Monday, April 07, 2014

Alternate Oscars Part IV

the luminous Cecilia Roth in Todo sobre mi madre aka All About My Mother

One of my favorite films of 1999 was Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar/Cannes-winning All About My Mother. In his inimitable and irreverent way, it was a film director's love letter to the professional actress told in melancholic strokes and primary colors. Unfortunately, even with all that talent hitting the boards, there was only one true standout performance (and it wasn't one of the numerous supporting turns; although the two male actors in drag nearly stole the whole show).

The majority of the "actual nominees" for Supporting Actress that particular year were highly deserving of praise, though I still find myself scratching my head over Jolie being crowned queen of the Winter carnival. If I had to pick a favorite out of the actual lot it would probably be Samantha Morton, who played a stone-faced, Keatonesque mute in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown. It was the definition of a "sweet performance". Still, the year in question produced a bevy of alternate female support, which for the most part, went largely unheralded. So, without further ado...

1999 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

the actual nominees:

Angelina Jolie as Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted (winner)
Toni Collette as Lynn Sear in The Sixth Sense
Catherine Keener as Maxine Lund in Being John Malkovich 
Samantha Morton as Hattie in Sweet and Lowdown 
Chloë Sevigny as Lana Tisdel in Boy's Don't Cry

the parallel universe nominees:

Linda Bassett as Ella Khan in East is East
Catherine Deneuve in Est-Ouest

Minnie Driver as  Miss Mabel Chiltern in An Ideal Husband
Patricia Neal as Cookie Orcutt in Cookie's Fortune

Sissy Spacek as Rose Straight in The Straight Story

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