Best Actress Rewind


by Matt Mazur

2 September 2010

Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur dips into the history of this category and compares the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!
Should have won... the dopplegangers of Ingmar Bergman's masterwork Persona

Oscar’s Nominees
Anouk Aimée ... A Man and a Woman
Ida Kaminska ... The Shop on Main Street
Lynn Redgrave - Georgy Girl
Vanessa Redgrave - Morgan!
Elizabeth Taylor - Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mazur’s Nominees:

Bibi Andersson & Liv Ullmann ... Persona

Jeanne Moreau ... Mademoiselle

Vanessa Redgrave ... Blow-Up

Nina Pens Rode ... Gertrud

Elizabeth Taylor ... Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Oscar Winner: Taylor, one of the first women to work a total “de-glam” performance—complete with weight gain, vulgarity and aging—into a statuette. Sometimes the gimmickry works, sometimes it simply grates. Is that the character of Martha? Or is Taylor simply out of her element in a role that might have been better suited to someone like Bette Davis?

Mazur Winner:: It is impossible to split the dopplegangers of Ingmar Bergman’s masterwork Persona and both Ullmann (for her silence) and Andersson (for her explicit verbosity) deserve top honors this year. Of course, neither was nominated for the Oscar.

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