Donna Anderson – Inherit the Wind
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 3 powerful nominees along with two other pretty good ones.
5. Mary Ure
4. Glynis Johns
3. Shirley Knight
2. Janet Leigh
1. Shirley Jones
5. Sons and Lovers – Very slow moving drama that is more of a psychological study than an interesting story. The acting is great with Howard and Stockwell both giving great performances. Film loses some of its impact due to lack of narration that would probably help explain more what is actually happening in the heads of the characters.
4. The Sundowners – Mitchum, Kerr and Ustinov are all fine here, but none of them give a breakout performance here. The story is bland and not much happens in order to try and keep things interesting the whole time. Not quite sure how this film got nominated for Best Picture that year.
3. Elmer Gantry – Interesting movie based on a controversial award winning novel. Lancaster is amazing as the title character. Nice supporting cast.
2. The Dark at the Top of the Stairs – Excellent film that works on so many levels. This film is based on a play of the same name written by William Inge and it is so enjoyable to watch because the characters are all developed quite well and the story makes us care so much about them along the way. The dialogue is superbly written and they find a way to deal with some very adult issues by using euphemisms and other forms of word play due to the needs to get past the censors of the time. The cast is amazing here and Preston is the perfect choice for the lead role an he can easily sympathize with all that he is going through. The supporting cast is also quite talented with Maguire, Arden, Landsbury, Knight and Kinsolving all giving great performances here. Knight was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work here as the troubled daughter who yearns to find a way to start dating and find the right man for herself.
1. Psycho – Can’t believe it took so long for me to finally see this film. Perkins is perfectly creepy as Bates, but knowing the ending hurts this one a bit. Thoroughly enjoyed the whodunit throughout and the clues left for us along the way like breadcrumbs. Can’t say this was scary, but definitely thrilling the whole way through. One of Hitchcock’s best for sure.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! SJ is quite good in EG and was deserving of this award, but JL or SK are both just as effective and could have also been worthy winners.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!