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GRACE KELLY OVER JUDY GARLAND IN 1954

SNUB SUBMITTED BY: twiggyrox (gus373737@sbcglobal.net)
DATE ORIGINALLY POSTED: 8/15/2002 9:12:50 PM
CURRENT NUMBER OF SUPPORTING VOTES: 28
CURRENT NUMBER OF DISAGREEING VOTES: 14
TOTAL NUMBER OF RESPONSES: 42

DETAIL ABOUT THIS OSCAR SNUB:
Who even remembers The Country Girl? Judy not winning for A Star is born was, as Groucho Marx put it, "The biggest robbery since Brinks."

SUPPORTING MESSAGES
Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Kit (kit29@hotmail.com)
Date Posted: 10/28/2002 12:37:50 PM

Comments: I agree that Judy deserved the Oscar for 'A star is born'. However, if Grace Kelly had to win in 1954, it should have been for 'Rear Window'

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Jaime HernŠndez (jahernandez@itcr.ac.cr)
Date Posted: 11/19/2002 1:11:58 PM

Comments: I entirely agree with twiggyrox. I've seen both and I never understood that result.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Sarah Pietrafesa (Gumdrops61022@aol.com)
Date Posted: 1/22/2003 4:22:17 AM

Comments: Yes, this was absolutely unfair. Even Grace Kelly's own father said, "There should have been two awards and Judy Garland should have had one of them." Judy was a seasoned veteran who put her heart and soul into that performance and Grace was a lowly newcomer and a real ice princess if you ask me. Grace wasn't half the actress that Judy was. (I believe it was the 1955 Oscar, not 1954.) It's time to give Judy her Oscar.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Lukas from Poland (pjs@acn.waw.pl)
Date Posted: 2/3/2003 1:48:20 PM

Comments: i can't understand why Judy lost? She was great!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Eddy Roy Matten (Toto1998yr@aol.com)
Date Posted: 3/9/2003 5:40:01 AM

Comments: Alas one of the greatest performances ever to be put on film even to this day.....Judy was a stunning and all around talent who could move mountains...and yes unfairly snubbed. I agree with Groucho Marx that it was the biggest robbery since Brinks. But didn't she handle this loss, at least in public, the way she handled so many things...with grace and wit!? Yes, Judy Garland the ultimate professional!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Joey (jo_e21@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 3/17/2003 7:54:12 PM

Comments: I could not agree more.............who does remember The Country Girl????

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Lesley (nigellabiscuit@aol.com)
Date Posted: 5/19/2003 1:11:35 PM

Comments: Could not agree more, Judy gave her all in that film, no one comes close for the combination of talent, acting both comedy and drama, singing...

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Al (the_icymintal@hotmail.com)
Date Posted: 8/17/2003 12:35:22 PM

Comments: I totally agree, there was no emotion that Judy didn't show in that performance!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Armand (armand927@verozon.net)
Date Posted: 11/15/2003 2:13:29 AM

Comments: What a shame that Judy lost the Oscar to Grace Kelly.
JUDY is a winner period.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Georgia (ZetaJonesLvr06@hotmail.com)
Date Posted: 11/25/2003 10:24:07 PM

Comments: Judy... IS ... the GREATEST PERFORMER OF ALL TIME! She was a one woman show, who touched audiences SO deeply w/ her songs and acting, she just pulled you into her world, and made u feel... deeply. Grace Kelly is a great actress... but NO ONE can compare to the marvelous, wonderful, splendid, Judy Garland... a true legend and all around magical lady~

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Linda (earthart20032003@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 1/9/2004 9:33:03 AM

Comments: Judy Garland's performance in A Star Is Born was and still is one of the greatest moments in film history!
Its absurd that the oscar was given to Grace Kelly.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Zoť Williams (zwilliams13@hotmail.com)
Date Posted: 1/9/2004 8:01:12 PM

Comments: This was BLASPHEMOUS that Judy Did'nt win for 'A Star Is Born' it was a marvelous film and Judy Gave everything she had into this film. It showed her acting(comedic and dramatic), singing, dancing abilities and she was deserving of this award. Grace Kelly was a good actress but her in 'Country Girl' was nothing compared to Judy in 'A Star is Born'
What were they thinking??

