Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1966

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Sandy Dennis (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
Wendy Hiller (A Man for All Seasons)
Jocelyne LaGarde (Hawaii)
Vivien Merchant (Alfie)
Geraldine Page (You’re a Big Boy Now)

Biggest Snub:

Judi West – The Fortune Cookie

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year that has one great performance and four good performances as the nominees.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Geraldine Page
4. Vivien Merchant
3. Wendy Hiller
2. Jocelyne LaGarde
1. Sandy Dennis


5. AlfieDidn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. Caine plays against type here and his character isn’t likeable at all. Wasn’t a fan of the way they kept breaking the 4thw all here. The character wasn’t as believable as we would like him to be and it’s hard to feel sorry for a character like that. Wasn’t as cathartic as I expected it to be.
4. You’re a Big Boy NowThis is a really wacky film that gets crazier and crazier as it moves along. The story deals with an “innocent” boy’s entrance into the world of the budding Sexual Revolution and how his parents try to protect him from it. The story moves along at a strange pace which doesn’t allow for us to care much about things. The characters aren’t developed well enough and many of them keep changing their colors along the way without enough of an explanation which distances them from us more and more along the way. Page was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film.
3. HawaiiInteresting film that unfortunately drags on a bit too much. Michener knows how to tell stories in epic fashion, but his writing helps create an atmosphere that this film isn’t able to reach.  The story itself is told well and stays interesting most of the time because we get to see how these two very different cultures are able to clash and then try to find a way to work to a common vergence along the way. The cast is great and they each allow us to get a clear picture of who they are and more importantly what they stand for. LaGarde is the standout among the cast and was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here.
2. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Such a great film because it manages to develop all four of the leads so well in such a short period of time. The audience easily gets pulled into the story and we constantly want to know more and more about the characters who are so interesting and devastating to watch at the same time. Written extremely realistically and gripping from start to finish even though it is entirely carried by its dialogue. Won 5 of its 13 Oscar nominations that year.
1. A Man for All SeasonsGreat performance by Scofield that carries the whole movie. Very deserving of all its accolades including Best Picture and Actor.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  SD is superb in WAOVW and gave the most powerful performance of any of the nominees.

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

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1966

  1. I liked ALFIE a LOT more than you did. Thought it was very powerful – especially given the subject matter and the time it was made. That single closeup of Caine’s face while he was watching the abortion was devastating and showed what an excellent actor he is – in or against “type”. And Vivien Merchant was exceptional. She would’ve placed much higher in my rankings. Sandy Dennis WAS excellent, especially amongst her fellow nominees in Woolf, but the dithery, woebegone character she played was not that far removed from characters she played in other films in her career – so she won – but I’d put her much closer to the pack than to say she ran away with the award.

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