1950: Here's a year that's considered one of the greatest ever, sometimes even the greatest, and it's certainly the most iconic. Both Fritz and Sage have done this year and both had both different and similiar thoughts. Sage's ranking: 1. Swanson 2. Parker 3. Davis 4. Baxter 5. Holliday. Fritz's ranking: 1. Holliday 2. Swanson 3. Davis 4. Parker 5. Baxter. Judy's win/performance is very controversial given she beat out BOTH Davis and Swanson! Those two are both loved beyond loved by oscar lovers and many say that they're among the greatest performances of all time. As for Baxter, I personally love her, but some think she's the only mishap in All About Eve. And poor Eleanor Parker gets hardly any discussion at all, but at least she made second on Sage's ranking!
Oscar winner: Judy Holliday
Overall winner: Gloria Swanson (It's difficult to decide between her and Davis, but I gave Gloria the edge here. Tell me if you disagree!)
1951: Sage has done this year as well and her ranking is; 1. Vivien 2. Winters 3. Kate 4. Parker 5. Jane. Vivien is, of course, the overall winner here, though both Kate and Shelley get a lot of love, while Parker is talked about only occasionally, and Jane not at all.
Oscar winner: Vivien Leigh
Overall winner: Vivien Leigh
1952: A year that's never much discussed, except for Shirley Booth, who most love, and Julie Haris, who surprisingly always crops up on best lists.
Oscar winner: Shirley Booth
Overall winner: Shirley Booth
1953: NOW, here's a year that really isn't talked about. Pretty much forgotten. Some love Audrey, some hate her, I personally am in the middle: Not bad, just not oscar-worthy. Deborah Kerr is discussed ocassionally, but not too much.
Oscar winner: Audrey Hepburn
Overall winner: Audrey Hepburn
1954: One of the biggest Best Actress upsets ever was when Grace Kelly in The Country Girl beat Judy Garland in A Star Is Born. It was strictly a two-horse race between them that year: On one side was Kelly, an actress who was the new thing in Hollywood, was starring in three succesful films that same year, and was in a film that got all the big nominations at from the Academy . On the other side was Judy, once MGM'S greatest star , who was dumped by them, made a comeback by returning through concerts, and was now making a film comeback with the performance of a lifetime. The sentiment factor was very powerful in her case, and most considered her a sure thing. But she didn't win....... Why? Well, here's what happened: All the pundits underestimated Grace, not realizing that her new popularity/her film's success was an important factor. But the biggest reason why is the fact that Warner Brothers undermined A Star Is Born, not campaigning for it at all, and most importantly, cutting many of it's scenes, which diluted the impact of her performance, and confused the voters (Which should they vote for, the full performance or the cut one?). Grace's win was such a tragedy, not only because Garland gave her best performance, but because it added yet ANOTHER hardship in her life which was already so traumatic . Nowadays, Judy is the clear winner.
Oscar winner: Grace Kelly
Overall winner: Judy Garland
1955: Another barely talked about year. Only Magnani is discussed, and everyone is amazed by her, so.....
Oscar winner: Anna Magnani
Overall winner: Anna Magnani
1956: A year that is considered very weak. Kate seems to have done much better, nobody talks about Kelly, Ingrid is hated by most, and Kerr isn't really talked about (Though she did win Fritz's vote. His ranking: 1. Kerr 2. Baker 3. Bergman 4. Kelly 5. Hepburn). The overall winner here is Carol Baker for Baby Doll,who I'm looking forward to seeing.
Oscar winner: Ingrid Bergman
Overall winner: Carol Baker
1957: And here we have another year that's not talked about. I'm getting sick of saying that. I'll just say...
Oscar winner: Joanne Woodward
Overall winner: Joanne Woodward
1958: Maclaine and Kerr aren't discussed, some love Russel, but the two who are most discussed are Elizabeth Taylor for C.O.A.H.T.R and Susan Hayward for I Want To Live. I haven't seen Taylor, but I was blown away by Hayward, and I'm not the only one. But some really dislike her, calling her ''obvious'' and 'over the top''.
Oscar winner: Susan Hayward
Overall winner: Susan Hayward
1959: Both Dinasztie and Fritz have done these years and they're rankings would be: Dinasztie: 1. A. Hepburn 2. K. Hepburn 3. Signoret 4. Day 5. Taylor. Fritz: 1. K. Hepburn 2. A. Hepburn 3. Signoret 4. Taylor 5. Day. Now, I'd say Simone is still the winner, though both Hepburns and Liz have they're supporters.
Oscar winner: Simone Signoret
Overall winner: Simone Signoret
1960: Elizabeth Taylor won this year, and she's one of the most hated winners ever. To me, she is pretty bad, failing completely in the first half and for most of the middle. This is not her fault, but the films, since the script is so terrible. But she does rise above at least for about a quarter of it, through out the end of the middle, to towards the ending. But she did not deserve the Oscar. I guess the overall winner is Shirley Maclaine since the other's aren't discussed.
Oscar winner: Elizabeth Taylor
Overall winner: Shirley Maclaine
1961: Sophia Loren won here, and she definietly was worthy: A great and very impressive performance. But she beat two widely loved performances: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's and Natalie Wood in A Splendor In The Grass. Both are greatly admired, but in the end, i'd say Audrey is the overall winner.
Oscar winner: Sophia Loren
Overall winner: Audrey Hepburn
1962: Like 1950, this year is regarded as one of the greatest lineups ever: Lee Remick and Geraldine page are highly regarded, but most people seem to rally around either Anne Bancroft, Bette Davis, or Katharine Hepburn. These three are all worshipped, but Anne Bancroft usually comes out the winner.
Oscar winner: Anne Bancroft
Overall winner: Anne Bancroft
1963: Like 53, this has to be one of the most forgotten years ever. Dinasztie did this year and his ranking was: 1. Neal 2. Caron 3. Roberts 4. Wood 5. Maclaine. Patricia Neal is, indeed, one of the best winners and most agree, though the Leading/Supporting argument still continues. None of the other nominees are discussed at all.
Oscar winner: Patricia Neal
Overall winner: Patricia Neal