Official Nominations: Sandy Dennis. Wendy Hiller. Jocelyne LeGarde. Vivan Marchant. Geraldine Page.
Sandy Dennis earned her only Oscar nomination and win as the meek, eventually volatile Honey in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. By 1966, Wendy Hiller already had 2 Oscar nominations and one win to her name and with A Man For All Seasons she narrowly missed out on a second win. Jocelyne LeGarde is the stand-out performer in Hawaii, but it was the only performance she would ever give – she was a native of Tahiti and had never acted in her life before she was asked to join the cast. Starring the likes of Richard Harris, Max Von Sydow, Julie Christie, and up and comers Bette Middler and Gene Hackman, LeGarde is the most memorbale actor in a strange movie – all the more strange as it was the highest grossing movie of they year and critically acclaimed at the time, yet no-one remembers it. Vivian Merchant would have a short but acclaimed career, the high point being her debut in Alfie where she earned her only Oscar nomination as Lily. Lastly, Geraldine Page picked up her yearly nomination, this time in You’re A Big Boy Now as Margery, but misses out again on the win.
My Winner: Sandy Denis.
My Nominations: Sandy Dennis. Sarah Miles. Angie Dickinson. Sussanah Yorke. Millie Perkins.
Only Denis makes it to my odd list of choices – Sarah Miles only has a small, but memorable part in Blow-up, while Dickinson has a bit part as Brando’s loyal wife in The Chase. Sussanah Yorke gets my pick over Hiller for both A Man For All Seasons and Kaleidoscope, while Perkins is ghastly as The Woman in cult Western The Shooting.
My Winner: Millie Perkins.
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