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Yep -- and Grace and Frankie is a big hit, so good luck to her. It would be nice to see her in one more great movie role - the last thing I saw her in was Youth, a smallish role, but honestly I didn't think she was very good in it. There was a period of a decade or so - from They Shoot Horses, Don't They up until The China Syndrome - where Fonda was one of the best working American actresses. Sadly her later performances (including her last two nominations) were generally not in the same class. I don't think she was ever in the running for a third Oscar. She is enough of a legend that she could win a third now if the right role came along, but her big screen roles are quite infrequent these days and usually not very good, so it seems unlikely. I wouldn't count this among Fonda's best roles, most of which were behind her at this point. Bancroft is better, I would say, managing to overcome the weaknesses in the script. As for Tilly... she is okay but it always seems like she is trying to hard. There's something mechanical about her performance, it is always obvious that she is acting. I wonder how Amanda Plummer, who I believe originated the role of Agnes on stage, would have fared in the film. She is a naturally quirky actress and I suspect she may have given a more spontaneous performance. She was excellent, her histrionics always controlled and never over the top. Such a great actress. A shame the film as a whole was such a ponderous bore. R.I.P. - a major contributor to the soundtrack of a generation. Haha yes Kirkland’s reaction is priceless. I haven't seen Kirkland either - by all accounts her performance is excellent (although her campaigning for the Oscar was one of the more notoriously shameless cases, according to reports I have read). Cher's win has never upset me as such and I do feel that 'lighter' performances should be given fair consideration. There are certainly quite a number of comic/romantic performances which I would have liked to have seen honoured over the years. I do honestly feel, however, that Cher's perfectly appealing, enjoyable turn here does not show or require the range that Hunter's does - HH's Jane Craig is funny, sad, smart, barbed and neurotic, often within the same scene - and the Oscar should have been hers. A great acting performance over a great display of star quality. But it's all subjective and there are never any right or wrong opinions - and Cher's win (it was, I believe, the first Oscars show I ever watched - albeit in a next evening, edited highlights format) was certainly an unforgettable moment. And it was the '80s, after all! I didn't find her character all that interesting and don't think she was given all that much to do until the final act, where she finally got to show some range. Jason Clarke and Jennifer Ehle impressed me more in the film. I'd have gone with Holly Hunter for her career-best in Broadcast News. Cher was perfectly pleasant in a likeable film but - like Ginger Rogers/Grace Kelly/Gwyneth Paltrow/Jennifer Lawrence/Emma Stone and others over the years - she defeated more critically hailed/heavyweight performances because she was the flavour of the month star. Please don't take that as a knock on Cher, whom I genuinely like, both on and offscreen. I've only seen Now, Voyager (8/10) and The Adventures of Mark Twain (5/10). View all replies >