When the Academy decides it’s time to forgive somebody, they hand them a statue of a naked guy holding a sword. Weird people. Ingrid Bergman won for Anastasia, which Cary Grant accepted for her in absentia. The Academy gave her this Oscar as a welcome home gift and an apology for castigating her over adultery (a hobby they were busily pursuing for fun and profit while she was overseas).
The other nominated actresses included Carroll Baker, Baby Doll, getting twisted and going Lolita for Tennessee Williams:
Nancy Kelly grabbed one for playing the mother of Satan’s child (that’s a figure of speech, folks) Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed:
Deborah Kerr exercises her British fortitude in The King and I:
The final official nominee was for Katharine Hepburn’s turn with con man Burt Lancaster, The Rainmaker. I’m a huge Hepburn, but I have to say, I thought this was a poor role for her:
Surprisingly, the Academy ignored one of their favorites in one of her very best performances: Elizabeth Taylor as a proto-feminist in Texas in Giant:
Sadly, the Academy missed one of the finest performances of the year by not nominating Giulietta Masina for Federico Fellini’s first accomplished film, La strada (which was released this year in the US, thus making her eligible):
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