Best Actress 1994
Because I'm out of the country right now, there was no draw for the next Best Actress year, so I had to choose myself something from the 80s and the 90s. Considering that the previous year, 1950, had some fantastic acting going on, this time I'm going for something less famous and definitely of a lower quality performance-wise. I wanted a year for which it's impossible for me to point a favorite. Some of the nominees themselves came out of the blue and 1994 is generally considered one of the weakest/weirdest Best Actress years of the last decades.
I have fully seen just The Client and Blue Sky, but I am very familiar with the other 3 (I've seen the first 20 minutes of Tom & Viv, scenes from Nell on tv, and mostly all of Little Women on HBO when I was a kid, but I seriously remember nothing about Winona).
The race itself was so weird: Jessica Lange coming from a film completed in 1991, Sarandon & Ryder showing up almost out of nowhere, Richardson making the list for a film that nodoby had seen. And the runner-ups, even more strange: Meryl Streep for an action flick, Meg Ryan doing one of her first dramatic roles as a drunk, and Jennifer Jason Leigh for a very indie drama.
What's funny to me is to think that ANY of the 1995 nominated actresses would've easily won the gold had they competed a year earlier. :)
Here are the 5 ladies that Oscar had chosen for 1994:
from left to right, I have the pleasure to introduce:
- Jodie Foster, in Nell
- Susan Sarandon, in The Client
- Winona Ryder, in Little Women
- Jessica Lange, in Blue Sky
- Miranda Richardson, in Tom & Viv
Jessica's profile will be up first, probably next week.