April 10, 2020 at 6:55 pm #1203420117
Olin got a globe nomiantion along with Diane Venora, Sonia Bragga, Barbara Hershey and Weaver.
They went for much darker arty films than the Oscars. I’ve never seen Olin, Venora or Bragga.
Olin was suoerb in TULOB. Hershey did nothing in TLTOC. Venora and Bragga was ok.April 10, 2020 at 7:44 pm #1203420147
It is so askward that they had Melanie Griffith present Best Supporting Actress. They clearly thought Weaver would win. The did this back then sometimes. For example Mary Tyler Moore presented to Timothy Hutton. It worked that time though.April 11, 2020 at 4:27 am #1203420561
Joan CusackApril 11, 2020 at 10:56 am #1203421015This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.April 11, 2020 at 11:15 am #1203421053
Such a weird year. Geena Davis was certainly not expected to win, so people who were betting money on her, probably got rich.
Weaver was the hands down favorite. I do not think that there even was a discussion. It was … Supporting actress … that’s Weaver’s … next. Consider she won the globe and even her co-star was nominated (so the academy obviously loved WG).
So, what went wrong? I really think a factor was the aggressive campaign for her lead performance. People had enough of her and weren’t too enthusiastic to vote for her – in came Davis with a sweet and lovable performance who didn’t come off as being pushy or overly keen on winning. A couple of votes probably made the difference.
It must have been an awful night for Weaver. Once she lost to Davis, she probably knew, she was not going to win anything that night – even though everybody told her she was going to win, sure bet.
I adore Working Girl – a quintessential 80s movie. However, I have never warmed up to Weaver too much in it. I think Joan Cusack stole the show here and that is the performance I also nominate (I know, I am in the minority).
I think Dangerous L. scored well because it was a late release and everbody voted for it in a rush; once some time passed, the love faded as well. Pfeiffer was not going to win.
I don’t know why McDormand didn’t appear as the surprise winner instead of Davis.
My personal pick is Hershey for the Christ movie – powerful!April 11, 2020 at 9:49 pm #1203421752
Davis gives such a lovely speech. She thanks everyone with that underlying sense that she is about to cry. This was the benefit of not having so many precursors. People were genuinely emotional not giving another version of the same speech they’d given every weekend for two months.
I love when they say her name. She goes from shock to a smile in a fraction of a second.April 11, 2020 at 9:55 pm #1203421756
Talking about emotions, Weaver was so hurt when they gave Best Actress to Jodie Foster. She really though she was going home with this one, I almost felt bad for her.April 11, 2020 at 10:16 pm #1203421765
Talking about emotions, Weaver was so hurt when they gave Best Actress to Jodie Foster. She really though she was going home with this one, I almost felt bad for her.
I think she thought she would win at least one of them. When she lost for Working Girl she actually didn’t look that bothered. But Best Actress was everyone’s game that year.
Also i just watched Working Girl today and tbh i can actually understand why she lost. She’s very present in first half of the movie but then she completely disappears and only returns in the final act to give her arc a purpose. Cusack has a more prominent presence throughout the movie and she’s the definition of a scene stealer. I couldn’t choose between the two. I liked both a lot. It’s very clear to me that Cusack stole some crucial votes from Weaver. Not to mention Weaver had two nominated roles that year…
I think the ranking was:
April 12, 2020 at 12:17 am #1203421835
Davis was the leading contender, which has accounted for most surprise wins in this category. Couple that with Weaver’s aggressive studio campaigning for GITM, and the villainess nature of her WG role, it’s understandable why Davis, whose studio made a last minute campaign switch for BSA, upset in retrospect.
I also heard that the role of Muriel in the feature adaptation of TAT was practically sought after by half of Hollywood. The fact that Davis won the role and pulled it off so well clearly earned her the respect of her peers.
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