Barbara Bel Geddes – Vertigo
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 good performances but none really stand out among them all that would produce a frontrunner.
5. Maureen Stapleton
4. Martha Hyer
3. Peggy Cass
2. Cara Williams
1. Wendy Hiller
5. Separate Tables – Great dialogue, interesting characters. Niven and Hiller both won Oscars for their roles. Connection between stories is weak.
4. Lonelyhearts – Very interesting idea that shows how things were perceived in the 50’s with regard to love and relationships. This film does a great job looking at the complicated ways that people lived their lives and the added hurdle of presenting issues that the censors wouldn’t allow for at the time says a lot for things here. The cast is great and Harvey once again shines in the lead. The movie has some great conversations throughout but the best one is Ryan’s diatribe comparing reporting the news and the Ten Commandments. Stapleton was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her work in this film as a lonely housewife seeking help from an advice column.
3. The Defiant Ones – Groundbreaking movie for its time that just didn’t resonate enough for me now. Curtis and Poitier were great working off one another but too much seemed strained in their acting. I liked the Quantum Leap episode that used this idea much better and was more effective for me.
2. Some Came Running – Great story that works on numerous levels. The cast is superb and each of them give amazing performances in the roles of these complex characters. The story seems quite realistic and allows the characters to feel so genuine that it helps make the viewer connect even more with the story as it unfolds in directions that one doesn’t necessarily expect. Hyer, MacLaine and Kennedy were all nominated for Oscars for their performances.
1. Auntie Mame – Extremely fun film that proved how great and actress Russell was. The dialogue is crisp, witty and engaging. Loved how the tone between comedy and drama kept switching giving us a story that is more universal. The character of Auntie Mame is so refreshing to watch and it’s a shame that Russell didn’t get a deserved Academy Award for Best Actress for this superb role.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I guess so! None of these performances are spectacular and any of them could have conceivably won.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!