Sadly, unlike Nick Davis I haven't seen every nominated performance - hell, the number is surely on the sad side of 50% - but it's not like there aren't plenty of fabulous performances to choose from. I wish I could have found room for Davis for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Elizabeth Taylor for Suddenly Last Summer, Sigourney Weaver for Aliens, Meryl Streep for Silkwood and maybe even The Devil Wears Prada, Ida Kaminska for The Shop on Main Street, Katharine Hepburn for The Philadelphia Story, Ellen Burstyn for Requiem for a Dream, Bette Midler for The Rose, Kim Stanley for Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Shirley MacLaine for Some Came Running and The Apartment, Jane Fonda for They Shoot Horses Don't They?, Susan Sarandon for Thelma & Louise, Sissy Spacek for Carrie.... gah!
Anyway, take a look at the top ten I submitted. Where would you fall on the scale?
1. Bette Davis, All About Eve
2. Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
3. Judy Garland, A Star is Born
4. Elizabeth Shue, Leaving Las Vegas
5. Julie Walters, Educating Rita
6. Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity
7. Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!
8. Geraldine Page, Interiors
9. Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were
10. Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple.