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    Inspired by wolfali’s topic about the 1989 race (for 1988 movies), how about we look at the next year:

    Isabelle Adjani – Camille Claudel as Camille Claudel
    Pauline Collins – Shirley Valentine as Shirley Valentine-Bradshaw
    Jessica Lange – Music Box as Ann Talbot
    Michelle Pfeiffer – The Fabulous Baker Boys as Susie Diamond
    Jessica Tandy – Driving Miss Daisy as Daisy Werthan

    To me, it’s a 2 woman race. Michelle Pfeiffer won the big 5 awards: NBR, NYFCC, LAFC, NSFC, and GG. Her performance was AMAZING with equal parts strength and vulnerability. Plus, her singing was fantastic. Beau Bridges was snubbed for a nomination as well.

    Tandy was such a beloved actress and her movie was a feel good movie that went on to win big. Her biggest win was the Golden Globe for comedy/musical (Pfeiffer won drama. With Pfeiffer singing, I’m surprised they didn’t switch those categories) along with a couple of regional film critics. Was it love for the film? Love for her? Love for the performance? Pfeiffer was poised to become THE movie star of the 90s, but chose things on her own terms (during down Silence of the Lambs due to the darkness of the subject matter).

    Pauline Collins won the BAFTA the year before when Shirley Valentine was released in the UK. The other 2 nominees I doubt had as much of a chance. Adjani was the star of France’s FL nominee Camille Claudel and had been nominated before. Lange got good notices for a film that didn’t. But she was a known quantity and already had 4 Oscar noms in the 80s (she was sadly snubbed for the criminally overlooked Men Don’t Leave the next year) and was in a film with deep subject matter.

    A few actresses could have/should have been nominated: Andie MacDowell received stellar notices for sex, lies, and videotape. Meg Ryan was wonderfully charming in When Harry Met Sally…, Kathleen Turner was darkly brilliant in War of the Roses, Winona Ryder was a revelation in Heathers. I’m surprised they didn’t go with Sally Field for Steel Magnolias to go along with Julia.

    Anyway, does Tandy win on performance or does Pfeiffer? Or someone else?

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    Michelle Pfeiffer should’ve won. Driving Miss Daisy is a severely overrated film.

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    I remember at the time my choice was Jessica Lange in Music Box.

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    BTW, I’m Team Pfeiffer all the way. I would have replaced Adjani or Lange with MacDowell. I would have loved Ryan to be in the mix. I hate we didn’t appreciate Meg’ gifts while they were at their peak.

    I dare not dream that Ryder or Turner would have gotten in for they darkest of comedies.

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    I used to follow 4 precursor awards ever since I was a teen. New York, LA, National Society of Critics and the National Board of Review. I reviewed their winners once and found out that a sweep of those four almost always guaranteed an Oscar.

    Everybody who has won all four always has won the Oscar except for Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys.

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    1. Adjani
    2. Tandy
    3. Lange
    4. Pfieffer
    5. Collins

    I never really got the appeal of Pfeiffer’s acting prowess, I’m not saying she’s bad. I just never thought she was as interesting as others do. Adjani is an amazing artist, albeit in a rather slow film. I do really like both the Jessica’s work.

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