Best Actress – 1972

Official Nominations: Liza Minnelli. Diana Ross. Maggie Smith. Cecily Tyson. Liv Ullmann.

This one was never in doubt – Minnelli’s first singing role for Bob Fosse’s comeback movie? Never in doubt. If you’ve read this blog or my Oscars posts for any length of time then you’ll know I’m not a Musical fan. I’d go out of my way to not watch a Musical. I’m not a fan of Minnelli either and as objectively great as Cabaret is, it’s just not my thing. Some people don’t like Musicals, some people don’t like action movies, some people don’t like Police Academy (seriously, there are people like that out there). Minnelli gives herself over to the performance completely and gets the deserved nomination and win, and yet it’s such an obvious performance… I think that’s one of the many places where me and Musicals part ways – I know I’m watching an actor, I know I’m watching a show, and I’m entirely disconnected from it to the point that it would make a difference if I was watching it on screen or seeing her swinging her hips in my face in my own kitchen.

Diana Ross, another singer/actor delivers probably her best work in Lady Sings The Blues as Billie Holiday. It could have, well, it should have been grittier but it’s a performance I enjoy more than Minnelli’s. Maggie Smith is back again, another performer I’m not a fan of, being another bird-like eccentric creature with a minor collection of physical ticks. Cecily Tyson is in with a chance for her honest, non showy performance in Sounder while Liv Ullmann doesn’t need to be here at all due to her film coming out the previous year, ignoring those wacky Academy rules.

My Winner: Diana Ross.

My Nominations: Liza Minnelli. Diana Ross. Ruby Dee. Susannah York. Maria Schneider.

There isn’t really anything from the official list I’d want to have on my list. I mean yeah, Minnelli should be here and there’s no use in me being a dick about it, but still… not my thing. Is there going to be anything else this year that was ever going to legitimately beat her win – nope – but I’m basically picking my own favorites here as long as they’re not awful. There’s a case for Diane Keaton here, but I don’t think she does enough in The Godfather to warrant a nomination in lead or supporting categories. Ruby Dee is here for Buck And The Preacher – not a huge role or a huge film, but I’m not spoiled for choice. Susannah York is great as the tormented lead in Images while tormented is perhaps not a strong enough word for Maria Schneider in Last Tango In Paris. 

My Winner: Maria Schneider

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Let us know in the comments who you would pick as your winner for the best Actress of 1972!

Walk Of Fame Inductees – December 2015

To check the dubious reasoning behind these posts, check the original here:

https://carlosnightman.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/walk-of-fame-a-celebration-of-heroism/

In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

1880s: Boris Karloff: For contributions to Theatre, Cinema and Television. One of the earliest and longest enduring icons of Horror Cinema, Karloff began acting on the stage before picking up sporadic minor roles on screen. It wasn’t until his most famous role as Frankenstein’s monster that he became a star and continued to lead in such works as Bride Of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

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1890s: Leo.G.Carroll: For contributions to Theatre, Cinema and Television. Like many others, Carroll started his career on the stage and was successful before and after WWI in London and Broadway. It wasn’t until his 40s that he ventured onto the big screen appearing in six Hitchcock films and becoming a familiar face on the small screen. He is remembered for works including North By Northwest, The Man From UNCLE, and A Christmas Carol.

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1900s: Don Ameche: For contributions to For contributions to Theatre, Cinema and Television. Ameche remains one of a select few actors who remained popular in a career spanning more than five decades and who won an Oscar fifty years after his debut. Often playing suave or scheming figures, Ameche is remembered for works such as Trading Places, Cocoon, and Heaven Can Wait.

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1910s: Nigel Stock: For contributions to For contributions to Theatre, Cinema and Television. Another veteran of Stage, TV, and Cinema stock also had a distinguished service in WWII. He is remembered for works such as Sherlock Holmes, The Great Escape, and The Dam Busters. 

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1920s: Christopher Plummer: For contributions to For contributions to Theatre, Cinema and Television. Plummer remains the oldest person to ever win an Oscar in addition to picking up Emmy, Tony, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards throughout a career spanning eight decades. As well as his Shakespearean work, he is known for The Sound Of Music, The Insider, and Up.

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1930s: Richard Lester: For contributions to For contributions to Cinema and Television. Starting off in TV performing the roles no-one else knew how to do, Lester eventually became successful thanks to his work with The Goon and The Beatles, and going on to direct such films as A Hard Day’s Night, Superman III, and The Three Muskateers.

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1940s: Richard Roundtree: For contributions to Cinema and Television. Known primarily for appearing as the lead in the Shaft series, Roundtree is regarded as an icon and has also appeared in works such as Roots, and Seven.

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1950s: Maria Schneider: For contributions to Cinema and Television. An actor whose adoration of cinema at a young age became turmoil as she became famous, Schneider was aware of the dangers of celebrity but remained active in many French films and series throughout her life, and is remembered for works such as Las Tango In Paris, The Passenger, and Maigret.

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1960s: Stanley Tucci: For contributions to For contributions to Theatre, Cinema and Television. As well as being known as a writer and director, Tucci is most famous as an award-winning actor in some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies of the last few decades, including The Transformers Series, The Hunger Games Series, and Road To Perdition.

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1970s: Brandon Routh: For contributions to Cinema and Television. After a few minor appearances, Routh hit the limelight as the titular superhero in Superman Returns before going on to star in works such as Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and Arrow.

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1980s: Iko Uwais. For contributions to Cinema. Uwais’s story is a classic tale of rags to riches as he was recruited after being spotted training in a gym with no prior acting experience. His works include The Raid Series, Merantau, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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1990s: Kiernan Shipka: For contributions to Cinema and Television. Kiernan has only been working for a few years but has already garnered rave reviews in works such as Carriers, Mad Men, and The Legend Of Korra.

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As well as monuments and stars erected in honour of those above, the following new attractions have been created

In Honour of Boris Karloff’s induction, the Universal Museum of Monsters has been built. This museum features full-scale sets from every Universal Horror movie and a nightly gala ball where staff and guests dress up as their favourite characters from the popular movies.

In Honour of Stanley Tucci’s induction, you can now appear in your very own Hunger Games thanks to the creation of our very own Hunger Games Island Arena. This island features a replication of the Capitol including numerous shopping districts, a TV studio where you can tell you story in front of millions, and of course a massive arena where you can fight for your ‘survival’ against opponents and other dangers. This arena uses laser technology to nullify competitors safely.

Which attractions to you think could be created in honour of any of the stars above? Let us know in the comments!