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April 3, 2020 at 6:44 pm #1203408881
Would she have won if she hadn’t been denied her stage role in My Fair Lady?
It doesn’t seem like that competitive a year.
Anne Bancroft Jo Armitage The Pumpkin Eater
Sophia Loren Filumena Marturano Marriage Italian Style
Debbie Reynolds Molly Brown The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Kim Stanley Myra Savage Séance on a Wet Afternoon
I’m guessing Kim Stanley was second? (I think I saw that film once but I don’t remember it too well.)April 3, 2020 at 8:02 pm #1203408957
One of these two scenarios would happen:
a. Julie Andrews was nominated for “My Fair Lady” instead “Mary Poppins”
b. Julie Andrews is still nominated for “Mary Poppins”
Having these two huge films in the same year (Box office and critically wise) would make Andrews unbeatable, ending in one of the most locked Oscar wins.
Keep in mind Andrews won “Mary Poppins” in part per narrative and goodwill. Think about Sandra Bullock winning in 2009, or Julia Roberts in 2000. Adding the competition was so unorthodox and “weak” per Oscar bait (Bancroft and Loren won recently -Also Loren’s film is in Italian), Stanley’s film is anti-Oscar and Reynolds was overshadowed for Andrews narrative. Also, early 1960s Academy was more conservative and those film subjects were so outlandish -Child kidnapping, abortion, daddy issues).April 3, 2020 at 8:03 pm #1203408961
I definitely think she would’ve won if she got to reprise the role of Eliza on film. I also wonder if Mary Poppins would’ve come out that year if she got to be in My Fair Lady. When Walt Disney came to her with the role, she had just recently discovered she was pregnant, and when she told him, he responded saying they’d wait for her. Disney clearly knew she how perfect he’d be for the part, so I could imagine he might’ve been willing to wait for her to finish My Fair Lady.
And even if he didn’t, and another actress played Mary Poppins, she still would’ve likely won. After all, there’s no way who ever would’ve played it could’ve done better than Andrews.
Thinking about this whole situation, I honestly feel pretty bad for Audrey Hepburn. I find it extremely hard to believe that her snub wasn’t due to her infamous dubbing. Sure, she didn’t do her singing, but her acting in the film is still terrific, holding her own against Rex Harrison.April 3, 2020 at 8:05 pm #1203408970
I’m not sure. What I do know is that we wouldn’t have gotten her iconic Golden Globe speech and I don’t think my life would be the sameApril 3, 2020 at 8:06 pm #1203408972
I think had she done the My Fair Lady movie she’d have easily have won. Her stage performance was supposed to be quite legendary and all the more reason why people were so mad that she didn’t get to recreate when other actors from the show did.
Amazing Audrey Hepburn didn’t even get a nomination when her film was sweeping so. (She was classy though in presenting Best Actor to Rex Harrison.)April 3, 2020 at 10:27 pm #1203409070
Hepburn should have been nominated- honestly it’s time to bring back musical dubbing.La La Land had terrible singing(and terrible music too) and Les Miserables also had issues in the singing department. I would not mind doing the dubbing one bit especially because type casting prevents me from playing certain roles.
I remember when I first got on to watching/reading stuff about the Oscars on the internet and someone said that Julie Andrews’s win for Mary Poppins was one of the worst ever.I mean really? Sure it wasn’t that deserving or Oscar worthy but to trash it like that? I mean do you have any child left in you? And her win was obviously because Jack Warner screwed her in the casting department for My Fair Lady.April 3, 2020 at 10:38 pm #1203409098
I think Julie would’ve have indeed won, but also I think her filming My Fair Lady would make Disney release Mary Poppins on another year since he was fixated on her for the role, and give her another nomination and likely another oscar.
Also Hepburn’s snub was indeed because of the dubbing, voters probably thought she did half a performance, and also people were angry Julie didn’t get the part so much of the snub came as a favour to Julie, and all those factors propelled her to win, which Julie knows and is the reason she didn’t have her Oscar on full display.
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