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Who was the runner up to each Best Actress and Supporting Actress?

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  • Shadi
    Sep 2nd, 2013

    Some years, the winner has 1 runner up who posed the biggest threat to win. 

    Example: Meryl’s runner up in 2011 was Viola Davis as she snagged two televise awards – the SAG and Critics choice – and was definitely in 2nd place.

    Kate Hudson was most probably 2nd to Marcia Gay Harden because she was the frontrunner going into the Oscars although she had the GG under her bag only.

    So, in other years, and particularly in the past 25 years, who were the runners up and if you could explain why you think these people were in 2nd place please do. (unless its too obvious)  

    Jan 21st, 2015

    Best Actress
    2014 Rosamund Pike
    2013 Sandra Bullock
    2012 Jessica Chastain
    2011 Viola Davis
    2010 Jennifer Lawrence
    2009 Carey Mulligan
    2008 Meryl Streep
    2007 Julie Christie
    2006 Judi Dench 
    2005 Felicity Huffman
    2004 Imelda Staunton
    2003 Diane Keaton
    2002 Renee Zellwegar
    2001 Sissy Spacek
    2000 Ellen Burstyn
    1999 Anette Bening
    1998 Cate Blanchett
    1997 Judi Dench
    1996 Kristen Scott Thomas
    1995 Elizabeth Shue
    1994 Jodie Foster
    1993 Angela Bassett
    1992 Susan Sarandon
    1991 Susan Sarandon
    1990 Julia Roberts 

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    Nov 4th, 2013

    Since she has the most nominations of all time, it would
    make sense that MERYL STREEP  has finished in second
    place more than any other person.
    2008  DOUBT
    2002  ADAPTATION  right ahead of julianne moore
    1995  THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY right ahead of elizabeth shue
    1988  A CRY IN THE DARK right ahead of glenn close
    1985  OUT OF AFRICA right ahead of whoopi goldberg
    1981  THE FRENCH LIEUTENEANTS WOMAN right ahead of diane keaton

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    Jul 2nd, 2011

    Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress
    1939. Bette Davis, Dark Victory & Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind
    1940. Joan Fontaine, Rebecca & Judith Anderson, Rebecca
    1941. Olivia de Havilland, Hold Back the Dawn & Teresa Wright, The Little Foxes
    1942. Bette Davis, Now, Voyager & Agnes Moorehead, The Magnificent Ambersons 
    1943. Ingrid Bergman, For Whom the Bell Tolls & Anne Revere, The Song of Bernadette
    1944. Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity & Angela Lansbury, Gaslight
    1945. Ingrid Bergman, The Bells of St. Mary’s & Eve Arden, Mildred Pierce
    1946. Jane Wyman, The Yearling & Lillian Gish, Duel in the Sun
    1947. Rosalind Russell, Mourning Becomes Electra & Gloria Grahame, Crossfire
    1948. Olivia de Havilland, The Snake Pit & Jean Simmons, Hamlet
    1949. Deborah Kerr, Edward, My Son & Elsa Lanchester, Come to the Stable

    1950. Gloria Swanson, Sunset Blvd. & Celeste Holm, All About Eve
    1951. Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen & Lee Grant, The Detective Story
    1952. Susan Hayward, With a Song In My Heart & Jean Hagen, Singin’ in the Rain
    1953. Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity & Geraldine Page, Hondo
    1954. Judy Garland, A Star Is Born & Claire Trevor, The High and Mighty
    1955. Susan Hayward, I’ll Cry Tomorrow & Natalie Wood, Rebel without a Cause
    1956. Deborah Kerr, The King and I & Mildred Dunnock, Baby Doll
    1957. Anna Magnani, Wild Is the Wind & Elsa Lanchester, Witness for the Prosecution
    1958. Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame & Maureen Stapleton, Lonelyhearts
    1959. Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly, Last Summer & Thelma Ritter, Pillow Talk

    1960. Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment & Janet Leigh, Psycho
    1961. Natalie Wood, Splendor in the Grass & Fay Bainter, The Children’s Hour
    1962. Geraldine Page, Sweet Bird of Youth & Angela Lansbury, The Manchurian Candidate
    1963. Rachel Roberts, This Sporting Life & Edith Evans, Tom Jones 
    1964. Debbie Reynolds, The Unsinkable Molly Brown & Agnes Moorehead, Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
    1965. Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music & Ruth Gordon, Inside Daisy Clover
    1966. Anouk Aimee, A Man and a Woman & Wendy Hiller, A Man for All Seasons
    1967. Edith Evans, The Whisperers & Beah Richards, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    1968. [3rd] Vanessa Redgrave, Isadora & [2nd] Kay Medford, Funny Girl
    1969. Genevieve Bujold, Anne of Thousand Days & Dyan Cannon, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

