Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1945?

Joan Crawford plotted and coiffed her way to an Oscar for the film noir / women’s picture, Mildred Pierce. Nobody ever manipulated the press quite as she had:

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Ingrid Bergman got into the habit (sorry!) with The Bells of St. Mary’s:

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MGM continued to rack up an annual nomination for Greer Garson, this time in The Valley of Decision:

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Jennifer Jones kept her own regular appearances up, this time with Love Letters:

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Finally, Gene Tierney snapped up a nomination with her psychotic brilliance in Leave Her to Heaven:

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So, did the Academy neglect anybody this year?

If you’ve never watched A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you’ve missed one of the finest juvenile performances (or more precisely, a performance by a juvenile), by Peggy Ann Garner:

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If you would like to make other suggestions, please do so below in the comments!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PKK8MBY

And now, please vote!

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