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Best Actress Rewind: 1949

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Monday, Oct 4, 2010
Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur dips into the history of this category and compares the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!

Oscar Nominees:


Jeanne Crain ... Pinky
Olivia De Havilland ... The Heiress
Susan Hayward ... My Foolish Heart
Deborah Kerr ... Edward My Son
Loretta Young ... Come to the Stable


Mazur Nominees:


Jeanne Crain … Pinky



  
Joan Crawford … Flamingo Road


Peggy Cummins … Gun Crazy


Olivia de Havilland … The Heiress


Setsuko Hara … Late Spring


Oscar Winner: Olivia de Havilland took home her second round of Academy hardware for her iconic, classic Catherine Sloper this year, three years after her first for To Each His Own.


Mazur Winner: A very tough call, with each nominee deserving in their own way. To go against the grain, I will stick with noir babe Peggy Cummins, who played her femme fatale with a distinctly loud bang. As the gun-toting, slightly petulant Laurie Starr, a trigger-happy young woman who goes on a murderous crime spree, Cummins was all crackling energy and sharp edges, a rarity in 1949.

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