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    Which years would you mark as having the strongest or one of the strongest line-ups for Best Actress?

    I’d argue 1996 was one of the strongest years. I remember reading Inside Oscar 2 (what a catty book compared to the first one) and reading about how so many journalists and celebrity watchers were lamenting about the lack of real celebrity names among the nominees but actual movie goers and critics felt this was one of the strongest years ever in Best Actress. I have to agree.

    The nominees were:

    Brenda Blethyn – Secrets & Lies
    Frances McDormand – Fargo
    Diane Keaton – Marvin’s Room
    Kristin Scott Thomas – The English Patient
    Emily Watson – Breaking the Waves

    Blethyn actually beat McDormand and Watson at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Golden Globe over Watson. I probably would have voted for Watson for her tour-de-force performance. However, all three of Blethyn, McDormand, and Watson are deserving winners and I put all three performances among my top of all-time lists. Any of the three winning would probably make my top 5 Best Oscar winners list.

    There were strong performances not nominated as well:
    Nicole Kidman (The Portrait of a Lady);
    Madonna (Evita) – I know this hasn’t aged well and Broadway fans hate her performance but she did win the Globe over McDormand in one of the Globes’ sillier choices and at the time people seemed to really enjoy this performance and even Meryl Streep praised it;
    Meryl Streep (Marvin’s Room) – nominated for the Globe over Keaton;
    Debbie Reynolds (Mother) – I don’t see what the big deal was about this performance but I guess it had been a while since people saw Reynolds and her shtick seemed refreshing before it became old and then new again. Dan Rather was angry she was snubbed and her daughter Carrie Fisher was in charge of writing for the Oscars that year and stated publicly that she had misgivings taking the job since she felt her mom was robbed especially after watching the actual nominees;
    Courtney Love (The People vs. Larry Flynt) – I know she was a supporting actress, but she was nominated for Lead at the Globes; and
    Barbra Streisand (The Mirror Has Two Faces) – Yes, this wasn’t really a contender, but she was nominated for a Globe and she actually gives a great performance and the movie is great in the first half…then it gets really bad and silly and incredibly narcissistic in the second half. Either way, she gives a better performance than Lauren Bacall, who I don’t think did anything nomination worthy much less garnering “favorite” status;
    Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol) – an OUT OF THIS WORLD performance. I cannot praise this enough but had no awards traction.

    1995

    Susan Sarandon – Dead Man Walking
    Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas
    Sharon Stone – Casino
    Meryl Streep – The Bridges of Madison County
    Emma Thompson – Sense and Sensibility

    This was seriously a strong year as well. Streep gives what is probably my second favorite performance of her career and is a much less mannered performance than what we’re used to from her. Stone gave by far the best performance of her career that she has never matched and actually won the Globe over all of these nominees (Globes really are star worshipers). Thompson gives an excellent performance though she was too old for the part, but Ang Lee really wanted to direct her and nobody understood the material as much as she did and it showed in her performance…plus her age gave a bit more depth to the role. Shue was the critics’ darling and Sarandon was a deserving winner.

    The non-nominees that year were:

    Nicole Kidman (To Die For);
    Jennifer Jason Leigh (Georgia);
    Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding);
    Joan Allen (Nixon)*

    I’m cheating a bit including Joan Allen, but she was nominated for the SAG for Lead Actress and then the Oscar for Supporting Actress where she lost to Mira Sorvino who bested SAG winner and BAFTA winner Winslet.

    1995 did have a lot of actresses playing hookers, which lead to one of Whoopi Goldberg’s best zingers when she hosted the Oscars. She said “Sharon Stone gets nominated for playing a hooker; Elisabeth Shue gets nominated for playing a hooker; Mira Sorvino gets nominated for playing a hooker…how many times did Charlie Sheen get to vote?”

    Out of the whole field I listed, I probably would have voted for Jennifer Jason Leigh who gave a performance for the ages…so raw and real and free of self-consciousness.

    Of course, this discuss would be incomplete if I didn’t include 1950.

