The draw for the next Best Actress year took place before I left for
The 5 ladies that Oscar had chosen for 1931, in alphabetical order:
Marlene Dietrich as Amy Jolly, in
Marie Dressler as Min Divot, in Min and Bill
Irene Dunne as Sabra Cravat, in
Ann Harding as Linda Seton, in
Norma Shearer as Jan Ashe, in A Free Soul
Marlene Dietrich was already a silent-films star back in
This was Irene Dunne’s second film and she would quickly become one of
Norma Shearer was undoubtedly one of the biggest names in
Marie Dressler, who ended up winning for Min and Bill, had a solid film career, but was best known for her theatre work and she was considered a major vaudeville star. I don’t know much about Ann Harding and people never seem to talk about her; she was a Broadway actress and also made plenty of films, but this would be her only nomination.
I’ll start with the winner, as usual.
It’s also worth mentioning that this will be the 20th Best Actress year I write about, so I’ll get to do the 100th profile – given the year, I’ll celebrate with a diva, so Marlene Dietrich’s performance will be the last one reviewed.And here’s the video proof that 1931 was drawn, in case you wanna waste 60 seconds :)