Best Supporting Actress – 1968

*Note – as I was off the grid there for a few days, I’ll promise a bonanza of posts over the next few days and into next week

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

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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.

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Let us know in the comments who your pick for the Best Supporting Actress of 1968 is!

Walk Of Fame Inductees – 19th June 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: Cathleen Nesbitt CBE: For contributions to Cinema, TV, and Theatre. Like myself, a QUB graduate, Nesbitt started her career spanning both sides of the Pacific in numerous Stage productions before embarking on a varied TV and movie career in works such as My Fair Lady, Family Plot, and The Farmer’s Daughter. 

1890s: Ruth Gordon: For contributions to Cinema, TV, Theatre, and literature. One of the most brilliant people to ever work in Hollywood, Ruth Gordon isn’t exactly a household name any longer, which is an embarrassment given the contributions she has made. Winning Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globes for acting, and earning multiple Oscar nominations for her writing, Gordon’s career spanned 8 decades covering works as diverse as Taxi, Rosemary’s Baby, and Every Which Way But Loose. 

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1900s; James Mason: For contributions to Cinema. Mason had an extraordinary career on both sides of the pond, becoming one of the most profitable actors in Britain and the US. Earning acclaim for his range and remembered for his suave demeanor, Mason was also an animal lover and published a number of books on the subject. Starring in numerous masterpieces and many smaller pieces, Mason is known for works such as North By Northwest, Salem’s Lot, A Star Is Born, and Lolita.

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1910s:  Gloria Stewart: For contributions to Cinema. Stewart is most well-known to modern audiences thanks to her brief Oscar-winning performance in Titanic, but her career in the movies started in 1932, alongside a range of other talents such as writing and art. Her works include The Old Dark House,  The Three Muskateers, and Here Comes The Navy. 

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1920s: Max Von Sydow. For contributions to Cinema: Arguably Sweden’s greatest actor, and one of the finest from any nation, Von Sydow has a filmography few can rival working with some of the greats from Bergman, to Lynch, to Spielberg, including films such as The Seventh Seal, The Exorcist, Conan The Barbarian, and Needful Things.

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1930s: Brian Dennehy: For contributions to Cinema, TV, and Theatre. Tony and Globe award-winning Dennehy is one of the most respected character actors in the business, but has also performed as a leading man. His works include First Blood, Cocoon, and the Jack Reed series.

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1940s: David Cronenberg: For contributions to Cinema. Canadian Cronenberg has consistently pushed directorial and storytelling boundaries, sickening and invigorating audiences for six decades. While most of his films can be categorized as horror in some fashion, his films tend to be more about people and the transformations we go through as embodied in works such as The Fly, Videodrome, and A History Of Violence. 

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1950s: Kathleen Turner: For contributions to Cinema, TV, and Theatre. One of the most popular leading ladies of the 80s, Turner started out on Broadway before hitting the big screen in works such as Romancing The Stone, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. 

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1960s: Monica Bellucci: For contributions to Cinema. Starting out with a modelling career, Bellucci moved into Italian cinema before tackling the rest of Europe and on to Hollywood, becoming one of the most well-known European actresses in modern cinema thanks to works such as Irreversible, The Matrix series, and Brotherhood Of The Wolf. 

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1970s: David Tennant: For contributions to Cinema and TV. Known most widely as the Tenth Doctor, Tennant has been a mainstay of British TV since the 80s, as well as branching out to the big screen in works such as Broadchurch, People Like Us, and The Harry Potter series. 

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1980s: Clemence Poesy: For contributions to Cinema and TV. Following a brief childhood career in TV and on stage, Poesy began building up an impressive resume across the globe in works such as The Harry Potter series, In Bruges, and The Tunnel.

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1990s: Caitlin Stasey: For contributions to Cinema and TV. Following in the footsteps of many other notable Aussies, Stasey’s work is gradually gaining momentum outside of her native land. As well as being a passionate advocate of Women’s rights, she has appeared in works such as Neighbours, Tomorrow When The War Began, and I, Frankenstein.

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In addition to the stars and statues dedicated to the above performers, this week sees the creation of:

The Doctor Who Museum: In honour of David Tennant’s induction. Past inductees have also featured on the successful TV show, so it only seems right that a Museum be erected. Featuring sets from every era of the show and attractions such as a Dalek-filled maze, arguably the highlight of the museum is the ability to watch any and all of the show’s episodes on a cinema screen – including the 97 episodes which are considered lost on Planet Earth.

Toontown: In honour of Kathleen Turner,  a living, breathing Toontown, as seen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit has been created which you can visit and vacation in – step into a fully animated world and interact with all manner of cartoon characters and creatures. For the even more adventurous amongst you, you can become a cartoon yourself for a day, an hour, or a week thanks to our amazing new Human-to-toon technology. Choosing your own look, even more fully immerse yourself in Toontown by experiencing life as an animated figure.

What exhibits, or attractions based on the works of the above Stars would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.