Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver)
Teresa Wright (The Pride of the Yankees)
Ann Sheridan – Kings Row
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 very deserving nominees and any of them would have been a deserving winner in such a powerful year.
5. Rosalind Russell
4. Bette Davis
3. Katharine Hepburn
2. Teresa Wright
1. Greer Garson
5. My Sister Eileen – Fun film that doesn’t take itself seriously at all. The story is a non stop ride of slapstick and misconceptions by the characters throughout. The plot is a simple one yet the dialogue helps enrich things so much to a point where we can really care about the various cast of characters that are involved in this story. Russell was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film because she gets her character so right. The scenes with the Portuguese sailors are extremely fun to watch especially given the language barrier between the characters.
4. Now, Voyager – Interesting how a movie from the 40’s was willing and able to bring many situations that ‘were not spoken about openly’ at the time. Davis is great here and works well with Henreid and Raines.
3. Woman of the Year – Fun film that works really well due to the great chemistry between Hepburn and Tracy. The way that these two characters handle their jobs and life so very differently lets the story move along in a very enjoyable fashion because we get to see the way that opposites can attract. Hepburn was deservingly nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress for her work in this film and really does a wonderful job with this role because it shows much of the feminist standpoint from the time which was well ahead of its time because it wasn’t stated so outright in the 1940’s even though it was definitely a theme that was there. The banter between these characters is so much fun to watch and it’s not a surprise that this film’s screenplay went on to win an Oscar that year.
2. Mrs. Miniver – Slightly slow moving depiction of WWII from the home front which was surprisingly filmed in the middle of the war.
1. The Pride of the Yankees – Considered one of the best biographical films ever made. Cooper gives an amazing performance as the late Yankee great. The fact that this film had the cooperation and help of family and friends of Gehrig helps made this feel even more realistic. Nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture and Actor, but only managed to win 1; Film Editing. The speech at the end is one of the most heartfelt in film history and it’s hard to keep the tears from flowing.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! GG does a great job here and was a deserving winner but both TW and KH also were just as deserving for their work that garnered them nominations.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!