Bea Arthur – Lovers and Other Strangers
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 fine performances yet none of them manages to really give something more powerful than the others that would help make them a front runner.
5. Sarah Miles
4. Jane Alexander
3. Glenda Jackson
2. Ali MacGraw
1. Carrie Snodgress
5. Women in Love – Interesting idea that starts off really well but loses it’s magic along the way. The cast is great and all 4 of the leads do wonderful jobs portraying these very flawed characters who are all seeking similar things yet in different ways. Jackson won Best Actress at the Oscars for this role because she allowed her character to bear herself completely both physically and mentally. Russell received a Best Director nomination for this film and it can definitely be seen as being a landmark for its time even if it doesn’t still feel as relevant nearly 50 years on.
4. Ryan’s Daughter – Epicly done by Lean, but the story is very slow and depressing during the first two hours and only picks up and makes complete sense during the final hour.
3. The Great White Hope – Interesting story that unfortunately focuses too much on aspects of the story that are meant to instill an uproar instead of the direct human aspects. Jones is great here and if it weren’t for his voice, he would be unrecognizable. He definitely deserved his Best Actor Oscar for this role, but if it had been meatier, he might have even had a slight chance of winning despite everyone favoring George C. Scott’s towering performance in Patton (1970)
2. Diary of a Mad Housewife – Very interesting take on the home life of a successful lawyer and his family while he tries to climb the social and corporate ladder not caring who he steps on. We really feel for his wife and the family as a whole. Nice cast helps make this work despite it being jolting watching Langella at this age.
1. Love Story – O’Neal and MacGraw are good here, but their chemistry together isn’t always as present as it probably should be. Liked the way that they are able to show a couple who prefer love over substance as they both try to break free from their vastly different upbringings. Milland is great as O’Neal’s overbearing father. Done really well, but not THE best film of the year.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not Really! GJ is fine here, but both AM and CS gave much better performances and would have been a bit more worthy to win.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!