Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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Belle
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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laffite wrote: January 15th, 2023, 3:54 pm 1936

Ruth Chatterton, Walter Huston, and Mary Astor (all three for that year)
"Dodsworth". Stunning film. Absolutely.

I must say I love all your choices. Obviously you are a discerning film-lover!!
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Swithin
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Re: Your Favorite Performances from 1930 to the present

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skimpole wrote: June 12th, 2023, 2:28 am Let's look at 1959. Here are the Academy's Choices

ACTOR

Laurence Harvey – Room at the Top
Charleton Heston -Ben-Hur
Jack Lemmon – Some Like It Hot
Paul Muni – The Last Angry Man
James Stewart – Anatomy of a Murder

ACTRESS

Doris Day – Pillow Talk
Audrey Hepburn – The Nun’s Story
Katharine Hepburn – Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret-Room at the Top
Elizabeth Taylor – Suddenly, Last Summer

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Hugh Griffith - Ben-Hur
Arthur O’Connell – Anatomy of a Murder
George C. Scott – Anatomy of a Murder
Robert Vaughn – The Young Philadelphians
Ed Wynn – The Diary of Anne Frank

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Hermione Baddeley – Room at the Top
Susan Kohner – Imitation of Life
Juanita Moore – Imitation of Life
Thelma Ritter – Pillow Talk
Shelley Winters - The Diary of Anne Frank

And here are my nominees:

ACTOR

Cary Grant, North by Northwest
James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder
Jack Lemmon, Some Like it Hot
Soumitra Chatterjee, The World of Apu
Jean-Pierre Leaud, The 400 Blows

ACTRESS

Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot
Emanuelle Riva, Hiroshima Mon Amour
Eva Marie Saint, North by Northwest
Marpessa Dawn, Black Orpheus
Lana Turner, Imitation of Life

SUPPORTING ACTOR

James Mason, North by Northwest
George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder
Dean Martin, Rio Bravo
Joe E. Brown, Some like it Hot
Chishu Ryu, Good Morning

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sharmila Tagore, The World of Apu
Zhanna Prokhorenko, Ballad of a Soldier
Lourdes de Oliveira, Black Orpheus
Lee Remick, Anatomy of a Murder
Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life

And here are my nominees for best picture for 1959

The 400 Blows
North by Northwest
Pickpocket
Some Like it Hot
The World of Apu

With that in mind, who would the Academy have chosen? With Stewart getting almost certainly winning last year, he's not likely to win another award. And it's hard to see why the Academy could miss up the opportunity to honor Grant. For Actress, Saint had already won an award for On the Waterfront, so I think Monroe's only rival is Turner, and one would think the Stomponato affair would hamper Turner. Would Mason walk away with best supporting prize? Scott was the only one the Academy nominated, and Brown is both the long-serving actor with the light comedic role one would think the Academy is easily sentimental to. For Supporting Actress, Moore was the only one the Academy nominated. But Remick has a larger role, and Tagore is the one actress from a best picture nominee, and from the third part of a trilogy whose previous two films the Academy has nominated. I suspect the Academy would choose Moore.
Much as I love Hugh Griffith's performance in Ben-Hur, I think Robert Vaughn should have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1958, for his brilliant performance in The Young Philadelphians.
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