Ann Sothern – The Best Man
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 above average performances that are all quite good, but none stand out so much. Two of them are slightly better than the rest, but any could have taken home Gold for their work here.
4. Gladys Cooper
3. Edith Evans
2. Agnes Moorehead
1. Lila Kedrova
5. The Night of the Iguana – Interesting idea for a story but it gets too much over the top too often along the way. Williams is a great playwright but this film’s dialogue is too much and loses so much of its impact along the way. Great cast with Burton, Gardner and Kerr all giving nice performances even if the story is a bit too much. The cinematography of the Mexican coast is beautiful to look at and there are some great shots of the sea and the coastline as the backdrop for this story.
4. The Chalk Garden – Great look at the affect of growing up without parents and how one needs to have the proper guidance in life. The way that they keep certain aspects of the story mysterious works quite well in helping to establish an intriguing storyline with some great surprises along the way. Mills is great in this film since she usually doesn’t play such a precocious child and this shows that even at her young age, she had range. The film manages to tell a very compelling story that slowly gives us more and more information as it moves to some very interesting and intriguing revelations along the way. Evans was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here as the grandmother doing the best she can to raise her granddaughter.
3. My Fair Lady – Not the best Best Picture, but entertaining never the less.
2. Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte – Great psychological thriller that manages to work on multiple levels. The cast is superb with David, DeHavilland, Cotten and Moorehead all giving great performances. The story has a few great twists and turns along the way that help make things feel even more confusing yet interesting at the same time due to so many of the questions raised along the way. The fact that we quickly know that all of the characters are untrustworthy helps make this a great mystery as we slowly learn new facts that even the main character is unaware of which adds so much to the story line. Moorehead was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film and won the Golden Globe in that category.
1. Zorba the Greek – This is in the end a story of friendship between two mismatched men who are complete opposites. Quinn and Bates have great chemistry together and it’s easy to see how they can find things in common throughout the course of the film. The different ways that the two men look at situations make for interesting discussions between them throughout the film. The music and Zorba’s dance have become iconic staples ever since this film was made and it was nice to finally see (and hear) what it was all about.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! LK is exceptional in her role here and is the best of the crop this year.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!