My current Top 5

My current Top 5


Best Actress 1940 - The resolution!

After having watched and reviewed all five nominated performances, it's time to pick the winner!

5. Martha Scott in Our Town

Martha Scott clearly felt very comfortable in her role but there was nothing she could do nor that she was allowed to do to find any kind of woman in the thin creation that is Emily Webb. A beautiful performance, turned into an indecisive miscue by the screenplay and the direction.

Ginger gives a surprisingly strong performance in this dramatic role but the banality of the script makes it hard for her in this competition. Still, Ginger carries the movie beautifully.

A typical, intense and strong performance from the great Bette Davis. After one of the greatest openings ever her character keeps us fascinated until the dark end.

Katharine Hepburn does everything right in a part that fits her like a glove. Her combination of drama and comedy is a joy to watch and her chemistry with Cary Grant and James Stewart makes this movie one of the all-time classics.

Joan is pitch-perfect as the young second Mrs. de Winter who is haunted by the memory of her predecessor. She creates a fascinating character, always tense, always insecure. A flawless performance that carries one of the greatest movies of all time.

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