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Sunday
Jun 07 2015

Smackdown 1979: Barbara,Candice,Jane,Mariel ...and Meryl Streep!

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '79.Three divorcées trying to find themselves or build new lives (a white hot character type / movie theme in the late 70s) battled for the statue with a simple suburban mom and a precocious student at the 52nd Annual Academy Awards.

THE NOMINEES

Candice BergenandMariel Hemingwaywere first-time Oscar players in 1979,but they shared the interesting distinction of being previous Globe nominees in the long since cancelled category of "Promising Newcomer/Acting Debut"in 1966 (The Sand Pebbles) and 1976 (Lipstick) respectively.Barbara Barrie,the eldest nominee,was no stranger to good reviews having previously won Cannes Best Actress (for the little seen interracial romanceOne Potato Two Potatoin 1964) but was largely considered a TV actress.She returned to the small screen immediately after her most beloved film role  -- in a TV series based on that film no less making her the rare performer (the only one?) to have received both an Emmy nomination and Oscar nomination for the same exact role!But theKramer vs Kramerladies were the marquee draws in 1979 and not just because the public response to their divorce drama was so seismic:Jane AlexanderandMeryl Streephad been nominated before and would be again.Especially La Streep.No one could have then predicted that she'd continually obliterate Oscar records over the next thirty plus years buteveryoneknew she was the Next Big Thing.1979 was the year of her true ascendance,a third consecutive year co-starring in a Best Picture contender (Julia,The Deer Hunter,Kramer vs Kramer) and the small matter of two other much-raved about performances in the same year (ManhattanandThe Seduction of Joe Tynan).

THIS MONTH'S PANELISTS

Here to talk about these five turns are authorKM Soehnlein("The World of Normal Boys") and film bloggersKristen Sales(Sales on Film),Bill Chambers(Film Freak Central),Brian Herrera(StinkyLulu),and your hostNathaniel R(亚博主页).There's alsoa must-listen Podcast companion conversationto the Smackdown where we flesh out some of these thoughts and expound on the movies themselves.

Without further ado,the Smackdown...

1979
SUPPORTING ACTRESS SMACKDOWN
An in-depth discussion after the jump...

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Wednesday
May 27 2015

Vintage 1979: Kramer vs.Kramer,Sweeney Todd,Chris Pratt,Rosamund Pike,and More...

1979 is our "Year of the Month"and this post was waywaytoo much fun to research.Before the main course of the Supporting Actress Smackdown (pushed to June 7th),let's marinate a little in the year that was.

original print ad for Kramer vs.Kramer (available on eBay)

Jackie Earle Haley,Dennis Quaid,Dennis Christopher,and Daniel Stern broke out via "Breaking Away"

BEST MOVIES ACCORDING TO...

Oscar:Kramer vs Kramer*,All That Jazz,Apocalypse Now,Breaking Away,andNorma Raewere the best pictures nominees but they also lovedLa Cage Aux Folles,The China Syndrome,Manhattan,Being ThereandThe Black Stallion

Golden Globe
: (drama)Kramer vs Kramer*,Apocalypse Now,The China Syndrome,ManhattanandNorma Rae(comedy)Breaking Away*,Being There,Hair,The Rose,and10

Cannes:Apocalypse NowANDAll That Jazz(Glenn discussed this odd consecutive Oscar-adjacent business)


Box Office:
1) Kramer vs.Kramer 2) The Amityville Horror 3) Rocky II 4) Apocalypse Now 5) Star Trek: The Motion Picture 6) Alien 7) "10" 8) The Jerk 9) Moonraker 10) The Muppet Movie

Gene Siskel: 1) Hair 2) Kramer vs Kramer 3) The Deer Hunter 4) Breaking Away 5) Manhattan 6) The Marriage of Maria Braun 7) Nosferatu 8) The Onion Field 9) Time After Time 10) The China Syndrome

Roger Ebert: 1) Apocalypse Now 2) Breaking Away 3) The Deer Hunter 4) The Marriage of Maria Braun 5) Hair 6) Saint Jack 7) Kramer vs Kramer 8) The China Syndrome 9) Nosferatu 10) "10"

List-Mania continues withmusic hits,debut characters,new toys,and adorable "born in '79"people & thingsafter the jump...

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