Monday, August 15, 2011

...And That's It!

I'm a bit sad, shocked, and utterly amazed that I have just re-watched 399 nominees in the Best Actress category. I want to write a piece about how these actresses have put so much imagination and encouragement into the minds of actresses and even actors after them.

Watching A Woman Under The Influence last night, I was reminded how thrilling this project actually is. It's easy to compare two bad (weak) performances together, but it is impossible to chose which one of the great performances are truly the best the category has seen.

(all the 413 ladies in their infinite glories [bad and good])

So, until next year, I'll say goodbye to them all.

This blog depended on the kindness of strangers, and my four favorite strangers who became friends have made this blog keep going & going & going: Louis, Fritz, Joe, and Dinasztie.

Thanks to you all!

The rundowns of the years I've ranked in chronological order (and yes, I've changed a few):
  1. 1983 (Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Alexander, Julie Walters, Debra Winger.)
  2. 1966 (Elizabeth Taylor, Lynn Redgrave, Anouk Aimee, Ida Kaminska, Vanessa Redgrave.)
  3. 1950 (Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, Eleanor Parker, Anne Baxter, Judy Holliday.)
  4. 2007 (Julie Christie, Laura Linney, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page.)
  5. 1976 (Sissy Spacek, Faye Dunaway, Marie-Christine Barrault, Liv Ullmann, Talia Shire.)
  6. 1977 (Marsha Mason, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft.)
  7. 1945 (Gene Tierney, Greer Garson, Joan Crawford, Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones.)
  8. 1952 (Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Shirley Booth, Susan Hayward, Julie Harris.)
  9. 1996 (Brenda Blethyn, Emily Watson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Diane Keaton, Frances McDormand.)
  10. 1967 (Anne Bancroft, Edith Evans, Faye Dunaway, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn.)
  11. 1992 (Michelle Pfieffer, Mary McDonnell, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Catherine Deneuve.)
  12. 1981 (Marsha Mason, Katharine Hepburn, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep.)
  13. 1936 (Irene Dunne, Gladys George, Luise Rainer, Norma Shearer, Carole Lombard.)
  14. 2005 (Felicity Huffman, Charlize Theron, Judi Dench, Keira Knightly, Reese Witherspoon.)
  15. 1973 (Glenda Jackson, Barbara Streisand, Ellen Burstyn, Marsha Mason, Joanne Woodward.)
  16. 1949 (Olivia de Havilland, Susan Hayward, Loretta Young, Deborah Kerr, Jeanne Crain.)
  17. 1972 (Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Liv Ullmann, Maggie Smith, Cicely Tyson.)
  18. 1951 (Vivien Leigh, Shelley Winters, Katharine Hepburn, Eleanor Parker, Jane Wyman.)
  19. 1975 (Glenda Jackson, Isabelle Adjani, Ann-Margret, Carol Kane, Louise Fletcher.)
  20. 2009 (Gabourey Sidibe, Carey Mulligan, Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock.)
  21. 1971 (Glenda Jackson, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Janet Suzman.)
  22. 1989 (Michelle Pfieffer, Pauline Collins, Jessica Tandy, Jessica Lange, Isabelle Adjani.)
  23. 1963 (Leslie Caron, Patrica Neal, Natalie Wood, Rachel Roberts, Shirley MacLaine.)
  24. 1942 (Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Tersea Wright.)
  25. 1970 (Glenda Jackson, Ali McGraw, Sarah Miles, Carrie Snodgress, Jane Alexander.)
  26. 1991 (Jodie Foster, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Bette Midler.)
  27. 2003 (Charlize Theron, Keisha Castle Hughes, Diane Keaton, Samantha Morton, Naomi Watts.)
  28. 1956 (Katharine Hepburn, Carroll Baker, Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr, Nancy Kelly.)
  29. 2000 (Ellen Burstyn, Laura Linney, Joan Allen, Juliette Binoche, Julia Roberts.)
  30. 1941 (Olivia de Havilland, Bette Davis, Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Stanwyck.)
  31. 1987 (Glenn Close, Cher, Meryl Streep, Sally Kirkland, Holly Hunter.)
  32. 1978 (Jane Fonda, Geraldine Page, Jill Clayburgh, Ingrid Bergman, Ellen Burstyn.)
  33. 1965 (Julie Christie, Samantha Eggar, Elizabeth Hartman, Simone Signoret, Julie Andrews.)
  34. 1980 (Sissy Spacek, Mary Tyler Moore, Ellen Burstyn, Goldie Hawn, Gena Rowlands.)
  35. 1982 (Meryl Streep, Sissy Spacek, Debra Winger, Jessica Lane, Julie Andrews.)
  36. 1999 (Hilary Swank, Annette Bening, Janet McTeer, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep.)
  37. 1946 (Celia Johnson, Olivia de Havilland, Jennifer Jones, Rosalind Russell, Jane Wyman.)
  38. 1957 (Anna Magnani, Elizabeth Taylor, Joanne Woodward, Deborah Kerr, Lana Turner.)
  39. 1968 (Katharine Hepburn, Joanne Woodward, Vanessa Redgrave, Patricia Neal, Barbara Streisand.)
  40. 2010 (Annette Bening, Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman.)
  41. 1994 (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster, Miranda Richardson, Winona Ryder.)
  42. 1960 (Elizabeth Taylor, Melina Mercouri, Shirley MacLaine, Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson.)
  43. 2001 (Sissy Spacek, Halle Berry, Renee Zellweger, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman.)
  44. 1943 (Jennifer Jones, Joan Fontaine, Jean Arthur, Greer Garson, Ingrid Bergman.)
  45. 1997 (Helen Hunt, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Julie Christie, Helena Bonham Carter.)
  46. 1988 (Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith.)
  47. 1953 (Leslie Caron, Ava Gardner, Maggie McNamara, Audrey Hepburn, Deborah Kerr.)
  48. 1954 (Judy Garland, Jane Wyman, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Dorothy Dandridge.)
  49. 1969 (Liza Minnelli, Jane Fonda, Jean Simmons, Maggie Smith, Genevieve Bujold.)
  50. 1993 (Holly Hunter, Angela Bassett, Stockard Channing, Emma Thompson, Debra Winger.)
  51. 1947 (Susan Hayward, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Loretta Young, Dorthy McGuire.)
  52. 2004 (Kate Winslet, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Imelda Staunton, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank.)
  53. 1959 (Simone Signoret, Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn.)
  54. 1979 (Sally Field, Bette Midler, Marsha Mason, Jane Fonda, Jill Clayburgh.)
  55. 1939 (Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne.)
  56. 1964 (Kim Stanley, Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Debbie Reynolds, Julie Andrews.)
  57. 1995 (Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Elisabeth Shue, Sharon Stone, Emma Thompson.)
  58. 1944 (Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert, Greer Garson, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman.)
  59. 2008 (Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Melissa Leo, Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway.)
  60. 1985 (Geraldine Page, Jessica Lange, Meryl Steep, Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Bancroft.)
  61. 1962 (Anne Bancroft, Geraldine Page, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Lee Remick.)
  62. 1937 (Greta Garbo, Irene Dunne, Janet Gaynor, Luise Rainer, Barbara Stanwyck.)
  63. 2002 (Diane Lane, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Renee Zellweger.)
  64. 1984 (Sissy Spacek, Sally Field, Jessica Lange, Vanessa Redgrave, Judy Davis.)
  65. 1940 (Joan Fontaine, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Martha Scott.)
  66. 1990 (Kathy Bates, Meryl Streep, Anjelica Huston, Joanne Woodward, Julia Roberts.)
  67. 1933 (Katharine Hepburn, May Robson, Diana Wayard.)
  68. 1955 (Anna Magnani, Katharine Hepburn, Susan Hayward, Eleanor Parker, Jennifer Jones.)
  69. 2006 (Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Penelope Cruz, Meryl Streep.)
  70. 1948 (Olivia de Havilland, Irene Dunne, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Wyman, Ingrid Bergman.)
  71. 1938 (Bette Davis, Wendy Hiller, Fay Bainter, Norma Shearer, Margret Sullivan.)
  72. 1961 (Natalie Wood, Geraldine Page, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Piper Laurie.)
  73. 1998 (Meryl Streep, Fernanda Montegro, Cate Blanchett, Emily Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow.)
  74. 1986 (Marlee Matlin, Kathleen Turner, Sissy Spacek, Jane Fonda, Sigourney Weaver.)
  75. 1958 (Susan Hayward, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Rosalind Russell, Deborah Kerr.)
  76. 1974 (Ellen Burstyn, Gena Rowlands, Faye Dunaway, Valerie Perrine, Diahann Carroll.)
  77. 2011 (Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Rooney Mara.)
  78. 2012 (Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Laurence, Emmanuel Riva, Quvezhane Wallis.)
  79. 2013 (Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep.)
Multiple Winners:
Glenda Jackson (4)

