Who Should Have Won the Best Actress Oscar for 1932-33?

Here comes Ms. Katharine Hepburn in the first of her still record four Academy Awards, the first being for Morning Glory and those blooming calla lilies:

Morning Glory 1933 US poster.jpg

She beat out the forgettable and hammy Diana Wynyard from the execrable Cavalcade:

Cavalcade film poster.jpg

And the delightful May Robson from the equally delightful Lady for a Dau:

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The Academy unjustly ignored three other performances, all of which deserved nominations at the very least. First, the one John Ford film I had never heard of before writing these books, Pilgrimage, with the crankiness of Henrietta Crosman:


Next, the stunningly talented Barbara Stanwyck in her naughtiest pre-Code role as Baby Face:

Baby Face 1933 film poster.jpg

Yes, that’s a very young John Wayne with her.

And finally, Greta Garbo in her most subversive role as Queen Christina:

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If you would like to make other suggestions, please do so below in the comments!

As always, I have much more to say in my book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OPEELH0

And now, please vote!


  1. Not sure whether its this year or the year before, but Irene Dunne was stellar in Back Street. She did wonderful and varied work the entire decade, yet never got an Oscar, while the seriously overrated Luise Rainer got two in a row. A few years later the mannered Ms. Rainer was as unpopular as Hepburn and on her way back to Europe.

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