Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1951

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Joan Blondell (The Blue Veil)
Mildred Dunnock (Death of a Salesman)
Lee Grant (Detective Story)
Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Thelma Ritter (The Mating Season)

Biggest Snub:

Peggy Dow – Bright Victory

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 solid nomianted performances yet one clearly is more powerful than the rest.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Mildred Dunnock
4. Joan Blondell 
3. Lee Grant
2. Thelma Ritter
1. Kim Hunter


5. Death of a SalesmanNot really among my favorite stories and this version is not as good as the ones featuring Dustin Hoffman or Brian Dennehy, but despite this, March does a very good job here. The story drags along in my opinion and despite it being hailed as one of the greatest plays ever written, I just couldn’t find a way to connect to it at all. The theme of trying to achieve the American Dream is still presented quite well. There is always a incorrect perception that money and fame will make someone happier and the debate will go on as to whether that statement is right or wrong.
4. The Blue VeilGreat depiction of how things happen in our lives which we don’t understand that allow us to move onto a new and very satisfying path in life. The way that this character evolves over the course of the film is great because it shows things in a very simple manner, yet is extremely effective throughout. Wyman is great in this film and she truly shines throughout. She was very deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. Blondell is also great in her small yet significant role and was also nominated for her performance in that role as Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. The film does a great job showing how we don’t always know what direction our lives will take based on our choices and only when looking back can we see the mosaic that is built on all of our previous seemingly insignificant choices.
3. The Mating SeasonReally well done film that due to it comedy of errors manages to stay so fun and enjoyable from start to finish. Amazing cast led by Tierney, Lund, Hopkins and especially Ritter help raise the level of enjoyment of it all because of what the viewer knows and the characters aren’t even aware of. They do a great job dealing with the aspects of newlyweds by use of innuendo and hints which works well especially in the era that the censors kept a close watch on everything. Ritter was very deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Brest Supporting Actress for her work here which truly stands out among the rest.
2. Detective StoryReally interesting film that obviously has been copied so many times over and expanded on in the 67 years since this came out. The characters are all quite interesting and keep things intriguing as we learn more and more about what is going on. The dialogue is superbly written and also helps make this story even more enjoyable as things move along. They explore some very interesting ideas here and manage to juggle all of the storylines quite well along the way.
1. A Streetcar Named DesireGreat performances, excellent script by Tennessee Williams’ award winning play.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  KH was perfect in ASND and clearly give sthe most powerful performance of the nominees.

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

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