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Smackdown '47: Anne, Ethel, Marge, Celeste Holm and noir goddess Gloria Grahame

Smackdown '47: Anne, Ethel, Marge, Celeste Holm and noir goddess Gloria Grahame

It's Here! Welcome to the Supporting Actress Smackdown, a summer festival in which we investigate Oscar shortlists from years past. 1947 was a fine cinematic vintage and Oscar made room for a ghostly judge's wife, a countrified mother of 15, a jaded dance hall girl, a single New York City fashion editor, and a righteous rock of a mother in the Supporting Actress race. What's most historically interesting about this particular set is that it's a who's-who of character actress superstars of the 1940s. Get this: all but one of them won this category and received multiple nominations within an eight year span from the mid 40s to the early 50s.

This Month's Panelists

Here to talk about these five nominated turns and the movies and Oscars of 1947 are, in alphabetical order: critic Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture), actress Dana Delany, lyricist and librettist Thomas Mizer (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), and actor Patrick Vaill

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