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Greatest acting performance of 1974??
Al Pacino (The Godfather Part 2)
Jack Nicholson (Chinatown)
Robert DeNiro (The Godfather Part 2)
Gene Hackman (The Conversation)
Dustin Hoffman (Lenny)
Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under The Influence)
Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore)
Faye Dunaway (Chinatown)
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    Liv Ullmann – Scenes from a marriage

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    As far as I know, Rowlands kind of invented a new style of acting in A Woman Under The Influence. She purified the naturalistic style that had been brought from Italia by Anna Magnani and used it in the perfect medium, an independent film. I can’t really calculate how massive its influence to the industry was, but it must’ve been so big that many actors nowadays see her as a big inspiration and cite her performance in it particularly. Thus, she’s my choice.

    I don’t know who to choose as the second. It’s either Dunaway or Pacino.

    Helen Mirren has said that Anna Magnani is her inspiration or and role model.

    Cate Blanchett has in several interviews been open about her admiration for Rowlands. Blanchett even gave Rowland a speech and award for something

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    Pacino
    Nicholson
    Burstyn
    Rowlands
    Valentina Cortese

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    What did he do?

    He was absolutely pissed at Paramount and the Academy for pushing him supporting instead of Lead. He didn’t even show up for the Oscars. Several academy members were extremely pissed.

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    Being nominated for an Oscar must have been different back then. I mean you still heard “talk” but you had no idea who really was going to win back then, at least compared to nowadays where there are so many precursors and many of those precursors have shared membership with the Academy so that it’s much easier to predict. Add in the advent of the industry awards, and well…

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    I have never had a problem with Art Carney winning his Oscar for “Harry & Tonto”. It was a great year for acting in all categories and I’m sure this one was close. Valerie Perrine should have gone supporting for “Lenny” and likely would have won in that category.

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    Pacino by faaaar

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    He was absolutely pissed at Paramount and the Academy for pushing him supporting instead of Lead. He didn’t even show up for the Oscars. Several academy members were extremely pissed.

    The worst category fraud of all time in Oscar history.

    Pacino was clearly the Lead Actor.
    Brando was clearly the Supporting Actor.
    They should have won both easily their actual categories.

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    The worst category fraud of all time in Oscar history. Pacino was clearly the Lead Actor. Brando was clearly the Supporting Actor. They should have won both easily their actual categories.

    I’d say Brando is more borderline, but Pacino is without a doubt the lead.

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    Finally got round to watching Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore so that I’ve seen every performance listed here. Burstyn is wonderful but it’s another vote for Rowlands from me. It might even be the greatest Oscar-nominated performance I’ve seen.

    Side note relating to the above, Brando is definitely lead in The Godfather, Pacino was just more lead.

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    He was absolutely pissed at Paramount and the Academy for pushing him supporting instead of Lead. He didn’t even show up for the Oscars. Several academy members were extremely pissed.

    I can’t understand that as it was so common not to show up as a nominee in those days, even when you were a frontrunner. Yet they held it against him two years later? Besides, he was right.

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    It’s not letting me vote. But if I could it would be Ellen Burstyn.

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    It might even be the greatest Oscar-nominated performance I’ve seen

    Bingo. Thank you.

    I like to call it the second entry in my White Actresses Trifecta with Falconetti and Huppert lol.

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    I can’t understand that as it was so common not to show up as a nominee in those days, even when you were a frontrunner. Yet they held it against him two years later? Besides, he was right.

    The thing is, from what I’ve heard, he threw a huge tantrum against the Academy and Paramount. It wasn’t just the fact he didn’t show up.

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    It seems as if Gena Rowlands has won a thousand Emmys. I like to think at least half of those wins were apologies for not winning the Oscar for Woman Under the Influence.

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