Best Actress 1928
I know I’m not the first one to write about it, but I’m thrilled to be able to do the first year in Oscar history, and write about the first line-up of Best Actress nominees. I’m gonna profile the 5 nominated performances, of which right now I know very little about (no, I haven’t even seen Sunrise). The category is generally known as Best Actress 1927/1928, but I’m keeping it simple as Best Actress 1928.
As you know, Janet Gaynor won and it was the only Best Actress year where they had an actress win for more than one performance. Of course, she didn’t receive 3 Oscar statuettes, and I’m gonna judge them separately, so there will be just one winning performance from me. I’m not sure how I’ll manage to judge these silent movie performances, as I’m not that used to this type of films. We’ll see. I hope it will be fun.
Also, I need to mention I couldn’t have done this without the help of Cal, who’s blogging from thefilmlair.blogspot.com Thank you!!!
The 3 ladies that Oscar had chosen for 1928, in alphabetical order:
Louise Dresser as Mrs. Pleznik, in
A Ship Comes In
Janet Gaynor as Diane, in 7th Heaven
Janet Gaynor as Angela, in Street Angel
Janet Gaynor as The Wife, in Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Gloria Swanson as Sadie Thompson, in Sadie Thompson
I usually start with the winner, but in this case I’ll alternate Janet’s performances with the ones from the other 2 actresses. But before the first profile, there will be a film homage later this week.