Best Actress Rewind


by Matt Mazur

19 August 2011

Best Actress Rewind is back! Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur challenges the Academy's choices in his favorite category, comparing the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!

Oscar Nominees:

Susan Hayward ... I Want to Live!
Deborah Kerr ... Separate Tables
Shirley MacLaine ... Some Came Running
Rosalind Russell ... Auntie Mame
Elizabeth Taylor ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Mazur Nominees:

Susan Hayward ... I Want to Live!


Dorothy Malone … The Tarnished Angels



Kim Novak … Vertigo



Kim Stanley … The Goddess



Elizabeth Taylor … Cat on a Hot Tin Roof



Oscar Winner: Susan Hayward.

Mazur Winner: There is no doubt in my mind that Kim Stanley gives a bravura performances as a Marilyn Monroe-esque actress. The fact of the matter is that Stanley, often dubbed “The Female Brando” for her immersive Method acting techniques, gives one of the finest performances of the 1950s. No one even comes close to her explosive work this year. The tragic trajectory of this mercurial woman is held together flawlessly by Stanley, usually a very cerebral actress, body and soul. There are no seams.

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