Jenny Agutter – Equus
My Overall Thoughts:
This is yet another year without any outstanding nominees in this category and any of them could make a case for the win.
5. Leslie Browne
4. Melinda Dillon
3. Tuesday Weld
2. Vanessa Redgrave
1. Quinn Cummings
5. The Turning Point – Interesting film that looks at how people reflect on choices they made in life. I probably would have enjoyed this even more if I was a fan of ballet (which I’m surprisingly not). Bancroft and MacLaine are both great here because we easily get to see how different the paths of two similar lives can take solely depending on each decision.
4. Julia – Gripping tale of friendship over danger and the love friends can have even when separated for so long.
3. Looking for Mr. Goodbar – Interesting idea that falls a bit flat because things get a bit too complicated and convoluted along the way. Keaton is quite good in this role which gets dark and is very different from the kinds of roles she has become associated with over her career. Great supporting roles from some very familiar actors who were unknown at the time. Gere, Atherton and Berenger all show their acting promise in this film. Weld received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this movie. Unfortunately, despite the great cast, this isn’t as thrilling as one might hope for tho.
2. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Great film that is reminiscent of other early Spielberg films, yet doesn’t seem to have as great an impact despite that. The cast is quite good here and Dreyfuss plays the is he crazy/or isn’t he role quite well. The way that the mystery of it all is teased throughout is great but the final meeting is a slight letdown due to the way it is built up until that point. Score by Williams is great to listen to. Special effects are great for it’s time, but the film leaves too many questions unanswered to be considered amazing.
1. The Goodbye Girl – This film works so well mostly due to the amazing chemistry between its two leads, Dreyfuss and Mason. Even when they clash, you can feel the connection between the characters. As with most Simon plays, the dialogue is superbly written and watching the conversations performed onscreen is amazing because it makes you truly believe that you are watching a live conversation/argument. Dreyfuss deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actor for this role. It wasn’t the best film of ’77, but it comes awfully close. Cummings is also great in a supporting role… it’s too bad this film didn’t help launch her career.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! I can understand how VR could win here, but there was at least one role that was much better and I think she may have squeaked thru due to her lack of previous wins along with her being part of a legacy family.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!