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    Do you think she came close to winning any other years? What was the thinking of how she managed to win back to back in the sixties?

    I think it is such a dysfunctional relationship between her and the academy. She is their most honored actor yet she snubbed them all 12 times she was nominated.

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    I always thought she was second for Alice Adams. I know some think she came close for Philadelphia Story but I think Joan Fontaine was likely the runner-up that year.

    FYC: Mary Kay Place in Diane

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    Guess Who’s Coming was just right for those times. Tracy was nominated with her and it was such politically appropriate but also deserved win.
    What a Best Picture lineup that year!

    Lion is such a terrific film and she and O’toole were a force of nature together. The tie with Streisand may have been a surprise but both were deserving.
    With the exception of Vanessa Redgrave who had very little chance it was a race between 4 women.

    She was such an amazing woman. She went her own way.

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    With the exception of Vanessa Redgrave who had very little chance it was a race between 4 women.

    I looked up Isadora and it seems like the film was only eligible due an LA premiere, and didn’t get a proper release until the following year (Redgrave won the NSFC award for 1969). By today’s rules it wouldn’t have been eligible for 1968 I don’t think. It’s unfair because I expect very few Academy members were able to see it before voting closed.

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    Hepburn won back-to-back in the sixties partly because it was so clear she had a better performance the year after she won her belated second Oscar. And she’d have won outright if Gregory Peck hadn’t secured Barbra Streisand Academy membership before her debut film even premiered (assuming Streisand voted for herself).

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    I always thought she was second for Alice Adams. I know some think she came close for Philadelphia Story but I think Joan Fontaine was likely the runner-up that year.

    Hepburn did indeed come in 2nd for “Alice Adams”. From the 1932-33 awards achievements till the 1935 achievements the Academy actually publicly announced the 2nd and 3rd place vote getters. Copied and pasted from the Academy website’s awards database:

    1932/33 (6th)
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    Katharine Hepburn — Morning Glory {“Eva Lovelace”}
    May Robson — Lady for a Day {“Apple Annie”} [came in 2nd]
    Diana Wynyard — Cavalcade {“Jane Marryot”} [came in 3rd]

    1934 (7th)
    ACTRESS
    Claudette Colbert — It Happened One Night {“Ellie Andrews”}
    Bette Davis — Of Human Bondage {“Mildred”} [came in 3rd]
    [NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NOMINATION. Write-in candidate.]
    Grace Moore — One Night of Love {“Mary”}
    Norma Shearer — The Barretts of Wimpole Street {“Elizabeth Barrett”} [came in 2nd]

    1935 (8th)
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    Elisabeth Bergner — Escape Me Never {“Gemma Jones”} [came in 3rd]
    Claudette Colbert — Private Worlds {“Jane Everest”}
    Bette Davis — Dangerous {“Joyce Heath”}
    Katharine Hepburn — Alice Adams {“Alice Adams”} [came in 2nd]
    Miriam Hopkins — Becky Sharp {“Becky Sharp”}
    Merle Oberon — The Dark Angel {“Kitty Vane”}

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    I looked up Isadora and it seems like the film was only eligible due an LA premiere, and didn’t get a proper release until the following year (Redgrave won the NSFC award for 1969). By today’s rules it wouldn’t have been eligible for 1968 I don’t think. It’s unfair because I expect very few Academy members were able to see it before voting closed.

    Yup. Plus,although I revere Vanessa, she can’t dance. It’s almost embarrassing to see.

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    I truly enjoyed her in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. Would have preferred her in Supporting, but she was really good in that film (unpopular opinion). The scene where she fired her employee could have only been done by her.

    It is a crime that Hepburn and Ginger Rogers were snubbed for Stage Door.

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    Interesting to see this topic pop up – just saw her four statuettes at the National Portrait Gallery in DC.

    (They look surprisingly cheap up close!)

    Love her win for The Lion in Winter.

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    Interesting to see this topic pop up – just saw her four statuettes at the National Portrait Gallery in DC.

    (They look surprisingly cheap up close!)

    Love her win for The Lion in Winter.

    That’s interesting that they are all displayed there. I read the story about how the man who accepted one of her 60s Oscars stayed in her LA house while there. He came home and put the Oscar in a paper bag on the shelf of her hall closet. Like 20 years later or something he stayed in the house again and found the Oscar still sitting where he left it. She never even touched it.

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