Official Nominations: Shelley Winters. Ruth Gordon. Maggie Smith. Peggy Wood. Joyce Redman.
Shelley Winters deservedly picked up her 2nd Oscar for A Patch Of Blue in which she plays the violent, prostitute mother to Elizabeth Hartmann’s blind daughter. It is another varied role for the actress which sees her stretch a few boundaries and emotions. Ruth Gordon would get typecast as an eccentric old lady as her career went on, but in that role for Inside Daisy Clover it’s not difficult to see why. She plays it beautifully in a film teaming with a revolutionary spirit, never becoming wacky or weird, but keeping things grounded and realistic. Maggie Smith gives a compelling performance as Desdemona in Othello although it’s not widely different from other performances I’ve seen, while Peggy Wood gives her final on-screen showing as the popular Mother Abess in The Sound Of Music. The final nomination went to Joyce Redman for her Emilia in Othello, her second nomination in 3 years.
My Winner: Shelley Winters
My Nominations: Shelley Winters. Vivien Leigh. Ruth Gordon
I honestly can’t think of any other great performances this year, but I’ve added Vivien Leigh’s final film Ship Of Fools where she plays a drunken fool trying to relive her glory days.
My Winner: Shelley Winters.
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