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Best Actress Rewind: 1980

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:

Ellen Burstyn ... Resurrection

Goldie Hawn ... Private Benjamin

Mary Tyler Moore ... Ordinary People

Gena Rowlands ... Gloria

Sissy Spacek ... Coal Miner's Daughter

Mazur Nominees:

Ellen Burstyn ... Resurrection

 
Catherine Denueve … The Last Metro

 

Gena Rowlands ... Gloria

 

Sissy Spacek ... Coal Miner's Daughter

 

Lily Tomlin … 9 to 5

 

Oscar Winner: Spacek, deserving and triumphant, but in my estimation, Sissy is, if you can even believe this, more deserving and triumphant in her other work. For a look at PopMatters Performer Spotlight on Sissy Spacek, please go here.

Mazur Winner: I'm going with Burstyn on this one. Resurrection is her finest acting performance. Period. For a look at PopMatters Performer Spotlight on Ellen Burstyn, including a discussion of Resurrection, please go here.

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