    1970. Carrie Snodgress, Diary of a Mad Housewife & Sally Kellerman, MASH
    1971. Glenda Jackson, Sunday Bloody Sunday & Ann-Margaret, Carnal Knowledge
    1972. Maggie Smith, Travels with My Aunt & Shelley Winters, The Poseidon Adventure
    1973. Joanne Woodward, Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams & Sylvia Sidney, Summer…
    1974. Gena Rowlands, A Woman Under the Influence & Valentina Cortese, Day for Night
    1975. Isabelle Adjani, The Story of Adele H. & Lily Tomlin, Nashville
    1976. Liv Ullmann, Face to Face & Jane Alexander, All the President’s Men
    1977. Jane Fonda, Julia & Melinda Dillon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    1978. Jill Clayburgh, An Unmarried Woman & Meryl Streep, The Deer Hunter
    1979. Bette Midler, The Rose & Barbara Barrie, Breaking Away

    1980. Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People & Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin
    1981. Meryl Streep, The French Lieutenant’s Woman & Jane Fonda, On Golden Pond
    1982. Jessica Lange, Frances & Teri Garr, Tootsie
    1983. Meryl Streep, Silkwood & Cher, Silkwood
    1984. Jessica Lange, Country & Geraldine Page, The Pope of Greenwich Village
    1985. Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple & Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple
    1986. Kathleen Turner, Peggy Sue Got Married & Maggie Smith, A Room with a View
    1987. Holly Hunter, Broadcast News & Anne Archer, Fatal Attraction
    1988. Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons & Sigourney Weaver, The Working Girl
    1989. Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys & Dianne Wiest, Parenthood

    1990. Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman & Diane Ladd, Wild at Heart
    1991. Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise & Jessica Tandy, Fried Green Tomatoes
    1992. Susan Sarandon, Lorenzo’s Oil & Judy Davis, Husbands and Wives
    1993. Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got to Do with It & Rosie Perez, Fearless
    1994. Winona Ryder, Little Women & Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction
    1995. Sharon Stone, Casino & Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility
    1996. Brenda Blethyn, Secrets & Lies & Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces
    1997. Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown & Gloria Stuart, Titanic
    1998. Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth & Lynn Redgrave, Gods and Monsters
    1999. Annette Bening, American Beauty & Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry

    2000. Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream & Julie Walters, Billy Elliott
    2001. Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! & Helen Mirren, Gosford Park
    2002. Renee Zellweger, Chicago & Meryl Streep, Adaptation.
    2003. Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give & Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog
    2004. Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake & Natalie Portman, Closer
    2005. Felicity Huffman, Transamerica & Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
    2006. Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal & Adriana Barrazza, Babel
    2007. Julie Christie, Away From Her & Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
    2008. Meryl Streep, Doubt & Viola Davis, Doubt
    2009. Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia & Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

    2010. Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right & Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
    2011. Viola Davis, The Help & Jessica Chastain, The Help
    2012. Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty & Sally Field, Lincoln
    2013. Amy Adams, American Hustle & Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
    2014. Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl & Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

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    Dec 14th, 2013

    2014. Mation Cotillard
    2013. Judi Dench
    2012. Jessica Chastain
    2011. Viola Davis
    2010. Annette Bening
    2009. Meryl Streep
    2008. Meryl Streep
    2007. Julie Christie
    2006. Judi Dench
    2005. Felicity Huffman
    2004. Imelda Staunton
    2003. maybe Naomi Watts
    2002. Julianne Moore
    2001. Cissy Spacek
    2000. Ellen Burstyn

    2014. Emma Stone
    2013. Sally Hawkins
    2012. Sally Field
    2011. Janet McTeer
    2010. Kacki Weaver
    2009. Vera Farmiga
    2008. Viola Davis
    2007. very tight but Ruby Dee
    2006. Cate Blanchett
    2005. Amy Adams
    2004. Natalie Portman
    2003. absolutely no idea
    2002. Julianne Moore
    2001. Maggie Smith
    2000. Kate Hudson 

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    Jun 5th, 2011

    Easier to explain with hindsight, and I have weaker memories for earlier years, but here are my guesses for the last 25 years–

