Fluff that pillow! Sex and the avoidance of sex is coming!
The Academy handed the first Best Actress Oscar ever to the lead of a foreign film with Simone Signoret in Room at the Top, one of the more successful of the British New Wave / Kitchen Sink school of films that brought out a grittier, more realistic kind of movie from the British, with a special emphasis on the working class:
The homegrown nominees included Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story, which I’ve had more than one person suggest is her greatest moment as an actress:
Doris Day received an unexpected nomination for what may be her most enduring comic performance, in Pillow Talk:
Finally, two actresses went to battle over memories and sanity in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer: Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor (both of them fair candidates for career-high achievements):
The Academy did miss what many regard as yet another career peak by an actress this year: Marilyn Monroe’s iconic performance as Sugar in Billy Wilder’s comic masterpiece, Some Like It Hot:
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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