…In relentless pursuit of all performances nominated and won!
You may fully wonder why, as I review these Best Actress nominated films and you faithfully follow along, I do not comment on every single nominated and winning performance in this blog. Well, because I do not mean to ‘reinvent the wheel’ with this challenge, I am not ‘re-watching’ those performances I have already seen – and therefore you will not always see my commentary on these films. Much of it is also a matter of time – I would rather devote that time to watching the performances I haven’t seen than those I already have (hope that makes some sense!). Occasionally, I may revisit a few favorites and offer my comments.
All of that being the case, I figured that you might be curious to know what I have, indeed, already seen! I offer below the full list… an asterisk * denotes the winning actress of that year.
*Janet Gaynor in Sunrise (1927-28)
*Helen Hayes in The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931-32), Lynn Fontanne in The Guardsman (1931-32), *Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory (1932-33), *Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (1934), *Bette Davis in Dangerous (1935), Katharine Hepburn in Alice Adams (1935), Irene Dunne in Theodora Goes Wild (1936), Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey (1936), Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth (1937), Janet Gaynor in A Star is Born (1937), Barbara Stanwyck in Stella Dallas (1937), *Bette Davis in Jezebel (1938), Wendy Hiller in Pygmalion (1938), Margaret Sullavan in Three Comrades (1938), *Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind (1939), Bette Davis in Dark Victory (1939)
Bette Davis in The Letter (1940), Joan Fontaine in Rebecca (1940), Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story (1940), *Joan Fontaine in Suspicion (1941), Bette Davis in The Little Foxes (1941), Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire (1941), *Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver (1942), Bette Davis in Now Voyager (1942), Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year (1942), Rosalind Russell in My Sister Eileen (1942), Teresa Wright in The Pride of the Yankees (1942), *Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette (1943), Jean Arthur in The More the Merrier (1943), *Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944), Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944), *Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierce (1945), Ingrid Bergman in The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (1945), *Olivia de Havilland in To Each His Own (1946), Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter (1946), Dorothy McGuire in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), *Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948), Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit (1948), Barbara Stanwyck in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), *Olivia de Havilland in The Heiress (1949), Jeanne Crain in Pinky (1949), Susan Hayward in My Foolish Heart (1949)
Anne Baxter in All About Eve (1950), Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950), *Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday (1950), Eleanor Parker in Caged (1950), Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950), *Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen (1951), Eleanor Parker in Detective Story (1951), Shelley Winters in A Place in the Sun (1951), *Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952), *Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday (1953), Ava Gardner in Mogambo (1953), Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity (1953), Judy Garland in A Star is Born (1954), Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, *Grace Kelly in The Country Girl (1954), Katharine Hepburn in Summertime (1955), *Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia (1956), Carroll Baker in Baby Doll (1956), Katharine Hepburn in The Rainmaker (1956), Nancy Kelly in The Bad Seed (1956), Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956), *Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), Deborah Kerr in Separate Tables (1958), Shirley MacLaine in Some Came Running (1958), Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame (1958), Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), *Simone Signoret in Room at the Top (1959), Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), Katharine Hepburn in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment (1960),*Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 (1960), Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), *Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker (1962), Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Leslie Caron in The L-Shaped Room (1963), *Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964), Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Kim Stanley in Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964), *Julie Christie in Darling (1965), Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965), *Elizabeth Taylor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967), Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Edith Evans in The Whisperers (1967), *Katharine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967), *Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968), *Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl (1968), Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), *Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Ali MacGraw in Love Story (1970), *Jane Fonda in Klute (1971), *Liza Minnelli in Cabaret (1972), *Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974), *Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), *Faye Dunaway in Network (1976), Talia Shire in Rocky (1976), Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1976), *Diane Keaton in Annie Hall (1977), Geraldine Page in Interiors (1978), *Sally Field in Norma Rae
Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin (1980), *Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond (1981), Jessica Lange in Frances (1982), *Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice (1982), *Shirley MacLaine in Terms of Endearment (1983), Debra Winger in Terms of Endearment (1983), Anne Bancroft in Agnes of God (1985), Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple (1985), *Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful (1985), Meryl Streep in Out of Africa (1985), *Marlee Matlin in Children of a Lesser God (1986), Sissy Spacek in Crimes of the Heart (1986), Kathleen Turner in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), *Cher in Moonstruck (1987), Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (1987), Holly Hunter in Broadcast News (1987), Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), *Jodie Foster in The Accused (1988), Melanie Griffith in Working Girl (1988), Sigourney Weaver in Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), *Jessica Tandy in Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
*Kathy Bates in Misery (1990), Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (1990), Meryl Streep in Postcards From the Edge (1990), Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise (1991), *Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Bette Midler in For the Boys (1991), Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise (1991), Susan Sarandon in Lorenzo’s Oil (1992), *Emma Thompson in Howards End (1992), Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), *Holly Hunter in The Piano (1993), Emma Thompson in The Remains of the Day (1993), Debra Winger in Shadowlands (1993), Jodie Foster in Nell (1994), *Jessica Lange in Blue Sky (1994), Winona Ryder in Little Women (1994), Susan Sarandon in The Client (1994), *Susan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking (1995), Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility (1995), Brenda Blethyn in Secrets and Lies (1996), Diane Keaton in Marvin’s Room (1996), *Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996), Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996), Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves (1996), Helena Bonham Carter in The Wings of the Dove (1997), Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown (1997), *Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets (1997), Kate Winslet in Titanic (1997), Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998), *Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love (1998), Meryl Streep in One True Thing (1998), Annette Bening in American Beauty (1999), Julianne Moore in The End of the Affair (1999), Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Juliette Binoche in Chocolat (2000), Laura Linney in You Can Count on Me (2000), *Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (2000), *Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball (2001), Judi Dench in Iris (2001), Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! (2001), Sissy Spacek in In the Bedroom (2001), Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), *Nicole Kidman in The Hours (2002), Diane Lane in Unfaithful (2002), Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven (2002), Renee Zellweger in Chicago (2002), Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Samantha Morton in In America (2003), *Charlize Theron in Monster (2003), Naomi Watts in 21 Grams (2003), Annette Bening in Being Julia (2004), Catalina Sandino Moreno in Maria Full of Grace (2004), Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake (2004), *Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby (2004), Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Judi Dench in Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005), Felicity Huffman in Transamerica (2005), Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice (2005), Charlize Theron in North Country (2005), Penelope Cruz in Volver (2006), Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (2006), *Helen Mirren in The Queen 2006), Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Kate Winslet in Little Children (2006), Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Julie Christie in Away From Her (2007), *Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (2007), Laura Linney in The Savages (2007), Ellen Page in Juno (2007), Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married (2008), Angelina Jolie in Changeling (2008), Melissa Leo in Frozen River (2008), Meryl Streep in Doubt (2008), *Kate Winslet in The Reader (2008), *Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side (2009), Carey Mulligan in An Education (2009), Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire (2009), Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia (2009)