September 25, 2017 at 6:46 am #1202222971
Jane Fonda was a runaway winner for “Klute” I assume.
Her competition included:
Julie Christie, McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Glenda Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday
Vanessa Redgrave, Mary Queen of Scots
Janet Suzman, Nicholas & Alexandra
I just rewatched Mary,Queen of Scots and thought Vanessa Redgrave was fine. McCabe & Mrs. Miller is one of my all time favourite films but it doesn’t feel like Christie is really in it much. Sunday Bloody Sunday was nominated for Best Director but not for Best Picture, and Nicholas & Alexandra got the Best Picture nod but not Director. Anyway, wondering what your thoughts are on how these nominees ranked. For me I think it may have been: Fonda (first), Jackson (Second), Suzman (third), Christie (fourth), Redgrave (fifth)September 25, 2017 at 8:24 am #1202223021
Odds are, it was indeed either Jackson (who had two fabulous, Oscar-caliber turns that year) or Suzman (whose pic landed a surprise Best Picture nom. McCabe and Mrs. Miller wasn’t much embraced at all that awards season and most critics preferred Jackson to Redgrave in Mary, Queen of Scots.
A shame Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me) and Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude) were overlooked!
OSCAR FLASHBACK: Nicholson at the Oscars (1985) – Prizzi’s HonorSeptember 25, 2017 at 9:10 am #1202223049
Jackson was good but just had a (pretty undeserved imo) win the previous year, Christie was great but recently won and this movie wasn’t loved much aside from her (which a quick second win often requires), and Redgrave was just fine in a British royalty drama which seems baity now but I think they cared less about in the ’70s. So, that leaves Suzman who gave an understated but amazing performance in a movie that ended up with multiple nominations and even two wins. So, I feel like she would have/should have been second.
And Suzman would have been a worthy winner. But Fonda was also extremely deserving. And she’s Jane Fonda. Which I think helps explain the difference between the two actresses here. One was a powerhouse already with an Oscar nod, multiple Globe nominations, and of a Hollywood dynasty while the other wasn’t much of an actress (save for admirable stage acclaim) at the time. Or at least not a film actress. Similar to Huffman vs Witherspoon or even Sidibe vs Bullock. But Fonda was a perfect winner.
Would have really loved to see Gena Rowlands (Minnie and Moskowitz), Kitty Winn (The Panic in Needle Park), and Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude) acknowledged.September 25, 2017 at 9:30 am #1202223058
Redgrave was nominated for the wrong movie. She should have won for The Devils.September 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm #1202223313
Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me), Ruth Gordon (Harold & Maude) and even Delores Taylor (Billy Jack) were all great….September 25, 2017 at 10:05 pm #1202223595
I love the mentions of Gordon, Rowlands, Walter, Winn and the mention of an alternate Redgrave performance. I can add Shirley MacLaine in DESPERATE CHARACTERS to that mix of not nominated work. The nominees were all good IMO, 1971 was a great year.September 25, 2017 at 10:26 pm #1202223611
Nobody. Everybody voted for Jane.September 26, 2017 at 10:19 am #1202223988
Fonda is hands down the best. I’d rank it as one of the best Best Actress perfomances ever.
The big controversy seemed to be what she would say. I love how she sort of pauses a lot in her speech letting the tension build as to whether she is going to say something political about the war and then eventually says something her father told her to say: “there is a lot to be said but this isn’t the place.” (or something like that.)
She also mentions thanks to “those of you who clapped” sort of indicating some people didn’t. It is hard to see any non-clappers in the clip on youtube but I’ve noticed some of those reaction shots the Academy puts out are a bit edited in terms of audience reaction shots.
BTW I never knew this until I did more research but Fonda’s infamous moment where she sat in the gun turrit of the North Vietamase and giggled about shooting down American planes came AFTER the Oscar.
She was and still is hated by many because of that. Her career does seem to slump for a while in the mid-seventies so I guess she was sort of black balled.
I also wish Ruth Gordon and Jessica Walter got in.September 26, 2017 at 3:33 pm #1202224301
Fonda was sublime and almost turned the role down, suggesting her friend Faye instead. Good thing she didn’t.
Jessica Walters is a close second for me that year. She should have definitely been pushed for supporting despite her Best Actress (Drama) Globe nod.
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