Meryl Streep (Out of Africa)
Sally Field – Murphy’s Romance
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 4 very deserving nominees in this category where any of them would have been able to win even though one was much more powerful and poignant than the rest.
5. Anne Bancroft
4. Jessica Lange
3. Meryl Streep
2. Geraldine Page
1. Whoopi Goldberg
5. Agnes of God – Didn’t like the storyline very much, had higher hopes for this mediocre movie.
4. Sweet Dreams – Great biopic that works really well due to the spectacular performance by Lange in the title role. She does a wonderful job portraying the singer and we get a clear idea of how she rose so fast to top. Her rocky relationship with her husband is also shown here and we get to see the way her personal and professional life were entwined throughout her rise to stardom. The supporting cast is also great. Harris stands out among them all, but it was also great to see Goodman in a small yet significant role. Lange was deserving nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in this film.
3. The Trip to Bountiful – Interesting story that works largely due to Page’s performance and a very nostalgic kind of storyline. The film moves pretty slowly, but the excellent dialogue makes it worthwhile to watch unfold as we slowly get a better understanding of the reasons behind everything that is happening. Page does a wonderful job with the lead role and it’s not surprising that she won an Oscar for Best Actress for this role which is both heartwarming and humorous at the same time. I’m sure that this story plays out well as a stage play, but adapting it to the screen add another layer that helps keep it even more interesting from start to finish.
2. Out of Africa – Epicly done. Well deserving of the Best Picture. Parts are very slow, but done well.
1. The Color Purple – Great film that comes across quite tame given the subject matter. I think that might have to do with the fact of when and by whom it was made. Spielberg is an amazing director, but I’m not sure he was ready for such serious subject matter. Goldberg is superb in the lead and should have won the Oscar over Page. Her Oscar for Ghost (1990) probably was an attempt to fix past errors. The story is very brutal and even at 2 and half hours, this film feels too short and could have explored things even more in depth. Holds the record (tied with The Turning Point (1977)) for the film with the most Oscar nominations with no wins (11).
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! GP was a deserving winner here but WG did a much better and would have been an even more deserving winner.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!