While scrutinizing this year’s official Academy Award class photo, my eye was immediately drawn to red…not just those few actresses wearing scarlet-hued dresses, but also the neon crimson hair of costume designer Sandy Powell. It’s appropriate that color would draw the eye to her, as she used it to create some of this year’s most stunning and effective costume designs, including the instant classic Cinderella gown made up of many layers of painstakingly dyed blue fabrics. She is pitted against herself with two 2015 nominations, one for Carol, the other for Cinderella. Not so coincidentally, in both she dressed Cate Blanchett. The last time the two worked together, for 2004’s The Aviator, both took home Oscars (Blanchett for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn).
We have now arrived at week 3 of the 31 Days of Oscar blogathon, which coincides with Turner Classic Movies’ month-long celebration of the very best in cinema. Co-hosted by me (@Paula_Guthat), Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon A Screen, and Kellee (@IrishJayhawk66) of Outspoken & Freckled, the third installment of our Second Annual Oscar extravaganza addresses Acting, arguably the most remembered aspect of any film, particularly Academy Award contenders.
For various reasons, including a successful run of Blue Jasmine at Cinema Detroit, I’ve been thinking more about the Best Actress category this year than any other. Oscar front-runner Cate Blanchett is simply genius in the title role. Many people have mentioned to us that her acting (and to a lesser extent, that of the rest of the cast) are the reason they like or even love this unexpectedly downbeat movie. (Sally Hawkins is, of course, excellent. But Andrew Dice Clay? Really? Really. He’s actually good in it.) And I have agree, and also add that I think this is because Blanchett makes Jasmine seem like a real — albeit self-absorbed and delusional — person. I’m pretty sure Blanchett will win, she just earned a BAFTA, but the other contenders are Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench and Meryl Streep, so I guess it’s not a done deal. Be that as it may, I believe that Blanchett, assisted by the rest of Jasmine‘s acting troupe, is what kept people coming into the theater seven months after the film’s premiere.
And now, without further ado, here are this week’s posts:
Pam at Once Upon A Screen — The Golden Age of Hollywood Revisited: Henry Fonda Finally Wins An Oscar
The Gal Herself — In Praise of Practical Magic: Julie Andrews
Emily of The Vintage Cameo — Actors Playing Actors
Margaret of The Great Katharine Hepburn — Katharine Hepburn’s One and Only Academy Awards Appearance
Rich of Wide Screen World — Oscar Trading Cards: Actor Assortment
Karen of Shadows and Satin — Van Heflin in Johnny Eager (1941)
ImagineMDD — Hume Cronyn: One Life, a Boatload of Characters
Lê of Crítica Retrô — Best Oscar Acceptance Speeches
Kelly of …On Popcorn and Movies — The Origins of Smolder…Gary Cooper and a little bit about Pitt
Ivan of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear — Stuart Whitman in The Mark (1961)
Shane of Classic Film Haven — The Amazing Stories of Harold Russell and Haing S. Ngor
Aurora of Once Upon A Screen — Spencer Tracy: Oscar and the Actor’s Actor
More of the Second Annual 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: