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OSCARS OUTRAGES POLL - VOTE: Worst of best actress?

October 6, 2007 |  1:03 pm


"Worst robbery since Brink's!" cried Groucho Marx when Judy Garland ("A Star Is Born") lost best actress of 1954 to Grace Kelly ("The Country Girl"). But Groucho was wrong. It was worse than Brink's.

Also criminal was the outcome of that same category four years earlier. No offense to Judy Holliday, who did a fine job as a gum-snapping tart in "Born Yesterday," but, come on, she beat two grande dames at the top of their talents: Gloria Swanson ("Sunset Boulevard") and Bette Davis ("All About Eve").

Now consider these other Oscar outrages in the same race. What's the worst?


Faye Dunaway wasn't nominated as the magnificently monstrous Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest," but Crawford won for portraying a poor angelic mommie squashed by her spoiled daughter in "Mildred Pierce."

After losing best actress for the greatest performance of her impressive career ("Moulin Rouge!"), Nicole Kidman won for having one big scene while wearing a big plastic nose in a movie called the worst of the year by Time Magazine ("The Hours").

Even if you're a fan of Sally Field and/or Hilary Swank, you must admit that it's outrageous that they both not only won two Oscars, but they never lost while poor Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter got snubbed six times and Rosalind Russell five. Wrap all of that up into one consideration and the collective outrage probably counts as a felony, too.