Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1969

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Catherine Burns (Last Summer)
Dyan Cannon (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice)
Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower)
Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy)
Susannah York (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?)

Biggest Snub:

Katharine Ross – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 worthy nominees, but one of them had a real breakout role which started a very long and successful career.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Sylvia Miles
4. Susannah York
3. Dyan Cannon
2. Catherine Burns
1. Goldie Hawn


5. Midnight CowboyStoryline is a bit unbelievable and didn’t age well, but the great acting here somewhat makes up for it. A pretty mediocre Best Picture Winner IMHO.
4. Last SummerInteresting coming of age movie that works on numerous levels. The cast is great even if they were all unknown at the time and Thomas, Hershey and Davison all do wonderful jobs with the characters they are given. We get a clear sense of what they all want from life even if it’s from a very distorted view of a teenager. As the fourth youth, Burns steals every scene she is in and the way that her character becomes even more pivotal to the story is shown really well because we get to see her change over the course of the story. She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here.
3. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?Very interesting film that allows us to see people are they are slowly worn down due to exhaustion and fatigue due to this non-stop marathon. The cast is superb and obviously Fonda and Young both stand out the most between everyone. Young deservingly won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role. The film moves along quite slowly yet still lets us try and understand what every one of these characters is going through along the way and we slowly see how their personas begin to change as layer by layer things are peeled away.
2. Cactus FlowerHilarious film that gets crazier and crazier as the story moves along yet still remains grounded throughout. The premise is a great one and they manage to find a way to keep things moving the entire time even with such a small cast. Matthau is great in the lead and is helped by Bergman and Hawn to keep things so enjoyable from start to finish. Hawn deservingly was nominated for and won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film. Diamond does an amazing job adapting this play for the screen and helps keep it so much fun the entire time.
1. Bob & Carol & Ted & AliceGreat plot that delves into the ideas of romantic love and physical love and what are potentially the differences between the two. Culp, Wood, Gould and Cannon are all great here because we get to see four differing opinions on the subject who debate it all for us to also try and come to some sort of conclusion. This film’s poster and premise make it seem like it is a drama about swingers but it really isn’t because it tries to dissect what people of that time and place thought about love. many scenes are still relevant today.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  GH is superb in CF and was slightly better than the rest of the nominees in this breakthrough role for her.

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

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