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April 21, 2020 at 12:13 pm #1203439390
Hey Freeman – where are you watching the earlier episodes? Just on YouTube? I would love to go back and watch episodes of Another World. That was and still is my favorite soap of all time. I really wish Soapnet was still on the air. The would be a great time to start airing some of the classic soaps from the 70’s and 80’s.March 15, 2020 at 6:58 pm #1203382361
1985 was an embarrassment of riches in the Lead Actress category. Aside from the 5 nominated performances there was:
Cher in Mask
Norma Aleandro in The Official Story
Rosanna Arquette in Desperately Seeking Susan
Kim Basinger in Fool for Love
Mia Farrow in The Purple Rose of Cairo
Miranda Richardson in Dance with a Stranger
Kathleen Turner in Prizzi’s Honor
I’m probably missing a few other contenders. I remember People magazine having an article that featured all the amazing performances that should be considered. Of the nominees, I think they all would have made worthy winners. I am happy that Page finally got the Oscar and it was a really strong performance. I also loved Lange and Cher.
In 1982, I don’t think anyone else could have played Frances Farmer like Jessica Lange did. It was all emotion and nerves. Streep was excellent in a very technical performance. It should have been a tie.March 15, 2020 at 6:46 pm #1203382359
Cloris Leachman was devastating in that role. The epitome of a supporting performance that deserved to be awarded.February 19, 2020 at 8:21 pm #1203353089
Maybe its the writing, but Will and Sonny have been a snooze-fest for the past two years. Will has completely lost his spark. I agree, Chandler is a great actor – but give him a good story to play. I think both characters need a break from the screen.February 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm #1203352250
It looks like yesterday was Casey Moss’s last episode. At least if felt that his final scene was a farewell. I will miss him/JJ far more than Will and Sonny combined. Casey came on the show with such natural talent, I think he was overlook or people took his talent for granted. I was watching a few of his earlier episodes opposite Theresa, Daniel, even Eve. He always seemed so natural and brought a sensitivity to his scenes. In my opinion he should have at least two Emmys and 4 nominations for his work. He will be missed. Hopefully he will return sometime in the future. Like I said, this is a much greater loss than both Sonny and Will – who I feel like have been phoning in their performances for the past two years.November 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm #1203176311
Chandler Massey just tweeted that Days is not being cancelled. They are pausing production because they are so far ahead of schedule and it will save money.September 16, 2019 at 11:22 am #1203080509
I agree the show is a mess right now. It’s so disappointing. Robin Strasser was actually very good and felt very ‘Vivian’ in her scenes with Will and Sonny and particularly in her scenes with Sarah. I just think her first few weeks were all over the place and over the top, even for that character.
For me, a big problem is the character of Sarah. She just didn’t need to be added to the canvas. The writing is not helping her either. She comes across as unlikable and shrill most of the time. I could go without ever seeing another scene of her hyperventilating, darting her eyes or snapping at anyone. The one person that seems to truly care about her is Xander and she treats him horribly.
Another problem is Jack (and Eve). I was never a big fan of Jack, but this incarnation is just terrible. Why would anyone want Jack and Jennifer together?? There is no nuance in Matthew Ashford’s performance either. I use to really like Eve – even when she was sleeping with JJ, you could feel her regret, her pain. Her scenes after Paige died were amazing, but this version of Eve has no rooting value at all.
Sonny and Will are just boring now. Thank goodness Ted is gone. There are a few bright spots. Ben and Ciara – amazing chemistry. Ben is so good in every scene he is in. I love Gabi and Stefan. Kate always brings it. I love any scene with Julie. And even at 94, Doug brings more emotion and spark to his scenes than almost anyone on the show. Such charisma! John and Marlena are always welcome. (Drake has grown so much as an actor. I always think his best scenes are with Sami. They have such a connection. So much is said between them with just a look or a smile.) I wish they had kept Chloe.
The rest of the cast just seem to be floundering – Hope, Rafe, JJ, Victor, Adrienne, Justin.September 11, 2019 at 12:11 pm #1203069637
I have to agree. Everything is off about Strasser’s Vivian; her make-up, her clothing, her hair and her line delivery. Most can be blamed on the writing, but the performance is not right for Vivian.September 1, 2019 at 8:43 am #1203051901
There are quite a few names I would take off the list. Some of those listed are not great actresses. I would definitely add Ellen Wheeler (won Emmys for both AW and AMC), Anne Heche – iconic as Vicki/Marly on AW and Victoria Wyndham as Rachel on AW. She had the difficult task of replacing Robin Strasser but she make the character of Rachel her own. Her relationship with Mac and her feud with Iris (and the whole Alice/Steve triangle) made AW the gold standard in the late 70s.August 29, 2019 at 8:26 am #1203046071
I do remember Anna being more of a schemer back in the 80’s. Anna and Calliope were both used for comic relief, but Anna definitely had a dark side. I had totally forgotten about her working with EJ in the baby Sydney kidnapping! That was such a twist.
I would just love to know what she submitted to get nominated and win an Emmy against such industry vets like Herlie and Widdoes.August 27, 2019 at 1:29 pm #1203043257
Florence Foster Jenkins
Into The Woods
The Iron Lady
One True Thing
Music of the Heart
My favorite nominations:
The Deer Hunter
Kramer vs. Kramer
DoubtAugust 27, 2019 at 1:21 pm #1203043232
I agree, both Kathleen Widdoes and Eileen Herlie would have seemed like more obvious choices. Shrill is a good word for the character of Anna DiMera.June 12, 2019 at 11:28 am #1202934761
Lange was offered both Places in the Heart and The River, she chose to develop and produce a story about current day farmers. I love her performance in Country, but I often wonder how she would have done with Places in the Heart? Would she have won her 2nd Oscar so early?
I like Kathleen Turner more in Romancing the Stone than I do in her Oscar nominated turn in Peggy Sue Got Married. I never found her convincing in that role and the movie was a bore.April 24, 2019 at 12:36 pm #1202865133
I think the interesting question is, what would have happened if there was no Frances? Would she still have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress or would she possibly have been nominated for Best Actress for Tootsie like she was at the BAFTAS. It’s kind of a shame that her win and her performance for this film are always discussed in connection with her performance in Frances. I think it is a strong performance that stands on its own.
I think the best Lange performance is in Music Box followed by Men Don’t Leave and then Country.