The Girl who Beat the Queens

In Celebrities, Film on 03/18/2010 at 11:41 am

The 1950 Academy Awards was definitely one of the most talked about awards ceremonies as actresses like Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Gloria Swanson, and Judy Holliday were nominated for their performances. Bette Davis was hoping to win her third Academy Award (and would have been the first actress to do so) and Gloria Swanson was hoping to win her first after making a huge comeback from the silent film era. I’m guessing a lot of people were surprised when Judy Holliday walked away that evening with the Oscar for best actress knocking out two of the greatest Hollywood legends for performances I think were far greater than hers. I haven’t seen Judy Holliday in anything but Born Yesterday (for which she won the award for)… maybe she’s a very ‘versatile’ actress and portraying a dumb blond was something that was hard to do. A former professor of mine at Bennington College, Steven Bach, had said he had wished Swanson had walked away with the award that night, but, truthfully, I wish it had been Davis. Not only did Holliday win an Oscar, but she won a Golden Globe (not that really says anything) and before her death in 1965 she took two more home with her. Born Yesterday was entertaining (featuring Sunset Boulevard’s William Holden as the love interest) but nothing that could even closely be compared to Sunset Boulevard and All About Eve.


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