Jena Hagen – The Asphalt Jungle
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 outstanding nominated performances and an of them would have been a deserving winner.
5. Hope Emerson
4. Celeste Holm
3. Thelma Ritter
2. Nancy Olson
1. Josephine Hull
4. Caged – Great look at how the prison system of the time worked especially when dealing with female prisoners., The film does a great job looking at how the system on the one hand tries to rehabilitate yet on the other, the prison become use to the institutionalized lifestyle which causes the idea to become cyclical in their lives. Prker is superb in the lead role and makes us believe her character’s petty life of crime yet being institutionalized transforms her. She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here. Emerson was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her work as a sadistic guard.
3. Harvey – Warm-hearted story of how its possible to live life in a carefree way and how to learn to tolerate people who are different within society.
2. All About Eve – Excellently written by Mankiewicz! The actors all are superb and it’s a thrill watching them deliver his lines. Says so much about the movie industry and fame.
1. Sunset Boulevard – Such a cleverly written film that keeps us hooked from beginning to end. Holden and Swanson are both superb here and we are constantly surprised by everything they say and do. Love the way that this film deals with how members of Hollywood perceive their contemporaries depending on whether they are on the way up or down. Yet it also shows us how those people perceive themselves in a different position than they might really be. The plot moves along at a great pace and gives us so much to mull over as things move along. Still seems to (sadly) ring true even after 67 years.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! JH does a nice job with her performance, but NO, HE, TR and CH were all equally great in their roles and would have been deserving winners. CH and TR probably cancelled each other out since they appeared in the same film.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!