Rita Johnson – Here Comes Mr. Jordan
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with some great nominees, but one definitely stands out among the 5 as being the most powerful.
5. Patricia Collinge
4. Teresa Wright
3. Margaret Wycherly
2. Sara Allgood
1. Mary Astor
4. The Little Foxes – Not a very interesting film. The characters leave much to be desired and there are too many scenes that creep along. The finale finally gives us something interesting to watch, but it is too little, too late for that. Davis is fine here in the title role. Nominated for 9 Oscars that year, but didn’t manage to win any of them.
3. Sergeant York – Interesting biopic, movie feels missing something and is quite slow moving, but still worth seeing.
2. The Great Lie – Great story that works largely due to the great chemistry between the three leads. Davis, Brent and Astor are all exceptional here and make us believe this kind of love triangle. The way that the two women choose to work together also seems quite genuine because each is making the choice about what they truly want in life. The story is played out in such a way that it really helps us to be endeared to these characters and we can feel their inner conflicts with all of the decisions that they choose to make. Astor deservingly won an Oscar for her work on this film as Best Supporting Actress because she gives such a powerful performance here.
1. How Green Was My Valley – It moves a bit slowly, but flows, so make sure you aren’t in a rush and you can enjoy this very well made movie.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! Astor is great in this very powerful role that now seems quite timeless and gives the best performance of the 5 nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!