Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1963?

And so we come to the end of this round of Best Actress polls, which completes the nominations covered in WHO Won?!? An Irreverent Look at the Oscars: Volume 3, 1953-1963. Thank you all for participating in these!

1963 had quite a few great performances, and a minimal number of nominations on the basis of anything other than the actual acting going on.

Patricia Neal won for Hud, in what I think is the finest role of her career:

Shirley MacLaine was nominated (again), this time for a comic turn in Billy Wilder’s Irma la Douce, which isn’t as good as we’d like from Wilder (or MacLaine, if we’re being honest):

Leslie Caron, whose acting talent has always left me cold, proved herself to be more than capable of digging deep into a dramatic role in The L-Shaped Room:

Natalie Wood showed Miley Cyrus how shedding your image as a child actor is done with Love with the Proper Stranger:

The final official nomination is Rachel Roberts, matching Richard Harris powerfully in the British Kitchen Sink entry, This Sporting Life:

The Academy did overlook one very fine performance from a veteran actress this year: Judy Garland for her intensely sensitive turn in John Cassavetes’ A Child Is Born, with Burt Lancaster:

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!

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One comment

  1. Although she didn’t have all that much screen time,she certainly made the most of it and took home a much deserved award.

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