Monday, February 14, 2011
Oscar Loves... A Woman on the Verge
Natalie Portman is the likely winner for Best Actress this year for her thrilling, hold no bars performance in Black Swan. If she wins, she'll be in good company because Oscar loves it when the ladies go crazy:
Past winners for playing crazy (though, in fairness, some of these characters were just made to think they were crazy) include Joan Fontaine in Suspicion (1941), Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944), Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve (1957), Kathy Bates in Misery (1990), and Jessica Lange in Blue Sky (1994).
Women nominated for playing mentally unhinged characters include Bette Davis in The Letter (1940) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard (1950), Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Isabella Adjani in The Story of Adele H. (1975), Sissy Spacek in Carrie (1976), Jessica Lange in Frances (1982), Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (1987), and Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream (2000).
The Supporting Actress category has seen a few mad girls, too, including 1999's winner Angelina Jolie for Girl, Interrupted, and nominees Jean Simmons for Hamlet (1948) and Linda Blair for The Exorcist (1972)
Posted by Norma Desmond at 8:00 AM