    2014: Reese Witherspoon (even though many say Rosamund Pike, I think Witherspoon had more mass appeal) and Emma Stone (especially since she was in the year’s Best Picture winner)
    2013: Sandra Bullock (even though many say Amy Adams, I think Bullock had more mass appeal) and Jennifer Lawrence (Globe and BAFTA)
    2012: Jessica Chastain (BFCA and Globe) and Sally Field (mass appeal in a well-received movie)
    2011: Viola Davis (BFCA and SAG) and Berenice Bejo (especially since she was in the year’s Best Picture winner)
    2010: Annette Bening (Globe) and Helena Bonham Carter (BAFTA, and in the year’s Best Picture winner)
    2009: Meryl Streep (BFCA and Globe) and Anna Kendrick (breakthrough performance in a well-received movie)
    2008: Meryl Streep (BFCA and SAG) and Viola Davis
    2007: Julie Christie (BFCA, Globe and SAG) and Ruby Dee (SAG, and mass appeal)
    2006: Meryl Streep (Globe) and Abigail Breslin (breakthrough performance in a well-received Best Picture nominee)
    2005: Felicity Huffman (Globe) and Michelle Williams (BFCA and breakthrough performance in a well-received Best Picture nominee)
    2004: Annette Bening (Globe) and Natalie Portman (Globe)
    2003: Diane Keaton (Globe) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (breakthrough performance and critically well-received)
    2002: Renee Zellweger (Globe and SAG and in the year’s Best Picture winner, even though I think Julianne Moore deserved it more) and Meryl Streep (Globe)
    2001: Sissy Spacek (AFI, BFCA, and Globe) and Helen Mirren (SAG)
    2000: Ellen Burstyn (critically well-received) and Kate Hudson (Globe and breakthrough performance in a well-received movie)
    1999: Annette Bening (SAG and in the year’s Best Picture winner) and Toni Collette (in a Best Picture nominee)
    1998: Cate Blanchett (BFCA and Globe) and Lynn Redgrave (Globe and critically well-received)
    1997: Judi Dench (Globe) and Gloria Stuart (SAG, mass appeal, and in the year’s Best Picture winner)
    1996: Brenda Blethyn (Globe) and Lauren Bacall (Globe and SAG)
    1995: Elisabeth Shue (despite Stone’s lone win at the Globes, Shue had so many critics’ awards and was the other half to Cage’s winning performance) and Kate Winslet (SAG and breakthrough performance in a well-received Best Picture nominee)
    1994: Jodie Foster (SAG) and Uma Thurman (breakthrough performance in a well-received Best Picture nominee)
    1993: Angela Bassett (Globe) and Winona Ryder (Globe)
    1992: Susan Sarandon and and Judy Davis
    1991: Geena Davis and Kate Nelligan
    1990: Anjelica Huston and Mary McDonnell

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    Jan 1st, 1970

    I personally love to think Meryl was runner up for Devil Wears Prada. I wish she won her third Oscar for that film.

