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What performances in TV movies could have won an Oscar?

If they had been released in theaters instead? What performances stand out as brilliant

by Anonymousreply 275May 28, 2024 10:26 PM

Eve Plumb! She went seamlessly from Jan Brady to this masterpiece!

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by Anonymousreply 1January 6, 2024 9:15 PM

Death of a Cheerleader- Tori Spelling

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by Anonymousreply 3January 6, 2024 9:23 PM

Nancy McKeon

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by Anonymousreply 4January 6, 2024 9:25 PM

Melissa Sue Anderson in “Midnight Offerings”

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by Anonymousreply 5January 6, 2024 9:25 PM

Tania Raymonde in Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret

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by Anonymousreply 6January 6, 2024 10:08 PM

Florida Evans comes to mind.

by Anonymousreply 7January 6, 2024 10:10 PM

Judy Davis as Judy Garland in Me and My Shadows.

by Anonymousreply 8January 6, 2024 10:11 PM

Patty Duke "A Matter of Justice"

Go to 9:20 and watch her at the window.

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by Anonymousreply 9January 6, 2024 10:30 PM

Lucille Ball in Stone Pillow. The opening scene will knock your (stone) socks off.

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by Anonymousreply 10January 6, 2024 10:37 PM

Certainly, G in "South Pacific."

by Anonymousreply 11January 6, 2024 10:39 PM

Shaun Cassidy, “Like Normal People”

by Anonymousreply 12January 6, 2024 10:42 PM

Meredith Baxter in A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story

by Anonymousreply 13January 6, 2024 11:03 PM

Tammy Blanchard in ME AND MY SHADOWS — an astonishing performance.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 6, 2024 11:09 PM

Bonnie Franklin IS Margaret Sanger!

by Anonymousreply 15January 7, 2024 12:21 AM

"Florida Evans comes to mind"

Don't laugh. Esther Rolle won an Emmy for "Summer Of My German Soldier" (1978). She played the traditional Mammy/Housekeeper character, but she nailed it (04:40).

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by Anonymousreply 16January 7, 2024 12:47 AM

Emma Thompson in "Wit"

Sally Field in "Sybil"

Mare Winningham in "God Bless the Child"

by Anonymousreply 17January 7, 2024 1:07 AM

Farrah Fawcett in The Burning Bed

by Anonymousreply 18January 7, 2024 1:13 AM

Elizabeth Montgomery as Lizzie Borden!

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by Anonymousreply 19January 7, 2024 1:14 AM

Kate Jackson in "The Silence of Adultery."

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by Anonymousreply 20January 7, 2024 1:17 AM

Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"

Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson, "Normal"

by Anonymousreply 21January 7, 2024 1:17 AM

Mare Winningham in "Off The Minnesota Strip" (1980).

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by Anonymousreply 22January 7, 2024 1:24 AM

R16, at a different time, she could have won an Oscar.

Yes, she had subpar writers on Good Times.

But Esther Rolle could act. With a capital “A”.


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by Anonymousreply 23January 7, 2024 1:25 AM

23 posts and no one has mentioned a certain multi-Oscar winners early turn in Holocaust?

by Anonymousreply 24January 7, 2024 2:30 AM

Vanessa Redgrave in Second Serve.

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by Anonymousreply 25January 7, 2024 2:34 AM

Lucy for What Now Catherine Curtis? Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 26January 7, 2024 2:37 AM

Vanedsa Redgrave for "Playing for Time"

by Anonymousreply 27January 7, 2024 2:39 AM

R23. I saw Rolle onstage in Chicago a million years ago (after Maude and Good Times) in a play called “Dame Lorraine” in which she played an immigrant from the Caribbean taking care of a husband with dementia and watching all her sons die violently in a US city from gang violence (they were gang members). It was a brilliant, heartfelt performance and she had amazing technical command, including the tricky dialect. Forty years later, her performance remains vivid and etched in my memory.

by Anonymousreply 28January 7, 2024 2:40 AM

Audra MacDonald in “Wit”

by Anonymousreply 29January 7, 2024 2:43 AM

James Gandolfini

by Anonymousreply 30January 7, 2024 2:44 AM

SORRY i misread tv series not movies.

