Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actress – Oscars 1939

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Olivia de Havilland (Gone with the Wind)
Geraldine Fitzgerald (Wuthering Heights)
Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind) 
Edna May Oliver (Drums Along the Mohawk)
Maria Ouspenskaya (Love Affair)

Biggest Snub:

Louise Platt – Stagecoach

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with some great nominees, but one of them clearly gave a performance so unlike any of the others.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actress

5. Maria Ouspenskaya
4. Geraldine Fitzgerald
3. Olivia de Havilland
2. Edna May Oliver
1. Hattie McDaniel


4. Love AffairThis is a film that was remade a few times in the 60+ years after it was made.  It is highly referenced in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which basically tells the entire story.  The love affair between these characters doesn’t seem as realistic as some other versions of this film seem to show and it’s hard to fully believe it.  The premise itself is a great one but this time, they just don’t managed to present it well enough.  I’ll weigh in on the other versions if and when I ever see them.
3. Drums Along the Mohawk Interesting story that is able to give us a unique perspective on the trials and tribulations of the men and women living on the frontier in the days leading up to the American Revolution. Fonda and Colbert are great together and make us believe their convictions. The cast of characters that help form their little community also add much flavor to things by the diversity of these men and women both in their unique personalities and their common yearning for freedom from the British. Ford does a great job here showing us the plight of those living in Frontier settlements and allows us to get a clear picture of what they went through. Oliver was nominated for an Oscar for her role as a bitter widow who’s personality changes over the course of the film.
2. Wuthering HeightsNice story that really captures the essence of the novel. The cast is great and allows us to really believe the love triangle between the characters. Does a great job depicting the different views of the wealthy and the poor on society and how true love can stay with a person for so many years despite other romantic tangents along the way.
1. Gone with the WindBrilliant but over-long film. Understandable why so many love this movie. Very deserving of its 8 Oscar wins.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  HM is superb here and was quite a deserving winner.

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

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