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    Sep 15th, 2011

    Best Actress

    1980 Mary Tyler Moore

    1981 Meryl Streep

    1982 Jessica Lange

    1983 Debra Winger

    1984 Judy Davis

    1985 Whoopi Goldberg

    1986 Sigourney Weaver

    1987 Glenn Close

    1988 Glenn Close

    1989 Michelle Pfeiffer

    1990 Anjelica Huston

    1991 Susan Sarandon

    1992 Catherine Deneuve

    1993 Angela Bassett

    1994 Jodie Foster

    1995 Elisabeth Shue

    1996 Kristin Scott Thomas

    1997 Judi Dench

    1998 Cate Blanchett

    1999 Annette Bening

    2000 Ellen Burstyn
    2001 Sissy Spacek

    2002 Renée Zellweger

    2003 Naomi Watts

    2004 Annette Bening

    2005 Felicity Huffman

    2006 Judi Dench

    2007 Julie Christie

    2008 Meryl Streep

    2009 Meryl Streep

    2010 Annette Bening

    2011 Viola Davis

    2012 Emmanuelle Riva

    2013 Sandra Bullock

    2014 Rosamund Pike 

    Best Suppporting Actress

    1980 Cathy Moriarty
    1981 Jane Fonda

    1982 Kim Stanley

    1983 Glenn Close

    1984 Geraldine Page

    1985 Oprah Winfrey

    1986 Piper Laurie

    1987 Anne Archer

    1988 Sigourney Weaver

    1989 Julia Roberts
    1990 Lorraine Bracco

    1991 Juliette Lewis

    1992 Judy Davis

    1993 Rosie Perez

    1994 Uma Thurman

    1995 Kate Winslet

    1996 Lauren Bacall

    1997 Gloria Stuart

    1998 Kathy Bates

    1999 Chloë Sevigny

    2000 Kate Hudson

    2001 Helen Mirren

    2002 Meryl Streep
    2003 Shohreh Aghdashloo

    2004 Virginia Madsen

    2005 Amy Adams

    2006 Cate Blanchett

    2007 Ruby Dee

    2008 Viola Davis

    2009 Anna Kendrick

    2010 Amy Adams

    2011 Bérénice Bejo

    2012 Sally Field

    2013 Jennifer Lawrence

    2014 Emma Stone

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    Nov 22nd, 2012

    Supporting Actress
    1960 Glynis Johns
    1961 Fay Bainter
    1962 Angela Lansbury
    1963 Lilia Skala
    1964 Agnes Moorehead
    1965 Ruth Gordon
    1966 Wendy Hiller
    1967 Beah Richards
    1968 Sondra Locke
    1969 Dyan Cannon
    1970 Sally Kellerman
    1971 Ann-Margaret
    1972 Shelley Winters
    1973 Sylvia Sydney
    1974 Valentina Cortese
    1975 Lily Tomlin
    1976 Piper Laurie
    1977 Melinda Dillon
    1978 Maureen Stapleton
    1979 Candace Bergen
    1980 Eva LeGalline
    1981 Joan Hackett
    1982 Glenn Close
    1983 Cher
    1984 Geraldine Page
    1985 Meg Tilly
    1986 Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
    1987 Anne Ramsey
    1988 Sigourney Weaver
    1989 Angelica Huston
    1990 Annette Bening 
    1991 Kate Nelligan
    1992 Judy Davis
    1993 Winona Ryder
    1994 Uma Thurman
    1995 Joan Allen
    1996 Lauren Bacall
    1997 Gloria Stuart
    1998 Lynn Redgrave
    1999 Catherine Keener
    2000 Kate Hudson
    2001 Helen Mirren
    2002 Meryl Streep
    2003 Shohreh Agdashloo
    2004 Virginia Madsen
    2005 Michelle Williams
    2006 Abigal Breslin
    2007 Cate Blanchett
    2008 Viola Davis
    2009 Vera Farmiga
    2010 Amy Adams
    2011 Melissa McCarthy 
    2012 Sally Field
    2013 Jennifer Lawrence
    2014 Emma Stone

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    Jalal Haddad
    Jul 14th, 2011

    I think Meryl Streep was probably in second place for her three leading roles leading up to her win ( The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, and Julie & Julia). 

    Viola Davis came in second first to Penelope Cruz and then to Meryl Streep.

     2005 – Felicity Huffman was in second place for Transparent.

    2006/2007 – Cate Blanchett probably came in second for her supporting performances in Notes on a Scandal and I’m Not There.

    2000 – I bet Julie Walters ended up in second for Billy Elliot. That film was beloved and she is a respected British actress.

    There was no second place against Monique and Charlize Theron. The other nominees probably received the same fraction of pity votes.

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    Nov 22nd, 2012

    1960 Shirley MacLaine
    1961 Piper Laurie
    1962 Bette Davis
    1963 Leslie Caron
    1964 Kim Stanley
    1965 Julie Andrews
    1966 Lynn Redgrave
    1967 Edith Evans
    1968  Joanne Woodward
    1969 Jane Fonda
    1970 Carrie Snodgress
    1971 Vanessa Redgrave
    1972 Diana Ross
    1973 Ellen Burstyn
    1974 Gena Rowlands
    1975 Ann-Margaret
    1976 Liv Ullman
    1977 Shirley MacLaine
    1978 Jill Clayburg
    1979 Bette Midler
    1980 Mary Tyler Moore
    1981 Meryl Streep
    1982 Jessica Lange
    1983 Debra Winger
    1984 Jessica Lange
    1985 Whoopi Goldberg
    1986 Kathleen Turner
    1987 Glenn Close
    1988 Glenn Close
    1989 Michelle Pfeiffer
    1990 Angelica Huston
    1991 Susan Sarandon
    1992 Susan Sarandon
    1993 Angela Bassett
    1994 Miranda Richardson
    1995 Elizabeth Shue 
    1996 Brenda Blethyn
    1997 Judi Dench
    1998 Cate Blanchett
    1999 Annette Bening
    2000 Ellen Burstyn
    2001 Nicole Kidman
    2002 Renee Zellweger
    2003 Diane Keaton
    2004 Annette Bening
    2005 Felicity Huffman
    2006 Kate Winslet
    2007 Julie Christie
    2008 Meryl Streep
    2009 Meryl Streep
    2010 Annette Bening
    2011 Viola Davis 
    2012 Jessica Chastain
    2013 Amy Adams
    2014 Felicity Jones  

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    Jason Travis
    May 20th, 2011

    I love threads like these! I’ll try not to be too biased- but we all know how THAT goes lol! Off the top of my head so not all years will be present. Some commentary will follow:

    1935: Katharine Hepburn, Alice Adams (I believe this was official)

    1937: Greta Garbo, Camille (Luise Rainer’s awful win for The Good Earth still stings; this is Garbo’s finest hour)

    1939: Bette Davis, Dark Victory (No one was beating Leigh in Gone with the Wind, but Davis puts in an incredible performance here as a woman learning to cope with death when she discovers she has a brain tumor)

    1940: Katharine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story (Hepburn’s loss to Ginger Rogers was mainly attributed to political issues she was involved in, and her ‘box-office’ poision image wasn’t quite gone yet)

    1942: Bette Davis, Now Voyager

    1950: Bette Davis, All About Eve (Swanson and Baxter took voters from her, allowing the still brilliant Judy Holliday to prevail)

    1951: Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen (A performance many rank as one of Hepburn’s greatest roles. If only it wasn’t for Vivien Leigh in Streetcar in the same year; Shelley Winters was also amazing in A Place in the Sun)

    1954: Judy Garland, A Star Is Born (Still one of the top 3 worst Oscar tragedies ever- and to the vanilla Grace Kelly of all performances in The Country Girl????)

