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1950. Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve were 1950 films, the latter winning the Best Picture Oscar for 1950. It was presented in '51, but when mentioning an Oscar winner, it's the actual date the film won that is on the statue. You mean there "SHOULD have been fewer nominees." 1952 was horrible. Great answer. Thank you for the insights. Well this certainly spiraled out of control from me asking a simple question about a show from the 50s, to being rudely insulted for having an opinion. How dare you. <b>Season 5, Cont</b> On top of this, Brenda to me matured so much in season 5 (from her earlier periods of sexual lash outs and insecurity) that she was, to me, transformative more then any other character- including David's acceptance of getting over the fear of himself, Claire becoming more lax and grown up, and Ruth letting her hair down- literally, and taking control of her own life and not other people's happiness. Nate was the only one who sadly, didn't change. In fact, his unchanging narcissism is more evident by season 5. <b>Season 4</b> Many rank this last, but I defend it. It's definitely empty. I feel sort of a shallow resonance with it, because all the main characters are sort of detached from each other. Still, so much greatness here. "That's My Dog" steers you into hell with David and a hitchhiker with a gun- and the audience has no way of knowing how it will end. "Coming and Going" deals with DRAMA in relationships- from Ruth's confrontation with George- "This is NOT a gas station! You still have a wife", Vanessa and her sister beating the grass out of Rico's mistress, and Brenda getting caught cheating by Joe, who "reads" into her better then anyone had prior. "Untitled" is exceptionally good. From Claire's coked out art show, to Nate finding out the truth about Lisa (and the harrowing results). I loved it. <b>Season 3</b> I love all the seasons, but feel Season 3 was weakest. It starts off bizarrely, with Nate having visions after he survives surgery. Then suddenly he's married to the whiny woman that is Lisa, who I couldn't stand. The humor is missing. Catherine O'Hara is a breath of fresh air, as is Kathy Bates, but she is used too little. The final episodes focus on the disappearance of Lisa, and we hardly see Brenda and her family much. It just felt almost like a different series. Still, "Nobody Sleeps" (The amazing operatic funeral, Ruth having a great time at her birthday) was excellent, as was "Twilight" and "I'm Sorry, I'm Lost". SPOILERS I love doing this! <b>Season 2</b> is also my favorite. It seemed to have the darkest qualities to it, and also retain it's humor and also an incredible final two episodes, including Nate and Brenda's brutal breakup and Nate's brain surgery (with such a heart wrenching scene with Ruth). <b>Season 1</b> ranks a strong second. There's a reason the pilot won Alan Ball the Best Directing Emmy- what a way to start a series. Six Feet Under has always been praised for it's amazing finale. I also would argue the pilot is just as strong, if not stronger. So many things happen, and we get to know all the personalities and CARE for the characters - dealing with a major crisis. Season 1 also of course has the humor that started to go away once Season 3 drifted in. I found the first two seasons to have so much abstract moments of laugh out loud moments. As well as harrowing looks at how we deal with death. <b>Season 5</b> I liked this season because of it's super fast and intriguing pace. It's over in a blink of an eye. Every episodes gallops on the next one, and is threaded together perfectly. The final five episodes- starting with Singing for our Lives (Claire's maturity and redemption reuniting with art friends she took for granted; Nate's affair with Maggie ending with someone fainting to a coma)- to Everyone's Waiting, with so many wonderful things added to a top 5 finale EVER. All Alone, my favorite of the final five episodes, is so sad and as observers- we feel we're going through the paces the characters are going through because of -SPOILER----- Nate's unexpected death. The funeral, wake, David and Ruth's fight and then bond. Brenda's isolated treatment at the burial, and her inner torment with how to deal with being pregnant with a man who just dumped her for another woman hours before passing, not to mention raising his other child he had with ANOTHER woman. So you're basically saying it's a stupid idea for anyone to sell canned goods? Seriously get a life. I have a (sad) feeling you're a Trump supporter. I also have a feeling because they were women, you thought it was a dumb idea. Oh Thomas... Well I'm sure they could have come up with a price that was better and customers would still buy. Ricky does say "Forty cents? That's awfully cheap." But the point was they were excellent sales people on TV. Granted three (3) cents WAS going to Carolyn because it was her husband's station, I am betting they could have marketed Lucy's salad dressing and made a profit. <b>MERYL STREEP</b> Where do I begin? She plays the loopy mother-in-law to Kidman, who is in the dark about her son having a troubled past and actually BLAMES Kidman (and Woodley) on their attacks by him. But oh does she deliver those lines better than ever. This is Streep after all. Ever since Prada, she's been handed strong centered "bitch" roles (Doubt, The Iron Lady, August: Osage County, Into the Woods, The Post), with only Julie & Julia and It's Complicated showing some lightness we miss from the 90s. Still, she probably has the single funniest moment in the season. At the dinner table with Kidman and the boys, she asks if she can demonstrate a scream. Let's just say she SCREAMS like she's making "the choice", if you get my drift. Her courtroom confrontation with Kidman is sublime. If you remember her in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979, Oscar Supporting Actress)- she had a similar situation where she was confronted about her ethic, and her role as a mother. This time she does a much more erratic way of reaction, and it's excellent. Best Supporting Actress 2020 Emmy? Oh yes. The only issue? It is a campy role. And not likable. She makes herself unlikable the moment she wants custody of Kidman's children, and has one dumb scene where she literally drives up to Nicole's mansion just to whisper to her through her door and then leave. She's a blunt, random personality that is borderline sociopath. Overall, the second season of Big Little Lies (only 7 episodes, like the first) is fresh entertainment that you most likely won't watch twice. Every character says exactly what is on their mind to the point that their is no room for subtle pauses. Even the therapist (who somehow also ends up being Reese and her husband's handler) comes across judgmental and prudish. Is the season Predicable? Yes. Binge watch worthy? Absolutely. <b>FINAL GRADE: B</b> Angela Bassett was incredible as Tina Turner, delivering one of the finest female performances EVER. She won the Golden Globe (Musical/Comedy) for 1993. She was nominated for an Oscar, and had it not been for Holly Hunter in The Piano, would have easily trumped her competition. She lip syncs wonderfully. She moves effortlessly on the stage. She radiates raw emotion with inner strength. You don't have to look the the icon you're portraying to give a believable performance as that said idol. Laurence Fishburne looked nothing like Ike either, but gave a hell of a starring turn. I've seen biopics where they pick someone ONLY Because they looked a little like the star, but the performance is wooden. View all replies >