5. Diahaan Carol in Claudine
Diahaan Carol gives a very strong performance that is far and away the best thing about the film. She's always real and she and James Earl Jones have beautiful chemistry.
4. Valerie Perrine in Lenny
Valerie Perrine is the emotional heart of Lenny, giving a beautiful, very intimate performance that is an essential asset to the film.
3. Faye Dunaway in Chinatown:
Faye Dunaway gives a fascinating, deeply layered performance which shows how much talent she has (And how much talent she's wasting! Come back to film!)
2. Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore:
Ellen Burstyn's portrayal of Alice is natural and simply terrific. She makes us love her character and Burstyn is always fun to watch.
1. Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under The Influence:
Gena Rowlands never goes too over the top, but gives a devastating performance that is convincing and believable 100 %.