    1956: Deborah Kerr, The King and I

    1958: Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

    1959: Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly Last Summer (she was on a hot streak now, with two performances back to back that I think were easily second place)

    1960: Shirley MacLaine, The Apartment

    1961: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the performance she should have won for instead of the silly Roman Holiday)

    1962: Bette Davis, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Davis should have walked away with this, sorry Anne Bancroft)

    1965: Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music (who else?)

    1967: Faye Dunaway, Bonnie and Clyde

    1969: Jane Fonda, They Shoot Horses Don’t They?

    1972: Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues

    1980: Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People (still remains one of my favorite female performances of all time)

    1981: Meryl Streep, The French Lieutenant’s Woman

    1982: Jessica Lange, Frances

    1983: Debra Winger, Terms of Endearment (I would have voted for her by a hair over MacLaine)

    1985: Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple

    1987: Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

    1988: Sigourney Weaver, Gorillas in the Mist (I think Close wasn’t as near as we suspect; Weaver’s Globe win made me think this. I think Streep was brilliant but A Cry in the Dark was not a popular movie; I think Melanie Griffith was too light)

    1989: Michelle Pfeiffer, The Fabulous Baker Boys (One of the most obvious second place holders I think; Pfeiffer swept EVERYTHING)

    1990: Anjelica Huston, The Grifters (though don’t be surprised – Golden Globe winner Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman had a lot more votes then we suspect, I think)

    1991: Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise (My vote would have gone to Sarandon; but I think personally Davis’s performance was more popular at the time. It even managed an MTV Nomination for Best Female Performance; Jodie Foster in Silence was good but not worthy over either of these women)

    1992: Susan Sarandon, Lorenzo’s Oil (such a weak lineup; missing is Sharon Stone’s star-making role in the controversial hit Basic Instinct; and Geena Davis’s sentimental and perfectly humble work in A League of Their Own)

    1993: Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got to Do with It (if this had been released in 1994, Bassett would have taken it – and deservedly so)

    1994: Jodie Foster, Nell (though I personally would have gone with Winona Ryder’s effortless work in Little Women, this weak lineup – not one best picture nominee- seems foiled for one to ponder. Was Susan Sarandon (The Client) second place because she was due? Or was SAG winner Foster the favorite? I think Jessica Lange- who won the Drama Globe- was far ahead of the competition.

    1995: Sharon Stone, Casino (I might get a lot of “WTF” for this but I’m going by who I think had the second place position. I don’t think Streep (Bridges) or Thompson (Sense) had that many even though their roles are some of their best. I think critical darling Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas) was strongly competitive. But I have a hunch that the Drama Globe win by Sharon Stone indicated she was popular and let’s face it- her role has plenty of money scenes. I think the rightful winner, Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking, prevailed easily. – My personal pick that year was non-nominated Nicole Kidman in To Die For.

    1996: Brenda Blythen, Secrets & Lies

    1997: Judi Dench, Mrs. Brown (luminous as always)

    1998: Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth (still one of the major eye-sores we must deal with on a daily basis).

    1999: Annette Bening, American Beauty (though I think she was getting so many votes because she was pregnant with Warren Beatty’s baby, in a popular Best Picture winner, and the SAG was just a lot of noise. My personal second place of the nominees was easily Julianne Moore in The End of the Affair)

    2000: Joan Allen, The Contender (The Burstyn fans will whine, but back in 2000 Requiem for a Dream was not that hot – both in theaters or for critics, many deeming Burstyn a mess of a performance in “a fright wig”). Allen was actually the earlier favorite and probably easily had second place status next to champion Julia Roberts.

    2001: Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge! (Many debate whether it was Kidman or Sissy Spacek. Despite Spacek’s Drama Globe and critic awards, the performance still reigns too subtle to be the classic ‘best actress’ win; Kidman’s performance is louder, flashier and she was way more popular. Her win for The Hours the following year further indicates she was still gaining sympathy votes for people crying that Tom Cruise dropped her)

    2002: Renee Zellweger, Chicago (in terms of the critical masses, it would be Julianne Moore in Far from Heaven. But the popularity and best picture buzz for the musical put Zellweger on top- and that surprise SAG win sealed the deal that she was ThisClose to beating Kidman.

    2003: Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give

    2004: Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    2005: Felicity Huffman, Transamerica

    2006: Meryl Streep, The Devil wears Prada

    2007: Julie Christie, Away from Her

    2008: Meryl Streep, Doubt (Seriously, I think the SAG win showed this was close)

    2009: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia (still stings she lost to…that woman)

    2010: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right (Bening’s best performance)

    2011: Viola Davis, The Help

    2012: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

    2013: Sandra Bullock, Gravity

    2014: Marion Cotillard, Two Days One Night (yep, sure do think so)

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    Oct 4th, 2011

    Only have the energy to do 1936-1960 for now.


