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    I’ve been watching a lot of best actress winners recently and I want to know your opinion as to who are the top 10 best and the top 10 worst best actress winners.

    I’ll start! I haven’t seen all of them but I’ve seen a decent amount so here it goes:

    10 worst (ranked worst to least worst)

    1. Bette Davis – Dangerous
    2. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    3. Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
    4. Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
    5. Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare in Love
    6. Katharine Hepburn – Morning Glory
    7. Bette Davis – Jezebel
    8. Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line
    9. Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holliday
    10. Renee Zellwegger – Judy

    10 best (ranked in order of preference)

    1. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    2. Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
    3. Vivien Leigh – Gone With the Wind
    4. Holly Hunter – The Piano
    5. Charlize Theron – Monster
    6. Joanne Woodward – Three Faces of Eve
    7. Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter
    8. Judy Holliday – Born Yesterday
    9. Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    10. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
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    Best

    1. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    2. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    3. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
    4. Faye Dunaway – Network
    5. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    6. Kathy Bates – Misery
    7. Jane Fonda – Klute
    8. Olivia Colman – The Favourite
    9. Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    10.Katharine Hepburn – The Lion In Winter

    Worst

    1. Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball
    2. Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare In Love
    3. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    4. Reese Witherspoon – Walk The Line
    5. Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
    6. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver’s Lining Playbook
    7. Elizabeth Taylor – Butterfield 8
    8. Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
    9. Renee Zellweger – Judy
    10. Frances McDormand – Fargo

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    FYC :

    Best Actress - Viola Davis, Frances McDormand
    Best Actor - Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman
    Best Supporting Actor - Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman
    Best Picture - Nomadland
    Best Director - Chloé Zhao
    SAG Ensemble - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    Best Cinematography - Nomadland

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    WORST:
    Sandra Bullock, THE BLIND SIDE
    Bette Davis, DANGEROUS
    Joan Fontaine, SUSPICION
    Glenda Jackson, A TOUCH OF CLASS
    Jennifer Lawrence, THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
    Gwyneth Paltrow, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
    Emma Stone, LA LA LAND
    Eizabeth Taylor, BUTTERFIELD 8
    Reese Witherspoon, WALK THE LINE
    Loretta Young, THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER

    BEST:
    Cate Blanchett, BLUE JASMINE
    Olivia Colman, THE FAVOURITE
    Marion Cotillard, LA VIE EN ROSE
    Katharine Hepburn, THE LION IN WINTER
    Vivien Leigh, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
    Maggie Smith, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
    Sissy Spacek, COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER
    Meryl Streep, SOPHIE’S CHOICE
    Elizabeth Taylor, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
    Charlize Theron, MONSTER

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    Favorites…

    1. 1962 Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker
    2. 1974 Ellen Burstyn, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
    3. 1996 Frances McDormand, Fargo
    4. 1993 Holly Hunter, The Piano
    5. 1971 Jane Fonda, Klute
    6. 1951 Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    7. 1987 Cher, Moonstruck
    8. 1992 Emma Thompson, Howards End
    9. 1991 Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    10.2018 Olivia Colman, The Favourite

    Least favorites… (with #93, being the absolute least fav)

    84. 1998 Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare In Love
    85. 1997 Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets
    86. 2000 Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich
    87. 1960 Elizabeth Taylor, BUtterfield 8
    88. 2009 Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    89. 1942 Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver
    90. 2019 Renée Zellweger, Judy
    91. 1937 Luise Rainer, The Good Earth
    92. 1930 Norma Shearer, The Divorcee
    93. 1929 Mary Pickford, Coquette

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    I am bit ambivalent when it comes to questions like these. I rarely agree with the academy’s choice but rarely do I think that the chosen performance is bad or unworthy – just not my choice.

    I cannot give you 10 worst – I actually think Mary Pickford in Coquette (1929) is the only bad performance that has ever won an Oscar. And at the same time, her mention here is not fair as she gave the performance when talkies were in their infancy and actors still had to find their voices. Still, it’s not good work by Pickford.

