Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1960?

Almost certainly, not Elizabeth Taylor’s tracheotomy. I have a good deal of respect for Taylor’s capacity to act — particularly in the middle Sixties, when she dug deep for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — but even she disdained this Oscar, and the movie as a whole: “I still say it stinks.” Had she not almost died before the voting took place, I suspect she never would have won. For those of you who disagree with me, I can only echo Taylor’s own self-assessment, or suggest that your glands should not be making these kinds of decisions for you…”hubba-hubba” is not a critical assessment, people!


Taylor beat out Shirley MacLaine’s turn as a sad and lonely love object in Billy Wilder’s The Apartment: 

Melina Mercouri continued the streak of women in bed with her happy, trampy sex spree in Never on Sunday:

Returning to her more serious, domestic mode is Deborah Kerr as Robert Mitchum’s patient Australian wife in The Sundowners, waiting patiently for him to be done with the sheep:

The last final nomination is for Greer Garson as Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello:

So who did the Academy overlook?

Nobody, for once.

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

And now, please vote!


  1. Upon further review, methinks that Jean Seberg – “Breathless”; Jean Simmons – “Elmer Gantry”; Judy Holliday – “Bells Are Ringing”; and, most definitely, Monica Vitti – “L’Avventura” woulda/coulda/shoulda easily been up for some total must (now & forever) see major consideration.

  2. It was her fourth nom in a row,and of course her illness didn’t hurt her chances.Of all the best actress nominees only Garson showed up and I think that was only because she was presenting.I read somewhere that Debbie Reynolds said ,Hell I even voted for her! I actualy liked her work in this movie but really the Oscar belonged to Shirley.

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