Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Final Conclusion - Best Actress 1951


So the much anticipated ranking is:

I just don't want to bash Eleanor's work here. I found her approach to the part totally wrong and I thought that she wasted a lot of important opportunities in her character that would have made a lot of difference in the movie and her performance. However, I was still intrigued by her and her magnetic presence kept me interested in her character whose storyline was the most interesting one in the movie. I'm confused.

Katharine Hepburn gives a wonderful, enjoyable performance that really makes her movie an exciting, interesting and memorable experience. She uses all her charm and talent to create a character, which she makes twice as intriguing as you would expect. She fills the role of the spinster with real spirit, which makes her a welcome presence everytime you see her. And her her chemistry with Humphrey Bogart is indeed perfect.

Shelley Winters gives a wonderful, heartwrenching performance as Alice in A Place in the Sun. She took a very simple character and made her an intriguing personality, with whom you can easily sympathise. You feel for her from the beginning to the shocking end and the way Shelley develops this character is just extraordinary. Truly memorable, haunting piece of work that really elevates and enriches its movie, one that stays with you long after the credits roll.

Jane Wyman gives a beautiful, touching and heartwarming performance that's really worth waiting for it. I instantly connected to the character and Jane constantly captivated my heart and soul. It really is a piece of work that doesn't seem to be a big achievement and yet it really is something special for me. Although I might be a bit too sentimental about this work of Wyman, I'm not ashamed to say I was deeply moved by Wyman's acting here. 

Vivien Leigh's performance as Blanche DuBois is indescribable. No matter how much I'm sweating and trying to point out parts of her brilliance, I constantly fail as you have to see Vivien's acting for yourself to feel her brilliance. Her acting in A Streetcar Named Desire is something that words cannot really describe so if I have to give a brief summary about what a brutally, unbelievably amazing performance hers is, I have to turn to Brando who said: Vivien Leigh was the best Blanche. She was Blanche DuBois.

So I can proudly announce
that the winner is...
Vivien Leigh 
A Streetcar Named Desire
This stranger also loved you, Viv.

Final thoughts: What a brilliant, endlessly intriguing year! I've wanted to do it for so long and being able to finally see all the films... I'm amazed. The winner was no surprise, naturally, if it was, check into the next hospital. Yeah, it's all about Vivien (who became a two-time winner joining Jane, Great Glenn, Liz and Barbara), but the others were excellent as well. I have positive feelings even about Eleanor who's the weakest link here. Anyway, I don't want to say too much, it's been one of my favorite years so far. 

  • Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun
About the next year: We have not one, but TWO winners of the predicting game, so congrats Marc and Nues20! Joe also found it out after the usual deadline (which has always been so), but since he wants 2007 so badly, it'll be AT LEAST the first year I'll do from now since I forgot about the deadline myself. :) So you guys pick a year and those will be the next ones! :) You'll make my life easier because I had no idea what to do next. :) It stars on Monday, I know that for sure. :) 

What do you think? Any thoughts on your mind?


Alex in Movieland said...

I've only seen Viv & Kate.

Viv, of course; there won't be another Blanche for the big screen.

Anonymous said...

YES! this seems like a very exciting year, especially the top 3...and MOST especially number one.
Could you do 1999 after 2007?

Also, hope i dont appear pushy, but Ive decided to start my own movie blog. If you have a chance, do you wanna check it out?


Louis Morgan said...

Well that was an obvious one, but great reviews as usual.

joe burns said...

Yay! So glad 2007 is next!!!! Wait, is it? I wasn't entirely sure when reading your post..

Anyway, great year!

dinasztie said...

Marc: OK. :)

Louis: Thanks a lot. :)

Joe: Yeah, I screwed up that sentence. :D I wanted to write third instead of first. :'DDDD But I don't see a point in dancing on your nerves any more. :))) So yes, 2007 is next. :)

Nues20 said...

I knew it :)
Brilliant reviews and a brilliant year!

dinasztie said...

Nues20: You can pick a year! :) Don't forget to do so!

Anonymous said...

Like I always say, if there was a Nobel prize for acting, Leigh's performance would be the first recipient. Perfect is not enough to describe her performance!! She had to win, thank God the Academy made the right choice that year (and you as well :)). I love this year as well but I simply don't know why William Wyler failed to bring life to Parker's role, I guess it was the writing.

dinasztie said...

Anon: I blamed that on the casting and then Eleanor's approach. That character should be kind of a femme fatale.

Fritz said...

Well, who else could have won? Terrific work!