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Official Nominations: Ruth Gordon. Sondra Locke. Lynn Carlin. Kay Medford. Estelle Parsons.
I think Ruth Gordon is a good choice for the official win this year – it’s so rare that horror even gets nominated in the main categories, so for an actual win to occur is important. Her win is not a mere platitude on the Academy’s behalf or mine as it is a genuinely good performance. She is the overly-familiar neighbour everyone dreads having but kind of likes having, but she steadily, subtly becomes more influential and oversteps the boundary between neighbour and stalker as the film progresses though all the while she never becomes some ranting maniacal loon. This is a character grounded in reality and some sort of monstrous humanity. As a writer herself, Gordon understood character perfectly, knowing when to hold back and when to finally pull of the mask. Lynn Carlin doesn’t particularly stand out in the well acted ensemble piece Faces, while Locke does a great job in her first role in The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Kay Medford returns to a role she had perfected on stage in Funny Girl, while Parsons got a consecutive nomination for Rachel, Rachel.
My Winner: Ruth Gordon
My Nominations: Ruth Gordon. Kim Hunter. Inger Stevens.
A fairly lackluster year this time around, with only Ruth Gordon making it over to my nominations and a mere two additions. Kim Hunter is sympathetic as Dr Zira in Planet Of The Apes one of several cast members who manage to emote under heavy make-up while Inger Stevens is a torn, loving, broken wife in Madigan, one of several films she would make an impact in throughout 1968.
My Winner: Ruth Gordon.
Let us know in the comments who your pick for the Best Supporting Actress of 1968 is!