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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.


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).


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...

An in-depth discussion after the jump...

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