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    A few days back, I posted a poll celebrating the relatively modest number of gut-bustingly funny performances that have been nominated by the Academy in the Best Supporting Actress category. I tend to rank those among my very favorite past acting nominations. I also, however, happen to be a big fan of the polar opposite – those spine-tingling, scary turns, sometimes but not always of the horror genre, that pretty rarely garner Oscar recognition. It really does surprise me that a performance like Piper Laurie’s in “Carrie” could receive an Oscar nod and even more stuns me that a performance like Ruth Gordon’s in “Rosemary’s Baby” could win an Academy Award.

    Which hair-raising Oscar-nominated/winning performance by an actress is your favorite?

    (One could argue for Gloria Swanson and/or Charlize Theron’s inclusion here, but I don’t.)

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    Great thread!!!

     

    I went wit he legndry Bette Davis. I know some will bring up Rosemund Pike from Gone Girl but her perforance can’t compare to these ladies imo.

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    I would add Pike, just because she embodied every essence of Amy from the book so perfectly – it was terrifying yet joyous to see her reach that level!

    Of the options, it has to be Glenn Close on Fatal Attraction, no? That bitch by cray!

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    Bette Davis wins this for me for somehow juggling classic camp and genuine creepiness. That last scene on the beach…iconic. Laurie and Close tie for my number two slot but Sissy Spacek deserves some love too. She terrified me as a kid and she SLEPT IN HER BLOOD makeup to do it!

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    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

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    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha
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    Well, there’s NO WAY you’re breaking my ankles, I can tell you that.

    Lol.

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    [quote=”babypook”]

    [quote=”Vincelette”]

    [quote=”babypook”]

    Omg. All of these perfs/characters are iconically chilling.

    I must mention Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom) for consideration.

    Gach. I’ll go with Kathy Bates, although they’re all scary as heck.

    It’s funny you say that….couse I’m your number one fan, Babypook… haha
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    Well, there’s NO WAY you’re breaking my ankles, I can tell you that.

    Lol.

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    Don’t underestimate the Annie “Cliffhanger” Wilkes power in me! 
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    O ya? I’ll kill off Kate Winslet in my next book, I swear.

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    Giving some love to Angela Lansbury for scaring the hell out of me when I watched “The Manchurian Canidate.”  I see no need to watch the remake partly because no one will match Lansbury’s level of crazy. 

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    I totally agree with AMG, Vince and NoLogo – Rosamund Pike should be here. Her performance was incredible: frightening, blackly comic, convincing and conveyed a total understanding of this complex character.

    Out of the remaining, however, I have to vote for Glenn Close – my favourite out of the performances. 

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    Even though it’s already been mentioned a bunch of times…I’m just gonna say it again for emphasis. Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl.

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