with Leigh trailing behind.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    You cannot do it as a poll because there are so many people you are missing. like vivien leigh in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

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    It is so hard to choose, but  chose Theron because she won in eeni meeni.

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    awardskel
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    Marion Cotillard, while deserving her particular year, does not deserve to be on this list. She was wonderful, but at the end of the day – it’s nothing to write home about. Also…Hilary Swank? Really?

    Also, while Fletcher won in lead, her performance was really a supporting performance. Bit of an interesting fact: The role of Linnea Reese in Nashville was created for and by Louise Fletcher, who herself was the daughter of two deaf parents and knew sign language (and who had worked with Altman on Thieves Like Us, her true comeback role). The role was eventually played by Lily Tomlin. Tomlin concluded that things worked out in the end because she was offered the role of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and turned it down, which enabled Fletcher to eventually get it, so in a sense they simply traded roles. Tomlin was Oscar nominated in supporting, while Fletcher was bumped to lead, where she prevailed over Carol Kane (Hester Street), Glenda Jackson (Hedda), Ann-Margret (Tommy) and the presumed front-runner Isabelle Adjani (The Story of Adele H).

    Also, is this really a poll for Best Performance, or is it a poll for Best Lead Female Character that won the performer an Oscar? I’d say it’s the latter…

    I’d have as my 10:
         * Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire)
         * Elizabeth Taylor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
         * Katherine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter)
         * Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice)
         * Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
         * Liza Minnelli (Cabaret)
         * Janet Gaynor (Sunrise)
         * Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
         * Jane Fonda (Klute)
         * Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking)

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    Bill Buchanan
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    Missing from this poll is the outstanding performance by Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy (1989). From this poll… maybe Vivien Leigh in Gone With The Wind.

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    M H
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    My favorite is Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday. 

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    marcelo
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    My top five is
    1- Meryl Streep, Sophie´s choice 
    2- Elizabeth Taylor, Virginia Woolf
    3- Vivien Leigh, A streetcar named desire
    4- Liza Minelli, Cabaret
    5- Bette Davis, All about Eve 

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    Laactingnyc
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    I’m not even going to answer to this……. you can’y just choose 1 person…

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    My top three:

    Hilary Swank: Boys Don’t Cry
    Helen Mirren: The Queen
    Shirley Booth: Come Back Little Sheeba 

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    allabout oscars
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    TOP 10 FOR ME….only 1 nomination per actress

    1. ELIZABETH TAYLOR- WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
    2. MERYL STREEP- SOPHIE’S CHOICE
    3. BETTE DAVIS- ALL ABOUT EVE
    4. BARBRA STREISAND- FUNNY GIRL
    5. ANNE BANCROFT- THE GRADUATE
    6. MARION COTILLARD- LA VIE EN ROSE
    7. VIVIEN LEIGH- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
    8. JANE FONDA- JULIA
    9. OLIVIA DEHAVILLAND- THE HEIRESS
    10.ELLEN BURSTYN- REQUIEM FOR A DREAM

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    Madson Melo
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    1. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    2. Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind
    3. Joanne Woodward – The Three Faces of Eve
    4. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    5. Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
    6. Faye Dunaway – Network
    7. Charlize Theron – Monster
    8. Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
    9. Helen Mirren – The Queen
    10. Sophia Loren – Two Women

    among the winners, of course.

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    babypook
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    Streep’s “Sophie” is for me, THE iconic perf. Incredible and unforgettable.
    Leigh’s Scarlett is straight from the novel.

    She didnt win, but Carrie Snodgress in DoaMHW (lol) stands the test of time for me. Fabulous work Carrie. Wish you were still doing films.

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    Miss Frost
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    Streep’s “Sophie” is for me, THE iconic perf. Incredible and unforgettable.
    Leigh’s Scarlett is straight from the novel.

    She didnt win, but Carrie Snodgress in DoaMHW (lol) stands the test of time for me. Fabulous work Carrie. Wish you were still doing films.

    Thats a compliment right? 

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    Gucci
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    Halle Berry

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    iskolar
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    ^ HAHAHAHA

    Anyway, my ranked top 10:

    1. Olivia de Havilland, “The Heiress”
    2. Charlize Theron, “Monster”
    3. Vivien Leigh, “A Streetcar Named Desire”
    4. Hlary Swank, “Boys Don’t Cry”
    5. Meryl Streep, “Sophie’s Choice”
    6. Marion Cotillard, “La Vie En Rose”
    7. Elizabeth Taylor, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”
    8. Maggie Smith, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”
    9. Katharine Hepburn, “The Lion in Winter”
    10. Simone Signoret, “Room at the Top”

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