After having watched and reviewed all three nominated performances, it's time to pick the winner!
3. Katharine Hepburn in Morning Glory
While Katharine Hepburn is an actress that can usually express 1000 emotions at once, in Morning Glory she only emphasized the limitedness of her character instead of fighting against it. It’s a performance that is often disappointing, once captivating, sometimes adequate but never interesting.
While some positive aspects can be found in her work, Diana Wynyard’s performance combines a dated style of acting, an underwritten character that is more a plot device than anything else and an inability to make any true emotional impact. Just like her co-nominee Katharine Hepburn, she ended up delivering one of the most bland and lifeless performances in the history of this category.
It’s hard not to be moved by Apple Annie or feel happy for her in the end, but the character was changed too radically by May Robson and Frank Capra during the run of the story and the whole movie basically forgot about her in the second half. What could have been a wonderful and challenging role that way turned into a mixed performance that still impresses with its early scenes.