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  • FreemanGriffin
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    I was watching videos on YouTube on this subject and wrote down my own personal lists for each:

    Ten BEST Lead Actress Oscar winning performances:

    1. Vivien Leigh, Gone With The Wind
    2. Bette Davis, Jezebel
    3. Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    4. Glenda Jackson, Women In Love
    5. Helen Mirren, The Queen
    6. Shirley MacLaine, Terms Of Endearment
    7. Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce
    8. Patricia Neal, Hud
    9. Simone Signoret, Room At The Top
    10. Diane Keaton, Annie Hall

    (honorable mentions: Claudette Colbert, It Happened One Night; Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Liza Minnelli, Cabaret; Kathy Bates, Misery; Jessica Lange, Blue Sky)

    Ten Least Favorite Lead Actress Oscar winners:

    1. Mary Pickford, Coquette (excruciating in its awfulness!)
    2. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (I will never ever understand this choice)
    3. Helen Hunt, As Good As It Gets (Helena Bonham-Carter and Judi Dench were so much more deserving; Hunt’s character was very unlikable)
    4. Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God (Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek, Sigourney Weaver and Jane Fonda were all so much more deserving – and those were just the four other nominees!)
    5. Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry (I seem to be the only one who hated this move – walked out on it the first time, still didn’t like it years later when I watched the whole movie)
    6. Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare In Love (competent but not Oscar worthy)
    7. Grace Kelly, The Country Girl (Judy Garland was gypped – her A Star Is Born performance was one of the greatest of all time)
    8. Katharine Hepburn, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? (a good solid performance, but Anne Bancroft, Edith Evans, Audrey Hepburn and Faye Dunaway were all so much more deserving)
    9. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (all four of the others – Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan and Sally Hawkins were all so much better in their roles)
    10. Sally Field, Places In The Heart (a good solid performance but Judy Davis was my choice with Vanessa Redgrave in 2nd place for their superb performances)

    Agree to disagree! (:

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    RobertPius
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    I think Sally Field gets a bad rap for Places in the Heart. I saw it at the TCM Festival this year and was really struck by what a good film it is. Her scene with John Malkovitch where he asks what she looks like was just beautiful. (and the film is a quietly profound statement against the KKK which is in film news nowadays.)

    That speech did her in but let’s face it she’s right. That is why people win and others don’t. They like them.

    Judy Davis is a complicated performance. In some ways she’s good but fans of the book criticize her since she doesn’t seem innocent enough for the character. I haven’t read the book but I think she is supposed to be kind of sheltered and Davis can’t help but read as sort of smart and sophisticated.

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    RobertPius
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    quote: 2. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (I will never ever understand this choice)

    There really wasn’t much alternative. Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe were brand new, Helen Mirren had just won. Meryl was great but the Julie part of that movie was so awful and irritating.

    Bullock was a likable presence for many years and had a big year and turned The Proposal into a surprise box office hit. I think in her speech she said something like did I earn this or just wear you down? So why not. Let the nice woman get a prize I guess many people thought.

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    JROCK1772
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    quote: 2. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (I will never ever understand this choice)

    There really wasn’t much alternative. Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe were brand new, Helen Mirren had just one. Meryl was great but the Julie part of that movie was so awful and irritating.

    Bullock was a likable presence for many years and had a big year and turned The Proposal into a surprise box office hit. I think in her speech she said something like did I earn this or just wear you down? So why not. Let the nice woman get a prize I guess many people thought.

    For Mulligan and Sidibe, both were star-making stars that set a standard amongst acting within their generation. I would whole-heartedly disagree with anyone who asserts that Bullock’s performance was anywhere near as captivating as either actress. Meryl and Helen were also both superior to Bullock, but I agree that her presence as a Hollywood hit-maker allowed her to claim the prize. 2009 was a VERY weak year for lead actress performances and Bullock’s victory was definitely a “why not?” kind of win.

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    O´Hara
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    I´ve only seen half of the winners so I may be wrong.

