Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1971

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Ellen Burstyn (The Last Picture Show)
Barbara Harris (Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?)
Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show)
Margaret Leighton (The Go-Between)
Ann-Margret (Carnal Knowledge)

Biggest Snub:

Diana Rigg – The Hospital

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 great actresses nominated, but two of them are better than the rest and could have potentially cancelled each other out since they were both from the same film.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Barbara Harris
4. Ann-Margret
3. Margaret Leighton
2. Ellen Burstyn
1. Cloris Leachman


4. Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?Terrible film that is much too existential for my taste. The story floats around too freely while trying to find a way to anchor the story. Hoffman comes across as seeming quite in-genuine in this role and it’s quite hard to take him or his character seriously. Harris has a few nice scenes and I can understand how she could get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for this role yet she can’t help this very strange film become more enjoyable.  The film tries to bring a correlation between success in business and success in life and love yet doesn’t work convincingly enough for us to truly believe this storyline.
3. The Go-BetweenReally boring film that probably was much better in book form than it is on screen. The characters aren’t developed well enough for us to care about them and the secret messages between the two lovers make things feel much more distant since it is all done via a messenger. The dialogue is minimal and Leighton stands out among everyone as the mother of Christie trying to ensure a financially sound future for her daughter even if she doesn’t love the intended man. Leighton was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here.  The story itself moves at a super slow pace and fails to find a way to keep the story interesting.
2. Carnal KnowledgeA very mediocre film that tries to show how “the grass is always greener”.
1. The Last Picture ShowSlow, but very good story that says so much about how youth want to get older and how older people reminisce about their vibrant youthful days. Great script that is portrayed expertly by its cast. Bottoms, Bridges and Shepard made names for themselves here. Johnson, Leachman and Burstyn are great in supporting roles that earned each of them an Oscar nomination with Johnson and Leachman taking home supporting actor gold for this movie.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  CL and EB are both wonderful in LPS, but Leachman is slightly better and was the best of this year’s field of nominees.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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