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May 06 2015

Smackdown May 31st - Pass It On !

UPDATE / MAKE NOTE: Date Changed to Sunday June 7th.

It's decided.After listening to your comments and perusing the lists again we've narrowed down which years we'll be doing this summer.The nextSupporting Actress Smackdownwill be 1979...So get to watching out there for maximum enjoyment when it arrives.And your enjoyment comes before that if you do because,BONUS,this is a good batch of films even beyond these talented ladies.

  • Jane Alexander -Kramer Vs.Kramer
  • Barbara Barrie -Breaking Away
  • Candice Bergen -Starting Over
  • Mariel Hemingway -Manhattan
  • Meryl Streep -Kramer Vs.Kramer


P.S.This also means that 1979 will be our unofficial 'year of the month' so we'll have other '79 related bits and bobs for you at the end of May.Please to enjoy.Any requests?

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Reader Comments (41)

Glad to see it coming back!And with a year when I've seen all the films.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

hooray!this was the first oscars i ever watched亚博主页

ps - 1979 musical double bill:all that jazzandhair

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Yay!This is great news to wake up to!I do wonder what the Smackdown will be like with you-know-who in the mix.

I've never seen Starting Over,so that is going to the top of my Netflix queue.I didn't care for Breaking Away but am willing to give it another chance.Love the other films and performances.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Suzanne -- not sure what you mean by "you know who"...unless you mean Streep and not a panelist ;)

April 19,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I mean Meryl.She has a way of dominating everything (even things that don't pertain to her,sometimes!).

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Suzanne -- well,Kramer vs Kramer is bound to dominate since it's 40% of the shortlist :)

April 19,2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

If there is one movie that I loved as a teenager but can't bring myself to watching again,that is Manhattan.I swear it has nothing or little to do with anything that may or may not have happened in real life,but the sexualization of a a 17 year-old by a 42 year-old is unethical to me and it is never addressed as such.It is talked about almost in a trivial manner in the movie.It would be almost acceptable if she was an independent,mature and experienced young woman.But as played by Hemingway/directed by Allen,Tracy sounds like a 12 year-old and her body language is the one of a 12 year-old.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterMr.Goodbar

Can we give shout outs to some non nominees from '79 Rachel Roberts in Yanks,Veronica Cartwright in Alien,Leland Palmer in All that Jazz and Valerie Harpoer in Chapter Two.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commentermark

1979-themed requests?Let's just say I'd love to read something about Hanna Schygulla's performance in 'The Marriage of Maria Braun' from you.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

Saw all the films.The winner is obvious but worth discussion.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrandz

I feel like I could write a book about Woody's "Father Figure"tendencies in both Annie Hall and especially Manhattan.I don't endorse the relationship in Manhattan,but I can't pretend he isn't presenting truth.I guess I have known enough guys who DO want a quasi-parent/teacher relationship like that with a woman -- teenage or not.I think it's creepy,but I cannot pretend it doesn't exist.

I think that's why I admire the filmmaking of Annie Hall and Manhattan more than I actually enjoy the movies.I'm sure other viewers have different reactions to the couples in these films.We all bring our separate,personal experiences into the theater,after all,and I look forward to hearing other takes on the Tracy/Isaac relationship.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commentercash

Exciting news!

I'll second Mark's request for discussion of non-nominees.Love Veronica Cartwright in Alien and Margot Kidder in Superman (could be considered lead,but feels more supporting to me).I also remember,at the time,being FASCINATED by Persis Khambatta in the Star Trek Motion Picture - a unique performance,at least.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

of course the winner is obvious since it's basically the start of Streep's reign.
Then why don't make it Meryl's year too?she won many supporting actress awards for Kramer,Manhattan and Joe Tynan in 1979.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterfadhil

Mark,Valerie is heartbreaking and hilarious in Chapter Two.Her last scene is wonderful.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Mark,Valerie is heartbreaking and hilarious in Chapter Two.Her last scene is wonderful.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Other supporting actresses?Ann Reinking was no slouch in "All that Jazz"- this is such a time capsule and tribute to a dancer's talent.
Nothing captures a decade better than the music,and the fashions - maybe a look back at both?
Looking forward to this smackdown,it's going to be fun.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

Veronica Cartwright!I've never seen The Seduction of Joe Tynan,so I'm hoping the month's commentary might convince me to do so.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterzig

1979:Hair,The Rose,Dracula(Frank Langella),NosferatuandTim!

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I would've voted for Leland Palmer in 1979;there must have been some vote-splitting between her and Ann Reinking that prevented either of them from getting cited.

Shirley MacLaine was great in Being There,too,but apparently,per the Globes,she was considered a lead.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

So many of my favorites for an alternate ballot...

Annie Golden,HAIR
Barbara Baxley,NORMA RAE
Blythe Danner & Lisa Jane Persky,SANTINI
The women of SECAUCUS7

And the list goes on...
Such a fun year,TFE!

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterStinkyLulu

As a performance in a low-budget genre film it's easily overlooked,but I've always liked Sheila Florance's work in Mad Max!

