Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1975

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Ronee Blakley (Nashville)
Lee Grant (Shampoo)
Sylvia Miles (Farewell, my Lovely)
Lily Tomlin (Nashville)
Brenda Vaccaro (Once Is Not Enough)

Biggest Snub:

Marisa BerensonBarry 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.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Ronee Blakley
4. Sylvia Miles
3. Lily Tomlin
2. Lee Grant
1. Brenda Vaccaro


4. NashvilleNot 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 LovelyInteresting 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. ShampooBeatty 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 EnoughInteresting 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!

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1975

  1. Agree that Beatty perfectly cast himself in “Shampoo” – although that has little to do with the supporting roles in the movie. His character was in fact, based partially on Hollywood star hairdresser Jay Sebring – who was murdered, along with Sharon Tate and others, by the Manson family. I agree that this was not the strongest year. Vaccaro was very good in a cheeseball of a film. Blakely and (newbie at the time) Lily Tomlin probably canceled one another out. I remember Miles – who was always very distinctive and a stand out in her films – in what were usually very small parts that she did the most with (another was in “Midnight Cowboy”). And Grant had a couple of things going for her – a screenplay by Robert Towne and the fact that she was a veteran – a previous Oscar nominee (the only one in this group) and a survivor of the Hollywood Blacklist which ruined her career for many years.


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