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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.
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.
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.
*Jeannie Berlin – The Heartbreak Kid as Lila Kolodny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-2sfboTnk
*Geraldine Page – Pete ‘n’ Tillie as Gertrude https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryf3rAx2k9c
*Susan Tyrrell – Fat City as Oma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voMK5RG-4WA
*Shelley Winters – The Poseidon Adventure as Belle Rosen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-bTQuzJlX8
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
Coral Browne – The Ruling Class as Lady Claire https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meI6f258RKY
Ellen Burstyn – The King of Marvin Gardens as Sally
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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
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.
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