And the Academy selected:
- Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind
- Geraldine Fitzgerald in Wuthering Heights
- Hattie McDaniel in Gone With The Wind
- Edna May Oliver in Drums Along The Mohawk
- Maria Ouspenskaya in Love Affair
5. Maria Ouspenskaya as Grandmother Janou in Love Affair
She's an exotic legend, but her two nominations were received for doing absolutely nothing. Her grandmother of Charles Boyer is a sweet creation, she appears in the middle, and disappears after 5 minutes of her just acting a bit senile and reminiscence of her youth. It's an interesting part but hardly one that deserved an Oscar nomination.
4. Edna May Oliver as Sarah McKlennar in Drums Along The Mohawk
In a movie that is downright awful and should be avoided at all costs, Edna May Oliver emerges as the best part of it, playing pioneer woman Sarah McKlennar. It's a bold, loud, and sometimes ridiculous performance that she handles incredibly well. She may void of any depth, but she gives a fun performance where she is mostly hilarious and evokes spirit into her spiritless film.
3. Geraldine Fitzgerald as Isabella Linton in Wuthering Heights
In the moody atmosphere of Wuthering Heights, Geraldine Fitzgerald's Isabella emerges as perhaps the most doomed and pathetic character of the story. At first, a rich girl too good for Heathcliff and finally his put upon wife whom she knows will never love her. It is a most terrific part where she conveys the feelings of a pathetic character wonderfully. She mesmerizes me almost everytime she's on-screen.
2. Hattie McDaniel as Mammy in Gone With The Wind
Gone With The Wind would be a different film without the caring, funny, and compassionate Mammy performed by Hattie McDaniel. At first glance, it is a typical slave role, but McDaniel adds the incredibly right amount of charm and humanity that frees it from being a total cliche. Every scene, she nails Mammy's dominance over Scarlett O'Hara whether she knows it or not. A magnificent performance incredibly worthy of her Oscar.
1. Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Wilkes in Gone With The Wind
But it is Olivia de Havilland's large, grand performance as the impossibly nice Melanie that gets my vote this year. She's 'too good too be true' and throughout she shows how Melanie's kindness forces her to sacrifice more then anyone. De Havilland does masterful work, edging around the fact that Melanie could be taken more then one way - instead we get the impossibly nice woman, with a sacrificing side who will do anything out of her kindness. A masterpiece of a performance and one of the best parts of Gone With The Wind.
Honorable Omissions: Butterfly McQueen in "Gone With The Wind", Ona Munson in "Gone With The Wind", and Margaret Hamilton in "The Wizard Of Oz".