3.04.2009

VOTE for April's Supporting Actress Sundays

With regard to matters Supporting Actress, March tends to be -- as they say -- a month of rest. A time for me to do some "catch up" on overdue tasks (Ann Blyth - I'm looking at you) as well as some time for me to play a little. But that doesn't mean we can't take some time to look forward to next month's potential rosters of Supporting Actressness. Below you'll see a chronologically broad selection of rosters, each of which contains at least two movies (and, thus, performances) that I'm embarrassed never to have seen. So, take your pick, lovelies -- where should StinkyLulu look next?

What year deserves the focus
for APRIL'S month of
Supporting Actress Sundays?
1937: Alice Brady in In Old Chicago, Andrea Leeds in Stage Door, Anne Shirley in Stella Dallas, Claire Trevor in Dead End, May Whitty in Night Must Fall.
1947: Ethel Barrymore in The Paradine Case, Gloria Grahame in Crossfire, Celeste Holm in Gentleman's Agreement, Marjorie Main in The Egg and I, Anne Revere in Gentleman's Agreement.
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.
1968: Lynn Carlin in Faces, Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby, Sondra Locke in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Kay Medford in Funny Girl, Estelle Parsons in Rachel, Rachel.
1977: Leslie Browne in The Turning Point, Quinn Cummings in The Goodbye Girl, Melinda Dillon in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Vanessa Redgrave in Julia, Tuesday Weld in Looking for Mr. Goodbar.
1983: Cher in Silkwood, Glenn Close in The Big Chill, Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously, Amy Irving in Yentl, Alfre Woodard in Cross Creek.
1992: Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives, Joan Plowright in Enchanted April, Vanessa Redgrave in Howards End, Miranda Richardson in Damage, Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny.
2001: Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind, Helen Mirren in Gosford Park, Maggie Smith in Gosford Park, Marisa Tomei in In the Bedroom, Kate Winslet in Iris.

Let your voice be heard by casting your vote in the column at right...
or by clicking HERE.

16 comments:

Michael said...

I voted for 77. A really eclectic roster. Performances range from abysmal (Browne) to masterful (Dillon, Redgrave).

Michael Shetina

Alex in Movieland said...

77 is wacky :)

I voted for 1992!
Because you smackdowners just know that 1992 has been snubbed like 3 or 4 time already!

2001 is a killer choice too. Same for 1959.

from the 8 voting options, I can (and would be honored to)participate in 5 of them. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed! :D

NATHANIEL R said...

I almost couldn't chooose one this time. Stage Door is a treat in 37. 47 is the only year i haven't seen ANY! (oops). 59 is a really fun roster. 68 is ultra fascinating but I've seen all of them quite recently so not sure i want to relive so quickly. 77 is interesting. 83 brings back a ton of memories. 92 is classy/fun.

the only one i could rule out easily was 2001... because I cannot bear the thought of watching a beautiful mind a third time ;)

not that I'm demanding a place on the panel but I totally miss doing these (sniffle)

Criticlasm said...

I'd be interested in your take on Gentleman's Agreement. I still have that on my "too read" list.

Slayton said...

92 will win, and I have no problem with it being covered - its a very interesting year. I voted for 1937 just to go against the flow - it is a year of interesting roles and great performances! But all these choices were great.

jakey said...

I voted for '92 simply because after years and years of reading about the Tomei win, I've never heard a cogent argument about who should have won that year. '01 and '87 looked interesting too, and I like how '77 has a rare performance from a "genre" film nominated (Dillon).

Alex in Movieland said...

well, I think there are 2 more weeks of voting so... who knows.

I would be really interested in 92 because I'm not sure what the smackdown result would be. I know my brilliant favorite (*cough* Davis *caugh*) has a strong chance, but there are also some hardcore Marisa fans outthere.

Alex in Movieland said...

68 is indeed ultra fascinating, but unfortunately I can't get my hands on both Rachel, Rachel AND the heart is a lonely hunter. :(

Ortzi said...

I voted for 1992, and I call out first to participate in the smackdown if this year wins. ;-)

Alex in Movieland said...

second.
please :)

StinkyLulu said...

Once the voting is closed (which may happen sooner than 2 weeks if it becomes a runaway - i like to wait for 200 votes, but we'll see), I'll post an official invitation for smackdowners.

So, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement.

(And because folks seemed to enjoy the huge panel for the 2008 smackdown, and even though it's a headache for me, I'll go with as many as 8 or 9 smackdowners...providing there's that much interest.)
even though it can be a headache for me, I

Slayton said...

I'll do the 1992 smackdown if it wins

tdh1980 said...

1992! Last week I went through your archives thinking maybe I had missed that smackdown only to find that you have yet to do it. Isn't that the last time a TRULY comedic supporting actress performance won?

tdh1980 said...

Oops, I did forget about the Woody Allen winners, Wiest and Sorvino.

StinkyLulu said...

Yes, the late 1980s and early 1990s were something of a golden era of comedic winners: Wiest, Dukakis, Goldberg, Tomei, Wiest, and Sorvino between 1986 and 1995. (And that's not counting funny-ish performances like Geena Davis and Mercedes Ruehl.) Since Sorvino, though, only Judi Dench is at all legible as a comedic performance -- at least until this year.

Brooke Cloudbuster said...

On some level, I think Renee Zellweger in 2003 in a comedic performance, but for sorrier reasons.