Sunday, April 06, 2014

Alternate Oscars Part III

Einstein (below left) once said: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." H. G. Wells (below right with second wife Jane) was an early bicycle enthusiast. Both men (seekers of knowledge and prophets of time travel) may have been on to something, other than their respective riding contraptions. Today we step into a parallel universe of our own invention. We take a random year in film and reconstruct a particular Oscar category with equal or more deserving substitutes.

1987 Academy Award for Best Actress

the actual nominees:

Cher as Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck (winner)
Glenn Close as Alexandra "Alex" Forrest in Fatal Attraction
Holly Hunter as Jane Craig in Broadcast News
Sally Kirkland as Anna in Anna
Meryl Streep as Helen Archer in Ironweed

the parallel universe nominees:

Stephane Audran as Babette Hersant in Babette's Feast

Lillian Gish as Sarah Webber in The Whales of August

Diane Keaton as J.C. Wiatt in Baby Boom

Mary McDonnell as Elma Radnor in Matewan
Barbra Streisand as Claudia Draper in Nuts

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