Did They Get it Right? – Best Actress – Oscars 1958

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!)
Deborah Kerr (Separate Tables)
Shirley MacLaine (Some Came Running)
Rosalind Russell (Auntie Mame)
Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)

Biggest Snub:

Ingrid Bergman – The Inn of Sixth Happiness

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 5 great performances and any of them could have conceivably won.

My Rankings:


5. Deborah Kerr
4. Shirley MacLaine
3. Elizabeth Taylor
2. Susan Hayward
1. Rosalind Russell


5. Separate TablesGreat dialogue, interesting characters. Niven and Miller both won Oscars for their roles. Connection between stories is a bit weak tho.
4. I Want to Live!Interesting idea that works quite well especially given the time frame when this takes place. Hayward is amazing in this role and was quite deserving of an Oscar for Best Actress that year even if there was very strong competition with Russell for her performance in Auntie Mame (1958).  The film gives a unique perspective on the events presented and we get a clear picture of her side of the story even if there is still some doubt as to the veracity of it all.
3. Cat on a Hot Tin RoofAmazing dialogue-driven film that keeps us entranced from beginning to end. Excellent performances by Newman, Ives and Taylor. Loved the way that they were still able to convey what they were not allowed to say because of the HPC. The conversation by the characters seem quite genuine and you actually can imagine them as being so real.
2. Some Came RunningGreat story that works on numerous levels. The cast is superb and each of them give amazing performances in the roles of these complex characters. The story seems quite realistic and allows the characters to feel so genuine that it helps make the viewer connect even more with the story as it unfolds in directions that one doesn’t necessarily expect. Hyer, MacLaine and Kennedy were all nominated for Oscars for their performances.
1. Auntie MameExtremely fun film that proved how great and actress Russell was. The dialogue is crisp, witty and engaging. Loved how the tone between comedy and drama kept switching giving us a story that is more universal. The character of Auntie Mame is so refreshing to watch and it’s a shame that Russell didn’t get a deserved Academy Award for Best Actress for this superb role.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  SH was a deserving winner this year, but RR gave a much more powerful and memorable performance and would have been a much more deserving winner IMHO.

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

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