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    This is considered by many one of the best years this category has ever had. Let’s discuss the nominees and share our personal rankings.

    The nominees were:

    Jane Alexander in Testament
    Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment
    Meryl Streep in Silkwood
    Julie Walters in Educating Rita
    Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment

    My personal thoughts/ranking:

    1. Julie Walters in Educating Rita – This is a very lovable performance in a solid movie, but what really made me put Julie on the 1st spot was her astonishing character transition during the film. She changes so much in these 110 minutes, but it’s all made with so naturality. Really great, she has my vote.

    2. Meryl Streep in Silkwood – Just by a hair I didn’t give Meryl a 2nd in a row. She was so great here in a not-so-easy role to do. Her pain, her courage. I wish that she still would challange herself like she did in the 70s/80s. Silkwood is a prove how great Meryl can be when she actually tries (and it’s also a prove how mediocre she is in The Prom and Let Them All Talk, sorry).

    3. Jane Alexander in Testament – This is a performance that took a little time to grow on me. It’s very subtle, yet very powerful. Solid.

    4. Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment – I love this one, and so far all these 4 actress mentioned are win-worthy. She really delivered in the final minutes of the picture.

    5. Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment – I’m probably alone on this one, but what can’t I do? I don’t love it. Not at all. Her two shouty scenes were strange. Where were her facial expressions? Maybe I need to rewatch the movie, but I don’t think this is great acting.

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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    Julie Walters was absolutely phenomenal in Educating Rita

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    From the video of Shirley’s speech I can for sure say that if she hadn’t won, she would’ve burned that place with everybody inside. She was just THAT anxious.

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    Shirley MacLaine’s win for this was totally expected. It would have been a shock if anyone else had won.

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    “I deserve this” lol

    She spoke the truth.

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    I much prefer Debra Winger to Shirley Maclaine in Terms of Endearment. It’s a shame Winger never won an Oscar. She was such a natural actress. I guess I should say “is” because she’s not dead, haha.

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    I much prefer Debra Winger to Shirley Maclaine in Terms of Endearment. It’s a shame Winger never won an Oscar. She was such a natural actress. I guess I should say “is” because she’s not dead, haha.

    She could win this year for Kajillionaire. Oop

    It's about the chaotic editing in Moulin Rouge!

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    I rewatched Terms of Endearment the other day and I don’t think it has aged well. I doubt With Winger difficult reputation if she would ever get nominated again

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    McClain was “overdue” and Terms of Endearment was a huge Box-Office hit.

    It was hers whether she earned it or not.

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    For the emotional rollercoaster that Terms of Endearment was, I’d give it to Debra Winger. However, if I have to vote with mind instead of heart I’d go with Meryl. There are a lot of people who think this might be her best performance ever. It’s definitely top 3 for me, or at least top 5. And it’s one of those weird instances of her being the best in her category.

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