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O.K. we are into the 1960’s where we have interesting avenues to explore as we consider my proposal, my intent actually to DeOscarize Goldie Hawn as Best Supporting Actress 1969 for her performance in a rather dated film called, Cactus Flower. I say the film has turned stale and so have the performances within it. Yet there is a film from 1969 that still has the energy it had then, moreso perhaps. I like to put it this way. It’s still got the juice. It’s called They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? It stars Jane Fonda in an electrifying performance.
In fact, I believe her Academy Award for Klute in 1971
was a belated award for her performance in this film from 1969. Jane Fonda did not make a movie in 1970, being otherwise occupied elsewhere.
There were other nominations from this movie for, Best Director,
Best Supporting Actor,
I already told you about that in my promise to make sure Bruce Dern is selected Best Actor 2013; in our DeOscarize.com world if not the real one.
There was, too in 1969 a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Susannah York an actress severely underrated and therefore unfairly overlooked.
You have got to see They Shoot Horses Don’t They just to enjoy all these wonderful performances that just sizzle, especially the performance by Susannah York. By this time 1969, Susannah York had already accumulated an impressive collection of roles in some very prestigious and successful movies. Her debut performance of 1960 in Tunes of Glory should have been nominated; so too, the film and its lead actor the great Alec Guinness.
So, even if Susannah York had been nominated, as she should have been instead of Diane Cilento, it is still unlikely that such a divided vote would have ended differently.
Margaret Rutherford would have remained Best Supporting Actress 1963.
Such a dilemma would occur again when all of these wonderful actors who appeared in The Godfather were nominated Best Supporting Actor 1972. Aah, 1972, the year of The Godfather. Same type of result took place if I’m not mistaken except that Joel Grey really did deserve his Academy Award. Anyway, I would also be loathe to DeOscarize Margaret Rutherford who was such a perennial character actress and whose filmic charm remains delightfully and surprisingly vital. Check out her Miss Marple series.
They are still very entertaining films and hold up very well after fifty years. Which means she was performing in the era of Beatlemania
whereby anything British had box office value and that kept actresses like Susannah York working very steadily throughout the sixties, Susannah York particularly enjoying roles in very important and popular films. Oh and there’s the obligatory hip, swinging sixties type movie that always featured a British cast member, Susannah York included. That notwithstanding in 1969 Susannah York received a well-deserved nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
It is this performance that still draws an emotional response to this day so, for her body of work and for this performance I say Susannah York deserves to be the NEW Best Supporting Actress 1969.
Ok, ok, we’re not done yet, not nearly. Let us return to Goldie Hawn.
Frankly, I don’t think her performance in Cactus Flower was Academy calibre even then. This movie was basically what a person in his fifties thought a person in his twenties would enjoy. Cactus Flower was a fifty year old’s version of hip in the 60’s. However the hippest thing going in Hollywood in the 60’s was a television show called Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in. Everybody who was anybody in Hollywood wanted to be on this show and Goldie Hawn was emerging as the brightest star in the Laugh-In cast.
She was definitely what would later be defined as the flavour of the month only back in the sixties the flavours lasted a lot longer than that. So that’s my theory on how Goldie Hawn could possibly prevail over Susannah York because we still have to make up for Goldie Hawn’s lost Academy Award and I’ve got a better one for her, anway; she being in a much better film with a much, much, much better performance. In 1974 Goldie Hawn
This film is forty years old and still has juice with some sparkling performances especially by Goldie Hawn. She’s fantastic in this movie and deserves to be named The NEW Best Actress 1974
especially in light of the fact that she wasn’t even nominated and she sure should’ve been. So justice to Goldie Hawn is about to be done by DeOscarize dot com which means we have to DeOscarize Ellen Burstyn for her performance in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.
You may recall we named Ellen Burstyn The New Best Supporting Actress of 1972 for her performance in The King of Marvin Gardens
and I stated then that I believe Ellen Burstyn would have won an Academy Award in 1974 for anything in which she appeared because there were many who felt she missed out on a well-deserved Best Actress Award the previous year in 1973 for her performance in The Exorcist.
So in all good conscience, I hereby deoscarize Ellen Burstyn and declare Goldie Hawn the New Best Actress of 1974 for her brilliant performance in The Sugarland Express. See this movie. Just a reminder we are also DeOscarizing Goldie Hawn for her stale performance which was not her fault for she had not much to work with in The Cactus Flower
giving justice to Susannah York who shall be declared The New Best Supporting Actress 1969 for her performance in They Shoot Horses Don’t They?
See that film too. It’s stunning. So, Come to DeOscarize dot com and support or oppose my efforts to make right the wrongs of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Also see these movies. You won’t regret it. They are worth your time and attention. Then return to DeOscarize dot com to say thanks DeOscarize dot com for turning me on to another movie gem. Seeking cinematic justice, bringing little gems of movies to your attention! It’s all good at DeOscarize dot com.
Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing GOLDIE HAWN and ELLEN BURSTYN to give due credit to SUSANNAH YORK and GOLDIE HAWN. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize GOLDIE HAWN for, or ELLEN BURSTYN if anyone? Let’s discuss it.
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