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    A few evenings back, I was flipping through the channels and come upon one of my all-time favorite pictures on HBO – Woody Allen’s truly magical final film of the 1970s, “Manhattan.” While watching the picture, which has held up beautifully over the years, I kept thinking to myself, beyond affection for Gordon Willis’ incredible cinematography and Allen’s fantastic screenplay, just how wonderful Mariel Hemingway is in the film. It is such a sweet, subtle, lived-in and often downright heartbreaking turn and her presence can be felt throughout the film, even if she only has about 20-25 minutes of screen time.

    Then, of course, I got to thinking about other Woody-directed female performances I’ve adored over the years, some Oscar-nominated like the scene-stealing Maureen Stapleton and Judy Davis, and others sadly ignored by the Academy, like Gena Rowlands in “Another Woman” and Mia Farrow in “Alice.” I even thought of obscure, yet unforgettable women like Elaine Stritch in “September” and Anjelica Huston in “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The list goes on and on.

    What is your favorite of the Oscar-nominated/winning Woody-directed female turns?

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    “Don’t speak!”

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    Impossible choice.

    Another thing I love about Manhattan, is that in that may-december relationship, Mariel is far more mature than Woody. Self-deprecating.

    I loved his Match Point. The power of luck is a sensational thing.

    gach.

    Went with Annie Hall, but that was a coin toss.

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    There is no contest here. Blanchett. 

    Well I’m happy for you that this was such an easy choice Vince.

    I almost went with tennisfreak. And Blanchett.

    etc etc.

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    What about Geraldine Page for Interiors or Jennifer Tilly for Bullets Over Broadway? 

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    What about Geraldine Page for Interiors or Jennifer Tilly for Bullets Over Broadway? 

    Vote “other”! 🙂

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    [quote=”MrScreenAddict”]

    What about Geraldine Page for Interiors or Jennifer Tilly for Bullets Over Broadway? 

    Vote “other”! 🙂
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    Clearly haven’t had my coffee yet this morning. Tongue out 

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    “There’s only so many traumas a person can withstand before they take it to the streets and start screaming.” Quote of the decade.

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    This is between Blanchett and Davis for me with Keaton,Weist x2 and Cruz very close behind.

    I went for Cate in the end.

    I just cant with Woody Allen anymore. In fact I’ve hardly been able to for the last 25 years. He actually turns my stomach. I limit myself to Oscar nommed perfs only these days so thankfully I hardly ever have to see any of his increasingly terrible films.

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    Best CHARACTER: Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

    Best PERFORMANCE: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmin

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    Blanchett is clearly the most impressive and Keaton is probably the most iconic. Outside of those two Wiest is effortlessly charming in Hannah and Her Sisters, the best part of my favorite Woody Allen movie

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    It was basically a coin toss but I would pick Blanchett over Wiest for Bullets just because I thought Blue Jasmine was a better movie. 

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    I never unterstood the hype surrounding Hemingway’s performance. I think she was pretty terrible and seemed to be reading most of her lines, with little to no emotion whatsoever. As for the best female performance, I gotta go with Blanchett. It’s not just the best performance in an Allen movie, it’s also one of the best performances of all time IMO. Diane Keaton is also brilliant in Annie Hall, and truth be told, nobody could have brought what she brought to that iconic role.

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