Saturday, July 24, 2010

"Actress In A Leading Role" 1949

And now another year of leading actresses!

And the Academy selected:
  • Jeanne Crain in Pinky
  • Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress
  • Susan Hayward in My Foolish Heart
  • Deborah Kerr in Edward, My Son
  • Loretta Young in Come To The Stable
So, will I agree with the Academy or name someone else the best of 1949?


Fritz said...

Oh, very interesting! I was actually thinking about suggesting it to you! I have only seen three of them since I can't find Susan or Deborah but I think that Olivia will win easily.

Sage Slowdive said...

Thank you Fritz!

Yeah, it looks like a one horse race, but that makes it a tad bit more interesting, I think :)

joe burns said...

Olivia will win! It"ll be interesting to see your thoughts!

Twister said...

Olivia's gonna take it for sure.

I'm really sorry that I don't really "contribute" more throughout these profiles, but its hard when you haven't actually seen them. But I will eventually! My focus will be on Supporting for a while I'm sure.

Sage Slowdive said...

Upsets can happen anytime! ;)

I was going to ask Twister, when did you want me to send my 2000 thoughts to you?

Tom said...

I think this one could turn out to be a surprise!

Louis Morgan said...

I think de Havilland will win, but considering that the others are never really talked about, who knows? Well I can feel pretty confidant though that Young will not win.

augie said...

I consider this a a pretty good year for films. We were still recovering from the war, McCarthyism was starting up, and race relations were coming to the forefront. The movies that year reflected all of that.
I've seen all of these ladies several times each and enjoyed them all. From my research, I think, De Havilland and Kerr were the top contenders, with Olivia the leading candidate because not only was it a brillant performance and he film had such great production values, but she was coming off of the previous year's The Snake Pit.
I also don't like critics putting down Young's performance. I think it is most pleasant and one of those performances that she was so good at-consistent in character, beautiful voice, subtle light comedy acting and heart warming. The film was 20th Century's top grossing movie that year. I remember seeing it in a theater a few years later, when it was brought back, and going two nights in a row because it was so good, mostly due to Loretta and Celeste Holm.

Mac C. said...

As of 2012, Olivia de Havilland's Oscar for The Heiress is the best Best Actress Oscar that has been awarded. She's in the same category as Streep (Sophie), Taylor (Virginia), both of Leigh's wins, and Fonda (Klute).

I'm so glad you seem to be fan of de Havilland, although she does make it easy given her roles up to this point in time. Ralph Richardson was robbed of an Oscar and Miriam Hopkins should have been nominated for Supporting.