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Eric Hemphill (babyfrancesgumm@aol.com)
Date Posted: 1/18/2004 8:46:04 PM

Comments: Could Grace Kelly have done "A Star Is Born?" Could she have sung and danced and emoted in such a demanding role? Who are YOU kidding?! Grace Kelly couldn't sing, and her acting is stiff and wooden. Now, Judy Garland could have easily, effortlessly done a film like "The Country Girl." Because of her talent and versatility, Garland could play every facet of every emotion. "The Country Girl" would have ended up a better picture had Garland played Kelly's role. I offer Judy's performances in "Judgment at Nuremberg," "The Clock," and "I Could Go On Singing" as examples of her considerable dramatic talent, and examples of her ability to play Grace Kelly's part.
George Cukor, who directed "A Star is Born," and worked with the best, said, "she is a harrowingly good actress."
This isn't a question of opinion. This is a question of justice versus injustice. A pretty princess dirtying herself up to do what was little more than a walk through, and Judy Garland, whose only limits were physical. As Bing Crosby said, "There wasn't anything that little girl couldn't do, except look after herself."
And to the little clown that is the SINGULAR opposing vote here, laughing at the climactic dramatic scenes in "A Star Is Born" is just a way to announce to millions of strangers on the internet that you need IMMEDIATE PSYCHIATRIC ASSISTANCE. I don't know what the diagnosis would be, perhaps, "failure to recognize genius even when it bites you in the butt?"

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: cheryl (cacb82014@comcast.net)
Date Posted: 2/15/2004 2:19:38 PM

Comments: It is amazing that Grace Kelly is so highly regarded these days. If she had not married Prince Rainer she would have aged on screen and been forgotton. I have seen both movies. Judy Garland's performance as Vicki Lester goes down as one of the greatest in the movies. Her singing was rich and her acting is powerful. She was never better. Grace Kelly was a beautiful woman but the only reason she one was that she deglamerized herself for the part. The academy still votes like this today.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Jessica M (lullabybaby87@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 3/13/2004 5:10:38 PM

Comments: As June Allison said "Judy should have won that oscar" Just look at "A Star is Born" her acting is brilliant. I don't understand why Grace Kelly won, I really don't. I've seen part of the "Country Girl" and I couldn't even finish it. The only reason I started it was to see if her acting even remotely compared to Judy's. And believe me it doesn't. Judy was and is absolutely the best which is why everyone who hasn't already needs to vote for Judy's Honorary Oscar. We'll always love you Judy!!!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Mark Griffin (Living Legend) (MarkGriffin@mpbc.org)
Date Posted: 9/16/2004 2:53:37 PM

Comments: Judy Garland was the greatest entertainer that ever lived. Period. Full Stop. The End. "A Star Is Born" is a celluloid masterpiece thanks largely to Garland's incandescent and theatrically charged performance, George Cukor's subtle direction and Moss Hart's brilliant screenplay. I don't relieve believe in the concept of competition among artists but if there must be an Oscar race, Judy Garland deserved that statuette hands down! The woman was absolutely amazing.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Googie (googx2@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 5/17/2005 7:27:34 AM

Comments: Wow. What this topic seems to have brought out from the woodwork is this strange sub-culture of Judy Garland haters. I never knew that such a dark cult existed. Look: if you (however mind-bogglingly) choose to believe that Kelly deserved the Oscar over Garland, fine; go ahead. But to say Judy Garland can't act--or overacts--betrays a gross ignorance about the artform on the part of these detractors. There's no such thing as overacting. There's truth or there's untruth. Garland was always, always truthful. If anything, I think she's UNDERappreciated as an actress, in favor of her other sensational gifts as a performer. She was born to act like a cat is born to hunt or a fish to swim. (My God: watch "The Clock" (1945). She's a force of freaking nature!) Garland's acting instrument was so powerful, so expressive, and posessed of such amperage that she's almost unbearable to watch at times, especially by today's standards of acting, in which in "film-style" inbreeding has sapped nearly all expressiveness from most of the work. Garland's acting is kind of like Munch's painting, "The Scream"--it's almost too forthright, too naked. Maybe that's where these inexplicable comments have come from. I don't know, but movies have rarely seen an actress of Judy Garland's caliber.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Linda (lindamarianelson)
Date Posted: 1/31/2006 12:31:57 PM

Comments: I just voted thinking I was saying something good about Judy Garland and it's in the wrong place. I disagree with the snub to Judy. The Country Girl is a joke! The acting made me laugh.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Devin (Devin_M@msn.com)
Date Posted: 2/17/2006 11:47:58 PM

Comments: People who think Grace Kelly was an actress are kidding themselves. A great movie star? Yes. A natural talent? No. Her pretentious, virginal mannerisms and totally artificial accent disgust me. (The woman was from Pennsylvania for pete's sake!) She became a star because of her looks and was the "it girl" at the time she won the Oscar (my how things haven't changed). Judy by contrast was raw and powerful, and her performance in "A Star Is Born" is one of the greatest I've ever seen.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Rick (rjindc@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 2/23/2006 10:58:30 AM

