Did They Get it Right? – Best Actress – Oscars 1929

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Ruth Chatterton (Madame X)
Betty Compson (The Barker)
Jeanne Eagels (The Letter)
Corinne Griffith (The Divine Lady)
Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody)
Mary Pickford (Coquette)

Biggest Snub:

Eleanor Boardman – The Crowd

My Overall Thoughts:

From 1935 and backwards, many of the nominated films are really difficult (if not impossible) to find, so many of these years will have numerous “holes” in my knowledge of the nominees. I realize that it limits my scope, but something are out of EVEN my control.

Being that I’ve only seen 3 of the 6 nominees, I can’t give a definitive explanations as to how competitive this year was.

My Rankings:


  • Betty Compson (Not Yet Seen)
  • Jeanne Eagels (Not Yet Seen)
  • Mary Pickford (Not Yet Seen)

3. Bessie Love
2. Corinne Griffith
1. Ruth Chatterton


  • The Barker (Not Yet Seen)
  • Coquette (Not Yet Seen)
  • The Letter (Not Yet Seen)

3. The Broadway MelodyComplete waste of time. Don’t bother.
2. Madame XFilm with a intriguing premise that just doesn’t seem to feel as impactful as one would hope such an idea should have. The way things are portrayed here is a bit too tame and the story isn’t able to be as gripping as it should probably be. The idea of characters feelings shameful of their actions works well especially given that the audience is allowed to know many of the circumstances described even if some of the other characters remain in the dark.
1. The Divine LadyInteresting premise that probably worked much better when it was made than it does now. Many of the ideas presented are alluded to very subtly due to the censors and the way that people thought at the time that things should be presented more virtuously on film. This was quite a weak year for nominees for Best Director and Frank Lloyd was able to win with this film probably due to the way he is able to depict sea battles which was quite groundbreaking at the time.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – No clue!  RC is the best of the ones Ive seen, but that only amounts to 50%, so it’s hard to judge for sure.

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

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