Sunday, November 7, 2010

Battle of The Oscar Stars: Best Picture 1950

It is true that no one can play a better crazy Ophelia than Kate Winselt, but Winslet, even you have to step up the crazy compared to the ultimate cuckoo movie performance; Anne Baxter as Eve in All About Eve will win every time. Forty years before the masterpiece Single White Female, Eve was stomping around (but sadly without any murder by stiletto plots) and stealing other people's lives like nobody's business.

Broadway star Margo Channing, (played by the, it goes without saying, iconic Betty Davis) is on top of the world getting the biggest and best roles NYC has to offer. Being one of Margo's biggest fans, Eve is welcomed into the celebrity world by Margo's best friend (played by utterly lovable Celeste Holm). Once Eve enters their lives, with the big city lights beaming in her eyes, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Growing up in a household where Betty Davis is highly regarded, where impressions of the woman are on constant display and quotes from her movies are used in everyday situations, I have seen All About Eve numerous times throughout my lifetime. Because of this I found it nearly impossible to watch alone and decided to watch it with my dad for old times' sake. Let me tell you, it is just that much more fun.

From the witty dialogue to the enjoyable story and performances, this is definitely one of the movies on this trek that definitely screams why it was a Best Picture contender and winner; it's a classic through and through. Interestingly enough though, all of the lead actresses were nominated, and none of them won. You know who won instead? That hussy Judy Holliday! I actually have no idea who she is...

I'm going to bold and declare that I find it hard to believe someone not enjoying this movie. As a matter of fact, I dare you to not like it. I mentioned Anne Baxter is cruiseazy in this right?

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