Comments: Star has always been one of my favorite films to watch, and primarily because of the sensational work of Judy Garland. Primarily known before this film as a singer/actress, Garland was cast primarily in the
"feel-good" type of musicals of the 1940s. In Star, with expert direction from George Cukor, she was able to show the true emotional aspect of the character, Esther/Vicki, beyond the scope of what anyone thought she could do. Her dramatic talents were first brought out in the 1944 film, "The Clock", and that film only gave a hint of the talent of Garland that had been hidden beneath the surface. Star changed that, and allowed her full range of talents as a singer, a dancer AND an actress to come into full view. There is not a false note in the film, and Garland was favored by the public to win. Why Grace Kelly won has been a question for the ages - primarily because Judy had had her share of problems (primarily as the result of the pills she had been induced into taking during her years at MGM) and had a reputation during her later MGM days as a troubled star who caused film delays and cost overruns. While there is truth to that, that isn't the entire story. I believe, personally, that the Academy voters voted against Garland as a form of payback for the MGM problems. Grace Kelly, which an OK actress, was truly not an actress of great depth, as anyone seeing any of her films can see, if they take the time to look beyond her physical beauty.

This is truly one of the worst award decisions in the entire history of the Academy Awards, and it was this decision that caused Garland to begin loosing faith in herself as an actress, in her later years.

To see another prime example of how gifted her talents were, one only has to watch her as the tortured German housewife in "Judgment At Nuremberg", with a totally believable German accent, Garland makes you feel for her character so intensely that you can not help by feel overwhelmed by the events in the life of her character, another performance that was also nominated for an Oscar (as "best supporting actress").

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Danny (danwtsn@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 11/27/2006 1:42:17 AM

Comments: Judy soo deserved a win for 'A Star Is Born.' Grace was a great movie star but never a great actress, at least that's my take.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Susan Goulet (SuZQ85@comcast.net)
Date Posted: 1/31/2007 10:55:54 AM

Comments: Anyone who thinks that Kelly should have won over Garland is simply blinded by the Ice Princess' beauty. Judy Garland's tour-de-force performance in the (un-cut) 1954 version of A Star is Born outshines Kelly's stilted performace in Country Girl (and every other film she was ever in) by far! But perhaps the Academy is not to blame: the ruthless chop-job that Star went through prior to general release damaged the film in general and Garland's earthshattering performance in particular. Thank God the powers that be finally reassembled the film as originally intended. Nonetheless, Groucho Marx was right when he said this was the biggest robbery since Brinks.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Ben Turk, Albany, NY (besctu@excite.com)
Date Posted: 7/25/2010 4:23:15 PM

Comments: Judy Garland was the best woman singer/actress of all time. (Frank Sinatra was the best male singer/actor who ever lived). Ms. Garland in A Star Is Born is far better than Grace Kelly in The Country Girl. Ms. Kelly was great in Rear Window and High Noon, but, she was not better than Judy Garland in A Star Is Born. Perhaps the people who chopped up ASIB (to get more screeings from the originally 3 hour film) are to blame.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: virgel (virgel50@netzero.net)
Date Posted: 7/17/2011 3:35:41 AM

Comments: Miss Dorothy Dandridge was also worthy of the OSCAR and Miss PEarl Bailey Best supporting actress

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: virgel (virgel50@netzero.net)
Date Posted: 7/17/2011 3:35:42 AM

Comments: Miss Dorothy Dandridge was also worthy of the OSCAR and Miss PEarl Bailey Best supporting actress

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: sarax76 (dalla_x@yahoo.it)
Date Posted: 6/21/2012 2:36:08 AM

Comments: Judy Judy Judy. The best singer actress on the world! Judy soo deserved a win for 'A Star Is Born! "The biggest robbery since Brinks!!!!!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Chad (logofanchad3@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 10/5/2013 7:45:41 PM

Comments: No way should Grace Kelly have won over Judy Garland in 1954. The only reason "The Country Girl" is remembered is because of that bad Oscar decision.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Steve (srtopo@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 4/2/2014 3:27:51 AM

Comments: Judy's performance and film will be remembered and watched in a hundred years. Grace Kelly? People won't even remember who she was. Judy gave a tour de force performance; one of film's most exciting and loved performances of all time. She was robbed.

I just finished watching Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadow, the TV miniseries based on daughter Lorna Luft's memoirs. It was alleged (and I've heard this before) that Kelly was a nymphomaniac and slept with dozens of important Academy members who just happened to vote for her over Judy. Any info on this allegation?

