Best Actress – 1982

Official Nominations: Meryl Streep. Julie Andrews. Jessica Lange. Sissy Spacek. Debra Winger.

It takes a brave person to go up against or vote against Streep in any year, but particularly for 1982. Jessica Lange has the balls and the talent to win any year and found herself pitted against Streep here, but also was nominated for a different film in the Supporting category. Frances is a little seen film but one I has chased down years ago due to being a Nirvana fan (the band has a song named after Francis Farmer). The film isn’t amazing, but Lange is at the top of her game. Unfortunately for Lange, this is a powerhouse year.

Sissy Spacek gives one of her most acclaimed performances as the wife of a missing journalist as she clashes with her father in law while they look for her husband. It’s Sissy Spacek, she’s never not awesome. Next up is Julie Andrews, another Oscar darling ding what she does – Oscar bait musicals. Debra Winger received some acclaim for Urban Cowboy, but took it to the next level in An Officer And A Gentleman – she’s definitely bottom of the list here, but that says more about the character she’s playing and the strength of the category rather than her being poor. But you know there’s only one winner here – it’s Streep in maybe her most famous role, and beyond the ‘simple’ stuff like building the character, bringing the emotion, and being convincing, she also perfects another language and accent. This is the winner.

My Winner: Meryl Streep

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My Nominations: Meryl Streep. Jessica Lange. Sissy Spacek. Rosel Zech. Sigourney Weaver.

The three big hitters make it to my list, and are joined by another big hitter and someone unknown in the West. Weaver stars as Mel Gibson’s love interest in The Year Of Living Dangerously and while not the focus of the film, is as good as ever. Rosel Zech stars as the titular Veronika Voss, a pseudo-biographical portrayal of a German actress struggling to find work after WWII and spiralling downwards. It’s a terrific and tragic performance which few have seen.

My Winner: Meryl Streep

Let us know in the comments who your winner would be!

One thought on “Best Actress – 1982

  1. John Charet August 3, 2022 / 2:46 am

    You could go with any of these choices 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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