Norma Shearer received her fifth Oscar nomination for playing Shakespeare's Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet.
This version of Romeo and Juliet is very lavish. For a 75 year old movie, it's impressive for it's well made sets. But, its just your standard adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. I personally, love the 1968 version.
Which brings me to another point. So, with any Shakespeare adaptation, the actors have to engage in ancient dialogue, and Norma Shearer, bless her, doesn't do it well. It literally sounds like she is mumbling her lines espeically in the "where for art thou" scene, you can barely understand what she is saying. And if she didn't have enough problems, her performance certainly tries to be subtle. But, Juliet is supposed to be played with naivety, and with Shearer, you don't get that. You get a whiny woman who wants what her parents won't give her.
She has one good scene, the ending. But, honestly, couldn't anyone do this death scene and be better or worse? Seriously, I've seen high school Juliets and all of them were better then Oscar winning Norma Shearer. So, I really don't know how to approach rating Norma Shearer's bad interpretation of Juliet. She fails in almost every area, including being interesting, yet in a way, her last scene sort of redeems her performance from being awful.