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    I was wondering if anyone could answer how Tatum O’Neal got into the “Supporting Actress” category when she was truly the “Lead Actress”? Is this just because she was young? I also read that she required many takes to get a scene correct. I remember reading somewhere that Sylvia Sidney was the frontrunner for “Summer Wishes Winter Dreams”. Was O’Neal’s win a surprise at the time? My personal choice would have been Madeline Kahn in “Paper Moon”. Thoughts?
    The nominees were: Linda Blair (The Exoricst), Candy Clark (American Graffiti), Kahn, O’Neal, Sidney

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    KirbyNicholson
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    1) Probably too crowded
    2) Peter’s decision to fraud her
    3) If it weren’t for Tatum, then Blair since she won the globe
    4) Newbie and she was full of promise like her father a few years back
    IMO: Madeline Kahn would have been my choice considering most of the nominees careers crashed and burn unlike MK as she was pretty consisted

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    circa 1993
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    I recently watched this terrific film and O’Neal was amazing. I do agree, however, that her performance was misplaced.

    As we’ve seen a trillion times, winning an Oscar is more about politics than rewarding THE best performances. The studio probably felt a child actor would be better accepted in a supporting category.

    Hollywood tends to have a bias against younger talent.

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    This is an interesting category. Tatum clearly should have been submitted/campaigned for Lead Actress. Linda Blair probably stood a good chance at winning until the controversy about Linda not doing the satanic voices. This controversy came out after the Oscar nominations were announced. Mercedes McCambridge is the actress that provided the satanic voices in the Exorcist.

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    Blair was indeed the front-runner until the McCambridge news hit the trade publications. It was a huge deal and frankly, had it broke prior to the nominations, it’s entirely plausible Blair wouldn’t have been nominated.

    Kahn hadn’t a prayer. Clark managed to self-campaign her way to a nomination but it’s extremely unlikely she came close for the win. Sidney was the critics’ favorite and no doubt had the Old Hollywood wing behind her but Summer Wishes wasn’t a commercial success at all. I suspect O’Neal won by a fairly comfortable margin.

    As for the category placement, O’Neal probably could’ve won in Lead (and likely would’ve knocked Woodward out of the line-up). Bogdanovich and her father knocked her down to Supporting.

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    keithw
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    With the controversy I don’t think Linda Blair would have won had O’Neal not been in this category. Sylvia Sidney really isn’t in “Summer Wishes Winter Dreams” much but I guess she was the veteran and would have won without O’Neal.

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    Child leads are usually demoted to supporting to secure a nomination.

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