Oscar Oversights: Agnes Moorehead (Steve Hayes – Tired Old Queen at the Movies)

Lovely piece from Steve Hayes our favorite video film reviewer’s Facebook page,

Oscar Oversights: AGNES MOOREHEAD. Nominated four times as Best Supporting Actress; The Magnificent Ambersons(1942), Mrs. Parkington(1944), Johnny Belinda(1948) and Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte(1964). The winners were: Teresa Wright (Mrs. Miniver), Ethel Barrymore (None But The Lonely Heart), Claire Trevor (Key Largo) and Lila Kedrova (Zorba the Greek). For Ambersons, she won the New York Film Critics Award as Best Actress. Orson Welles though she was the greatest actress he ever worked with and could do anything. My personal favorite Aggie performance is as the evil vixen Madge Rapf in Dark Passage(1947) where she taunts, berates and holds her own against Humphrey Bogart before taking a high dive out a plate glass window. Watching those two square off is like watching a heavy-weight championship. Perfection! (Photos:) Rare color photo of director Delmer Daves, Bogie & Aggie setting up a shot. The actual shot: Aggie through the door (colorized) and a color portrait taken around the time of Dark Passage.



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