VOTE: JULY's Supporting Actress Sundays!

It's that time again, lovely reader - time for you to determine JULY's roster of Supporting Actresses. As you'll note, we're picking things up where last month's voting left off, which brings us to a midcentury batch of Oscar's Supporting Actresses. (This continues what will be a "March of Time" through the summer and early fall months, as we travel decade by decade through the category's history). So, lovely constituents...

What year deserves the focus
for JULY's month of
Supporting Actress Sundays?
1948: Claire Trevor in Key Largo, Barbara Bel Geddes in I Remember Mama, Ellen Corby in I Remember Mama, Agnes Moorehead in Johnny Belinda, Jean Simmons in Hamlet.
1949: Ethel Barrymore in Pinky, Celeste Holm in Come to the Stable, Elsa Lanchester in Come to the Stable, Mercedes McCambridge in All the King's Men, Ethel Waters in Pinky.
1951: Joan Blondell in
The Blue Veil, Mildred Dunnock in Death of a Salesman, Lee Grant in Detective Story, Kim Hunter in A Streetcar Named Desire, Thelma Ritter in The Mating Season.
1952: Gloria Grahame in
The Bad and the Beautiful, Jean Hagen in Singin' In The Rain, Colette Marchand in Moulin Rouge, Terry Moore in Come Back, Little Sheba, Thelma Ritter in With a Song in My Heart.
1954: Nina Foch in
Executive Suite, Katy Jurado in Broken Lance, Eva Marie Saint in On The Waterfront, Jan Sterling in The High and the Mighty, Claire Trevor in The High and the Mighty.
1956: Mildred Dunnock in
Baby Doll, Eileen Heckart in The Bad Seed, Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind, Mercedes McCambridge in Giant, Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed.
1957: Carolyn Jones in
The Bachelor Party, Elsa Lanchester in Witness for the Prosecution, Hope Lange in Peyton Place, Miyoshi Umeki in Sayonara, Diane Varsi in Peyton Place.
1959: Hermione Baddeley in
Room at the Top, Susan Kohner in Imitation of Life, Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life, Thelma Ritter in Pillow Talk, Shelley Winters in The Diary of Anne Frank.
1960: Glynis Johns in
The Sundowners, Shirley Jones in Elmer Gantry, Shirley Knight in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Janet Leigh in Psycho, Mary Ure in Sons and Lovers.
The choice is yours...
Let your voice be heard by voting in the column at right or HERE.
Previously in this period: 1950, 1953, 1955, 1958.


Raybee said...


Hermione Baddeley is supposedly the shortest nominee ever and I'd like to see what she actually clocks in as. It's been estimated like 2-3 minutes.

Dame James Henry said...

1952. Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain, aka the BEST performance ever nominated in this category. And Marchand is pretty damn good too.

Raybee said...

Uhmm.. barf. Marchand sucked. Grahame's performance is the only decent one that year.

CanadianKen said...

I'm resigned to '52 winning the vote this time. Because so many people (I'm not among 'em) seem to be stuck on Jean Hagen's performance in SINGIN' IN THE RAIN. Plus Thelma Ritter and Gloria Grahame are in the mix that year. And both retain iconic stature for vintage movie fans. So many of the films from the other years will be difficult or impossible to find (DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, THE BLUE VEIL, SONS AND LOVERS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN). 1949 is tempting. But good luck finding a copy of COME TO THE STABLE.

StinkyLulu said...

Ken's right - we're hitting a pile of obscurities in these years. That said, I can "hook up" Smackdowners on a few titles (Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Death of a Salesman, The Blue Veil, Come to the Stable). The real problem titles are Room at the Top and Sons and Lovers.

JS said...

I think we're going to stick to the "one Thelma Ritter performance per year" trend.

2006 - The Birdman of Alcatraz
2007 - All About Eve
2008 - Pickup on South Street
2009 - ???

I'm really interested in finally discussing one of Ethel Barrymore's performances.

Middento said...

Come on, 1952!! Mainly because I want to know why Jean Hagen lost. (I love that movie so damn much...)

whip-smart said...

If I'm not mistaken, "Room at the Top" is available via Netflix.

I must say I'm surprised that 1954 proves so popular... I'd like to see 1960 or 1951 get it.

StinkyLulu said...

Room at the Top is in the netflix system, but not in circulation (that ominous green "save" button).

StinkyLulu said...

BTW - I really wanna do 1956.

whip-smart said...

Oh, yeah. 'Come to the Stable' plays on instant, though.

I'm interested in the 'Bad Seed' girls and, to some extent, Dunnock, but 'Giant' doesn't pose much interest for me and I *hated* 'Written on the Wind'.

Count me against the 'Imitation of Life' gals, too - only Sandra Dee was award-worthy in that film, IMO... I guess I just don't like Douglas Sirk too much. Moore never escaped the 'magic negro' stereotype (although I have a feeling you'll like it, Lulu, seeing as you liked Beah Richards' similar performance in 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner') and Kohner had some moments of genius ("crawdads for me masser!") but also some mind-blowing instances of utter awkwardness.

whip-smart said...

Who the hell was voting for 1949? One of the worst years ever... McCambridge is good, but the other nominees are underwhelming and its only THREE FILMS!

StinkyLulu said...

I know, I know...

But maybe it'll permit me to catch up (with things like Lesley Manville)...

whip-smart said...

Every cloud has a silver lining, I guess...

*sigh*... I was SO looking forward to Janet Leigh & Shirley Knight profiles.