    1936: Carole Lombard. Official record.

    Alice Brady. A major scene-stealr, probably the closest “My
    Man Godfrey” got to winning an acting Oscar, and her loss certainly fueled her
    win the following year for “In Old Chicago.”

    1937: Greta Garbo. Had Garbo not been so unwilling to do
    publicity/play the game, MGM likely would have thrown the resources it
    eventually put into drumming up Luise Rainer in “The Good Earth” behind Garbo
    for “Camille.” (Part of MGM’s Rainer build-up also had to do with the fact that
    “The Good Earth” had such a big budget, and the theory was that any major Oscar
    win for “Earth” would drive up the film’s box office receipts.)

    May Whitty. One of the most respected thespians of her era.

    1938: Norma Shearer. “Marie Antoinette” as a movie didn’t
    live up to the colossal expectations engendered by the production and publicity
    legends that swirled around it, but it was universally heralded as the
    performance of Shearer’s career, and there was industry-wide awareness that it
    was a project that Shearer’s late husband Irving Thalberg had shepherded along
    for her until his death. Between the critical acclaim and the sentimental
    value, Shearer probably lost by a slimmer margin than most would expect.

    Miliza Korjus. MGM promoted her to within an inch of her
    life at the time of “The Great Waltz.”

    1939: Bette Davis. She WAS her movie, and it was one of her
    biggest box office hits. Much was made at the time that Garson should have been
    put in Best Supporting Actress, Garbo’s performance was seen as much (if not
    more) for its novelty than for its real merit, and Dunne never quite caught
    enough fire to be a real threat for the win.

    Olivia de Havilland. A game-changing role in the year’s
    biggest hit.

    1940: Joan Fontaine. The Academy clearly found a lot to like
    about “The Letter,” but not enough to give it any wins. Hepburn’s nomination
    was little more than a quiet olive branch from the industry to welcome her back
    into the fold. Scott’s nomination was the VERY lucky result of a LOT of hype
    and pushing for her film.

    Judith Anderson. She already had a reputation as one of the
    great stars of the stage ala Helen Hayes, and here, she made an indelible
    impression on film.

    1941: Greer Garson. Her star was rapidly on the ascendant
    and hot off the success of “Pride and Prejudice” the year before, Garson was
    already seen as an Oscar waiting to happen. “Blossoms in the Dust” was also a
    very profitable and critically acclaimed hit (and Best Picture nominee). Davis
    was hurt by the industry-known friction between her and director Wyler on the
    set of “The Little Foxes,” Stanwyck was in a comedy up against four heavy-ish
    dramas, and the de Havilland sisters could have easily canceled each other out.

    Sara Allgood. “How Green Was My Valley” was very popular
    with the Academy, and Allgood could have easily won in a tandem win with her
    onscreen spouse Donald Crisp.

    1942: Bette Davis. “Now, Voyager” was a tremendous
    money-maker for Warner Bros., and it was Davis’s fifth consecutive nomination
    in as many years. Russell’s nomination was an apology for missing out on “The
    Women” and “His Girl Friday,” Wright got swept up in a “Pride of the Yankees”
    tidal wave, and Hepburn was seen as solid filler.

    Dame May Whitty. “Mrs. Miniver” was a juggernaut. Nobody
    would touch “The Magnificent Ambersons” with a 10-foot pole at the time.

    1943: Greer Garson. MGM publicized “Madame Curie” like there
    was no tomorrow, and Garson was right at the crest of reigning as one of the
    great queens of the industry.

    Paulette Goddard. She had had a particularly good run from
    1939-1943, and had a baity role in a timely film.

    1944: Barbara Stanwyck, with Claudette Colbert nipping at
    her heels. “Since You Went Away” was seen (rightly so) as an Americanized
    answer to “Mrs. Miniver,” David O. Selznick promoted it for all he was worth,
    and frankly, “Away” was a much, much more Academy-friendly picture than
    Stanwyck’s vehicle.

    Agnes Moorehead. “Mrs. Parkington” was MGM’s fifth-biggest
    moneymaker that year, and Moorehead had a very juicy part in the film.

    1945: Ingrid Bergman. It really cannot be overstated how
    incredibly popular “Bells” and its prequel, “Going My Way” were upon their
    respective releases.

    Ann Blyth. The smart money was definitely on Blyth at the
    time, and several newspapers even erroneously printed her as the winner in
    early morning post-Oscar editions (rather than the real winner, Anne Revere).

    1946: Rosalind Russell. Russell fought for six years to get
    the picture made (“Sister Kenny” was for her what “Frida” was for Salma Hayek),
    and it was quite a valedictory for her when the film was released (and copped
    Russell her first Golden Globe, in the bargain).