    Best:

    1.Vivien Leigh,Gone With The Wind
    2.Vivien Leigh,A Streetcar Named Desire
    3.Charlize Theron,Monster
    4.Meryl Streep,Sophie´s Choice
    5.Elizabeth Taylor,Who´s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
    6.Kathy Bates,Misery
    7.Natalie Portman,Black Swan
    8.Jessica Lange,Blue Sky
    9.Marion Cotillard,La Vie en Rose
    10.Frances McDormand,Three Billboards

    HM: Cate Blanchett,Blue Jasmine.Katharine Hepburn,Lion In Winter.Anne Bancroft,The Miracle Worker

    Worst:
    1.Diane Keaton,Annie Hall (I´m probably impartial in here cause I hate this film)
    2.Sandra Bullock,The Blind Side (I´d go with Gabourey)
    3.Helen Mirren,The Queen (Meryl)
    4.Bette Davis,Dangerous
    5.Audrey Hepburn,Roman Holiday
    6.Billie Holliday,Born Yesterday (Anne Baxter)
    7.Emma Stone,La La Land (Portman)
    8.Julia Roberts,Erin Brockovich (Ellen Burstyn)
    9.Liza Minelli,Cabaret
    10.Frances McDormand,Fargo

    Next:Gwyneth Paltrow,Jennifer Lawrence,Cher

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    Best

    1. Vivien Leigh, Gone With the Wind
    2. Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
    3. Katherine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter
    4. Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs
    5. Elizabeth Taylor, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolff?
    6. Emma Thompson, Howards End
    7. Holly Hunter, The Piano
    8. Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment
    9. Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
    10. Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker

    Honorable mention: Olivia DeHavilland, The Heiress, Patricia Neal, Hud, Julie Andrews, Mary Poppins, Maggie Smith, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Glenda Jackson, Women in Love, Faye Dunaway, Network, Sissy Spacek, Coal Miners Daughter, Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice, Susan Sarandon, Dead Man Walking, Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry, Charlize Theron, Monster, Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

    Worst

    1. Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love
    2. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    3. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line
    5. Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8
    6. Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia
    7. Sally Field, Places in the Heart (umm Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone?!?!)
    8. Jane Fonda, Coming Home (Mostly due to the insanely good competition she beat)
    9. Grace Kelly, The Country Girl (Judy 4 ever)
    10. Mary Pickford, Coquette

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    Best

    1. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice

    2. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

    3. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose

    4. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire

    5. Shirley MacLaine – Terms of Endearment

    6. Diane Keaton – Annie Hall

    7. Natalie Portman – Black Swan

    8. Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter

    9. Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs

    10. Holly Hunter – The Piano

     

    Worst

    1. Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare In Love (An amateurish mess. Literally a Disney princess)

    2. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook (soo overrated my god)

    3. Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball (a trashy mess)

    4. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (I love her but no)

    5. Reese Witherspoon – Walk The Line

    6. Emma Stone – La La Land

    7. Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets

    8. Kate Winslet – The Reader

    9. Cher – Moonstruck

    10. Brie Larson – Room

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    Elazul
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    Judy Davis is a complicated performance. In some ways she’s good but fans of the book criticize her since she doesn’t seem innocent enough for the character. I haven’t read the book but I think she is supposed to be kind of sheltered and Davis can’t help but read as sort of smart and sophisticated.

    Haven’t seen the movie yet but just finished reading the book yesterday and I was not picturing Judy Davis for the character at all. Wonder if there had been objections also because she’s Australian…

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    Ruby Sparks
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    Interesting. I’ve never really truly thought of any Best Actress-winning performance as bad, but perhaps not to my taste.

    Best: (alphabetical)

    Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
    Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday)
    Brie Larson (Room)
    Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire)
    Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
    Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)
    Meryl Streep (Sophie’s Choice)
    Emma Thompson (Howards End)

    I’m more inclined to list my least favorites, of which I only have 2:
    Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment)
    Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)

     

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    Lola Lovelace
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    Best

    1. Meryl Streep – Sophie’s Choice

    2. Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

    3. Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose

    4. Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire

    5. Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry

    6. Diane Keaton – Annie Hall

    7. Natalie Portman – Black Swan

    8. Katharine Hepburn – The Lion in Winter

    9. Jodie Foster – The Silence of the Lambs

    10. Holly Hunter – The Piano

    Worst

    1. Gwyneth Paltrow – Shakespeare In Love (Blanchett-Elizabeth)

    2. Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook (Riva-Amour)

    3. Halle Berry-Monster Ball (Spacek-Bedroom)

    4. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (Mulligan-An Education)

