DeOscarize Eileen Heckart, Best Supporting Actress 1972

 

EILEEN HECKART  DeOscarized  Best Supporting Actress 1972

EILEEN HECKART DeOscarized
Best Supporting Actress 1972

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If you want to remove the “bad” part of coffee, you DeCaffeinate

If you want to remove the offending aroma from a room, you DeOdorize

And if you want to give the award issued by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a more deserving recipient, you DeOscarize the current holder.

I haven’t slept well since I DeOscarized Ellen Burstyn as Best Actress 1974.

Ellen Burstyn   Best Actress 1974    DeOscarized

Ellen Burstyn
Best Actress 1974
DeOscarized

Ms. Burstyn is a fine actress and has done some wonderful work in films; especially in the early 70’s. Plus, so far she is the only living Academy Award recipient whom I have DeOscarized. In ’71 she was nominated Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Last Picture Show. Her fellow cast member Cloris Leachman got the Academy Award that year, deservedly so. In ’73 she was nominated Best Actress for her compelling performance in The Exorcist. I thought for sure she would get the award that year but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave it to Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class, instead. So, I believe Ellen Burstyn was destined to win Best Actress 1974 no matter what the film, no matter what the role. Wouldn’t you know it, Ellen Burstyn won Best Actress 1974 for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Coincidence? I don’t think so. Anyway, compare the performances. Her performance in the Exorcist was the superior of the two which has something to do with why I DeOscarized her for Gena Rowlands. Meanwhile a performance, even better than those given in The Last Picture Show or the Exorcist was to be seen in between those two films in 1972. To this day and to my mind, her supporting performance in The King of Marvin Gardens is still a thing of cinematic beauty and yet, she wasn’t even nominated. Look and see who was nominated and tell me you ever heard from most of those actresses after 1972. I prefer my nominees, also listed below. By the way, Eileen Heckart was a strong character actress with a good, solid, professional career.

EILEEN HECKART    1919 –  2001

EILEEN HECKART
1919 – 2001

She probably should have taken her Academy Award years before for The Bad Seed. Eileen Heckart6That performance was a tour de force and perfect for the times and style of acting in 1956.

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actress 1956 EILEEN HECKART 1919 - 2001

NOMINEE Best Supporting Actress 1956
EILEEN HECKART
1919 – 2001

She won Best Supporting Actress 1972 for her performance in Butterflies are Free; a dated movie, even for the 70’s and a performance that was suited for that film and not for the ages. Apologies Ms. Heckart but justice must be served to an actress of the calibre and credit list that Ellen Burstyn has provided to film enthusiasts and movie-goers through many years with her great talents and presence.  

Best Supporting Actress Nominees 1972

*Eileen Heckart – WINNER Best Supporting Actress 1972 – Butterflies are Free.

EILEEN HECKART    as Mrs. Baker Butterflies are Free

EILEEN HECKART
as Mrs. Baker
Butterflies are Free

*Jeannie Berlin – The Heartbreak Kid as Lila Kolodny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-2sfboTnk

Jeannie Berlin  as Lila Kolodny  The Heartbreak Kid

Jeannie Berlin
as Lila Kolodny
The Heartbreak Kid


*Geraldine Page – Pete ‘n’ Tillie as Gertrude https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryf3rAx2k9c

Geraldine Page  as Gertrude    Pete 'n' Tillie

Geraldine Page
as Gertrude
Pete ‘n’ Tillie

       

*Susan Tyrrell – Fat City as Oma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voMK5RG-4WA

Susan Tyrrell as Oma      Fat City

Susan Tyrrell as Oma Fat City

       

*Shelley Winters – The Poseidon Adventure as Belle Rosen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-bTQuzJlX8

Shelley Winters  as  Belle Rosen  The Poseidon Adventure

Shelley Winters as
Belle Rosen
The Poseidon Adventure

I make no apologies for saying time has proven that the performances given by the actresses listed below have surpassed those of the official Academy nominees of 1972. Talia Shire should have been nominated for The Godfather and as we see her timeless performance in that timeless film one wonders how it is that she was not nominated. One shakes one’s head in wonder from time to time. Meanwhile, Coral Browne never gave a bad film performance in her life. She always made the good films in which she appeared even better and the bad films always had something special because of her. Check her out in the British horror classic Theatre of Blood (with husband and co-star, Vincent Price) to truly see what I mean. Anyway here were some strong performances…

Snubbed by the Academy in 1972

Talia Shire – The Godfather as Costanza “Connie” Corleone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u-ARnRai1o

Talia Shire as Costanza "Connie" Corleone  The Godfather

Talia Shire as Costanza “Connie” Corleone
The Godfather

Coral Browne – The Ruling Class as Lady Claire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meI6f258RKY

Coral Browne as  Lady Claire  The Ruling Class

Coral Browne as
Lady Claire
The Ruling Class

Ellen Burstyn – The King of Marvin Gardens as Sally

Ellen Burstyn as Sally  The King of Marvin Gardens

Ellen Burstyn as Sally
The King of Marvin Gardens

Your Choice  – GO TO Leave a Reply

At DeOscarize the whole idea is to finally give credit where credit and awards are rightfully due. So, until I hear a compelling reason against this decision, I hereby name:

ELLEN BURSTYN – New Best Supporting Actress 1972 – The King of Marvin Gardens

Ellen Burstyn NEW Best Supporting Actress 1972 The King of Marvin Gardens

Ellen Burstyn
NEW Best Supporting Actress 1972
The King of Marvin Gardens

 

By the way, as mentioned but just to remind you and to plant a thought to consider. 1972 was the year the Academy Award for Best Actor was declined by the winner, Marlon Brando for his performance in The Godfather. What if the Academy had said, “you don’t want it Marlon? Fine, we’ll give it to so-and-so” So, in retrospect would you have given the award to someone else since Brando didn’t accept it? If so, to which actor would you give the award for Best Performance by An Actor in a Leading Role in 1972, seeing as Brando DeOscarized himself. There were some amazing nominees and some amazing performances that should have been nominated but weren’t, like John Wayne and Burt Reynolds. Hmmm. That category and year definitely deserve consideration as a possible candidate for DeOscarize. Stay tuned!

Of course I can see where folks might think I’m wrong. I’m prepared to make my case for DeOscarizing Eileen Heckart to give due credit to Ellen Burstyn. Can you make the case to prevent it? Is there someone else you would DeOscarize Eileen Heckart for, if anyone? Let’s discuss it.

 Name your own Nominee!

It’s Your Choice! DeOscarize is Your Universe!

Enjoy! Discuss! Prevail! Let Right Be Done!

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