Best Actress – 1971

Official Nominations: Jane Fonda. Julie Christie. Glenda Jackson. Vanessa Redgrave. Janet Suzman.

Jane Fonda was the runaway winner this year for her performance in Klute. It was the performance which launched her career and was a modern revision of those noir heroines of old invoking tradition, mystery, sympathy, and sensuality. Julie Christie received her second Oscar nomination this year, playing Miller versus McCabe, an opium addicted raconteur and opportunist while Glenda Jackson gets a nod for the unhappy, disappointed Alex Greville in Sunday Bloody Sunday. The final two choices are fine, but feel a little like ‘we have to pick these performances because of the film’ – Redgrave for Mary, Queen Of Scots and Janet Suzman for Nicholas And Alexandra. 

My Winner: Jane Fonda

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My Nominations: Jane Fonda. Julie Christie. Glenda Jackson. Jennifer O’Neill. Mia Farrow. Jenny Agutter.

I can’t really improve upon the three main choices from the Official Nominations, so I add a random trio – Jenny Agutter for the challenging Walkabout, Mia Farrow in the Wait Until Dark rip-off See No Evil, and Jennifer O’Neill for Summer Of ’42. 

My Winner: Jane Fonda

Let us know in the comments who you pick as the Best Actress of 1971!

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2 thoughts on “Best Actress – 1971

  1. John Charet August 9, 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Great post ☺ Personally, my choice would be Julie Christie for McCabe & Mrs. Miller. I noticed that you did not nominate Vanessa Redgrave for The Devils or do you see that more as a Supporting Performance? Anyway, keep up the great work as always ☺

    • carlosnightman August 9, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Yeah, I would say her performance in The Devils is more memorable than in what she actually was nominated for here and I probably should have put her here

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