Katharine Hepburn (4)

 Sissy Spacek (4)

Kate Winslet (3)
Meryl Streep (3)

 Olivia de Havilland (3)

Marie Dressler (2)

Vivien Leigh (2)

Bette Davis (2)

Leslie Caron (2)

Anna Magnani (2)

Susan Hayward (2)

Elizabeth Taylor (2)

Julie Christie (2)

Anne Bancroft (2)

Liza Minnelli (2)

Marsha Mason (2)

Ellen Burstyn (2)

Michelle Pfeiffer (2)

Jodie Foster (2)

7 comments:

dinasztie said...

I'm quite shocked about some of your changes! But it's so right, I always so want to change so many things, one's opinion can change in a day or a week, or even hours. Jane Fonda's sudden loss is most sad for me but it's your ranking after all. On your overall ranking I see Joanne Woodward above Kate and here she's ranked second. What's the truth? :D

It's kind of shocking, yeah and sad. But congrats again and thanks for mentioning me! :D That always feels so nice.

Congratulations, best wishes, beste Grüße, mazel tov and gratulálok! :D

Sage Slowdive said...

It's Kate's year, I need to change that... ;)

But thank you very much!!

Fritz said...

I am also suprised about various changes but it makes sense that Glenda is your Queen! :-)

Many, many, many congratulations on your wonderful achievement!

Louis Morgan said...

Congratulations Sage on your achievement.

joe burns said...

Congrats! An amazing project!

Dazzling Aura said...

what an achievement! congratulations, sage.

joe burns said...

I'm so glad Glenn is your number #2 in 1988 now!

We almost have the same ranking that year, I think jodie is terrific, but glenn is totally the best for me. I need to rewatch Streep, who I think I overpraised. Was that a factor for you in moving her to 3?