3.16.2006

Cast Your Vote for APRIL's "Supporting Actress Sunday" Series

StinkyLulu's Supporting Actress Sunday begins this week! (This Sunday, Lu'll offer a thought or thirteen about the work of the glorious Maureen Stapleton in the gourmet cheese platter, Airport.)

And, from here on out, each Sunday, StinkyLulu will offer commentary on one of the five nominees (in no particular order) from a given year in Oscar history. Additionally, on the final Sunday, Lu'll discuss the "field" of five. So, it'll be one nominated performance per week (April has five Sundays this year!) with a wrap-up on the field at month's end.

As an extra bonus, from time to time, Nathaniel at FilmExperience and Nick of Nick's Pick Flicks will join up with the Lu for occasional tandem reviews -- sometimes of a particular performance, sometime of the whole roster of a given year's nominees. (Should you, lovely reader, want to join in the filmfreakfestivities -- just
give Lu a holler!)

But now:
StinkyLulu Needs Your Vote for APRIL's Screening Schedule!
Below you will find a somewhat arbitrary sampling of Supporting Actress nominees, arranged by year. Your task -- should you choose to accept it -- is to
let Lulu know -- either in comments or via email -- your preferred YEAR. A simple majority of votes cast will determine StinkyLulu's screening schedule for April...

So, choose wisely, lovely reader.
The power is in your hands...

  • 1940: Jane Darwell in "The Grapes of Wrath", Judith Anderson in "Rebecca", Ruth Hussey in "The Philadelphia Story", Barbara O'Neil in "All This, and Heaven Too", Marjorie Rambeau in "Primrose Path"
  • 1949: Mercedes McCambridge in "All the King's Men", Ethel Barrymore in "Pinky", Celeste Holm in "Come to the Stable", Elsa Lanchester in "Come to the Stable", Ethel Waters in "Pinky"
  • 1958: Wendy Hiller in "Separate Tables", Peggy Cass in "Auntie Mame", Martha Hyer in "Some Came Running", Maureen Stapleton in "Lonelyhearts", Cara Williams in "The Defiant Ones"
  • 1967: Estelle Parsons in "Bonnie and Clyde", Carol Channing in "Thoroughly Modern Millie", Mildred Natwick in "Barefoot in the Park", Beah Richards in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", Katharine Ross in "The Graduate"
  • 1976: Beatrice Straight in "Network", Jane Alexander in "All the President's Men", Jodie Foster in "Taxi Driver", Lee Grant in "Voyage of the Damned", Piper Laurie in "Carrie"
  • 1985: Anjelica Huston in "Prizzi's Honor", Margaret Avery in "The Color Purple", Amy Madigan in "Twice in a Lifetime", Meg Tilly in "Agnes of God", Oprah Winfrey in "The Color Purple"
  • 1994: Dianne Wiest in "Bullets Over Broadway", Rosemary Harris in "Tom and Viv", Helen Mirren in "The Madness of King George", Uma Thurman in "Pulp Fiction", Jennifer Tilly in "Bullets Over Broadway"
  • 2003: Renee Zellwegger in "Cold Mountain," Shohreh Aghdashloo in "House of Sand and Fog," Patricia Clarkson in "Pieces of April," Marcia Gay Harden in "Mystic River," Holly Hunter in "Thirteen"

11 comments:

OhMyTrill said...

2003

criticlasm said...

You must see Come to the Stable, if only for the name, and two noms. Then I would say "Some Came Running". Dianne Wiest is brilliant period--does that need to be reiterated? Lee Grant in Voyage of the Damned sounds too wonderful. Beatrice Straight was the shortest performance winner until Judi Dench--only on scene. And I mean shortest on screen time. Dame Judi may be the shortest aside from Anna Paquin. Ooh, so many good performances!

StinkyLulu said...

I suspect Linda Hunt is the shortest of them all...

Sam said...

1985 gets my vote. Meg Tilly was robbed. I'm not kidding, go watch Agnes of God again. '85 was the year that broke my Oscar cherry.

your mom said...

1954. I know, it's not one of the choices. Just sayin'.

par3182 said...

1967.

JMR said...

1958 -- mainly because I love both Some Came Running (which no one else has seen recently except, maybe, me) and Auntine Mame. After that, 2003, but only if you agree that my girl Shohrhe wuz robbed robbed robbed.

John T. said...

1976-I want to see an opinion on one of the shortest performances to ever win an Oscar, that of Beatrice Straight (plus, seeing an opinion of the young Jodie Foster).

Dr. S said...

I'm voting for 1967, because of The Graduate.

ModFab said...

I know I should probably vote for a more golden-age year, but I'm going with 1994. Wiest, Harris, Mirren, Thurman, and Tilly are the oddest bunch of these bunches, and I'd be intrigued to hear your take.

amir uk said...

2003 please!! A tough choice given that I'd love to hear musings on any one of these years (except perhaps 1958!).

But 2003 more than any other! What a phenomenal line-up of actresses: Aghdashloo (should've won), Clarkson (should win in future), Harden (previous winner with one of the finest supporting actress performances), Hunter (previous winner and consistent great work), Zellwegger (a deserving winner in most other years - I know there are many detractors to this performance!)

Kinda like the astonishing situation we had this year with Supporting Actress don'cha think?:...

Williams (should've won), Adams (should win in future), Keener (in any other year should've won - consistent great work), McDormand (previous winner and consistent great work), Weisz (a deserving winner in most other years)