Monday, May 3, 2010

"Actress In A Leading Role" 1945: My Ranking


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5. Ingrid Bergman in The Bells Of St. Marys

- Ingrid Bergman is trapped in a bad part in a bad movie. Although she tries to add some charm and life to her performance, she often comes off as being lost.


4. Jennifer Jones in Love Letters

- Like Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones is trapped in a bad movie, however she has a good character. She's playing two different characters, and while it's obvious she is trying, she never finds the line between her two characters, making it even more messy.


3. Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce

- All of Joan Crawford's great qualities are at work here. She is great as the tough, career woman, and struggling mom, shining through the movie with her always lovely glamor.
2. Greer Garson in The Valley Of Decision

- Although she is dreadfully miscast, Garson makes an effort to make her character as believable as possible. She has some great moments, and gives a, surprisingly, charming performance.


1. Gene Tierney in Leave Her To Heaven

- Gene Tierney is magnificent as a brutally loving psychopath. In every scene, her incredible beauty, and tough approach to the character are always impressing. A shocking, yet beautiful performance.


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Honorable Omissions: Bette Davis in "The Corn Is Green"

39 comments:

Louis Morgan said...

Interesting performance and choice. She certainly does not give the usual early Oscar performance.

joe burns said...

I thought Joan would still be your pick, but I guess I was wrong! Great writeup!

Sage Slowdive said...

She certainly was still great!

joe burns said...

Is Leave Her To Heaven online?

Sage Slowdive said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1XVJMhl2Vk

Twister said...

Say WHAT?!

I really thought she would be your pick!

I feel that Joan is perfect in those early scenes; laying the tough, determined, take-no-bullshit foundation for the character which is explored for the rest of the film.

She carries this great film, and without her memorable, nearly perfect playing, the film would have collapsed.

joe burns said...

Thanks! Would you say this is the weakest year you've done so far?

Sage Slowdive said...

Yeah, I stand by my pick. Joan was great, Gene was better.

Sage Slowdive said...

It's probably still 2007 Joe, but I guess 1945 was very strong either.

joe burns said...

Do you think that Gene had a shot at the win or was this between Bergman and Joan?

Sage Slowdive said...

Like Louis said, it's not the typical performance you'd see winning in the early days. Might have been a little too much for the voters.

joe burns said...

And I can't wait till you do 2005! I wonder if Witherspoon will be the first nominee to get zero statuettes........

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, I've already decided on another year ;)

joe burns said...

What would the early Oscar performance be? I haven't really seen much of the 40's and 30's Oscar-winning performances, so I don't really know.

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, a good example would be Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce. My suspection is the voters loved when women were "strong", but also not too strong like Tierney was.

joe burns said...

Ha ha, okay. What year is it?

And that makes sense. Things were a lot different in the 40's. Don't you think that they started doing sentiment awards more in the 60's then the 40's and 50's?

Sage Slowdive said...

I'll announce it later ;D

Hmmm, it depends. Mary Pickford would be the first "sentimental" winner, I'd say.

The 50s and 60s didn't have alot of sentimental winners though...Liz, Butterfield and Kate, Dinner, are the only ones I can think of.

joe burns said...

I guess not, but you forgot Patricia Neal, who was, of course , worthy for her performance, but the fact that she had a horrible personal life at the time probably helped.

I hope it's 95!

Sage Slowdive said...

Ingrid Bergman could also be included in that for her personal life.

joe burns said...

Yes, that's true. Right now, she is my worst Best Actress winner ever for Anastasia.

Sage Slowdive said...

LOL, well she didn't exactly make it very high with me either.

joe burns said...

There were just two very small moments in her performance that were good for me.: When she was at the theatre, being told that the empress was there, I could sense a feeling of fascination and excitement. And the scene right at the end with Helen Hayes, that was pretty good. But the rest was just a total misfire. Ridiculous overracting and the script made no sense, and she couldn't rise above that.

Sage Slowdive said...

I love the part with Helen Hayes, the best moment in the whole movie (and of Ingrid's performance) even though Hayes clearly the best.

According to the movie, this Anastasia was a phony, but I sort of believe the real Anastasia was actually the princess....interesting story.

joe burns said...

I thought Helen Hayes was good, but I wasn't blown away by her. She was great during her big scene, but Ingrid ruined it by overracting and being totally unconvincing. And I guess we'll never know about that!

Sage Slowdive said...

Hahaha, I wonder what will be Ingrid's weakest nomination for me...I know there's one in particular I DESPISE, but Bells will definitely be competition for that.

joe burns said...

I bet that it's For Whom The Bell Tolls.

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, I guess we'll see :)

joe burns said...

So much suspense! I wonder if Ingrid (Bells Of St. Marys ) will be last on your ranking of the nominees so far

Sage Slowdive said...

It's kinda hard to rank the "least impressive" nominees more. Some are bad acting, some are underwritten characters that go nowhere, like Ingrid's.

joe burns said...

I think that Sandra Bullock falls into the "underwritten characters that go nowhere" category. Not horrible acting, but she doesn't know what to do with Leigh Anne and in her few emotional moments, she doesn't pack enough power into them.

Sage Slowdive said...

Oh god, I still can't believe she won...

Well, she'll definitely be near the bottom of the barrel for me.

joe burns said...

I don't understand how she was even nominated. I mean, why do you people think this is some sort of "playing against type" thing which it isn't really. At least now what people say it is. She didn't give a dramatic performance like Theron in Monster, for an example. Or even herself in Crash. Carey Mulligan should have won!

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, I've been hearing some things about her studio campaigning heavily for her during the awards season...what's more confusing is ALL the pre awards went with her (minus Bafta).

dinasztie said...

Although I was supporting Meryl, now I think Gabby should've won this year.
And that hated Bergman performance of yours is Joan of Arc and I'm quite sure. I love Ingrid and she's my favorite actress but I think she was always nominated for the wrong movies. My least favorite of hers is The Bells of St. Mary's. I think she was amazing in For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Fritz said...

I was expecting Joan to win but now I want to see Gene's performance!
Looking forward to the next year.

Sage Slowdive said...

Thanks Fritz!

Yes Dina, the most perplexing thing is she didn't get the nom. for Casablanca.

Twister said...

I feel kinda bad that I didn't go nuts over Casablanca; basically because it is THE Hollywood movie that ALMOST everyone is in love with. But I did like Bogart and Bergman.

Did anyone else feel this way?

Sage Slowdive said...

Didn't like the movie, but thought Bergman was great in it.

Bogart never does anything for me.

Twister said...

You know what's interesting? He and I are in fact distant relatives. It's wierd how I keep finding out that I'm related to famous people.