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    Matlin was for the novelty. Hollywood being completely unwilling to accommodate disabled performers into superstardom had no hesitation making her an Oscar night Cinderella.

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    1. Weaver
    2. Turner
    3. Spacek
    4. Matlin
    5. Fonda

    Honorable Mentions:
    Anne Bancroft for ‘night, Mother
    Melanie Griffith, Something Wild
    Bette Midler, Down and Out in Beverly Hills (maybe supporting)
    Chloe Webb, Sid and Nancy

    Weaver’s role as Ellen Ripley is iconic and should have been rewarded with this win. Sadly, the nomination for her “action” film was her reward. She was never going to win over something as baity as Matlin. Turner was coming off a hot streak and two back-to-back Globes but I suspect her film was not strong enough to secure the win. Spacek was absolutely hysterical but she wasn’t winning a second for this particular film. Matlin was serviceable but I’ve never been a huge fan of this particular film. Fonda was lucky to have been nominated for such an uneven film.

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    Sigourney Waever- Aliens

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    Weaver hands down, but I often wonder what would have happed had The Color Purple been released this year?

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    Sigourney Weaver

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    I am not sure whether Matlin was considered the frontrunner or just a likely upset to Turner. After two golden globe wins and being quite popular with the public, people thought it was now time to give Turner her dues. It obviously didn’t happen. I always thought that Turner was more popular with the critics, the public than with her peers. It is too bad, she is brilliant in Peggy Sue and would have made a great winner. Not sure what to think of Matlin – for a woman with no speaking part, she was incredibly overacting.

    I liked Weaver very much and I think her nomination was deserved; in fact, I also nominate her for the 1st and 3rd installment of Alien. But as others have pointed out, her nomination was the reward; nobody expected her to win the award.

    Spacek I like, but the movie is very uneven and I am not sure whether she was the best actress from her film; her role was certainly the most flashy one. You won’t believe it, a win was considered not unlikely as she won the GG and the movie seemed to have been popular (they nominated Tess Harper for crying out loud), in retrospect this seems cringle-worthy.

    Jane Fonda’s performance was very popular with critics and it was no surprise she got nominated. She was no contender for the win as the academy is very peculiar when it comes to a third trophy. They hand out two oscars with ease, but seem to be reluctant when it comes to the third one. Add to this, the genre of her movie and they had enough reason not to vote for her.

    In my line-up you’ll find Turner and Weaver (1st and 2nd, respectively), then Anne Bancroft for night, Mother, Barbara Sukowa for Rosa Luxemberg and Dorothée Berryman for The Decline of the American Empire.

    *Edit*: I like the mention of Bette Midler here, though her performance in Down and Out is probably my least favorite from her productive collaboration with Touchstone. I detest Chloe Webb in Sid & Nancy as much as everybody else love her; not my kind of performance. I must re-visit Something Wild; it has been a while.

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    Of the nominees Weaver, but real best acstress of 1986 is Melanie Griffith for Something Wild. Brilliant film and her performance.

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    This definitely should’ve been Weaver’s Oscar and I would’ve been fine with Turner winning too.

    Other than that, I would’ve loved to have seen Bancroft, Griffith, and Chloe Webb…oh and Spacek was more worthy for ‘NIGHT MOTHER than CRIMES.

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    Jane Fonda’s performance was very popular with critics and it was no surprise she got nominated.

    Yeah. So popular they didn’t give her any of their awards. So unsurprising that the Globes and BAFTAs left her off their lists.

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    Yeah. So popular they didn’t give her any of their awards. So unsurprising that the Globes and BAFTAs left her off their lists.

    You could read the reviews she got; just an idea.

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    Farrah Fawcett was so deserving of a nomination for Extremeties.

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    I also like Farrah Fawcett in Extremeties from this year. It would have been cool to see her progress from Charlie’s Angels to an Oscar nominee.

    Her film and TV performances during the 80s were truly remarkable.

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