Friday, September 23, 2011

"Actress In A Supporting Role" 1945


And the Academy selected:
  • Eve Arden in Mildred Pierce
  • Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce
  • Angela Lansbury in The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  • Joan Lorring in The Corn Is Green
  • Anne Revere in National Velvet

My Ranking:

5. Anne Revere as Armanity Brown in National Velvet

National Velvet may be Elizabeth Taylor and a horse's film, but the person to get reconized was Anne Revere for playing the hard looking, but soft hearted mother. She is the perfect 40s mom: obeys her idiot husband, takes pride in her kids no matter what, and does absolutely nothing fulfilling in her life. To say the performance is wooden is an understatement because she is neither moving or enlightening in her big touching scenes. It's just not a unique or even okay performance.

4. Eve Arden as Ida Corwin in Mildred Pierce

Eve Arden's brief, but crucial performance as Mildred Pierce's best friend Ida, is quite an interesting performance. Ida is a wise cracking, know it all friendly friend who helps Mildred Pierce not only work but helps her with her suspicions. Eve Arden isn't given alot of sufficient material to work with, so she is sort of fixated on cracking every wisecrack she can, as hard as she can. It's not the great, short performance one would expect, but for what she can do with the part, she is alright.

3. Joan Lorring as Bessie Watty in The Corn Is Green

Joan Lorring's shrill performance as Bessie Watty is decidedly that way. Her character is nothing but a spoiled brat who decides Bette Davis is the cause of all of her troubles. Her problem is an overwrought accent that she overdoes constantly, that becomes annoying very quickly. But, she also gives an enjoyable performance that makes this mediocre melodrama worthwhile. She gives a standout performance in a film that really isn't looking for one - it's not a perfect performance, but it's definitely good.

2. Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane in The Picture Of Dorian Gray

I have always found Angela Lansbury quite overrated, but she can sometimes do more then what I expect. Here she plays the grungy dancehall girl Sibyl Vane who falls for doomy Dorian Gray. Lansbury plays her in the manner that she is neither innocent nor slutty, she isn't naive nor very smart, just enchanted by Dorian. She brings a nice touch of magic to the performance which makes her ending, feel very authentic and sad. It's still not a great or amazing performance, but it is one that I admire.

1. Ann Blyth as Veda Pierce in Mildred Pierce

Ann Blyth plays a spoiled bratty diva to perfection - Veda Piece is iconic as a ungrateful kid who doesn't respect her mother. Ann Blyth sort of gives the same performance Joan Lorring does, except Blyth doesn't go totally shrill with her performance and is totally enjoyable whenever she is on-screen. Again, like all the other performances this year, she has a few weak moments where Ann's acting experience shows, but it is the stick out performance and the best in this set of nominees.

Honorable Omissions: None.


dinasztie said...

Haev you seen the Mildred Pierce miniseries? It's so great and Kate Winslet is AMAZING, ten times better than Joan Crawford.

Sage Slowdive said...

No, but I'm glad she has an Emmy now.

dinasztie said...

Yeah, she only needs a Tony and will get the EGOT. I think she'll make it. I think that Mildred is probably her best performance from what I saw. She's so astonishing.

I think her Oscar win ended her losing streak and she will only win now. :D

She's gradually becoming a favorite actress of mine.

Louis Morgan said...

I really do not understand why Anne Revere continually received so many mother roles, since she played them in all the same dull stilted fashion whether it was in this, Body and Soul, Gentleman's Agreement, or even A Place in The sun.

JJJ said...

I love Winslet, but...she was decent in Mildred Pierce. Glad for her EGO though. I think the same of Crawford in Mildred Pierce too.

I thought Blyth was less than decent, while Arden was forgettable. But still they look great next to Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo's irritating performances.

Fritz said...

I love Anne Revere's mother-performances! So wonderful every time! My heart belongs to her this year but I am not sure if she also gets my vote...