9.24.2009

QUESTION: Supporting Actresses in Fiction, Film & TV?

Today, I was literally stopped in my tracks by a startling realization: I can name a number of film, tv and literary accounts of female performers nominated as "Best Actress," or something similar; yet, I'm hard pressed to name even a handful of such depictions of fictional supporting actressness. I feel like I should have a better list. Can y'all help me out and add your thoughts/suggestions/recommendations in comments?

11 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I'm having a severe dumb moment here...explain again please. But if I understand, what about Sandy Dennis in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

StinkyLulu said...

Basically, what I'm curious about is IF there are any movies/tvshows/books that "depict" actresses being nominated in the Supporting category? I think Soapdish might, and I believe it's a thread in For Your Consideration, but I'm not sure...

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Aaaah. Dumb moment indeed. That's actually a good question. And I can't think of any...obviously people seem to have this knee-jerk effect thinking that supporting categories are bad. For example when those rabid Meryl Streep lovers start they always say God forbid she wins her third trophy for Supporting. I think an award is an award. Supporting or Leading.

PPO-10 said...

"Naked Gun 33 1/3" features a scene at the Oscars where Mary Lou Retton wins Best Supporting Actress.

Stranger things have happened...?

StinkyLulu said...

EXcellent, PPO-10 - thanks!

PPO-10 said...

In fact, if I remember correctly, it's a big production, with fellow nominees (Florence Henderson of course), featuring clips, and culminating in Retton flipping down the aisle en route to her trophy.

...It was all pretty funny, when you're 14.

CCW said...

Call Me Anna, a TV movie based on Patty Duke's autobiography of the same name, recreates her Oscar win for The Miracle Worker. I know this isn't "fiction," but it's one of the first things that popped into my head.

StinkyLulu said...

Thanks, CCW!
Definitely counts as a "depiction"!

Shaun said...

Maggie Smith in California Suite? Perhaps she plays an actress up for Best Actress but Smith herself won a Supporting Actress Oscar?

CCW said...

Lilia!, a one-woman show by actress Libby Skala about the life and career of her grandmother, Lilia Skala (Lilies of the Field).
Also, Freezing, a British comedy series starring Elizabeth McGovern. She plays a "semi-fictionalized" version of herself in this send-up of the UK entertainment industry (not positive if there's any mention of her nomination for Ragtime - I'm watching the series on youtube right now).

NATHANIEL R said...

what an interesting question and i came up blank. It's just a reminder that your every day person only really thinks about the Oscars in 3 categories: actor, actress and Best Picture