My popcorn and Dom Perignon are at the ready and my tiara is on straight! As I settle in for a long night of red carpets, longer speeches, happy winners and not-so-happy losers, I sneak a little nap and dream of categories that were missed...
Best performance by an actress in a bad wig
Bette Davis - Beyond the Forest
|"What a Dump"? What a fright wig.|
Barbara Stanwyck - Double Indemnity
|Note to self: "must not let Walter close |
enough to run his fingers through my fake hair."
Judy Garland - Meet Me in St. Louis
|"How can I ignore this thing on my head?"|
AND THE WINNER IS:
Barbara acts her way right through that wig and almost makes us forget how fake it looks. She makes us believe that it smells like the soap she bought in Ensenada, not 20 Mule Team Borax.
Best Performance by an actress with an unworthy co-star
Vivien Leigh with Leslie Howard in Gone With The Wind
|"Oh Ashley, I think I need glasses. I prefer you to Clark Gable?"|
Judy Garland with Tom Drake in Meet Me in St. Louis
|"Maybe we should have moved to New York. |
I hear the boys next door are more animated there!"
Joan Fontaine with Laurence Olivier in Rebecca
|"I think there is a leftover cold fish in your|
hand, Maxim, from when you drowned Rebecca!"
AND THE WINNER IS:
The fact that millions continue to love this film despite the wooden-headed Mr. Wikes/ wooden-acting Mr. Howard is a testament to the genius of Vivien Leigh in this role.
AND NOW FOR THE MEN
Best performance by an actor with an unworthy co-star
James Cagney with Jean Harlow - The Public Enemy
|"Don't look so sad, Jean. You'll grow up|
to be a good actress some day."
James Cagney with Joan Leslie - Yankee Doodle Dandy
|Come on, Warner Brothers, this man|
deserves a stellar leading lady!
Laurence Olivier with Merle Oberon in Wuthering Heights
|"If she pops her eyes just once more, I'm going to|
throw her off Peniston Crag!"
AND THE WINNER IS:
For both The Public Enemy and Yankee Doodle Dandy. If ever a great actor got saddled with a bunch of mediocre leading ladies, it was Cagney. He was dynamic and could be sexy, but, aside from Joan Blondell, Ann Sheridan, Doris Day and a few others, he was rarely paired with a worthy sparring partner.
Best performance by an actor with a bad mustache
James Cagney - Torrid Zone
Somebody call pest control - there is a caterpillar crawling on Jimmy's upper lip!
Humphrey Bogart - Virginia City
Bogey is smiling, but it must be because he is dreaming
of choking the head of make-up. Yuk!
Gene Kelly - The Three Musketeers
No, this does not make Mr. Kelly look French.
AND THE WINNER IS:
That Bogey could have smiled at all with that on his lip proves he was a great actor.
The show is starting and I must awaken from my reverie. Good luck to all nominees - hey it's an honor just to be nominated, right?
Your comments were near perfect. At some time or another in my life I
thought the very things you wrote about. Extremely well done.
Flickchick, this post is hysterical. I'm still laughing. Like Anthony, I have felt the same way! The moustache category is great -- what a huge mistake for all 3. And Ashley -- that was always beyond me. They needed somebody who could at least be some competition to Gable. Harlow in Public Enemy - oh my God, that voice --- hideous. And I have never liked Merle Oberon and her pop eyes and stilted way of speaking. Wasn't she a favorite of the producer or director or something? That's what I call a casting couch winner!
And the wigs! Double Indemnity is so good, and that hair is so bad. The scene in the drugstore where she wears the sunglasses with the ear pieces sitting on her hair instead of under it always makes me laugh. Poor Bette Davis -- I think she knew what a bomb this movie was going to be and just gave up about the hair.
Well, you can tell I think this is just a clever and very funny post!
Thanks, Becky & Anthony. These things have bothered me from the first time I saw these films!
HILARIOUS...this is a post we all wish we had done...but I think you are being a little hard on LESLIE HOWARD...he was great in THE PETRIFIED FOREST!!
I love the photos and comments. Had to share it immediately ! It seems that Humphrey Bogart is still smiling ironically even as I write this.
Doc - I like Leslie - I just don't like him in this movie (and I don't think he liked himself in it, either!).
Mary - thanks for sharing the link and glad you like it!
Actually, I don't think Leslie Howard was a fan of his lines. He never even read the book. And I loved Jean Harlow in the public enemy. I don't think her accent was right for the part, but her manner of speech fit the character.
This was so funny! I love when people make posts like this. I agree with the mustaches, they look soooo silly.
Alot of those wigs are horrible too. Who decided that middle aged Bette Davis needed a long wig? It makes her look like she's 60 trying to look 18. I don't mind Judy's wig too much in "Meet Me in St. Louis" hehe I always thought she looked pretty in that one :)
As for Tom Drake, I too would have rather seen someone with a bit more personality. Apparently Judy really wanted Van Johnson (which would have been so great!) but he wasn't able to do it for some reason :(
I realize that Oscar has come and gone... but this is very funny. As I was reading the odd pairings, however, it occurred to me that maybe the stars liked it that way.... made them look better, you know!
Myrna Loy must have worn a good wig in "Love Me Tonight," since she was not nominated. And in Joan Leslie's defense, she was a little better in "The Sky's The Limit," where she was Fred Astaire's leading lady (okay, no Ginger, Rita or Cyd she, to be sure...).
Myrna looked pretty cute in that wig - much too cute for this list!
You know, I actually think the terrible wig in Double Indemnity is perfect -- it looks cheap, and it makes Barbara Stanwyck look cheap, and it's just the sort of thing her character would think makes her look sexy. Gives me the impression she's flipped through one too many movie magazines while lounging around in bed wearing that honey of an anklet, found a picture of some starlet and thought, "Gee, them Hollywood dames sure are classy!"
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