Loretta Young capped off twenty years of stardom by winning an Oscar for her very best impression of the illegitimate love child of the Swedish chef and Eleanor Roosevelt in The Farmer’s Daughter. Boy, does the Academy love them an accent!
She beat out Joan Crawford going nuts for a man (again), this time Van Heflin, in Possessed:
Also beaten (in more ways than one) was Susan Hayward in Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman — the Academy loves alcoholics almost as much as they love accents and women on the edge:
Dorothy McGuire tries to pretend she doesn’t care if Gregory Peck pretends he’s a Jew in the assault on anti-Semitism in Gentleman’s Agreement:
Finally, Rosalind Russell drew a nomination for what may be the worst performance of her entire career (and most others as well, for that matter) in the atrociously bad Mourning Becomes Electra:
So who did the Academy ignore?
How about Gene Tierney, in the haunting (sorry — I couldn’t help myself) The Ghost and Mrs. Muir?
Or coming up from the film noir gutter, perhaps Jane Greer in Out of the Past?
One more actress was eligible: Josette Day in the sublime Jean Cocteau film, Beauty and the Beast:
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