    Lillian Gish. “Duel” was one of the year’s most talked-about
    pictures, and those critics who didn’t care for it still appreciated her
    contribution to it.

    1947: Rosalind Russell. She and Redgrave were critically
    acclaimed in “Electra,” although the industry commiserated more than heralded
    them for shouldering such a white elephant of a vehicle. The legend of Russell
    “leading” Loretta Young’s standing ovation speaks for itself.

    Anne Revere. Her final monologue in “Agreement” was
    remembered after the fact by many, many people at the time.

    1948: Olivia de Havilland. De Havilland won critical
    hosannas in one of the year’s most-talked about movies (and the fourth-highest
    grosser of 1948). She probably lost by thatmuch.

    Jean Simmons. She was an arcing meteor of the time, and
    could have ridden a “Hamlet” wave in a famous role.

    1949: Jeanne Crain. “Pinky” was a major talking point in the
    industry that year, and much was made of the difficulty in casting the lead.
    Crain had the biggest high of her professional career in 1949, and she was also
    a key player in one of the year’s more mainstream and most popular films, “A
    Letter to Three Wives.”

    Ethel Barrymore. Acting royalty, and after “None But the
    Lonely Heart,” the Academy was ever-ready to buss her cheek.

    1950: Gloria Swanson. Before Garland in “A Star is Born,”
    Swanson in “Sunset” was the Comeback Kid of all time. As much as people don’t
    want to believe it these days, Baxter’s nomination really did hurt Davis more
    than contemporary rumor has it.

    Celeste Holm. If there hadn’t been such an apples vs.
    oranges proposition with Josephine Hull in the mix, Holm probably would have
    taken this in a cakewalk: a very sympathetic role with plenty of screentime in
    one of the year’s most acclaimed films (and the eventual Best Picture winner)?
    Most of the time, that recipe would equal Oscar in a slam-dunk.

    1951: Katharine Hepburn, with Jane Wyman nipping at her
    heels. More was made of the difficulties Bogart and Hepburn went through
    filming “The African Queen” on location than was made of their actual
    performances, whereas Wyman got a lot of acclaim for bolstering the otherwise
    forgettable “Blue Veil.”

    Thelma Ritter. If not for the “Streetcar” tidal wave, Ritter
    probably would have been a virtual lock in what came perilously close to a
    leading performance.

    1952: Bette Davis, with Susan Hayward nipping at her heels.
    She wasn’t shy about letting Hollywood know she was gunning for Oscar Number
    Three, and while “The Star” was decidedly a watered-down version of “All About
    Eve” (with shades of her earlier Oscar-winning role in “Dangerous”), Davis came
    out with guns a-blazing. Meanwhile, Susan Hayward was clearly desperate to
    break into the club.

    Thelma Ritter. Jean Hagen was truly lucky to be nominated,
    for all the attention the Academy paid to “Singin’ in the Rain.” Moore was too
    young, Marchand was a novelty.

    1953: Deborah Kerr. With a little more screentime, she might
    have managed to ride the “Eternity” tidal wave. She certainly made an impact by
    changing her onscreen persona so dramatically from what audiences were
    accustomed to seeing her do.

    Thelma Ritter. This was nothing more than a “Welcome to the
    Club” nomination for Kelly, and Page and Rambeau were lucky to be nominated.
    Probably one of the best shots Ritter ever had at the win.

    1954: Judy Garland. The sentimental favorite that year, no
    question, in her make-it-or-break-it comeback. All of the other women,
    including Dorothy Dandridge, had no prayer.

    Jan Sterling, with Claire Trevor nipping at her heels. The
    two women were pretty much deadlocked, but Foch and Jurado never had a prayer.

    1955: Susan Hayward. By now, the desperation was palpable,
    and she wasn’t shy about showing it. That being said, “Summertime” really
    issued in the flowering of the autumnal Hepburn, and the film led to something
    of a rediscovery of her among the cognoscenti. It was probably the very tip of
    the beginning from her passage to reliable industry worker bee to what became
    her living legend status in the 1960s.

    Natalie Wood. Both she and “Rebel” co-star Sal Mineo were
    highly touted in the trades, and she was a well-liked industry veteran who was
    applauded for going after such a “dangerous” role in a “dangerous” vehicle.

    1956: Deborah Kerr. Probably the closest the six-time
    nominee ever came to the gold. “The King and I” was a colossal smash, and Kerr
    reaped a Golden Globe win and several critical awards before the Oscars.

    Mildred Dunnock. The “Baby Doll” actors were seen as very
    brave at the time for tackling this material. Heckart all but disowned her
    vehicle, McCormack was a novelty, and McCambridge never got enough steam.

    1957: Lana Turner. Although Woodward was the runaway
    favorite, and there was decidedly a cloud of “Who would have believed she’d
    have ever gotten the nomination?” surrounding Turner’s nomination for sure,
    “Peyton Place” was THE most talked-about film of the year, and Turner had the
    makings of a great Cinderella story if she had managed to eke out the win.

