Tragedy, tragedy, tragedy, tragedy, triumph. Guess which one the Academy chose to honor?
You are correct — the triumph over tragedy, with Anne Bancroft winning for the film adaptation of the Broadway hit, The Miracle Worker, as she showed the true story of a teacher (Anne Sullivan) and student (Helen Keller) overcoming the extreme deficits of being blind, deaf, and mute.
The other nominees included Lee Remick as an alcoholic in Blake Edwards’ Days of Wine and Roses:
Katharine Hepburn was also nominated, for the film version of Eugene O’Neill’s posthumously published play, Long Day’s Journey into Night:
Geraldine Page was nominated for another stage-to-film adaptation, for her glamorous, burned-out Hollywood drunkard, in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth:
The final nominee was Bette Davis, for her return to box-office success in (the horror movie? Gothic? Hollywood exposé?) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
So who did the Academy overlook?
Nobody, for once (although a case could be made for Joan Crawford bearing up against Bette Davis)
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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