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Best Actress Rewind: 1979

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Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010
Should have won... Bette Midler in The Rose
Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur dips into the history of this category and compares and contrasts the Academy's nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!

Oscar’s Nominees
Jill Clayburgh ... Starting Over
Sally Field ... Norma Rae
Jane Fonda ... The China Syndrome
Marsha Mason ... Chapter Two
Bette Midler The Rose


Mazur’s Nominees:


Jill Clayburgh … La Luna



  
Jane Fonda ... The China Syndrome


Diane Keaton … Manhattan


Bette Midler ... The Rose


Hanna Schygulla ... The Marriage of Maria Braun


Oscar Winner: The likable Field, who swept as an iconic, struggling union organizer.


Mazur Winner:: The prickly, raw Midler who channeled Janis Joplin’s tortured rock and roll essence and howled like a rainstorm in the live performance scenes in a way she has not attempted since. If ever there was a prime time to award Midler with an Oscar, this was it—and voters missed the boat despite her Best Actress nom for the terrible musical For the Boys in 1991.

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