Also nice to look back at a handsome,charismatic Mel Gibson,before glimpses of the actor's (seemingly unpleasant) personality started clouding his legacy...

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

Add me in for another vote for the supporting actresses of All That Jazz.Every bit as exciting to watch now as then.Ann Reinking is heavenly and Leland Palmer makes every moment delicious.I also like Sandahl Bergman.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Not too excited about this year AT ALL.There's Meryl and then,in a distant galaxy,the rest of the nominees.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Love the idea of looking at the other worthy performances that missed being nominated in the lead up to the Smackdown.Meryl was good in The Seduction of Joe Tynan but the strongest supporting performance in that film came from Barbara Harris as Alda's wife.

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

if meryl somehow loses this I'll believe in meryl fatigue (with retroactive effects)!

April 19,2015 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

May 24,1979 - the day the earth was graced with my presence.

Thank you Nathaniel!!!!

April 19,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Manhattan was the best movie of the year (not easy,when you think All That Jazz and Apocalypse Now were released in the same year) and I love Hemingway's performance,no matter what we know about Woody Allen's personal life.He may be disgusting,yes,but you can't pretend Manhattan is not a perfect movie.It's just that,perfect.

April 20,2015 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

How did Jane Alexander get nominated for this performance?She's like the Jacki Weaver of 1979.Or is Jacki Weaver the Jane Alexander of 2012?

April 20,2015 | Unregistered CommenterMB76

I think Jane was nominated for the park bench scene,it only takes 1 killer scene in best pic frontrunner and your in.

my nominees


April 20,2015 | Unregistered Commentermark

I love Hemingway's performance,too.It's been a while since I have seen Kramer v.Kramer,but off the top of my head I think I like Hemingway over Streep in 1979,though Streep is excellent.

April 20,2015 | Unregistered Commentercash

I guess I'm not the only one who went,"Jane Alexander was in Kramer vs.Kramer?"

April 20,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSanty C.

Agreeance on much of what I've read above.I just saw K.Vs.K again a few weeks back and while I love Jane Alexander,she really didn't do that much with a fairly stock "Sympathetic Bystander"role.Also love Barbara Barrie and Breaking Away is still fab,but again,not exactly a challenging role.It was a weak year of nominees with a clear-cut standout here -- but how dare they not nominate the great Veronica Cartwright,who was so good as the jittery,terrified Lambert in Alien?I still have not seen Starting Over however,and will remedy that asap (I always meant to).At any rate,I eagerly await the long-awaited return of the Smackdown!

April 20,2015 | Unregistered CommenterRob

The Oscar should have gone to Barbara Harris that year for The Seduction of Joe Tynan.

April 20,2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Totally agree on the non nominees,especially Cartwright...And of course we should talk about Alien!

April 20,2015 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

You could do something with cult films or movies set in NYC since one of my favorite movies,The Warriors,came out that year and fits both categories.Interestingly,future BSA winner Mercedes Ruehl has a small but memorable role in the movie.Maybe we could make a list of future BSA winners/nominees that appear in other 1979 movies.

May 6,2015 | Unregistered CommenterSean Troutman

I don't think I've seen "Chapter Two",except for the "Seinfeld"reference,but back then,there was a big discrimination between Movie People and TV People.So Rhoda was at a disadvantage in getting a nomination.Maybe if "Chapter Two"had been a front runner like "Ordinary People"and Mary Tyler Moore the very next year,she would have done better.

If you haven't seen it,YouTube Dustin Hoffman's Best Actor speech.It's one of the Best ever about the Art of Film.

May 6,2015 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Jane Alexander is terrific in Kramer vs.Kramer,that's why she was nominated,and it wasn't just the bench scene.She testifies on Ted's behalf during the trial and she has a moment where she's pleading with Joanna (Meryl) to let him keep Billy.She's also really funny and functions as the character who best understands this family,since we understand that before she left she was Joanna's best friend,and yet we watch her get closer to Ted and watch him become a better father.It's not as emotionally charged a role as Meryl's (of course,how could it be?),but it's still quite substantial and a deserving Oscar nomination (as you can probably tell,I love Kramer vs.Kramer and think it deserved everything it won).Of these,I've only seen the two Kramer ladies and Mariel in Manhattan (whom I adore in that movie).I'll have to watch the other two,but this is a great year...

May 6,2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

Can you win an Oscar nomination in a moment?That's what I think of when I think of Barbara Barrie and her "passport scene."Even Meryl in the courtroom scene where I first remember Meryl the actress registering at least two emotions at once in a scene.

May 6,2015 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

God I'm so excited for this.Never participated in a Smackdown before...but I'm going to join in this month!

(Largely because Mariel Hemingway gives one of my all-time favorite performances in one of my all-time favorite films.There is a plainness and naiveté she taps into that's just magical.Ugh.)

May 6,2015 | Unregistered CommenterJB

I got excited because I thought Heaven Can Wait was 1979,which would allow me to talk about Julie Christie's hateful snub.

May 6,2015 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W.

Requests: The Muppet Movie!
Also: Rock n' Roll High School

May 6,2015 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

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