June 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm #1201851619
Louise Fletcher won the Oscar for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (likely in a landslide over the other nominees). Tonight I watched Glenda Jackson in “Hedda” also nominated that year….a good performance but nothing extraordinary. Just wondering what people’s opinions are of the five nominees that year:
Fletcher, Jackson, Isabelle Adjani (The Story of Adele H), Ann-Margret (Tommy), & Carol Kane (Hester Street).
I think the voting probably went like this: Fletcher (in a landslide), Ann-Margret, Adjani, Kane, & then JacksonJune 15, 2016 at 8:35 pm #1201851630
Louise Fletcher is by far the worst winner in this category by a mile. People seem to think that if a role is iconic, it deserves an Oscar. She was not bad, but she simply showed up and got an Oscar. Fletcher would have made a horrible supporting actress nominee, let alone Lead Actress winner.June 16, 2016 at 3:21 am #1201851682
Louise Fletcher was signed a week before filming began. She also won the Golden Globe and BAFTA while placing second with New York Film Critics Circle. She gave a competent performance.
I think people simply regret that Angela Lansbury, Colleen Dewhurst, Geraldine Page, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda and Anne Bancroft all declined the role of Mildred Ratched. The movie would have different and arguably richer with any of those six actresses.June 16, 2016 at 5:59 am #1201851706
I always thought Bea Arthur would have made a better choice for Nurse RachettJune 16, 2016 at 7:09 am #1201851723
Fletcher is brilliant, albeit Supporting, but it’s nonetheless a very close call for me between she and Carol Kane, who is so understated and powerful in Hester Street. I would agree, however, Ann-Margret was probably runner-up. Faye Dunaway was robbed for Three Days of the Condor.
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Have to say that all of them were great but Kane was my fav of the bunch there.June 16, 2016 at 7:56 am #1201851730
Stop questioning Best Actress 1975 and 1997. Both wins are a result of Nicholson winning his category and dragging his female costars along with him. The same thing happened in ’83 with MacLaine. Although it should be argued in her case that she was deserving and overdue.June 16, 2016 at 11:31 am #1201851958
Stop questioning Best Actress 1975 and 1997. Both wins are a result of Nicholson winning his category and dragging his female costars along with him.
Eh, I dunno. There was a narrative around Helen Hunt at the time, winning an Emmy in the same year, and her film was the most popular with the Academy in her category (except for Titanic, but Winslet was never going to win for that). And whatever you think of Louise Fletcher’s performance (I think she’s brilliant, though I’d vote for Adjani), it was the fact that she was the only lead actress nominee in a real Oscar player, as well as the iconic nature of her role, which clinched it for her. I don’t think either win can be put purely down to co-starring with Jack Nicholson, though it certainly didn’t hurt.June 16, 2016 at 12:30 pm #1201852010
Jack Nicholson’s influence is so strong when he campaigned for his friend’s film, Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, it won three Oscars including Best Director for the fugitive Polanski.June 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm #1201852073
#TeamFletcher! Brilliant and iconic performance perfectly deserving of that Oscar win. Subsequent work following the win is irrelevant. We just had a thread covering this same subject SMH.June 17, 2016 at 5:37 am #1201852196
I also thought Louise Fletcher was a very deserving winner. She had a “presence” …..quiet but frightening at the same time.June 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm #1201852449
Even though I read the novel, I STILL wanted Jack to choke the ever-lovin’ CRAP out of her…(O please please please choke that bitch….)
I don’t often become that emotional about a villain, save the Anthonys Hopkins and Perkins of course.
For me, Louise gave a terrific perf and one that was exactly like the Rachett created by Ken Kesey; cold, sociopathic, calculating, sadistic.
As for the others, I like all of their perfs. A close second for me? Ann- Margret.
Way to go, Ann.June 17, 2016 at 9:34 pm #1201852601
I am probably the only person that saw Nurse Ratchet as a woman just doing her job.June 18, 2016 at 12:37 am #1201852614
I didn’t think very many people would have seen Glenda Jackson in Hedda, Carol Kane in Hester Street or Isabelle Adjani in The Story of Adele H.June 18, 2016 at 11:40 am #1201852911
I loved Nurse Ratchet, but I didn’t like the film. And that ending uff!!.
Louis was so cold and bossy but I understood her thought-process. Someone was needed to take charge and there she was. I too would argue over her performance being a supporting one.
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