Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1959

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Hermione Baddeley (Room at the Top)
Susan Kohner (Imitation of Life)
Juanita Moore (Imitation of Life)
Thelma Ritter (Pillow Talk)
Shelley Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank)

Biggest Snub:

Angie Dickenson – Rio Bravo

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with some great nominees yet one of them clearly shines more than the rest.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Hermione Baddeley
4. Susan Kohner
3. Thelma Ritter
2. Juanita Moore
1. Shelley Winters


4. Room at the TopHarvey is pretty good here, but at points he is quite a bore which seems to be on purpose. Sears is also good here, but Signoret steals the show with her Oscar winning performance. Liked the way they were able to be frank about life and what people are willing to do for love and also to get to the top.
3. Pillow TalkDay and Hudson have great chemistry here and that’s what makes this storyline work so well. The idea to keep the tension level high between the two of them works extremely well and it makes the viewer want to finally see them together yet they keep missing their chances along the way as things keep getting in the way. First of three collaborations between the two actors who work so well together. Ritter and Randall are both great in supporting roles.
2. Imitation of LifeInteresting film that takes the original story in new directions yet fails to be as poignant as the version made in 1934. The idea to take this story into the entertainment world changes things too much and unfortunately doesn’t manage to keep up the strong relationship between these two women. Turner is fine in the lead but her performance isn’t as memorable as Colbert’s was. Moore does a much better job with her role and was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting actress for her performance here. Kohler was also nominated in the same category for playing her troubled daughter. The film is still quite solid and is able to show a clear message with regard to racial tolerance and to what length some might go to in order to avoid problems.
1. The Diary of Anne FrankExcellent script that gives us the real impression of danger that these people lived in for over two years. Amazing acting by all involved.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  SW is superb in TDoAF and as powerful as some of the other nominees performances were, she still manages to eclipse them all.

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

3 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1959

  1. Weak filed – although I always like Thelma Ritter’s exasperation and being smarter than the room – but Winters was hands down the choice here. Again Rob – Angie Dickinson in Rio Bravo??!!


  2. Can’t agree on Dickinson. Terrible actor, always was. The remake of Rio Bravo is far better if for no other reason than the cast. Winters is great, but I’d probably go for Ritter and her brilliant comic timing.


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