And now… the end is near… and so I face… the final conclusions! Yay! :)
It was an interesting line-up; but then again, it always is. Many/most of these performances are unknown to general public. Many Oscar fans (me included 2 months ago) know about these 5 performances just by reading about them, hearing extreme opinions (Loretta’s case) or seeing them written in an Imdb line-up. That’s why this blog is so great for me: because I get to discover them and Oscar movie knowledge is always power! :D
We had 3 heavy drama performances, 1 drama-romantic and 1 comedic-wannabe – romance-wannabe – drama. All had something special and just a couple (2 to be exact) managed to cross the finish line and create performances most worthy of this category. However, it was an easy win for me! In this 1947 ranking, the emotional connection was an essential factor for me, probably like in no other year. This criterion is what pushed a performance up to a deserved 4 and another one down to 5. And it’s this criterion that made the winner decision so obvious.
Here is MY ranking. Unlike in any other conclusions, I’m just quoting from the actual analysis done for each of ladies. [you can click on the name for the full-stuff or just scroll down]. The ladies:
3. Joan Crawford, Possessed
"When she’s good, she’s terrific, warming our hearts and creating a relatable character! But when she’s bad… she forgets about the character and what she created before. (…) I keep going back to the beauty of the piano scene, but then remember the awful decisions in the end… "
Anyway: the runner-up for the win was probably Rosalind due to popularity, with Hayward because of quality on 3rd, Joan as 4th and Dorothy last.
Other Best Actress years discussed so far:
In a couple of days I’ll announce the year I’ll do next, and finish hopefully just in time for the 2009 Best Actress nominations. Getting back to it, it’s a year from the 2 decades unexplored, and I was meant to deal with it for a long time now. It’s just as I like them: low-key and not the most glamorous. :)