by Anonymousreply 31January 7, 2024 2:44 AM

Suzanne in Along Came a Spider

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by Anonymousreply 32January 7, 2024 2:46 AM

“Princess” Lee in Laura……..

by Anonymousreply 33January 7, 2024 4:03 AM

Aidan Quinn in "An Early Frost"

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by Anonymousreply 34January 7, 2024 4:52 AM

Not one. The line between film and TV acting has always been clear.

by Anonymousreply 35January 7, 2024 5:02 AM

Vanessa Redgrave, in "Playing For Time."

by Anonymousreply 36January 7, 2024 5:27 AM

Loni Anderson- The Jayne Mansfield Story

by Anonymousreply 37January 7, 2024 5:35 AM

Sweet Hostage. Martin Sheen and Linda Blair. I haven't seen it years, but I never forgot it.

by Anonymousreply 38January 7, 2024 5:54 AM

Martin Sheen in the Execution of Private Slovik

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by Anonymousreply 39January 7, 2024 6:22 AM

Lindsay Lohan- Liz and Dick

by Anonymousreply 40January 7, 2024 6:36 AM

Not kidding at all. Meredith Baxter in A Woman Scorned. The Betty Broderick story. One of the finest performances by an actress. Ever.

by Anonymousreply 41January 7, 2024 6:41 AM

Carol Burnett in Friendly Fire.

by Anonymousreply 42January 7, 2024 6:43 AM

Henry Czerny in The Boys of St. Vincent

by Anonymousreply 43January 7, 2024 6:48 AM

Jim Carrey for Doing Time on Maple Drive.

by Anonymousreply 44January 7, 2024 6:53 AM

Rosie O'Donnell in Riding the Bus with My Sister

by Anonymousreply 45January 7, 2024 8:01 AM

Bette Davis in Strangers.

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by Anonymousreply 46January 7, 2024 8:11 AM

Linda Fiorentino in THE LAST SEDUCTION

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by Anonymousreply 47January 7, 2024 8:21 AM

Connie . . .

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by Anonymousreply 48January 7, 2024 8:46 AM

Loni . . .

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by Anonymousreply 49January 7, 2024 8:48 AM

Farrah Fawcett in Small Sacrifices

Elizabeth Montgomery in Sins of the Mother

Julianne Moore in Game Change

by Anonymousreply 50January 7, 2024 9:22 AM

I saw it when I was a kid and a few times as an adult. Griffin and Phoenix. Peter Falk and Jill Clayburgh. The full movie is on YouTube. Go watch it.

by Anonymousreply 51January 7, 2024 10:40 AM

John Hurt in The Naked Civil Servant.

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by Anonymousreply 52January 7, 2024 11:05 AM

Valerie Bertinelli as a young housewife who gets addicted to gambling.

BONUS: The guy who plays her med student husband is total eye candy.

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by Anonymousreply 53January 7, 2024 11:15 AM

Edie Falco in the Sopranos whitecaps episode.

by Anonymousreply 54January 7, 2024 11:45 AM

r4 I really would agree with that one

by Anonymousreply 55January 7, 2024 11:49 AM

Aidan Quinn, An Early Frost

by Anonymousreply 56January 7, 2024 6:19 PM

Cicely Tyson in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

by Anonymousreply 57January 7, 2024 6:24 PM

Maggie Smith My House In Umbria

by Anonymousreply 58January 7, 2024 6:55 PM

Mare Winningham in Freedom.

