Let’s get CRAZY!
The Academy loves that, you know. Mental imbalance and disturbances are a prime ticket to nominations (fortunately, that only works in Oscar races, and not, in general, politics — and yes, I know some of you will disagree.)
The original winner was Joanne Woodward won for The Three Faces of Eve:
The rest of the official nominees included Deborah Kerr getting into the habit again with Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison:
Lana Turner gets repressed and soapy in Peyton Place:
Elizabeth Taylor gets tragic, nutty and manipulative over Montgomery Clift in Raintree County, an attempt to do a new kind of Gone with the Wind epic:
and finally, Anna Magnani as the Italian cougar in Wild Is the Wind (an obvious rip-off of Desire Under the Elms):
Believe it or not, the Academy overlooked three classic performances.
The first is for Marlene Dietrich, as she defends Tyrone Power in Billy Wilder’s version of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution:
Katharine Hepburn did her last romantic comedy as a brilliant head librarian (and “very rare tropical fish!”) in Desk Set:
Finally, Giulietta Masina had another fantastic turn in her husband Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria:
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
And now, please vote!