Mark's Best Actress Challenge

…In relentless pursuit of all performances nominated and won!

Audrey Hepburn in “Wait Until Dark” (nomination, 1967)

Audrey Hepburn goes head-to-head against creepy villain Alan Arkin in the 1967 thriller, Wait Until Dark, based upon Frederick Knott’s stage play of the same name.  In her 5th and … Continue reading

December 24, 2010 · Leave a comment

Maggie McNamara in “The Moon is Blue” (nomination, 1953)

Ever heard of Maggie McNamara?  Neither had I, really.  A cute, pert actress who would instantly put you in mind of Audrey Hepburn, she lost her one and only Actress … Continue reading

December 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Norma Shearer in “Marie Antoinette” (nomination, 1938) [abbreviated blog]

[Hello everyone – because of my move in October and various other happenings which have kept me very busy, as you can tell, I have taken a full break from … Continue reading

December 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

Patricia Neal in “Hud” (*winner, 1963)

A moody and atmospheric story based upon a book by celebrated author Larry McMurtry, Hud manages to squeeze some pretty phenomenal acting chops out of its lead actors Paul Newman, … Continue reading

August 22, 2010 · Leave a comment

Greta Garbo in “Camille” (nomination, 1937)

A lush and beautiful costume piece of the late 1930’s, the Parisian story of Camille could easily have ventured into elaborate melodrama, but if you focus your attention solely on … Continue reading

August 22, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ingrid Bergman in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (nomination, 1943), “Joan of Arc” (nomination, 1948), and “Autumn Sonata” (nomination, 1978)

Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman may indeed be considered a “goddess” of cinema.  Many of her performances are considered among the greatest ever onscreen, and she was honored with a total … Continue reading

August 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Cicely Tyson in “Sounder” (nomination, 1972)

1972’s Sounder is truly one of those films about growing up – and doing so in a pretty speedy way – at a relatively young age.  Set in Depression-era Louisiana, … Continue reading

August 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

Lee Remick in “Days of Wine and Roses” (nomination, 1962)

Searing, gripping performances drive Days of Wine and Roses, the 1962 drama depicting the ravages of alcoholism on a young married couple, directed by the acclaimed Blake Edwards.  A surprising … Continue reading

August 11, 2010 · Leave a comment

Best Actress Video Retrospective

A delightful video rendering of all the Best Actress Academy Award winners through time… check out all of the fabulous (winning) performances I am watching… Thanks to Joel… yep, I’m … Continue reading

July 9, 2010 · Leave a comment

Martha Scott in “Our Town” (nomination, 1940)

You may be surprised to know that, for all the community theatre I have done and seen, prior to viewing this film I had not even once been exposed to … Continue reading

July 4, 2010 · 1 Comment