Marisa Berenson – Barry Lyndon
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 ok nominees in this category, but two of them made more of impact than the other three did in their films.
5. Ronee Blakley
4. Sylvia Miles
3. Lily Tomlin
2. Lee Grant
1. Brenda Vaccaro
4. Nashville – Not the biggest fan of Altman’s kind of film-making technique despite recognizing the uniqueness of it. Found many of the characters uninteresting and was waiting to see some kind of coherent plot…which never appears. The movie dragged in certain scenes and was distracting despite it being created like life just like that.
3. Farewell, my Lovely – Interesting film noir thriller that does a fine job keeping things intriguing. Mitchum as Marlowe works really well even if he is much older than the part really calls for. The story moves in some very strange directions yet manages to find a way to put it all together in a round about way. Miles was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film.
2. Shampoo – Beatty perfectly cast himself in the lead role of this film and in a way satires his own life in Hollywood. The supporting cast is amazing and we get to see so much about what is stopping him from achieving success in business from all of their viewpoints. Grant is the standout here as the wife of a potential investor who is having an affair with Beatty’s character since she is neglected by her husband who is having his own affair. Just her reactions and eye moment in certain scenes show how deserving she was in winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this role. The fact that the main character has a prevalence to bed every woman he meets constantly makes him required to juggles his life and excuses because he must constantly lie around every corner. The idea that the story takes place over only a few days makes things even more complicated for him since he has so much going on all at once. This film probably worked much better when it came out as a social commentary on the time, but there are definitely elements that still feel very relevant to the world we live in.
1. Once Is Not Enough – Interesting premise that tries to look at the way being the child of a successful producer can affect one’s life. The story does a nice job staying focused on the daughter instead of the father as we learn more and more about the lifestyle she has taken on in order to both impress and anger her father along the way. Great cast that no matter how popular or famous they are are in supporting roles to Deborah Raffin who is clearly the lead. Douglas is intriguing as the father who wants to try and make amends to his daughter no matter the cost. Vaccar stands out as Raffin’s friend who teachers her all about the way to live in high society. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here and it’s completely understandable why. The story itself takes a little too long to get moving but once it does, uit’s quite interesting to watch even if it doesn’t manage to reach its full potential.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! LG is fine in Sampoo, but BV was much better in OINE and gave aore of a standout and impactful performance.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!