Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Verdict -- Best Supporting Actress 1985

#5. Anjelica Huston in Prizzi's Honor: Anjelica is the first winner to receive a last place ranking from me, and that's due to her uneven but memorable performance as Maerose Prizzi. Her opening scenes rank among the best of these five ladies, but the amount of lackluster scenes that pile up after that dull her impact incredibly. Still, this is a performance with many classic lines and moments, and one that I used to despise and now only feel mostly ambivalent towards. Chalk that up as a small victory for Anjelica, I suppose.

#4. Meg Tilly in Agnes of God: Clearly the most out-there performance of the batch and thus the hardest to compare with her fellow nominees, but Meg Tilly sure does entertain as Sister Agnes. My closing thoughts in my review still stand, and I still have trouble describing my opinions on her memorably strange turn. She's a very unlikable and grating character, but she almost single-handedly makes the film work, and somehow makes her character not only believable but more believable than the two pedigreed actresses that costar in her film. Wonderfully weird is a good way to describe this one, I suppose.

#3. Amy Madigan in Twice in a Lifetime: I have literally never heard anything about Amy Madigan or this film before reviewing her performance, so I was pleasantly surprised to find her performance in Twice in a Lifetime to be a very strong one despite the dubiousness of the film. She's the film's trump card, and she makes the movie work almost single-handedly with her dynamic energy and forceful unwillingness to let her family off the hook. Her performance may not be as memorable or as over the top as her fellow nominees, but her restraint and self-awareness make this performance completely nomination-worthy.

#2. Margaret Avery in The Color Purple: These long four months have been the most beneficial to Margaret Avery, as her performance has climbed it's way up two spots after my initial viewing found me significantly less satisfied with it. But I'm glad I've seen the light, because this is a very elegant and graceful performance that fits very well with her director's style. Her Shug Avery may not be as fleshed out as she could be, but what she's lacking in raunch she makes up for in pure emotional impact and phenomenal chemistry with Whoopi Goldberg. If she had sung her own songs, this might have even been a half a point higher.

#1. Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple: Though I fell in love with both of the Color Purple ladies, there was no denying that Winfrey's Sofia is my choice in this strong year. She's the least realistic character in The Color Purple, and is very often cartoonish, but by the time she circles back around and absolutely breaks your heart you don't even really care about that anymore. Larger than life, and as entertaining as can be I have no shame in my love for this performance.

The Year in Review: The amount of time it took me to complete this year should not be looked at as a commentary on the quality of these ladies' performances, but rather a commentary on my lack of motivation and extreme business over the last few months. In what seems to be a running theme, of these 4 films I really didn't like three of them (I give you 0 guesses as to which ones), though for the most part these ladies were the best parts of their respective movies. In an ideal world, the three ladies from Clue would have been duking it out for the Oscar, and I'd be satisfied with any of them having won really. But alas. Not to take anything away from Oprah, who is fantastic. I have another year already lined up, but I'm going to play it smart and get at least two or three reviews in the can before I even announce it. I'll throw out a useless hint: It's a year from 2000s with 2 nominees sharing a single film.

Shoulda Been a Contender: Eileen Brennan in Clue; Madeline Kahn in Clue; Lesley Ann Warren in Clue

All Supporting Actress Nominees Ranking:
  1. Patty Duke in "The Miracle Worker" (1962)
  2. Dorothy Malone in "Written on the Wind" (1956)
  3. Thelma Ritter in "Pickup on South Street" (1953)
  4. Linda Hunt in "The Year of Living Dangerously" (1983)
  5. Anna Paquin in "The Piano" (1993)
  6. Cher in "Silkwood" (1983)
  7. Eileen Heckart in "The Bad Seed" (1956)
  8. Emma Thompson in "In the Name of the Father" (1993)
  9. Julianne Moore in "Boogie Nights" (1997) 
  10. Ellen Burstyn in "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
  11. Oprah Winfrey in "The Color Purple" (1985)
  12. Patty McCormack in "The Bad Seed" (1956)
  13. Claire Trevor in "Dead End" (1937)
  14. May Whitty in "Night Must Fall" (1937)
  15. Margaret Avery in "The Color Purple" (1985)
  16. Mildred Dunnock in "Baby Doll" (1956)
  17. Angela Lansbury in "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962)
  18. Ethel Waters in "Pinky" (1949)
  19. Amy Madigan in "Twice in a Lifetime" (1985)
  20. Meg Tilly in "Agnes of God" (1985)
  21. Gloria Stuart in "Titanic" (1997)
  22. Alfre Woodard in "Cross Creek" (1983)
  23. Barbara Harris in "Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?" (1971)
  24. Geraldine Page in "Hondo" (1953)
  25. Anne Shirley in "Stella Dallas" (1937)
  26. Amy Irving in "Yentl" (1983)
  27. Kim Basinger in "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
  28. Shirley Knight in "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962)
  29. Cloris Leachman in "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
  30. Margaret Leighton in "The Go-Between" (1971)
  31. Rosie Perez in "Fearless" (1993)
  32. Mercedes McCambridge in "All the King's Men" (1949)
  33. Joan Cusack in "In & Out" (1997)
  34. Anjelica Huston in "Prizzi's Honor" (1985)
  35. Ann-Margret in "Carnal Knowledge" (1971)
  36. Donna Reed in "From Here to Eternity" (1953)
  37. Glenn Close in "The Big Chill" (1983)
  38. Alice Brady in "In Old Chicago" (1937)
  39. Mary Badham in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) 
  40. Holly Hunter in "The Firm" (1993)
  41. Celeste Holm in "Come to the Stable" (1949)
  42. Ethel Barrymore in "Pinky" (1949)
  43. Minnie Driver in "Good Will Hunting" (1997)
  44. Thelma Ritter in "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962) 
  45. Winona Ryder in "The Age of Innocence" (1993)
  46. Grace Kelly in "Mogambo" (1953)
  47. Mercedes McCambridge in "Giant" (1956)
  48. Marjorie Rambeau in "Torch Song" (1953) 
  49. Elsa Lanchester in "Come to the Stable" (1949)
  50. Andrea Leeds in  "Stage Door" (1937)


dinasztie said...

Better late than never. :) I don't know who's my pick. I really like Anjelica, though.

Sebbers said...

I truly enjoy Meg Tilly's performance a LOT. Is it technically "great"? It's really debatable, I personally find it absolutely breathtaking, but at the same time I completely understand people's harsh negative opinions on it as well. I personally really, really love it though and think it's one of the most bizarre Oscar nominations in history, which I appreciate.

Joey said...

OMG I am so excited for a few reasons, Number 1- You also agree Anjelica Houston was the worst of the 5. Although I do think Meg Tilly should of won, she was poised to win after winning the Golden Globe, but you also agree the 3 Clue ladies should of gotten recognition. In a perfect world the nominees would of been
Meg Tilly- Agens of God
Madeline Kahn- Clue
Eileen Brennan- Clue
Lesley Ann Warren- Clue
Margaret Avery- The Color Purple