Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1951?

Vivien Leigh took home her second Oscar for Best Actress, an oddity for a British actress who won both times for playing southern belles. With A Streetcar Named Desire, Leigh took on the aging, fragile creature that is Blanche DuBois (a role originated by Jessica Tandy on Broadway). Leigh is brilliant:

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Also brilliant: Katharine Hepburn in her first color film, The African Queen:


Eleanor Parker grabbed a second nomination in a row, this time as Kirk Douglas’ wife with a troubled past for William Wyler’s Detective Story:


Shelley Winters got a nomination for A Place in the Sun, by going so frumpy and dumb we all prayed for her to die so Montgomery Clift could be with Elizabeth Taylor:

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The final nomination is for Jane Wyman, for a film nobody has legally seen in decades due to copyright issues, The Blue Veil.

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So who did the Academy overlook? I didn’t find anybody to suggest in this far weaker year than 1950 — can you? And please don’t say Elizabeth Taylor for A Place in the Sun — that’s just hormones talking…

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

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