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Top 5 Academy Award Winners for best actress in a leading role


These are my favourite:
1.Olivia de Havilland-The heiress
2.Vivien Leigh-Gone with the wind
3.Jodie Foster-The silence of the lambs
4.Jane Wyman-Johny Belinda
5.Ingrid Bergman-Gaslight

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1. Vivian Leigh - A streetcar Named Desire
2. Diane Keaton - Annie Hall
3. Sally Field - Norma Rae
4. Vivian Leigh - Gone with the Wind
5. Bette Davis - All About Eve (she should have won in 1950)

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Vivian Leigh - GONE WITH THE WIND-39'
Judy Holliday - BORN YESTERDAY-50'
Maggie Smith - THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE-69'
Ellen Burstyn - ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE-74'
Susan Sarandon - DEAD MAN WALKING-95'



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Well, I'd agree with your #4 choice only.

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1. Vivien Leigh - Gone With the Wind
2. Jodie Foster - The Silence of the Lambs
3. Audrey Hepburn - Roman Holiday
4. Joan Fontaine - Suspicion
5. Frances McDormand - Fargo


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Here are my five (alpabetically)

Katharine Hepburn -- Long Day's Journey into Night
Vivien Leigh -- A Streetcar Named Desire
Geraldine Page -- The Trip to Bountiful
Meryl Streep -- Sophie's Choice
Gloria Swanson -- Sunset Boulevard

Runners-up might include Bette Davis (for All About Eve or Now Voyager or even What Ever Happened to Baby Jane - her descend into madness there is truly sad and frightening); Claudia McNeil for Raisin in the Sun and Audrey Hepburn for The Nun's Story (an underated performance if ever there was one)

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gerald: half the actresses you list didn't win for the performances you cite, or didn't win at all.

Top five:
Marion Cotillard
Vivien Leigh (Streetcar)
Jane Fonda (Klute)
Streep
Jodie Foster (Accused)

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Would no one put Charlize Theron for MONSTER?

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Dang, that's a tough one...

1) Vivien Leigh, "Gone with the Wind"
2) Louise Fletcher, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
3) Elizabeth Taylor, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
4) Faye Dunaway, "Network"
5) Jodie Foster, "The Silence of the Lambs"

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2) Louise Fletcher, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
3) Elizabeth Taylor, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
4) Faye Dunaway, "Network"
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oh great.
Three roles that were lucky to have won, much less be the "best" of all time.

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How about this marvelous line up of 6 "Got Lucky" only winners:

Julie Andrews-MARY POPPINS-64'
Jane Fonda-COMING HOME-78'
Sally Field-PLACES IN THE HEART-84'
Marlee Matlin-CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD
Cher-MOONSTRUCK-87'
Gwyneth Paltrow-SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE-98'


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oh great.
Three roles that were lucky to have won, much less be the "best" of all time.

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There have been worse choices made, than those you cite.

Fletcher doesn't get enough credit for her performance as far as I'm concerned. When I consider how much hate and scorn her character can invoke in viewers, compared to what I see as a sweet and kind natured personality that Fletcher appears to project in person, I think she did an admirable job. Admittedly, 75' wasn't a strong year for female lead contenders and it could be argued that Fletcher was support, however, her spiteful and controlling character still left an indelible impression on many film goers.

As for Dunaway, she was fine in her film and I have no qualms about her win, even if it wasn't as natural or as real a performance as what Spacek gave us in CARRIE-76'. Dunaway was working with a satirical and heightened script and was terrific in her own right.

Taylor was also very good in Woolf and while I haven't seen the other nominees, I would say she was a popular choice that was still deserving. I would like to see Lynn Redgrave in 'Georgy Girl', as I have heard good things about her performance and the film.



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