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Rachel, Rachel is a 1968 American technicolor drama film produced and directed by Paul Newman[3] and starring his wife, Joanne Woodward, in the title role and co-starring Estelle Parsons and James Olson. The screenplay, by Stewart Stern based on the 1966 novel A Jest of God by Canadian author Margaret Laurence, concerns a schoolteacher in small-town Connecticut and her sexual awakening and independence in her mid-30s. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actressfor Woodward, and Best Supporting Actress for Parsons) and won two Golden Globes: Best Director and Best Actress (Drama).
 

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Woodward besting Hepburn and Streisand
Actors Studio subtlety (or NY bias?) carries the day! Who knows? Keep in mind that the AA tie was due only to Gregory Peck's premature induction of Streisand to the Academy, which probably means she cast the tie vote in her favor. Wouldn't you have done the same? However, Peck's decision was probably wrong and definitely unprecedented.
 

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Actors Studio subtlety (or NY bias?) carries the day! Who knows? Keep in mind that the AA tie was due only to Gregory Peck's premature induction of Streisand to the Academy, which probably means she cast the tie vote in her favor. Wouldn't you have done the same? However, Peck's decision was probably wrong and definitely unprecedented.
1968 was a terrific year for actresses. In addition to co-winners Hepburn and Streisand in peak form (I'm not a fan of Rachel Rachel so let's not go there), Vanessa Redgrave gave a stunning performance in Isadora (it's my favorite Redgrave performance) and Patricia Neal made a triumphant return to the screen in The Subject Was Roses. Among those not nominated but should have been: Liv Ullmann was magnificent in Bergman's Shame, Mia Farrow shamefully ignored by the Academy for her stunning work in Rosemary's Baby, Julie Christie overlooked for her fine work in Petulia and Tuesday Weld terrific in Pretty Poison.
 

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1968 was a terrific year for actresses. In addition to co-winners Hepburn and Streisand in peak form (I'm not a fan of Rachel Rachel so let's not go there), Vanessa Redgrave gave a stunning performance in Isadora (it's my favorite Redgrave performance) and Patricia Neal made a triumphant return to the screen in The Subject Was Roses. Among those not nominated but should have been: Liv Ullmann was magnificent in Bergman's Shame, Mia Farrow shamefully ignored by the Academy for her stunning work in Rosemary's Baby, Julie Christie overlooked for her fine work in Petulia and Tuesday Weld terrific in Pretty Poison.
Isadora my #1 choice, followed by Neal.
 

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A rather interesting companion piece to RACHEL, RACHEL (which I love), would be THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, which is also owned by WB, in which Sondra Locke give a heartbreaking (and Oscar-nominated) performance I believe is right up there with those of the other women mentioned above.
 

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For those people who want to see what this movie is about, TCM will be showing it this Sunday (7/24) at 10pm EST.
 

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Honestly, contrary to the tag line, if had passed her on the street, I’d definitely notice
 
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Honestly, contrary to the tag line, I had passed her on the street, I’d definitely notice
Yes, I've always thought Joanne Woodward was a pretty good-looking actress who didn't play many roles where she had to personify a very attractive woman. When she did, for example in From The Terrace, she had no difficulty at all.