    5. Reese Witherspoon – Walk The Line (Huffman-Transamerica)

    6. Emma Stone – La La Land ( Huppert-Elle/Portman-Jackie/Adams-Arrival*why wasn’t she nominated??)

    7. Helen Hunt – As Good As It Gets (Dench-Mrs Brown)

    8. Kate Winslet – The Reader (Streep-Doubt)

    9. Cher – Moonstruck (Glenn- Fatal Attraction)

    10. Brie Larson – Room (Blanchett-Carol)

     

     

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    marcelo
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    Best:
    1- Streep, Sophie’s Choice
    2- Taylor, Virginia Woolf
    3- Leigh, ASMD
    4- Minelli, Cabaret
    5- Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    6- Cotillard, La vie en rose
    7- Hunter,The Piano
    8- Teron, Monster
    9- Booth, CBLS
    10- Bates, Líder y

    Worst
    1- Paltrow,SIL
    2- Bullock, TNS
    3- Berry, MB
    4- Lawrence,SLP
    5- Witherspoon, TEL
    6- Stone, La La Land
    7- Matlin, COALG
    8- Taylor, B 8
    9- Kelly,TCG
    10- Larson,Room

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    marcelo
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    Bates,Misery
    SORRY

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    Best

    01. Sissy Spacek, Coal Miner’s Daughter
    02. Sally Field, Norma Rae
    03. Olivia de Havilland, The Heiress
    04. Susan Hayward, I Want To Live
    05. Jodie Foster, The Accused
    06. Hilary Swank, Boys Don’t Cry
    07. Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter
    08. Jane Fonda, Coming Home
    09. Diane Keaton, Annie Hall
    10. Elizabeth Taylor, Virginia Woolf

    Worst

    01. Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
    02. Elizabeth Taylor, Butterfield 8
    03. Charlize Theron, Monster
    04. Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball
    05. Mary Pickford, Coquette
    06. Luise Rainer, The Great Ziegfeld
    07. Kate Winslet, The Reader
    08. Jennifer Lawrence,Silver Linings Playbook
    09. Brie Larson, Room
    10. Frances McDormand, Three Billboards

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    Here’s how I’d rank what I’ve seen

    ALL TIME GREAT!!!!
    Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry)
    Jodie (Foster (The Accused)
    Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)
    Kathy Bates (Misery)
    Charlize Theron (Monster)
    Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)
    Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight)
    Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
    Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
    Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind)
    Patricia Neal (Hud)
    Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire)
    Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
    Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God)
    Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful)

    PRETTY GOOD
    Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
    Cher (Moonstruck)
    Holly Hunter (The Piano)
    Frances McDormand (Fargo)
    Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball)
    Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy)
    Kate Winslet (The Reader)
    Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)
    Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets)
    Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)
    Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love)
    Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking)
    Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
    Faye Dunaway (Network)
    Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
    Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
    Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)

    NOT MY BAG, BUT I SEE HOW OTHERS WOULD LIKE THIS
    Jane Fonda (Klute)
    Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner)
    Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!)
    Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
    Joan Fontaine (Suspicion)
    Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, MO)
    Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond)

    I GUESS I DON’T LIKE MUSICALS
    Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
    Emma Stone (La La Land)

    IF I HAVE TO SIT THROUGH THAT SHIT AGAIN, I’LL KILL MYSELF
    Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8)
    Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment)
    Emma Thompson (Howard’s End)
    Jessica Lange (Blue Sky)

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    Judy Davis is a complicated performance. In some ways she’s good but fans of the book criticize her since she doesn’t seem innocent enough for the character. I haven’t read the book but I think she is supposed to be kind of sheltered and Davis can’t help but read as sort of smart and sophisticated.

    Haven’t seen the movie yet but just finished reading the book yesterday and I was not picturing Judy Davis for the character at all. Wonder if there had been objections also because she’s Australian…

    Davis was a surprise nominee. She didn’t get in at other awards like the Globes. It was supposedly out and out war between her and the director David Lean on the set so that hurt her reputation a bit since he was a highly esteemed director and she was a newcomer. The Australian thing may have hurt too as you say. I can’t really think of a British actress from the era who might have been better. Meg Tilly kind of comes to mind as someone who could play naive and innocent (Agnes of God) but she’s not British either.

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