(free on Freevee, Roku and Tubi)

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by Anonymousreply 59January 7, 2024 7:10 PM

Gary Cole for The Switch

by Anonymousreply 60January 7, 2024 7:32 PM

Mos Def and Alan Rickman - Something the Lord Made

by Anonymousreply 61January 7, 2024 7:35 PM

My performance in Something About Amelia.

by Anonymousreply 62January 7, 2024 7:40 PM

- KERI RUSSELL (Actress)


- MARE WINNINGHAM (Supporting Actress)

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by Anonymousreply 63January 7, 2024 7:47 PM

Robert Blake for Judgement Day: The John List Story

by Anonymousreply 64January 7, 2024 7:49 PM

Jamie Lee Curtis would have won her second Oscar for The Bear: Fishes.

by Anonymousreply 65January 7, 2024 7:53 PM

The tv miniseries where Brian Dennehy played John Wayne Gacy

by Anonymousreply 66January 7, 2024 9:14 PM

Elizabeth Mongtomgery, A Case of Rape

by Anonymousreply 67January 7, 2024 9:36 PM

Powers Boothe, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones

by Anonymousreply 68January 7, 2024 9:40 PM

"For Ladies Only"

Gregory Harrison and Lee Grant

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by Anonymousreply 69January 7, 2024 9:41 PM

R39 That's my choice as well.

by Anonymousreply 70January 7, 2024 9:42 PM

Was Carol Burnett good in Friendly Fire?

There's no clips of it on YouTube

by Anonymousreply 71January 7, 2024 9:44 PM

Gena Rowlands & Bette Davis in Strangers. Because Gena deserved an Oscar

by Anonymousreply 72January 7, 2024 9:44 PM

Oh! Olivia in A Mom For Christmas - her turn as a department store mannequin come to life is legend. But you all know that.

by Anonymousreply 73January 7, 2024 9:50 PM

Matt Bomer in The Normal Heart for sure.

by Anonymousreply 74January 7, 2024 9:53 PM

Jeffrey Wright for "Lackawanna Blues"

by Anonymousreply 75January 7, 2024 10:12 PM

R60 I forgot all about that movie The Switch. I remember reading about Larry James McAfee in People magazine. He changed his mind about using the switch and died by natural causes in 1995. I'll have to find that movie on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 76January 7, 2024 11:29 PM

R76 It's available on Tubi.

by Anonymousreply 77January 7, 2024 11:47 PM

Glenda Jackson in Elizabeth R, which was a miniseries.

by Anonymousreply 78January 7, 2024 11:55 PM

What was the name of the TV movie where Mare Winningham played a poor single mom?

by Anonymousreply 79January 8, 2024 12:28 AM

Oh c'mon, this is DL and no one mentions the greatest TV performance of ALL TIME?

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by Anonymousreply 80January 8, 2024 12:41 AM

R79 - God Bless the Child

by Anonymousreply 81January 8, 2024 12:47 AM

R81 Thank you. I couldn't remember it. She was terrific in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 82January 8, 2024 12:49 AM

R80, Karen Black or the Zuni doll?

by Anonymousreply 83January 8, 2024 1:15 AM

Glenn in Serving in Silence. I kissed a girl!

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by Anonymousreply 84January 8, 2024 1:18 AM

Farrah would be a multiple Oscar winner if TV movies counted.

The Burning Bed and Small Sacrifices were both excellent performances.

by Anonymousreply 85January 8, 2024 1:23 AM

I agree. But she couldn't even win the Emmy, R85? She lost to Joanne Woodward for Do You Remember Love when she was nominated for The Burning Bed.

by Anonymousreply 86January 8, 2024 1:31 AM

Ms. Diana Ross, " Out of the Darkness" she played a schizophrenic!

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by Anonymousreply 87January 8, 2024 1:48 AM

[quote]I agree. But she couldn't even win the Emmy, [R85]? She lost to Joanne Woodward for Do You Remember Love when she was nominated for The Burning Bed.

Some people argue that Farrah's performance was so well-regarded because it was such a contrast to Charlie's Angels. I don't buy that. It was objectively excellent. To be fair, Woodward's performance should also be listed in this thread. In almost any other year, Farrah would have won.

by Anonymousreply 88January 8, 2024 3:45 AM

Lucy in Stone Pillow!

by Anonymousreply 89January 8, 2024 3:55 AM

Sally and Joanne in Sybil

by Anonymousreply 90January 8, 2024 10:30 PM

Glenn Close in “Serving In Silence.”

