Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1973

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Linda Blair (The Exorcist)
Candy Clark (American Graffiti)
Madeline Kahn (Paper Moon)
Tatum O’Neal (Paper Moon)
Sylvia Sidney (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams)

Biggest Snub:

Eileen Brennan – The Sting

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with two great nominees who were born very young and 3 adequate nominees to help fill out the category.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Sylvia Sidney
4. Candy Clark
3. Madeline Kahn
2. Linda Blair
1. Tatum O’Neal


4. Summer Wishes, Winter DreamsInteresting idea that just doesn’t work at all. The story is presented in a pretty boring fashion and it’s so hard to care about any of the characters as the story moves along. None of them are shown as being sympathetic and that hurts things a lot here. Woodward was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress and Sidney was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The most sympathetic character is played by Balsam as Woodward’s husband who has a few very impressive scenes dealing with his life during the war 3 decades earlier, but the rest is much too slow and uninteresting.
3. Paper MoonExcellent performances by both O’Neals and I can fully understand how Tatum won an Oscar for this role. The story is good but is a bit slow for my taste despite it working well. Most of the dialogue is superb and all of the characters feel sincere in everything that they do which means that they do their con-jobs quite well.
2. American GraffitiMovie that proved Lucas knew what he was doing as a writer and director. Love how this was the inspiration for Happy Days. Great cast of relatively unknowns that mostly went on to bigger and brighter projects. Excellent soundtrack and production that transports us back to the early 1960’s
1. The ExorcistSo much better than I had recalled. This film builds the story up really well and keeps things thrilling and interesting the entire time. I liked the fact that they approach this supernatural subject from a realistic perspective and try to show that something like this can actually happen. The pacing of this film works really well and nothing seems neither forced nor rushed. The cast is great and they are do a fine job keeping this exciting and powerful. Definitely was deserving of being the very first film from the horror genre to break the glass ceiling and get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture along with 9 other nominations. It managed to only win Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Definitely!  TO was amazing here and was so much better than all of the other nominees with this exceptional 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 1973

  1. I agree with your agreement on Tatum – maybe not with comment that she was “so much better”: than the others. Madeleine Kahn was terrific – in the same movie. So if Tatum won, she clearly did not. Candy Clark was also a standout in a big (and young and mostly unknown other than Ron Howard) cast in Graffiti and Linda Blair – especially considering her age and the material – was excellent in The Exorcist. Might have hurt her vote count a bit when it leaked out that (previous Oscar winner) Mercedes McCambridge had done the voice of the possessed Regan.


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