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13 January 2011 @ 05:42 pm
131 - a question of controversy  
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Since the Award season is coming up one question came to my mind, which has been a subject of controversy ever since: her Oscar win.

I am sure all of you know the story of Grace Kelly winning the Oscar with just six votes separating her from Judy Garland who was also nominated.
In 1955 most thought Judy Garland in  A Star Is Born, not Grace, would win. Even Grace thought so and said: 

"I really thought Judy would win it."
Hedda Hopper reported that Judy Garland's loss of the Academy Award to Grace for The Country Girl (1954) was the result of the closest Oscar vote up till that time that didn't end in a tie, with just six votes separating the two. In any event, it was a heartbreak from which Judy Garland never really recovered and which has remained a matter of some controversy ever since.


As a result of her performance in The Country Girl, Kelly was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her main competitor for the prize was Judy Garland's much heralded comeback performance in A Star Is Born; playing not only the part of an up and coming actress-singer, but also ironically, the wife of an alcoholic movie star. Although Kelly won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for best actress for her performances in her three big movie roles of 1954 (Rear Window, Dial M For Murder, and The Country Girl), she and Garland both received Golden Globe Awards for their respective performances.
By the following March, the race between Kelly and Garland for the Oscar was very close. On the night of the Academy Awards telecast, March 30, 1955, Garland was unable to attend because she was in the hospital having just given birth to her son, Joseph Luft. However, she was rumored to be the odds-on favorite, and NBC Television cameras were set up in her hospital room so that if she was announced as the winner, Garland could make her acceptance speech live from her hospital bed. However, when William Holden announced Kelly as the winner, the technicians immediately dismantled the cameras without saying one word to Garland. Garland was reported not to have been very gracious about Kelly's win, saying in later years, "I didn't appreciate Grace Kelly taking off her makeup and walking away with my Oscar."

Garland was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and, in the run-up to the 27th Academy Awards, was generally expected to be the winner. She could not attend the ceremony because she had just given birth to her son, Joseph Luft, so a television crew was in Garland's hospital room with cameras and wires to televise Garland's anticipated acceptance speech. The Oscar was won, however, by Grace Kelly for The Country Girl (1954). The camera crew was packing up before Kelly could even reach the stage. Garland even made jokes about the incident, on her television series, saying "...and nobody said good-bye." Groucho Marx sent Garland a telegram after the awards ceremony, declaring her loss "the biggest robbery since Brinks". To this day, it is still considered to be one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Academy Awards.[63] Garland won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the role.

Do you think Grace´s Oscar was deserved?

Yes, absolutely
No. Judy was the clear winner
I´m not sure
Current Mood: curiouscurious
greyfilm: grace oscargreyfilm on January 14th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think it was deserved. That's not to say Judy didn't do an amazing job, either. I'm sure it wasn't the first time that multiple deserving people were nominated for the same award, and it certainly won't be the last.
greyfilm: credit - parisianpierrotgreyfilm on January 14th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
For the record, if the rumors are true (in my opinion, I think they are inflated), Judy acted like a spoiled, petulant child in the aftermath. Sore losers are not becoming.

Grace was nothing but professional and classy about the whole thing. Can't say the same for Judy.
nicolesgrace on January 14th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
I don´t know how Judy reacted. I am not sure if I believe what everybody´s writing. I, too, think that the press exaggerated the thing just because it would be a wonderful story.

I think she was upset (who wouldn´t be), but I don´t think she reacted like this.

But yes, Grace was very professional.
I think it would have been lovely if Grace and Judy met one day. Just to make the press shut up and I am sure they would have liked each other.
retroviciousretrovicious on January 16th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
ahh the old hollywood controversy....
do you mind if i post this at brise du passé?
nicolesgrace on January 17th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I kind of hate the subject but it creates a good talk.
No, I don´t mind at all. It will get more views on the whole thing than here.
totallyclassics: Hot guy:Gene Kellytotallyclassics on January 18th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
Yes,I think she deserved it.Judy was wonderful in "A Star.." but so was Grace.I can´t help but think:This would never happen if they were Gene and Julian,not Grace and Judy.
nicolesgrace on January 18th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
I never saw it that way. But I think you´re right. I always have to think of something Meryl Streep said when she did "The Devil Wears Prada". When a woman acts like a boss and the way like Miranda she is a bitch. If a man does he´s a cool though guy à la Clint Eastwood.
Nazi Julie Andrews: (act) james deanbreakattiffanys on January 20th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Performance-wise, Judy Garland was better. But Oscars have never been just about quality and you could probably question every winner in history about whether they deserved it or not.

Plus, Grace was the young pretty ingenue and Oscar loves to give Best Actress to the young actresses.
 Lauren: Wavecorleoned on January 20th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Completely agree with this.
nicolesgrace on January 20th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)
That´s true and a very good point of view.
you've got a lot of rules red.: - marilyn ♥ orangevalenessa on January 20th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
oh god when it comes to judy & grace is drama.
In my opinion I actually think Judy deserved an Academy Award
Grace deserved one too, the thing is that I think a Star Is Born was
a better movie than The Country Girl. I think Judy fans always joke about it.

In conclusion Grace deserved an oscar, SO DID JUDY, and ugh the Academy never gave it to her, Judy was incredibly talented & a star is born is an amazing movie.

People always argue about how "grace stole judy's oscar"
well 2 things
1) Grace didn't stole any academy award from Judy, the academy gave it to her. (and seriously if the academy gives me an oscar im gonna accept it, who won't?)
2) Both of them are amazing, and they deserved an oscar.


lol replying again.
retroviciousretrovicious on January 20th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
very interesting remarks there val :)
nicolesgrace on January 20th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
Amen Sista!

This post sums up pretty much what I think. I love them both too and I don´t understand it when Judy fans say that you can´t like Grace as a Judy fan. The whole thing has been more and more exaggerated over the years (mainly by the press and people who think Grace is an Oscar thief) and now when you look at the story it seems as if it was Grace´s fault that she got the Oscar.

Both were fantastic women and great actresses and Judy would have deserved an Oscar very much.

But it was the Academy´s decision and now it´s 55 years past and you can´t change it any more. Maybe they should have made that decision back then as a tie and give one to both of them. It would have been the best solution.
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nicolesgrace on January 22nd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
This is just ridiculous. Not promoting a wonderful performance of a fantastically talented actress just because you have the trouble finding suitable roles for her? Oh god.
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