    Anne Baxter – All About Eve
    Bette Davis – All About Eve
    Judy Holliday – Born Yesterday
    Eleanor Parker – Caged
    Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard

    Davis was utter perfection in All About Eve and I really do believe this was her greatest performance as it’s so nuanced and fully-realized. Her Margo Channing isn’t the usual Davis bitch but a three-dimensional character. Gloria Swanson gave one of the screen’s most legendary performances. The performance speaks for itself. Baxter, some argue, gave the most underrated performance of this line-up. I think she projects Eve’s conniving nature too early and too readily but I see why people love it. Parker’s performance in Caged was called “remarkable”. Holliday gets some grief for daring to beat Davis and Swanson, and I get it. However, when I saw Born Yesterday, I realized if I was alive and an Academy voter at the time, I may have voted for her as well. She was refreshing and totally winning in her film. There weren’t many performers like Holliday at the time (or now) and she was seriously a comedic genius who knew how to play that character to perfection…which was actually very different from her real life persona. I think her dying a little over ten years after her Oscar win and with nobody else taking up the mantle Holliday or was able to do it as well makes it more obvious what an achievement that performance was. Some say this was a mistake because she didn’t have much of a film career after her win, but she mostly did theatre after this and won a Tony Award for Bells are Ringing over Julie Andrews’s legendary performance in My Fair Lady. There was something really winning about Holliday and it couldn’t help but shine.

    What years would you add?

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    I’m actually quite partial to 1978 (Bergman, Burstyn, Clayburgh, Fonda and Page).

    THE OSCAR 100 (#50-46): Ingrid Bergman, James Coburn, Nick Nolte, Joan Allen and Anthony Hopkins

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    1972 was the strongest for nominees personally.

    Liza Minnelli (Cabaret)
    Cicely Tyson (Sounder)
    Maggie Smith (Travels With My Aunt)
    Liv Ullman (Emigrant)
    Diana Ross (Lady Sings The Blues)

    Anyone of them would have been a great winner. Also, the icing on the cake was that there were two actresses of color nominated in this category at the same time. First and only time that has happened in this category this far.

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    SHT L
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    1972 was the strongest for nominees personally. Liza Minnelli (Cabaret) Cicely Tyson (Sounder) Maggie Smith (Travels With My Aunt) Liv Ullman (Emigrant) Diana Ross (Lady Sings The Blues) Anyone of them would have been a great winner. Also, the icing on the cake was that there were two actresses of color nominated in this category at the same time. First and only time that has happened in this category this far.

    That is so ridiculous. It’s like when I first found out as a kid that Whoopi Goldberg was the first black actress to win an Oscar in 1990 since Hattie McDaniel in 1939. Talk about a long time coming.

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    1. 1988…Jodie Foster (THE ACCUSED) beats Glenn Close (DANGEROUS LIAISONS), Melanie Griffith (WORKING GIRL), Meryl Streep (A CRY IN THE DARK), Sigourney Weaver (GORILLAS IN THE MIST)
    –Jodie and Glenn give two of cinema’s great performances, Meryl gets one of cinema’s most quoted lines, and the other two are pretty darn good, too

    1986…Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God) beats Jane Fonda (The Morning After), Sissy Spacek (Crimes of the Heart), Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married), Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)
    –Kudos to the Academy for realizing that Aliens would goon to be one of the most beloved female performances of all time. Kathleen Turner was all over the 80’s, but this was her peak with the critics. Jane Fonda gets one last great role, ironically as an aging actress. Marlee Matlin was great, even if she never could find the follow-up role to this. Only Sissy Spacek underwhelms me, but they were never gonna go for my 5th pick, Jennifer Connelly in LABYRINTH

    1991…Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs) beats Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise), Laura Dern (Rambling Rose), Bette Midler (For the Boys), Susan Sarandon (Thelma and Louise)
    –swap Annette Bening in Bugsy for the Divine Miss M, and this would be perfect.

    1967…Katherine Hepburn (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) beats Anne Bancroft (The Graduate), Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde), Edith Evans (The Whisperers), and Audrey Hepburn (Wait Until Dark)
    –earliest year where I have seen all five nominees and they’re all pretty good to great

    1995…Susan Sarandon (DEAD MAN WALKING) beats Elisabeth Shue (LEaving Las Vegas), Sharon Stone (Casino), Meryl Streep (The Bridges of Madison County), Emma Thompson (SENSE AND SENSIBILITY)
    –personally, I preferred Sharon Stone (The Quick and the Dead), Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne), Nicole Kidman (To Die For). But why quibble, this is solid across the board.

    2000…Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich) beats Joan Allen (The Contender), Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me)–not my movies, but five solid nominees. Word has it Juliette Binoche was terrified of winning, because she already beat one beloved favorite in an upset (Lauren Bacall–1996), and didn’t want the same backlash for knocking off Julia Roberts.

