AA. IRENE DUNNE DESERVED A BEST ACTRESS AWARD!

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IRENE DUNNE 1898 - 1990 5 NOMINATIONS! NO WINS!

IRENE DUNNE
1898 – 1990
5 NOMINATIONS!
NO WINS!

 

In the history of the Academy awards there are only four actresses in 87 years who have been nominated at least 5 times, yet never won an award. We have already seen to Deborah Kerr

DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 NOMINATED 6 TIMES! NO WINS!

DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
NOMINATED 6 TIMES!
NO WINS!

and readily righted the wrong that was done to this excellent film actress.

NEW Best Actress 1960 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 THE SUNDOWNERS

NEW Best Actress 1960
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
THE SUNDOWNERS

Then there was the great character actress Thelma Ritter

THELMA RITTER 1902 - 1969 6 NOMINATIONS Best Supporting Actress! NO WINS!

THELMA RITTER
1902 – 1969
6 NOMINATIONS Best Supporting Actress!
NO WINS!

who deserved many more nominations than the 6 she received and was awarded not one. Justice will better serve Thelma Ritter one day as we file her away for future consideration at DeOscarize.com Glenn Close has been close 6 times as well without receiving the proverbial cigar.

GLENN CLOSE 6 NOMINATIONS! 0 WINS!

GLENN CLOSE
6 NOMINATIONS!
0 WINS!

However Ms. Close is alive and kicking and no doubt will have ample opportunity to receive an award from the Academy that has been long overdue.

 

Someone not so fortunate is Irene Dunne who received only five nominations in her lifetime which ended in the 1990.

NOMINEE Best Actress 1937 IRENE DUNNE 1898-1990 THE AWFUL TRUTH

NOMINEE Best Actress 1937
IRENE DUNNE
1898-1990
THE AWFUL TRUTH

She should have received at least 8 nominations that I could count but to have received no award at all when considering the quantity and the quality of some brilliant screen performances she provided, well, that is just further testament as to how wrong people can be; the people in this case being the acting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Why didn’t Irene Dunne win any? My contention is that Comedies weren’t lofty enough for film actors who were intimidated and made to feel inferior by the onslaught of Broadway actors arriving in Hollywood daily since the dawn of talkies. And so comedies like The Awful Truth get snubbed as do comedy performances.irene dunne9 The Awful Truth is allowed Cary Grant to find his voice and comedy style giving performances that got snubbed by the Academy all too often.

 

 

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY Best Actor 1937 CARY GRANT 1904-1986 THE AWFUL TRUTH

SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY
Best Actor 1937
CARY GRANT
1904-1986
THE AWFUL TRUTH

One day we’re going to find justice for Cary Grant too.cary grantpen

 

And Are you telling me Olivia De Havilland deserved an award in 1946 for that trite To Each His Own

 

DeOscarized Olivia DeHavilland Best Actress 1946 TO EACH HIS OWN

DeOscarized
Olivia DeHavilland
Best Actress 1946
TO EACH HIS OWN

while Irene Dunne is denied an award for her wonderful performance in Anna and the King of Siam.

Rex Harrison & Irene Dune in Anna and the King of Siam.  SNUBBED BY THE ACADEMY

The book for the King and I was based on the screenplay for this film and Irene Dunne’s performance is a template for those who played Anna in the musical, namely Gertrude LawrenceGertrude_Lawrence_as_Anna

 

JULIE ANDREWS as Gertrude Lawrence in  STAR! 1969

JULIE ANDREWS as Gertrude Lawrence in
STAR! 1969

 

 

 

star poster

BIG FLOP!

on stage and Deborah Kerr on film.

 

NOMINEE Best Actress 1956 DEBORAH KERR 1921 - 2007 THE KING AND I

NOMINEE Best Actress 1956
DEBORAH KERR
1921 – 2007
THE KING AND I

For shame members of the Academy. However we did DeOscarize Olivia De Havilland to make Jane Wyman the New Best Actress of 1946 for her performance in The Yearling; a great performance and a complete departure from anything Jane Wyman had done before. Much better than her own award winning performance in Johnny Belinda whose standards of communicating with the deaf were laughably outdated. jane wyman16

Since we have already made Jane Wyman the NEW Best Actress 1946 for a much more poignant performance, I make no hesitation in doing the following for the sake of cinematic justice that should add to the immortality of Irene Dunne and rightly so.

So now that you’re at DeOscarize.com it is time to affirm or appeal my decision to DeOscarize Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda

DeOSCARIZED Best Actress 1948 JANE WYMAN 1917-2007 JOHNNY BELINDA

DeOSCARIZED Best Actress 1948
JANE WYMAN
1917-2007
JOHNNY BELINDA

and make Irene Dunne the NEW Best Actress 1948 for her wonderful warm characterization in I Remember Mama and in recognition of her great film performances that the Academy denied or snubbed unfairly.  You better have a good argument to make me change my mind.

NEW Best Actress 1948 IRENE DUNNE 1898-1990 I REMEMBER MAMA

NEW Best Actress 1948
IRENE DUNNE
1898-1990
I REMEMBER MAMA

 

Gosh, it feels good to do justice to a great film artist like Irene Dunne.

IRENE DUNNE Republican 1965

IRENE DUNNE
Republican
1965

I`m not a fan of her politics and she sure didn`t do the world any favours by being one of the influential voices that talked Ronald Reagan

RONALD REAGAN 1911-2004

RONALD REAGAN
1911-2004

Reagan kicked off his 1980 campaign in NESHOBA, MISSISSIPPI with a tacit promise return to segragation

Reagan kicked off his 1980 campaign in NESHOBA, MISSISSIPPI
with a tacit promise return to segragation

into getting into the game. I don`t hold an artist`s politics against him; his private life either. Who cares? Produce great films and great film performances. That`s all that matters to me and that`s what counts at DeOscarize dot com. Come again to share your thoughts and give voice to these decisions.

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Jane Wyman. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Jane Wyman for? Let’s discuss it.

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One thought on “AA. IRENE DUNNE DESERVED A BEST ACTRESS AWARD!

  1. I heartily concur with your support of Miss Dunne! She was robbed! Her performance as Martha Hanson in “I Remember Mama” is nothing short of brilliant, representing (as Jimmy Stewart said during the Kennedy Centers Award presentation to Miss Dunne) “the sum of her gifts”. I don’t think it was the comedies or her politics. I think she was never honored with an Oscar because being a one-man woman (she was married to the same man for almost 40 years) and loving and devoted adoptive parent, she just didn’t play the Hollywood game. Her contract stipulated in as late as 10am and out by 6pm-a schedule that allowed her to sanely demarcate the unreal (the movies) from the real (family).

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