(Something went wrong with my other thread so this is a new one)
One of my favorite actress’ ever and one who has such a singular presence/gift for screen acting. Not every film utilizes her talents all that well (her 80s work largely feels lopsided, but it’s more to do with the films using her as a presence than a person and it doesn’t always work with her minimalist acting style of implying a lot and specifying little).
I’d have given her a few wins and a few noms for some things that Oscar overlooked, in addition to some perfs they did recognize:
Billy Liar, 1963 – WIN (Supporting)
Darling, 1965 – WIN (Leading)
Doctor Zhivago – At least a nom for quietly making a complex woman out of the movie’s intended use for Lara as nothing more than an idealized beauty. (SUPPORTING)
Petulia, 1968 – WIN (Leading) (perhaps her best work)
McCabe and Mrs Miller, 1971 – either she or Barbara Harris in Harry Kellerman FTW (SUPPORTING) *What was she doing in leading with only 25 min of screentime?
Don’t Look Now, 1973 – Have to see more from this year but would be a deserved win (SUPPORTING) *She’s given top billing and is one of the two leads but she certainly feels more supporting than leading the story per se.
Shampoo, 1975 – Tie for the win with Lily Tomlin in Nashville (SUPPORTING) *Again, one of the “leads” but she’s off screen for solid chunks and Jackie is the soul of the movie that ratchets up the tension of the film under everyone’s noses)
Demon Seed, 1977 – Yes, Keaton is totally iconic in Annie Hall, but I could easily give Christie a win for a richly layered, damn near profound performance in a movie that you’d never expect it in. (LEADING)
She did two top-tier Tv movies in 1983 and then in 1992 (Separate Tables and The Railway Station Man) which couldn’t qualify for a needed theatrical release, but she’s astounding in both and would have deserved noms at least for them.
Afterglow, 1997 – NOMINATION (Leading)
Away From Her, 2007 – WIN (Leading)
There’s some other performances that I love of hers – Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451 (she’s less successful with the Linda character, but if we had more screen time with just the former character I’d love to give a nom), Dragonheart (a minuscule performance but she suggests so much in so little amount of time while keeping her mystery intact, ditto for Troy), Fools of Fortune, Finding Neverland,