    I came to like Loretta Young very much – much like Joan Crawford, I enjoy her movies immensely but would rarely consider their work for an Oscar. After my new found appreciation for Young, I re-visited The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) hoping that I could see the brilliance that the Academy apparently saw. I have not. It’s a sweet Young picture but not better or worse than anything that came before or came after. I don’t know why she won an Oscar for this. I really don’t.

    The last “worst”: Olivia Colman. I think she’s a good actress; she excels on The Queen! I do not get the love for The Favourite in general (a movie that has been talked to death on these forums) as everything about it is mediocre (direction, acting, writing); I discovered for myself that I really do not like the director and his approach; I suppose it reflects on the actors’ performances. Colman – a good actress – gave quite an unremarkable performance under his direction. However, I can accept that I am in the minority here. Her acceptance speech was brilliant though.

    Now a couple of names for best – Taylor for Virginia Woolf (1966); Shearer for The Divorcee (1930); Hunter for The Piano (1993) and Streep for Sophie’s Choice (1982)

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    Best
    1. Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter)
    2. Jane Fonda (Klute)
    3. Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
    4. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    5. Holly Hunter (The Piano)
    6. Sally Field (Norma Rae)
    7. Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar named Desire)
    8. Helen Mirren (The Queen)
    9. Kathy Bates (Misery)
    10. Sophia Loren (Two Women)

    Worst
    1. Charlize Theron (Monster)
    2. Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
    3. Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets)
    4. Elisabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8)
    5. Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)
    6. Mary Pickford (Coquette)
    7. Loretta Young (The Farmer’s Daughter)
    8. Ginger Rogers (Kitty Foyle)
    9. Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
    10. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

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    Best

    1. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    2. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    3. Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    4. Olivia de Havilland – The Heiress
    5. Katharine Hepburn – The Lion In Winter
    6. Kathy Bates – Misery
    7. Holly Hunter – The Piano
    8. Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    9. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    10. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose

    (Honourable Mentions:
    Olivia Colman – The Favourite,
    Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry,
    Nicole Kidman – The Hours,
    Charlize Theron – Monster)

    Worst

    1. Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare In Love
    2. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    3. Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
    4. Reese Witherspoon – Walk The Line
    5. Elizabeth Taylor – Butterfield 8
    6. Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    7. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
    7. Brie Larson – Room
    8. Emma Stone – La La Land
    9. Luise Rainer – The Good Earth
    10. Jodie Foster – The Accused

    (dis-Honourable Mentions:
    Geraldine Page – The Trip to Bountiful,
    Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich,
    Glenda Jackson – A Touch of Class
    Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball)

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    I’ve only seen 27 winners so far:

    1. Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich
    2. Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
    3. Faye Dunaway – Network
    4. Jodie Foster – Silence of the Lambs
    5. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
    6. Emma Stone – La La Land
    7. Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    8. Cats Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    9. Kathy Bates – Misery
    10. Olivia Colman – The Favourite
    11. Renee Zellweger – Judy
    12. Cher – Moonstruck
    13. Liza Minnelli – Cabaret
    14. Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    15. Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    16. Brie Larson – Room
    17. Julianne Moore – Still Alice
    18. Charlize Theron – Monster
    19. Helen Mirren – The Queen
    20. Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
    21. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
    22. Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby
    23. Frances McDormand – Fargo
    24. Kate Winslet – The Reader
    25. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
    26. Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare In Love
    27. Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets

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    I understand what you mean about actors finding their voice with the advent of sound. Pickford, however, was a stage veteran even if she had been working in films for years at this point. Static camera work & limited editing due to that camera work of course doesn’t help either.

    I am bit ambivalent when it comes to questions like these. I rarely agree with the academy’s choice but rarely do I think that the chosen performance is bad or unworthy – just not my choice.

    I cannot give you 10 worst – I actually think Mary Pickford in Coquette (1929) is the only bad performance that has ever won an Oscar. And at the same time, her mention here is not fair as she gave the performance when talkies were in their infancy and actors still had to find their voices. Still, it’s not good work by Pickford.

