#2. Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate: The most iconic performance in the bunch, but being iconic does not make the performance a great one. Lansbury does a great job at making Mrs. Iselin a memorable screen villain, but not one with a particular amount of depth. Instead, she just plays a really great caricature of a villain that can't rise about that status as a caricature. I don't want to sound too down on this performance, but I don't see what everybody else does. It's a one-note performance done quite well.
The Year in Review: By far the easiest verdict I've had to give to date. Patty is just heads above every other nominated lady. It wasn't a particularly fun year to do for me, as you can tell since it took me over two months to do it (Yikes!). I promise to speed the process up for my next year! Promise, promise, promise! Also, I choose all my years randomly, so as much as I love recommendations for years to do, I prefer to keeps this spontaneous and out of my own hands. But I may do a poll someday. =)
All Supporting Actress Nominee Ranking:
- Patty Duke in "The Miracle Worker"
- Anna Paquin in "The Piano"
- Emma Thompson in "In the Name of the Father"
- Claire Trevor in "Dead End"
- May Whitty in "Night Must Fall"
- Angela Lansbury in "The Manchurian Candidate"
- Anne Shirley in "Stella Dallas"
- Shirley Knight in "Sweet Bird of Youth"
- Rosie Perez in "Fearless"
- Alice Brady in "In Old Chicago"
- Mary Badham in "To Kill a Mockingbird"
- Holly Hunter in "The Firm"
- Thelma Ritter in "Birdman of Alcatraz"
- Winona Ryder in "The Age of Innocence"
- Andrea Leeds in "Stage Door"