Wise: It’s good to be here, Werth.
Werth: So since everyone else has re-hashed the ceremony, the winners, the fashions—
Wise: —Melissa Leo’s F-bomb—
Wise: Charlie Sheen wasn’t at the Oscars.
Werth: I know, but everyone keeps talking about him. So, we here at Film Gab are going to focus on an overlooked Oscar topic—
Wise: The losers. It must be terrible riding high on the rush of earning a nomination, being feted all over town, getting gussied up by some chic designer for the red carpet strut only to come crashing back to earth when someone else’s name is read. And the worst part is having your disappointment broadcast around the globe.
Wise: Because she’s married to Warren Beatty?
Werth: Because she’s been left at the altar four times by old man Oscar.
Wise: Always a bridesmaid, never a bride... except to Warren Beatty.
Werth: But Annette should take heart! She is in good best actress loser company. In fact, in 1951, there were two monumental lady losers.
Wise: I’ll bet neither of them was married to Warren Beatty.
Werth: Not that we know of. The Best Actress category at the 1951 Oscars had two of the most iconic performances in film history going head-to-head: Bette Davis’ willfull, grand dame of the theater Margot Channing in All About Eve; and Gloria Swanson’s neurotic, silent-film star Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
Wise: Now THAT’S a film character throw-down I’d like to see!
Wise: Until she did Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Wise: It would be hard to choose which performance deserved the Oscar more.
Wise: It is interesting how shortsighted the Oscars can sometimes be. What seems like the performance of the year, can quickly fade from memory, while an overlooked performance emerges as iconic.
Werth: Ya’ hear that Natalie P.?
Werth: And we all know how the Academy loves to reward beautiful actresses for playing “ugly”... or demented ballerina bird chicks.
Wise: Still, as good as she is in the role of long-suffering wife of drunk actor Bing Crosby, she just doesn’t compare to Garland—
Werth: Playing the long-suffering wife of drunk actor James Mason.
Wise: And the crew packed up and left without saying a word. At least she got a telegram from Groucho Marx who called it the “biggest robbery since Brinks.”
Werth: Too bad a telegram doesn’t look as good on the mantlepiece as a shiny gold statuette.
Wise: I wonder if we’d get the telegram or the statuette for Best Performance by a Classic Film Blog Duo.
Werth: Let’s go for the telegram. Oscar losers rock!
Wise: Tune in to Film Gab next week for more cinematic winners and losers.