Candice Bergen – Gandhi
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 talented and good nominees even if none of them are clearly a front runner.
5. Lesley Ann Warren
4. Teri Garr
3. Kim Stanley
2. Glenn Close
1. Jessica Lange
4. Victor Victoria – Funny idea that gets crazier and crazier as things move along. Spectacular cast helps keep this enjoyable and Andrews shines in the lead role. The use of a 1930’s backdrop helps the story because it is able to feature the ideas of Chicago and gangsters which helps highlight the macho/anti-macho stance of this film. The music and songs are passable, but are far from being as memorable as some of the non musical scenes of this film.
3. Frances – Biopic that isn’t as interesting as one would expect because the story moves along at a strange kind of pace. Lange is superb in the lead role and once again proves how great an actress she could be since we truly believe that she is going through all of the hardships that her character is experiencing along the way. She deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here. Stanley was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lange’s very domineering mother.
2. The World According to Garp – As funny as Williams could be in comedies, he really shined in dramatic roles. Irving loves controversial material and this movie is no exception to that. I assume the book tells a better narrative since stories like this are not the easiest to adapt to the screen. Close and Lithgow are both excellent in supporting roles.
1. Tootsie – Great film that works on numerous levels. Hoffman is superb in the dual roles and is quite convincing in both of them. The supporting cast is perfectly chosen with Pollack standing out as Hoffman’s agent and Lange as an actress who he befriends. The script is fun and witty and works the entire time despite the premise seeming to be a bit crazy. This film is still very relevant today after more than 35 years and says so much about how Hollywood (and the entertainment industry on a whole) has worked for years without much changes. Was nominated for 10 Oscars yet only managed to win Best Supporting Actress for Lange. It did win Best Musical or Comedy Film at the Golden Globes that year tho.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I guess so! JL was quite good in Tootsie, but any of the 5 nominees could have conceivably have won this award since none of them stand a head above the rest.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!