Best Supporting Actress: 1965

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.

Who is your choice of the best Supporting Actress of 1965? Let us know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Best Supporting Actress: 1965

  1. Eddie Jmk February 6, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Very meager year (I think) in this category. As much as I admire Shelley, personally and her talent, I found her performance in A Patch of Blue to be very one dimensional. She is so evil it becomes cartoonish. At the point, late in the film, when confronting Sidney Poitier and she yells to bystanders ‘Did ya’ SEE him?!’ it is almost laughable. I would prefer the character had some dimension. I realize this may not be the actress, but in how she was directed, and in how the role is written. I would not give the award to any of the 5 nominees, but to Vivien Leigh in Ship of Fools (I know she was likely listed as a Lead though, and would never be considered in this category).

    • carlosnightman February 6, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      True, it does become quite campy as the film progresses but I think that’s almost symptomatic of that type of villainous role for the period. Thanks for commenting!

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