Just what it sounds like again. If you disagree with my choices here (or on any of my lists like this) then A. suck my balls, B. make your own list, C. post your opinion on the comments section. But anyway, here we go. Keep in mind that I have not seen all of the best Actress winning performances so if you feel I've left it out, I've probably not seen it.
#1. Vivien Leigh-Blanche DuBois-A Streetcar Named Desire-1951
Katharine Hepburn-Eleanore of Aquitaine-The Lion on Winter-1968
I just couldn't do it. I tried to pick one over the other but I just couldn't. I thought long and hard about who to chose over the other but I decided that since it is my blog I can most certainly have a tie. So, I tied the two. The interesting part is that when Katharine Hepburn won for The Lion in Winter, she tied with Barbara Streisand for Funny Girl. Interesting yes?
I was talking with my mother the other day and she said something to the effect of "Vivien Leigh was great in Gone with the Wind, but the mark of a solid actress is the ability to knock Blanche DuBois out of the park." well, Leigh certainly did that. She was amazing. I guess I'm just a sucker for performances where the character is slowly getting more and more insane. It was an intense and flawlessly done performance...it was an intense and flawlessly done movie.
The Lion in Winter...you need to see this film if you have not. It was utterly amazing (Somehow Oliver! beat it....how do you swing that?) the entire cast had their performances of a lifetime (except for Anthony Hopkins who went on to do The Silence of the Lambs) You had Peter O' Toole as you have NEVER seen him (it beats out his Lawrence of Arabia performance) Timothy Dalton, and of course, Katharine Hepburn. This is my favorite role of hers. I kinda wish that she had been the only one to have taken the award that night. I also wish Peter O' Toole had taken Best Actor that night too. All of the performances were amazing. See this movie.
As a final note, I have a random question to ask all of you,