Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oscar's Best Actress Category: And Then There Were 100

After my latest viewing of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" I now have just 100 of Oscar's Best Actress nominees to see. I'm pretty sure which women I'm going to save 'til last, but for now, here are the ones left on the shelf:-

1. *Janet Gaynor, “Seventh Heaven” (1927-28)
2. *Janet Gaynor, “Street Angel” (1927-28)
3. Louise Dresser, “A Ship Comes In” (1927-28)
4. *Mary Pickford, “Coquette” (1928-29)
5. Ruth Chatterton, “Madame X” (1928-29)
6. Betty Compson, “The Barker” (1928-29)
7. Corinne Griffith, “The Divine Lady” (1928-29)
8. Bessie Love, “The Broadway Melody” (1928-29)
9. Greta Garbo, “Anna Christie” (1929-30)
10. Greta Garbo, Romance” (1929-30)
11. Norma Shearer, “Their Own Desire” (1929-30)
12. Gloria Swanson, “The Trespasser” (1929-30)
13. *Helen Hayes, “The Sin of Madelon Claudet” (1931-32)
14. Marie Dressler, “Emma” (1931-32)
15. Lynn Fontanne, “The Guardsman” (1931-32)
16. *Katharine Hepburn, “Morning Glory” (1932-33)
17. Diana Wynyard, “Cavalcade” (1932-33)
18. Elisabeth Bergner, “Escape Me Never” (1935)
19. Irene Dunne, “Theodora Goes Wild” (1936)
20. Norma Shearer, “Romeo and Juliet” (1936)
21. *Luise Rainer, “The Good Earth” (1937)
22. Barbara Stanwyck, “Stella Dallas” (1937)
23. Fay Bainter, “White Banners” (1938)
24. Margaret Sullavan, “Three Comrades” (1938)
25. Irene Dunne, “Love Affair” (1939)

26. Martha Scott, “Our Town” (1940)
27. Olivia De Havilland, “Hold Back the Dawn” (1941)
28. Katharine Hepburn, “Woman of the Year” (1942)
29. Rosalind Russell, “My Sister Eileen” (1942)
30. Joan Fontaine, “The Constant Nymph” (1943)
31. Greer Garson, “Madame Curie” (1943)
32. Ingrid Bergman, “The Bells of St. Mary’s” (1945)
33. Greer Garson, “The Valley of Decision” (1945)
34. *Olivia De Havilland, “To Each His Own” (1946)
35. Jane Wyman, “The Yearling” (1946)
36. *Loretta Young, “The Farmer’s Daughter” (1947)
37. Rosalind Russell, “Mourning Becomes Electra” (1947)
38. *Jane Wyman, “Johnny Belinda” (1948)
39. Ingrid Bergman, “Joan of Arc” (1948)
40. Irene Dunne, “I Remember Mama” (1948)
41. Jeanne Crain, “Pinky” (1949)
42. Susan Hayward, “My Foolish Heart” (1949)
43. Deborah Kerr, “Edward, My Son” (1949)
44. Jane Wyman, “The Blue Veil” (1951)
45. Julie Harris, “The Member of the Wedding” (1952)
46. Leslie Caron, “Lili” (1953)
47. Jane Wyman, “Magnificent Obsession” (1954)
48. *Anna Magnani, “The Rose Tattoo” (1955)
49. Eleanor Parker, “Interrupted Melody” (1955)
50. Carroll Baker, “Baby Doll” (1956)

51. Nancy Kelly, “The Bad Seed” (1956)
52. Anna Magnani, “Wild is the Wind” (1957)
53. Elizabeth Taylor, “Raintree County” (1957)
54. Lana Turner, “Peyton Place” (1957)
55. Melina Mercouri, “Never on Sunday” (1960)
56. *Sophia Loren, “Two Women” (1961)
57. Rachel Roberts, “This Sporting Life” (1963)
58. Sophia Loren, “Marriage, Italian Style” (1964)
59. Elizabeth Hartman, “A Patch of Blue” (1965)
60. Simone Signoret, “Ship of Fools” (1965)
61. Anouk Aimee, “A Man and a Woman” (1966)
62. Ida Kaminska, “The Shop on Main Street” (1966)
63. Vanessa Redgrave, “Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment” (1966)
64. Patricia Neal, “The Subject Was Roses” (1968)
65. Vanessa Redgrave, “Isadora” (1968)
66. Genevieve Bujold, “Anne of the Thousand Days” (1969)
67. Jane Alexander, “The Great White Hope” (1970)
68. Diana Ross, “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972)
69. Liv Ullmann, “The Emigrants” (1972)
70. *Glenda Jackson, “A Touch of Class” (1973)
71. Marsha Mason, “Cinderella Liberty” (1973)
72. Ann-Margret, “Tommy” (1975)
73. Glenda Jackson, “Hedda” (1975)
74. Carol Kane, “Hester Street” (1975)
75. Marie-Christine Barrault, “Cousin Cousine” (1976)

