Faye Dunaway – Three Days of the Condor
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with some great performances and a number of the nominees did work that would have been deserving of taking home Gold.
4. Glenda Jackson
3. Carol Kane
2. Louise Fletcher
1. Isabelle Adjani
5. Hedda – Really boring costume drama that moves along at a snails pace up until the very end. The story tries too hard to deal with how women were treated in that time and place where the atmosphere around them keeps them from making more of themselves. The cast is quite talented and Jackson was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this convoluted and slow moving drama. Great seeing Stewart in one of his earliest roles, but even he can’t make this story more interesting to watch.
4. Tommy – This is a very interesting idea for a film that doesn’t work well enough as it might have because of the way that it is presented as a Rock Opera. The music is great to listen to, but the story itself feels quite disjointed in both the way it develops its characters and has the story move along. The film is filled with some great and recognizable musicians in key roles, but ultimately fails due to its lack of a comprehendible story. Margaret was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here which is quite relevant during the TV screen scene. Overall tho, this film is a complete and utter mess.
3. The Story of Adele H– Interesting idea that works due to the performance of Adjani who helps make this character feel so realistic. Her character’s one mindedness walks the fine line between obsession and love and makes the viewer get a better understanding of how these two seemingly diverse qualities could be so close in scope. The story does a nice job of trying to make sense of her thoughts and we also get to see the fine line between reality and hallucination because not all is always as it may seem. Adjani was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for her work here as Best Actress because she helps make her character seem so real throughout.
2. Hester Street – Great premise that works really well because of the way that the story flows so well. They find the right tone to show the effect of assimilation and integration of immigrants to America around the turn of the Century and it helps make the story so much more enjoyable to watch. The story unfolds in a slow deliberate pace yet finds a way to stay interesting as we watch the way that these characters try and find there place in a world that is so foreign to them. Kane was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film which allows her to show her acting range since her character arc is so profound throughout.
1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Great movie about who is really considered crazy and how society needs to be flexible and not always just have everyone conform to the established rules. Excellent cast. Expertly done!
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! I can understand how LF could win this kind of role and despite her doing a great job with it, IA gave a much more powerful performance and IMHO was slightly more deserving of taking home the win.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!