Monday, March 29, 2010

"Actress In A Leading Role" 1950: My Ranking

5. Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday

- Judy Holliday tries really hard with her material, and has some good moments, but overall it's rather disappointing. She invests alot of charm in Billie, but not alot of life.

4. Anne Baxter in All About Eve

- Anne Baxter does a great job conveying the manipulative Eve's plans and dreams, and ends up giving a great performance that contrasts well with the film.

3. Eleanor Parker in Caged

- Eleanor Parker gives a real tour-de-force performance as naive, innocent woman who is hardened by her time in a corrupt prison, she perfectly plays up the woman's naivety and the woman's eventual hardness.
2. Bette Davis in All About Eve

- Bette Davis gives her best performance, as an aging diva, and Davis adds so much energy and emotion to her performance, the results being a fantastic performance.

1. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard

- Gloria Swanson is simply magnificent as a forgotten silent screen star who living in a dreamworld, while never going completely over the top, Swanson perfectly plays her tragic star with stunning results.

Honorable Omissions: None.


joe burns said...

I'm sad that Bette is only three, but I haven't seen Caged yet. Great analysis! I can't wait for 2007!

joe burns said...

Off-topic, but is Susan Sarandon your personal pick in 1995?

Sage Slowdive said...


Chloe Sevingy in "Kids"

joe burns said...

That's what I thought. Is Judi Dench your personal pick in 1997?

Sage Slowdive said...


Fritz said...

Really strong year! Gloria is a very deserving choice for the first place!

Sage Slowdive said...


Twister said...

Nice finish to a great year!

Three five's!

Do you think Holliday deserved the nomination?

Sage Slowdive said...

I didn't have any honorable omissions, so her nomination is fine with me.