76. Liv Ullmann, “Face to Face” (1976)
77. Jane Fonda, “Julia” (1977)
78. Jill Clayburgh, “An Unmarried Woman” (1978)
79. Geraldine Page, “Interiors” (1978)
80. Marsha Mason, “Chapter Two” (1979)
81. Ellen Burstyn, “Resurrection” (1980)
82. Jessica Lange, “Sweet Dreams” (1985)
83. Meryl Streep, “Out of Africa” (1985)
84. Jane Fonda, “The Morning After” (1986)
85. Sally Kirkland, “Anna” (1987)
86. Meryl Streep, “Ironweed” (1987)
87. Isabelle Adjani, “Camille Claudel” (1989)
88. Anjelica Huston, “The Grifters” (1990)
89. Joanne Woodward, “Mr. and Mrs. Bridge” (1990)
90. Bette Midler, “For the Boys” (1991)
91. *Emma Thompson, “Howard’s End” (1992)
92. Catherine Deneuve, “Indochine” (1992)
93. Mary McDonnell, “Passion Fish” (1992)
94. Miranda Richardson, “Tom and Viv” (1994)
95. Winona Ryder, “Little Women” (1994)
96. Diane Keaton, “Marvin’s Room” (1996)
97. Emily Watson, “Breaking the Waves” (1996)
98. Julie Christie, “Afterglow” (1997)
99. Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth” (1998)
100. Meryl Streep, “Music of the Heart” (1999)

I have access to all but two of them - Gloria Swanson and Betty Compson. If anybody knows where/if these are available in the UK, and where they might be screening, hit me up. 


J.D. said...

I've seen 22 of those! *feels superior*

In all seriousness: why you haven't seen Interiors?

Alex in Movieland said...

"Howards End" either?

I've seen 52 performances from that list, but I'm sure there are others you saw and I didn't.

you've definitely saved some killer films and fabulous performances.

I wouldn't keep such a list, because I'd rather see them year by year, for the blog. in many ways I'm actually avoiding films with Best Actress performances because I'd rather (re)discover them thru the blog. :)

Cal said...

@J.D.: I just haven't got around to it? I think I deliberately went and watched noms I wasn't *that* fussed about, so I'd have plenty left at the end. I'm saving Geraldine for the final 50!

@Alex: I only just recently saw "Sense and Sensibility" too, haha. So many films, so little time ;-)

I wish I could do them all year-by-year like you, so that I could judge them on an even playing field (think the only year I did that with was '44), but it's often difficult to get them all at once. Plus I couldn't trust myself to be able to knock up those great analyses you do in so quick a time.

Alex in Movieland said...

oh, come on, I'm not worth the flattering. :) I'm moving slow, but I'm somehow ok with that. If I'll still live to be 40, healthy and sane, I might finish them by then. :)

anyway, I do recommend saving Interiors till the end, it's a very special film, one of Woody's best imo, no doubt.

Fritz said...

Wow, only hundred left, quite an achievement! I think I have a little more but I took some time off from the ladies and focused more on other categories. It would be really great if you could do an analysis of a certain year (and your rewiews are always great!).
BTW, I think that Nick wrote on his blog that he had to go to some kind of archive to see Betty Barker so I think it will be very difficult to see her.

Cal said...

@Fritz: Yeah, I think he had to go to the UCLA archives to see it. I do know that it played at the London Film Festival a couple of years ago though, so there's still hope.

The problem with the year thing is that I'm deliberately trying to leave one or two from as many years as I can, so that I have a variety remaining at the end. I might think about doing 1975 all at once, as I really want to see Adjani again and I still have another three from that year to view. But it'll likely be a way off yet.

Alex in Movieland said...

don't have too much faith in Hedda (1975). :)
it's quite underplayed and non-adventurous.