    I came to like Loretta Young very much – much like Joan Crawford, I enjoy her movies immensely but would rarely consider their work for an Oscar. After my new found appreciation for Young, I re-visited The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) hoping that I could see the brilliance that the Academy apparently saw. I have not. It’s a sweet Young picture but not better or worse than anything that came before or came after. I don’t know why she won an Oscar for this. I really don’t.

    The last “worst”: Olivia Colman. I think she’s a good actress; she excels on The Queen! I do not get the love for The Favourite in general (a movie that has been talked to death on these forums) as everything about it is mediocre (direction, acting, writing); I discovered for myself that I really do not like the director and his approach; I suppose it reflects on the actors’ performances. Colman – a good actress – gave quite an unremarkable performance under his direction. However, I can accept that I am in the minority here. Her acceptance speech was brilliant though.

    Now a couple of names for best – Taylor for Virginia Woolf (1966); Shearer for The Divorcee (1930); Hunter for The Piano (1993) and Streep for Sophie’s Choice (1982)

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    I will not list the worst winners, because although I have some victories that I don’t like, I don’t think I watched enough winners, since I only watched 33 performances among those that won an Oscar for best actress, so I’ll just list the performances that most have impressed me so far.
    It doesn’t necessarily mean that I think they were the best in the lineup, but they are the performances that I liked most among those I watched. For example, I don’t think Emma delivered the best performance in the 2016 lineup, but among the ten winners of the past decade for me she delivered the third best performance just behind Blanchett and Colman and tied with Portman.

    Vivien Leigh – Gone with the Wind
    Joan Crawford – Mildred Pierce
    Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
    Audrey Hepburn – Roman Holiday
    Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl
    Liza Minnelli – Cabaret
    Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice
    Kathy Bates – Misery
    Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry
    Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
    Natalie Portman – Black Swan
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
    Emma Stone – La La Land
    Olivia Colman – The Favorite

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    Best

    1. 1975 – Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    2. 2003 – Charlize Theron, Monster
    3. 2007 – Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
    4. 1991 – Jodie Foster, Silence of The Lambs
    5. 1999 – Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry

    Worst

    1. 1998 – Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare In Love (Should’ve won: Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station)
    2. 2012 – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (Should’ve won: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour)
    3. 2003 – Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball (Should’ve won: Sissy Spacek, In The Bedroom)
    4. 2019 – Renee Zellweger, Judy (Should’ve won: No one really gives an outsanding performances in this category. Weak year… but if I really have to chose, it’s Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story)
    5. 2016 – Emma Stone, La La Land (Should’ve won: Isabelle Huppert, Elle or Ruth Negga, Loving)
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    The last “worst”: Olivia Colman. I think she’s a good actress; she excels on The Queen! I do not get the love for The Favourite in general (a movie that has been talked to death on these forums) as everything about it is mediocre (direction, acting, writing); I discovered for myself that I really do not like the director and his approach; I suppose it reflects on the actors’ performances. Colman – a good actress – gave quite an unremarkable performance under his direction. However, I can accept that I am in the minority here. Her acceptance speech was brilliant though.

    Thank you! Was she decent? Yes. But was she the best of the year or one of the 10 best ever? Hell no! The people who overpraise her performance must’ve watched an alternate version of that movie, because her performance was just alright. There was nothing that made made me go “Wow what a perfomance!”. That particular year (2018) was easily the strongest year for female leading roles, and I wouldn’t even place Colman in my list of top 20 performances from that year.

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    I don’t rank them, I just list them

    WORST:
    Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins
    Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets
    Greer Garson – Mrs. Miniver
    Jane Wyman – Johnny Belinda
    Anna Magnani – The Rose Tattoo
    Jennifer Lawrence – Silver’s Lining Playbook
    Diane Keaton – Annie Hall
    Katharine Hepburn – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?
    Frances McDormand – Fargo

    BEST:
    Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
    Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry
    Norma Shearer – The Divorcee
    Julie Christie – Darling
    Vivien Leigh – Gone With The Wind
    Shirley Booth – Come Back, Little Sheba
    Elizabeth Taylor – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Jane Fonda – Klute
    Sally Field – Norma Rae
    Sissy Spacek – Coal Miner’s Daughter

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