Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
Elizabeth Ashley – Ship of Fools
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with one great performance that truly stands out among the nominees.
5. Ruth Gordon
4. Joyce Redman
3. Maggie Smith
2. Peggy Wood
1. Shelley Winters
4. Inside Daisy Clover – Very boring movie that isn’t quite sure as to what it is wants to say. Redford and Wood are good together, but neither is perfect here.
3. Othello – Great cast but the film moves along too slowly to stay interesting. Never having been a fan of Shakespearean verse, listening to these great actors was not easy for nearly 3 hours. Olivier’s blackface is strange to look at and seems even more anachronistic 53 years after this was made. The themes of jealousy and revenge helps make this one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies even if I personally had trouble feeling connected to these performances.
2. A Patch of Blue – Very bold film for its time. Love the message that some things are more important that physical appearance. Poitier and Hartman have very nice chemistry together. Winters (who won a Best Supporting Actress for this role) obviously steals every scene she is in because of her character’s ability to say what she thinks without any kind of restraint holding her back. Parts move along a bit slowly, but overall, the end result is nice to watch because it was so groundbreaking at the time
1. The Sound of Music – Great musical, fun movie. A true classic! Very deserving of all of its accolades.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! SW clearly gives the most powerful performance of the nominees and was the best choice for the win.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!