Faye Dunaway received her third Oscar nomination for playing Diana Christianson, a ratings obsessed television executive in Network.
Faye Dunaway was once called the actress of her generation and she hits her peak, with Network.
Diana Christianson is a television executive, who wants more power. She wants to reduce time and space for more "reality" based programs, in order to do this, she needs to gain more power within the network, and this comes when Howard Beale has a meltdown all over the news.
Diana Christianson is a role that has to be played with perfect delivery. Everyone in Network has brilliant monologues to deliver, and if they fall short, their performance will fail. Faye Dunaway succeeds in many ways with her performance.
Diana is completely emotionless...her life if television. Every conversation, every thought, even when she is having sex, everything is ratings. She is never vulnerable, and always tough. She is going to rise to the top, and no one will stand in her way.
Faye Dunaway is simply perfect as the icy Diana. She takes Diana's manipulative, emotionless nature, and makes it completely convincing and engaging.
Dunaway also had great chemistry with William Holden, even if I knew their relationship was doomed (another brilliant part of the script), Dunaway makes it all work. Their breakup is another brilliant part of Dunaway's performance, as we finally see she can be weak, and she can't handle the reality, simply the television one she created for herself.
Faye Dunaway is simply perfection as Diana.