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Entries in Smackdown (89)

Thursday
Jun202019

Smackdown '01: Connelly, Tomei, Winslet, and the Dames

A bohemian novelist, a longsuffering wife, a snobbish Lady, and a supremely competent housekeeper were the Oscar-honored roles in the Best Supporting Actress competition of 2001. 

The shortlist that year was a veritable who's who of this very category, most of the actresses had been nominated before / would be again. One was already a two-time winner and Dame of the British Empire in fact (Maggie Smith... Helen Mirren wouldn't become a Dame until 2003). The anomaly / party crasher was Jennifer Connelly, who had been a teenage star and was receiving her first taste of awards glory as an adult, building on the momentum of a critically well-received turn the previous year in Requiem for a Dream with a borderline leading role in on of the year's biggest hits (A Beautiful Mind made an incredible $170 million at the US box office, believe it or not). 

THIS MONTH'S PANELISTS   

Here to talk with your host Nathaniel about these five nominated turns are (in alpha order): Erik Anderson of Awards Watch, freelance critic Valerie Complex, This Had Oscar Buzz's Joe Reid, and Shane Slater from Awards Circuit. Now it's time for the main event...

2001
SUPPORTING ACTRESS SMACKDOWN + PODCAST  

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Tuesday
Jun182019

Introducing the Panel for "Smackdown '01"

Thanks for all your last minute votes for the Supporting Actress Smackdown of 2001. The Smackdown and its podcast companion will be up this Thursday so let's meet the panel after the jump...

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Saturday
Jun152019

Last chance to vote on the 2001 Smackdown

We're finally recording the 2001 Supporting Actress Smackdown tomorrow. So if you'd like your votes counted, make sure to email your ratings (1 to 5 hearts) on each of the nominees before Sunday night: Dames, Maggie & Helen, from Gosford Park, Kate Winslet from Iris, Marisa Tomei from In the Bedroom and Jennnifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind. The Smackdown and its companion podcast will be posted sometime midweek. Apologies for the delay but that just gives you more time to vote. xo

[The following Smackdown, featuring the year 1960, will take place on Sunday July 14th]

Monday
Apr292019

Smackdown Summer Approaches

<-- Geraldine Page would like to know why you didn't vote on the Supporting Actress Smackdown of 1972?  Our annual summer series looking at old Supporting Actress races kicked off its summer season  with a discussion of the 1972 film year with a really cool panel so please read, listen, and share. 

SMACKDOWN DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

April 28th SMACKDOWN OF 1972
Poseidon Adventure, The Heartbreak Kid, Pete 'n' Tillie, Fat City, Butterflies are Free
June 2nd SMACKDOWN OF 2001
Iris, Gosford Park, A Beautiful Mind, In the Bedroom
June 30th SMACKDOWN -TBA
July 28th SMACKDOWN -TBA
August 25th SMACKDOWN -TBA 

Pssst. We're still negotiating years and panelists for the three late summer events so stay tuned...

Sunday
Apr282019

Podcast: Smackdown '72 Conversation

Part Two of the Smackdown of 1972. (Part One ICYMI)

 

You've read our blurbs about Oscar's Supporting Actress Nominees of 1972, a fascinating bunch. Now hear the in-depth conversation that goes along with it. Nathaniel welcomes actresses Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Kathy Deitch (American Horror Story: Freakshow) as well as writer/directors Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke and Eric Blume to discuss these talented women and their time capsule movies. Come with us to 1972! Find out which movie is accurately described as "hot garbage," which inspired a musical spoof, and marvel that the Smackdown winners were somehow the performances we were actually most divided on.

You can listen to the podcast right here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. 

Supporting Actresses of 1972

Sunday
Apr282019

Smackdown '72: Jeannie vs Eileen vs Susan ...with Geraldine Page and Shelley Winters

An overprotective mother, a vain social butterfly, a swimming grandmother, a newlywed, and a barfly walk into an Oscar ceremony...

Geraldine Page did not attend the ceremony but the rest were there.

The 1972 supporting actress Oscar lineup is quite literally a singular group. It's the only one in all of Best Supporting Actress history to feature not a single Best Picture nominated film. There's always at least one Best Picture represented. Not so in 1972. Even The Poseidon Adventure missed that top category despite 8 nominations in total.

The panelists and part one of the Smackdown after the jump...

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