Talk about your Oscar-bait performances! Take one of the world’s most beautiful women, dress her in a frumpy sweater and glasses, burden her with an alcoholic husband — and what do you get? An Oscar for Grace Kelly for The Country Girl:
So who did she beat with this bait?
Dorothy Dandridge, in the all-black version of Bizet’s opera, Carmen Jones:
Jane Wyman, going another Oscar-bait route by playing blind in Magnificent Obsession:
Audrey Hepburn, doing the Cinderella bit for Billy Wilder in Sabrina:
The final nomination went to Judy Garland, A Star Is Born; gossip columnist Hedda Hopper claimed she was denied the Oscar by half-a-dozen votes:
So who did the Academy overlook?
Nobody, for two years in a row.
Of course, I might be wrong — feel free to make other suggestions below in the comments!
As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/WHO-Won-Irreverent-Look-Oscars/dp/069232318X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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