Monday, 27 February 2017

Happy Birthday, Franchot Tone!

FRANCHOT TONE
(February 27, 1905 September 18, 1968)
Actors suffer from being half narcissistic and half self-critical.

More Franchot Tone-related articles HERE.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Top 15 Favorite Best Actress-Winning Performances

Throughout this month, I have decided to do a series of Oscar-related articles in antecipation to tonight's 89th Academy Awards ceremony. Yesterday, I told you my top 15 favorite Best Actor-winning performances (from 1929 to 2015), so today I thought I would do the same, but for Best Actress winners instead. As I have said before, please bear in mind that this is my own personal opinion, which of course is limited to the films I have seen so far.

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#15: Joan Crawford as Mildred Pierce
in Mildred Pierce (1945)

Mildred Pierce: I was always in the kitchen. I felt as though I'd been born in a kitchen and lived there all my life, except for the few hours it took to get married.


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#14: Joan Fontaine as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth
in Suspicion (1941)

Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth: I must go now or I'll be late to luncheon. Anyway, if my father saw me come in both late and beautiful, he might have a stroke.


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#13: Elizabeth Taylor as Martha
in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Martha: I'm loud and I'm vulgar, and I wear the pants in the house because somebody's got to, but I am not a monster. I'm not!


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#12: Olivia de Havilland as Jody Norris
in To Each His Own (1946)

Jody Norris: Let me give y'all a little news flash. There ain't nothin' out there can kill fuckin' Ron Woodroof in 30 days.


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#11: Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy
in The Blind Side (2009)

Beth: You're changing that boy's life.
Leigh Anne Tuohy: No, he's changing mine.


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#10: Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara
in Gone with the Wind (1939)

Scarlett O'Hara: As God as my witness, I shall never go hungry again.


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#9: Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles
in Cabaret (1972)

Sally Bowles: That's me, darling. Unusual places, unusual love affairs. I am a most strange and extraordinary person.


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#8: Claudette Colbert as Ellen "Ellie" Andrews
in It Happened One Night (1934)

Ellen "Ellie" Andrews: I proved once and for all that the limb is mightier than the thumb.


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#7: Kate Winslet as Hanna Schmitz
in The Reader (2008)

Hanna Schmitz: It doesn't matter what I feel. It doesn't matter what I think. The dead are still dead.


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#6: Brie Larson as Joy Newsome
in Room (2015)

Joy Newsome: I'm sorry that I'm not nice anymore, but you know what? Maybe if your voice saying "be nice" hadn't been in my head, then maybe I wouldn't have helped the guy with the fucking sick dog! 

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#5: Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany Maxwell
in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Tiffany Maxwell: Humanity is just nasty and there's no silver lining.


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#4: Marion Cotillard as Édith Piaf
in La Vie en Rose (2007)

Édith Piaf: I can't? Then what's the point of being Édith Piaf?


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#3: Audrey Hepburn as Princess Ann
in Roman Holiday (1953)

Princess Ann: I've never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it's MOST unusual.


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#2: Jane Wyman as Belinda MacDonald
in Johnny Belinda (1948)

Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth: Let me give y'all a little news flash. There ain't nothin' out there can kill fuckin' Ron Woodroof in 30 days.


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#1: Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn
in Born Yesterday (1950)

Billie Dawn: [My father] always used to say, "Never do nothing you wouldn't want printed on the front page of The New York Times."

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And there you have it. My top 15 favorite Best Actress-winning performances. Did I name some of your favorites? Were you surprised by my choices?

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Top 15 Favorite Best Actor-Winning Performances

Throughout this month, I have decided to do a series of Oscar-related articles in antecipation to tomorrow's 89th Academy Awards ceremony. Last week, I told you my top 10 favorite Best Picture winners from 1929 to 1969 and from 1970 to 2015, and today I am sharing with you my top 15 favorite Best Actor-winning performances. Again, please bear in mind that this is my own personal opinion, which of course is limited to the films I have seen so far.

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#15: Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof
in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Ron Woodroof: Let me give y'all a little news flash. There ain't nothin' out there can kill fuckin' Ron Woodroof in 30 days.


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#14: Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy
in On the Waterfront (1954)

Terry Malloy: You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.


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#13: William Holden as Sgt. J. J. Sefton
in Stalag 17 (1953)

Sergeant J. J. Sefton: There are two people in this barracks who know I didn't do it. Me and the guy that did do it. 


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#12: Dustin Hoffman as Ray Babbitt
in Rain Man (1988)

Ray Babbitt: Of course you can't have pancakes without maple syrup. 


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#11: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch
in To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)

Atticus Finch: You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

 
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#10: Maximilian Schell as Hans Rolfe

Hans Rolfe: No, Your Honor. No! Germany alone is not guilty: The whole world is as responsible for Hitler's Germany.


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#9: Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass
in The Revenant (2015)

Hugh Glass: No... Revenge is in God's hands. Not mine.


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#8: Ernest Borgnine as Marty Piletti
in Marty (1955)

Marty Piletti: You don't like her? Well, that's too bad!


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#7: Clark Gable as Peter Warne

Peter Warne: Say, where'd you learn to dunk? In finishing school?


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#6: Adrien Brody as Władysław Szpilman
in The Pianist (2002)

Władysław Szpilman: They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler. 


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#5: James Stewart as Mike Connor

Macaulay "Mike" Connor: Doggone it, C.K. Dexter Haven. Either I'm gonna sock you or you're gonna sock me.


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#4: Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut

Charlie Allnut: Nothin' a man can't do if he sets his mind to it. Never say die. That's my motto!

 
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#3: Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawkins
in The Theory of Everything (2014)

Stephen Hawkins: There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope.

 
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#2: Roberto Benigni as Guido Orefice
in Life is Beautiful (1997)

Guido Orefice: You are such a good boy. You sleep now. Dream sweet dreams. Maybe we are both dreaming. Maybe this is all a dream, and in the morning, Mommy will wake us up with milk and cookies. Then, after we eat, I will make love to her two or three times. If I can. 


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#1: Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump
in Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump: My momma always, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."


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And there you have it. My top 10 favorite Best Actor-winning performances. Did I name some of your favorites? Were you surprised by my choices?