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    What do you guys think of Judy’s loss? I myself have seen both performances(hers and Grace Kelly’s) and I enjoyed Kelly’s performance quite a bit despite the love I have for Judy Garland- obviously Judy should have gotten it based on sentiment alone as she needed it far more than Grace did and yes I am biased but there it is- Judy’s Oscar win would have helped her career in films although it may not have solved all of her problems in the film industry. It’s also even more outrageous that they butchered the film so badly upon its release which ruined its Oscar chances by depriving voters of seeing the full scope of Cuckor’s vision and the full plot of the
    film- despite the footage being partially restored, its really not that fun watching stills with accompanying audio during the first half of the picture. What do you think was more to blame for her loss- the butchering of her film or her spoiled reputation? Do you think that the tech branches(who would most likely have been comprised of the people who would be much less understanding than annoyed and even angry with Judy’s behavior) were somewhat of a substantial factor in her losing the Oscar? What do you think Grace thought about it? Do you think if the film had been more successful that she would have been honored?

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    1955 | Grace Kelly Defeats Judy Garland for Best Actress

    The Be Kind Rewind channel is my new obsession overall by the way. Great in depth stuff on past Best Actress wins.

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    Joe Burns
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    Oh yes, I saw that video already and the channel is certainly interesting.

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    No sentiment needed. Garland’s work, even in the edited version, is far superior than Kelly’s work. Kelly had 2 other major film releases with Hitchcock’s REAR WINDWO & DIAL M FOR MURDER. All 3 Kelly performance’s merits put together don’t equal Garland’s “The Man That Got Away” by itself. Kelly’s work in any film including THE COUNTRY GIRL (which she was miscast for in all honesty) is really just OK at best.

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    Grace Kelly won fair and square all things considered. Kelly won the Drama GG, NY critics and the NBR for the performance. That is the nearest to a clean sweep that was possible back then. ALso consider that the academy loved her movie very much (nominating it for picture/actor …) and 1954 was a very busy year for Kelly. Her win was a no brainer.

    Garland’s loss seems like a robbery in retrospect only. Her fans are much more vocal, her movie turned out to be more popular than Kelly’s and, of course, Garland’s well-documented oh so sad life. Add all of this together and you have the greatest robbery since Brinck’s.

    In the end of the day, both women delivered probably the best performances of their careers. Choosing one over the other is a mere reflection of taste. One can be a Garland fanboy and still not bash Kelly in the same sentence.

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    Grace Kelly pulled Gwyneth Platrow long before Goop pulled Gwyneth. As Goop she had bazillion movies that year and was the it girl. Academy has had always a soft spot for it girls. They treated Judy just like they did Cate/Fernanda. And we know which performances are considered much superior these days.

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    Sorry but Kelly is a complete snooze in The Country Girl. Not only is Garland vastly superior, Dorothy Dandridge and Jane Wyman are also leaps and bounds more interesting.

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