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It may not be the most surprising outcome, but I doubt anyone will object to strongly to the readers’ decision to crown Meryl Streep as their favorite Best Actress winner. Streep has been a presence at the Oscars since the late seventies. She has remained relevant for decades. Over that time, she has continually showed new sides of herself. Originally, Streep was pigeon-holed as the actress who does accents. So she stretched out into comedy and even action movies. Just when audiences thought they had seen all Streep had to offer, she branched out into musicals. There doesn’t seem to be anything Meryl Streep can’t do.
We have already eliminated fourteen of the most celebrated leading ladies in Hollywood history. Our finalists are a pair of two-time Oscar winners in the Best Actress category. The both have also nabbed a statue in the supporting category for three wins each. Strictly by the numbers, Streep leads Bergman in overall nominations. But ultimately, this contest is going to come down to preference; Old Hollywood vs. modern day.
We have three actresses left in our bracket game, but only two spots in the final round. One of them has already been claimed which means either Meryl Streep or Jodie Foster is going to be sent packing. Both are two-time winners, but Streep is the Nomination Queen. Can Foster, who hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar in over twenty years, possibly pull off the upset that eluded Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton? That’s up to you guys.
We’re down to just four competitors battling for the crown in our Best Actress bracket game. All four of our semi-finalists have won multiple Oscars. In the first of our two semi-final matches, we have two legendary actresses whose respective careers spanned decades. Both Ingrid Bergman and Katharine Hepburn peaked early, faced challenges over which they ultimately triumphed. In today’s write-up, we’re going to focus on the final stages of their acting careers.
We’re closing out round two of the Best Actress Bracket Game with a pair of two-time winners. Both of these actresses are known for their portrayals of strong, determined women. In today’s write-up, we’ll be concentrating on their victory laps.
Meryl’s looking confident, isn’t she? She probably should be. Diane, not so much. For the second day in a row, we have a David and Goliath story playing out in the bracket game. Can Diane Keaton’s Oscar-level adorability stop Meryl Streep in her tracks? Or will she continue her seemingly inevitable march to the finals with pieces of Annie Hall stuck to her heel? There’s only one way to find out.
If Julie Andrews looks a little concerned in the picture above, she has reason to be. She’s facing off against the only four time Best Actress winner in Oscar history. Going strictly by the numbers, Mary Poppins doesn’t stand a chance against Katharine Hepburn. But she’s been known to have a little magic on her side. Will a spoonful of sugar be enough?
The Academy Awards are just under two weeks away as we move into the second round of our Best Actress Bracket Game. Most of the contestants who advanced to the second round are multiple winners. So for those who have them, the write-ups this time around will focus on second wins. Both of today’s competitors are two-time winners in the Best Actress category.
We’re wrapping up round one of the Best Actress bracket game with our two most recent winners. Since I was looking to feature multiple recipients, Hillary Swank was a no-brainer for inclusion in the game. But there was some question over which actresses to include from the 21st century. There have been some deserving winners in memorable roles. One could argue that recent winners like Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore or Brie Larson might resonate more with readers. Believe me, that conversation took place. But ultimately, the last spot went to Halle Berry due to the historic nature of her win.
The fact that we are dealing with actresses who have won multiple Oscars makes the chronology of this bracket game a little wonky. Yesterday, we were dealing with two actresses who had their first wins in the early 80’s, but today we’re taking a brief detour back into the previous decade for Sally Field’s first win. Field won her two Best Actress statues in 1979 and 1984 which averages out to “early 80’s” which is how she ended up in a bracket against “late 80’s” winner Jodie Foster (whose second win was actually 1991, but who’s counting?)
Within this bracket game, there are two competitors who have numbers on their side. As the person with the most Best Actress wins in history, Katherine Hepburn has a pretty good claim on winning this whole thing. But even Hepburn is outdone when it comes to nominations. Meryl Streep for Best Actress a staggering sixteen times!
Coming up with someone to face off against Streep in the first round was a bit of a challenge. The 1980’s were in need of some additional representation. When I looked at other actresses who gave Streep a run for her money during that decade, Sissy Spacek stood out. Spacek has an impressive six nominations four of which were during the Reagan era.
The 70’s provided a wealth of memorable Best Actress winners to choose from. The game includes the likes of Jane Fonda and Sally Field who also won in other decades. But I also wanted to include two actresses who won for movies that really represent the decade. In the mid-70’s, Faye Dunaway’s career peaked with her Oscar win for the social satire, Network. The following year, Diane Keaton helped shape fashion trends and romantic comedy tropes in Annie Hall. Both actresses can claim multiple nominations, but only a single victory.
We’re making our way through the 1960’s and into the 70’s. As a two-time winner, Jane Fonda was a natural inclusion. But to further fill out the decade of the sixties and also to throw a bone to the Disney fans among our readership, I turned to Julie Andrews. This contest is lopsided in Fonda’s favor in terms of quantity of wins and nominations. But Andrews may be able to pull off an upset thanks to sentimental favorites like Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.