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    From this century, easily 2006. Wouldn’t have minded any of them to win, even winslet so her ass would’ve deservingly lost in 2008 to any of her fellow nominees

    Grandma Dench actually being worthy of a win and her most interesting movie/performance instead of her usual biopic/period pieces

    Helen Mirren being good I guess

    Kate Winslet playing the usual selfish bitch char she always play but least it was an interesting film

    Penelope Cruz being the best performance from a foreign language film that decade

    Meryl Streep playing a comedy and had actual memorable lines and moments

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    2006 immediately comes to mind. I would have replaced Winslet and Streep with Laura Dern (Inland Empire) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby). But it was a strong field nontheless.

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    1937: Dunne, Garbo, Gaynor, Rainer, and Stanwyck
    1950: Baxter, Davis, Holliday, Parker, and Swanson
    1972: Minelli, Ross, Tyson, Woodward, and Ullmann
    1978: Bergman, Burstyn, Clayburgh, Fonda, and Page
    1995: Sarandon, Shue, Stone, Streep, and Thompson
    2011: Close, Davis, Mara, Streep, and Williams

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    1977 is my favorite. Jane Fonda, Marsha Mason, Diane Keaton (plus she also had Looking for Mr. Goodbar) and even though I only think The Turning Point is an average movie (too much ballet for me) I still think both Bancroft and MacLaine are great.

    I like that year as a whole Star Wars, Close Encounters, Equus. Lots of good films.

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    1959 had a chance to become one of the best acting line-ups in the history but they have snubbed the one who should be winning it.

    The nominees were:

    Doris Day, Pillow Talk
    Audrey Hepburn, The Nun’s Story
    Katharine Hepburn, Suddenly, Last Summer
    Simone Signoret, Room at the Top
    Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly, Last Summer

    Swap Day, K. Hepburn or Signoret (who many felt was supporting) for the one and only Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and that line-up would be the one for the ages.

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    1977 is my favorite. Jane Fonda, Marsha Mason, Diane Keaton (plus she also had Looking for Mr. Goodbar) and even though I only think The Turning Point is an average movie (too much ballet for me) I still think both Bancroft and MacLaine are great.

    I like that year as a whole Star Wars, Close Encounters, Equus. Lots of good films.

    1977 would have been one of the best years ever if they dumped Maclaine & Bancroft and replaced them with Shelley Duvall & Sissy Spacek for 3 Women.

    I’m torn between 3 years in which all the nominees were highly deserving:

    1950 – already discussed above
    1988 – Close, Foster, Griffith, Streep, Weaver
    2006 – Cruz, Dench, Mirren, Streep, Winslet

    And to top off 1988 & 2006 they got the winners right as well.

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    SHT L
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    1959 had a chance to become one of the best acting line-ups in the history but they have snubbed the one who should be winning it. The nominees were: Doris Day, Pillow Talk Audrey Hepburn, The Nun’s Story Katharine Hepburn, Suddenly, Last Summer Simone Signoret, Room at the Top Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly, Last Summer Swap Day, K. Hepburn or Signoret (who many felt was supporting) for the one and only Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and that line-up would be the one for the ages.

    You reminded me of Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story. I think acting wise, that really was her best performance.

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    1973:
    Ellen Burstyn, The Exoricst
    Marsha Mason, Cinderella Liberty
    Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
    Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes Winter Dreams
    ***and the winner Glenda Jackson, A Touch of Class
    All were great and deserving!

    Also….1972 with Liza Minnelli (Cabaret), Cicely Tyson (Sounder, Liv Ullmann (The Emigrants), Maggie Smith (Travels With My Aunt) & Diana Ross (Lady Sings the Blues)

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    2006 immediately comes to mind. I would have replaced Winslet and Streep with Laura Dern (Inland Empire) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby). But it was a strong field nontheless.

     

     

    Same here. I really enjoyed all the performances especially Dench. She was magnificent to watch.

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    1977 is my favorite. Jane Fonda, Marsha Mason, Diane Keaton (plus she also had Looking for Mr. Goodbar) and even though I only think The Turning Point is an average movie (too much ballet for me) I still think both Bancroft and MacLaine are great.

    I like that year as a whole Star Wars, Close Encounters, Equus. Lots of good films.

    1977 would have been one of the best years ever if they dumped Maclaine & Bancroft and replaced them with Shelley Duvall & Sissy Spacek for 3 Women.

    I’m torn between 3 years in which all the nominees were highly deserving:

    1950 – already discussed above
    1988 – Close, Foster, Griffith, Streep, Weaver
    2006 – Cruz, Dench, Mirren, Streep, Winslet

    And to top off 1988 & 2006 they got the winners right as well.

    1977 also has Lily Tomlin in “The Late Show” which is a great performance too.

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