OPPOSING MESSAGES
Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Jack (dsf@g.com)
Date Posted: 4/16/2003 4:03:24 AM

Comments: Judy Garlands performane in A Star is Born is....NOTHING! Boring, useless! In the sad moments, like in her dressing room, she made me laugh!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Jack (g@g.com)
Date Posted: 2/18/2004 2:02:16 PM

Comments: Judy overacted like the devil in A Star is Born!
She didn't deserve to win!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Bill (do@yaho.org)
Date Posted: 7/6/2004 4:54:49 PM

Comments: Judy Garland is the most overrated actress in history.
Grace Kelly was much better!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Fran (g@yahoo.c.uk)
Date Posted: 7/7/2004 12:17:19 PM

Comments: I have to agree with Jack.
The scene in the dressing room is terribly acted.
I was not touched by Garland because the whole time I thought Wow, is she awful.
The whole scene was so calculated. Every move, every tear was planned, you could see that miles away.
She did not feel the role, she studied it.
She was just bad.
And her voice isn't very good, either.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Mary-Catherine (mary-cath@rogers.com)
Date Posted: 8/31/2004 9:41:47 PM

Comments: Judy was one of the greatest actresses of our time! She deserved that Oscar so much. She never overacted a scene in A Star is Born; she was wonderful, she captures everyone who watches her who truly appreciates Judy Garland's talents!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Marie-Louise (fox@xahoo.org)
Date Posted: 9/6/2004 3:50:01 AM

Comments: Judy Garland was a good singer, but a bad actress.
And the Oscar is given for acting, and she did not deserve that!


Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Melvin (monkey@jaho.org)
Date Posted: 9/23/2004 9:09:19 AM

Comments: I can't stand the overrated Garland!
She was no singer, no actress, no entertainer!
Grace Kelly acted circles around her and deserved her win!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Neil (commprof725@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 3/11/2005 12:23:57 AM

Comments: not even close if both movies are compared side by side

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Juan Josť FernŠndez (ponferrada50@yahoo.com.ar)
Date Posted: 5/23/2005 9:51:45 AM

Comments: Grace Kelly was a beautiful woman, and a actress of a certain range. But in any case her talent was in the same league of Judy Garland. Garland can dance, sing, play comedy and deep herself in dramas like "A star is born". It was incredible that she lost the Oscar to a good, but no more, actress than she was.
The portrayal of Garland was better than Janet Gaynor's -and Gaynor was very good in it- in 1937 and that of Barbra Streisand in 1976. In fact, she was an actress of sensibility and warm. And warm is not a quality you can associate with Grace Kelly (even with Alfred Hitchcock respectable opinion).

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Surfbu (Surfbeauty182@aol.com)
Date Posted: 12/4/2005 11:20:01 PM

Comments: Though I havent seen the Country Girl (yet!) Grace Kelly is simply one of the best actresses I have ever watched and she was purely amazing in Hitch's Rear Window where you could sense the subtle hurt from Jimmy Stewart's lack of commitment behind the ice princess and the desire to change in order to get what she wants. Even if she won it for the Country Girl, Kelly wholly deserves the Oscar for her performance alone in Rear Window

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Jim (jamesquare@aol.com)
Date Posted: 12/27/2005 11:11:30 AM

Comments: Every acting student should be required to study Judy Garland's performance in "A Star is Born" to learn from a master. The scene in the dressing room is anguish, pure and simple, at a level not often seen on the screen. Anyone who doubts the quality of this performance may never have reached the level of anquish that Miss Garland portrayed, or they would recognise the spectacular quality in her work. She was the consumate actor at the height of her powers.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Todd (tdr0327@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 5/3/2006 6:13:48 PM

Comments: I'm not really supporting or opposing the vote so much as I'm opposing the idea that there was a "snub." We need to remember a few things. Grace Kelly released four movies in 1954: The Country Girl (Paramount's Oscar-bait movie), Rear Window, Dial M for Murder and Green Fire and The Bridges at Toko-ri was released during the voting in early 1955. Many voters probably voted for her because of their feelings about any combination of that year's performances. Judy Garland hadn't made a movie since 1950 and A Star is Born was her comeback. She had a reputation for being unreliable (deserved or not). But most importantly, a week after the premiere Jack Warner chopped a half hour off the original so the version that most people saw had gaping holes in the plot. Anyone who has seen the "restored" version knows about this. Watch it without the restored scenes and you'll see what the voters saw. Unfortunately we'll never be able to truly judge Judy's performance since so much of it is still lost. The missing scenes are probably in a vault somewhere right next to the complete version of The Magnficent Ambersons.

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: Tim Leonard (tleonard@columbia-club.org)
Date Posted: 10/26/2006 3:50:55 PM

Comments: Judy should have won an Oscar - but the worst snub of all time is "CRASH" over "Brokeback Mountain"


now run and tell that!

Subject: RE: Grace Kelly over Judy Garland in 1954
Posted By: mark whitman (bingo50man@yahoo.com)
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 9:20:25 AM

Comments: judy was robbed but i think as great as her performance is cukor should have told her to underplay the dressing room scene which was slightly over the top. however, when she walks back to the set to reshoot the final number of lose that long face she should have won the oscar simply for that scene where she smiles through her tears!!!

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