    Hope Lange. She was seen as having the better chance between
    the two “Peyton Place” women.

    1958: Rosalind Russell. All the other women might as well
    have stayed at home. Both Russell and Hayward had swung and missed plenty of
    times, and “Auntie Mame” was Warner Bros.’s biggest moneymaker for 1958
    (according to some accounts, it even saved the studio from bankruptcy). But
    “Auntie Mame” was also a comedy, and Russell’s already-legendary stage performance
    in a sometimes broad/sometimes sophisticated farce was still a tough sell
    against Hayward’s ultra-dramatic Death Row inmate.

    Peggy Cass, with Martha Hyer nipping at her heels. These
    were the most widely-seen films among the nominees in this lineup (if not
    necessarily the most critically acclaimed.)

    1959: Audrey Hepburn, with Elizabeth Taylor nipping at her
    heels. Both women were the main focal points of their films (the laudatory
    critical estimations of Katharine Hepburn were muted compared to the laurels
    foisted upon Taylor at the time), and the Academy was also besotted with
    Audrey’s vehicle.

    Susan Kohnor. For five minutes after “Imitation” came out,
    she was a major “It” girl, and there was an expectation that she would be
    hanging around much longer than she ultimately did.

    1960: Greer Garson. Many expected “Sunrise at Campobello” to
    do better with the Academy than it did, and it was something of a comeback
    vehicle for Garson, in a role that marked (for her) an unusually strong bent
    toward character acting. There were some definite raised eyebrows that Ralph
    Bellamy failed to get nominated for his Tony-winning work as FDR, so Garson
    also got the heft of being the sole thespian flagbearer for the “Campobello”
    team. There was also a feeling that Shirley MacLaine would be around for a
    while. Kerr never caught fire, and Mercouri never had a chance.

    Janet Leigh. Some saw the “Supporting” nomination as
    slumming for an actor of her (then) stature, but she was lauded for being brave
    enough to do the film at all.

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    Aug 21st, 2015

    Since 1995:

    Lead – Elisabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas (unsure about that one)
    Supporting – Kate Winslet, Sense and Sensibility (Allen might be possible, too)

    Lead – Brenda Blethyn, Secrets and Lies
    Supporting – Lauren Bacall, The Mirror Has Two Faces

    Lead – Judi Dench, Mrs Brown
    Supporting – Gloria Stuart, Titanic (meh)

    Lead – Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
    Supporting – Lynn Redgrave, Gods and Monsters (unsure)

    Lead – Annette Bening, American Beauty
    Supporting – Chloe Sevigny, Boys Don’t Cry

    Lead – Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream
    Supporting – Kate Hudson, Almost Famous

    Lead – Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom (Kidman might be possible too, but she wasn’t nominated for SAG, although maybe voting split because of The Others might have hurt her chances there, so I’m unsure here)
    Supporting – Helen Mirren, Gosford Park

    Lead – Renée Zellweger, Chicago (should be Moore, but Zellweger won SAG, so…)
    Supporting – Meryl Streep, Adaptation.

    Lead – Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give
    Supporting – Patricia Clarkson, Pieces of April (actually, I have no idea here)

    Lead – Annette Bening, Being Julia (although it should be staunton here)
    Supporting – Virginia Madsen, Sideways (could very well be Portman, too)

    Lead – Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
    Supporting – Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain (or Adams?)

    Lead – Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
    Supporting – No idea.

    Lead – Julie Christie, Away from Her
    Supporting – Ruby Dee, American Gangster (meh, the other 3 were much better)

    Lead – Meryl Streep, Doubt
    Supporting – Viola Davis, Doubt

    Lead – Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
    Supporting – Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air

    Lead – Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
    Supporting – Helena Bonham-Carter, The King’s Speech

    Lead – Viola Davis, The Help
    Supporting – Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

    Lead – Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
    Supporting – Amy Adams, The Master (could very well be Hunt or Field, but no matter who, Hathaway won this by a landslide

    Lead – Sandra Bullock, Gravity (unsure again, because here I imagine another landslide victory)
    Supporting – Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

    Lead – Reese Witherspoon, Wild (I suppose Moore also had a landslide victory so it’s difficult to say. Witherspoon carried most of the movie on her shoulders and that impresses voters. Gone Girl wasn’t beloved so I don’t expect many votes for Pike, voters probably forgot about Jones because they were so in love with Redmayne. Maybe there was some love for Cotillard in the end and she ended up 2nd.)
    Supporting – Emma Stone, Birdman

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    Nov 22nd, 2012

    I’ve always thought that had Helen Mirren been out of the picture in 2006 Kate Winslet would have won. The film wasn’t that popular BUT Dench and Streep were past winners and Winslet was on her 5th nomination without a win. I think they would have given it to her based on her previous loses. 

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