And the Academy selected:
- Eileen Brennan in Private Benjamin
- Eva Le Gallienne in Resurrection
- Cathy Moriarty in Raging Bull
- Diana Scarwid in Inside Moves
- Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard
5. Diana Scarwid as Louise in Inside Moves
Diana Scarwid plays Louise, the bar girl who lusts after a depressed handicapped man in Inside Moves. The film is extremely strange to begin with and Scarwid is stuck with an all too limited role. Diana Scarwid's own daffy acting style makes the character even more strange and unsustainable, especially during the scenes where she is supposed to be romantic and sexy - truly awful! Her wide eyed looks into the camera are the stuff Razzies are made of. People have gotten nominated for doing less, but some of those aren't as peculiar as this one.
4. Mary Steenburgen as Linda Dumaur in Melvin and Howard
Mary Steenburgen became the darling of the category in 1980, for her funny and strange performance as Linda Dumaur, the wife of Melvin. She does a good job playing on the quirky aspects of the character, the charm and quirk that encapsulates the character. However, just like Diana Scarwid, there is a large amount of ickiness to be found within. I like the small, normal moments of the performance not the wild dancing scenes, and Steenburgen can only deliver for some of the time.
3. Eileen Brennan as Captain Doreen Lewis in Private Benjamin
It may be a tad overrated, but Eileen Brennan is still great as her tough Captain Doreen Lewis to Goldie Hawn's Private Benjamin. She is a bitter, sado general who causes trouble for Hawn until Goldie finally lashes back at her and begins torturing her, including putting blue dye in her shower head. It's pure camp and shtick, but Brennan is at least funny and entertaining. It may not be a terrific performance, but at least it's entertaining.
2. Cathy Moriarty as Vicki LaMotta in Raging Bull
Cathy Moriarty broke into the show business because she looked alot like the real Vicki LaMotta and this ended up being her big break and her most known work, and in my opinion, her best work. She finds the perfect mix between the naive young girl and sassy bombastic wife that she would later become. It's not necessarily a big performance, but her impact on the film overall is something that cannot be ignored. She is simply terrific showing everything one could imagine with the character.
1. Eva Le Gallienne as Grandma Pearl in Resurrection
There is something fulfilling and haunting about Eva Le Gallienne's performance as Peal, the wise and heartwarming grandma of Ellen Burstyn. She appears in the film as a guide, but turns out being it's soul, showing a realistic love of not just a grandmother, but a person. She drifts through the film, blowing around how much talent she is investing into the character. It's a nearly amazing performance that lasts long after the film is over.
Honorable Omissions: Betsy Palmer in "Friday The 13th" and Beverly D'Angelo in "Coal Miner's Daughter".