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by Anonymousreply 91January 8, 2024 10:45 PM

Glenn Close and Robert Sean Leonard in In the Gloaming. Still breaks my heart.

by Anonymousreply 92January 8, 2024 11:12 PM

R92 I cried the first time I watched that movie.

by Anonymousreply 93January 8, 2024 11:18 PM

Carol Burnett in Friendly Fire was a revelation. I knew she was talented but I would have never guessed her depth in acting. ZERO of her mannerisms. No mugging, no clowning, no chewing the scenery. It was stunning. You can watch it on Prime. When Carol got the script she truly thought they had sent her the wrong script. She was expecting another comedy where she would just do her mugging. The ratings were huge.

by Anonymousreply 94January 8, 2024 11:20 PM

I couldn't find any clips of Friendly Fire but here it is winning the Emmy for best movie. Ned Beatty also pulled out a performance you didn't think he had in him.

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by Anonymousreply 95January 8, 2024 11:24 PM

Friendly Fire for free on Crackle

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by Anonymousreply 96January 8, 2024 11:36 PM

Carol lost to Bette Davis for Strangers that year which was another great performance. Gena Rowlands wasn't even nominated that year for being Bette's brilliant co-star even though she should have been/

by Anonymousreply 97January 8, 2024 11:39 PM

Sally Field, “Sybil” Cicely Tyson, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

by Anonymousreply 98January 8, 2024 11:40 PM

Mary Tyler Moore - First, You Cry

by Anonymousreply 99January 8, 2024 11:58 PM

Holly Hunter in The Positively True Adventures of a Texas Cheerleader Mom. Here's the whole movie on YouTube.

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by Anonymousreply 100January 9, 2024 12:05 AM

Gena Rowlands best performance is A Question of Love where she plays a lesbian fighting for custody of her son. Early on, Bonnie Bedelia challenges her and the words are exactly what we'd hear today.

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by Anonymousreply 101January 9, 2024 12:10 AM

Diana Ross - 'Out of Darkness' (1994).

by Anonymousreply 102January 9, 2024 12:13 AM

[quote]R65 Jamie Lee Curtis would have won her second Oscar for The Bear: Fishes.

Do not forget her searing work, cast almost VIOLENTLY against type, as Dorothy Stratten in “Death of a Centerfold”!

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by Anonymousreply 103January 9, 2024 12:23 AM

Helena Bonham Carter in Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald

by Anonymousreply 104January 9, 2024 12:49 AM

Celia Imrie, A Dark Adapted Eye

by Anonymousreply 105January 9, 2024 12:59 AM

"My Name Is Oprah" - starring Sherri Shepherd.

by Anonymousreply 106January 9, 2024 1:14 AM

Barbara Hershey- A Killing In a Small Town

by Anonymousreply 107January 9, 2024 1:14 AM

R14 I loved that movie. Tammy Blanchard should have had a bigger career.

by Anonymousreply 108January 9, 2024 2:30 AM

Tammy Blanchard was great

by Anonymousreply 109January 9, 2024 2:46 AM

Re ME AND MY SHADOWS: They should have kept Tammy Blanchard through MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, because Judy was still in her early twenties during that time.

They brought in Judy Davis much too early.

by Anonymousreply 110January 9, 2024 2:50 AM

r110, agree

by Anonymousreply 111January 9, 2024 2:52 AM

Cloris Leachman in "Someone I Touched," just for this unforgettable moment.

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by Anonymousreply 112January 9, 2024 3:06 AM

Ellen Barkin-Before Women Had Wings

by Anonymousreply 113January 9, 2024 4:49 AM

Lindsay Wagner- All of them!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 114January 9, 2024 5:00 AM

In my opinion, the first season of True Detective with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Each episode had an Oscar worthy performance.

by Anonymousreply 115January 9, 2024 5:02 AM

Diana Ross in “Out Of Darkness”. She played a paranoid schizophrenic and was incredible. It’s really a shame she didn’t make more films.

by Anonymousreply 116January 9, 2024 5:06 AM

Linda Purl in Accidental Meeting

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by Anonymousreply 117January 9, 2024 5:10 AM

[quote]R112 Cloris Leachman in "Someone I Touched," just for this unforgettable moment.

Such a restrained reaction to learning you’re a [italic]disease ridden whore!

by Anonymousreply 118January 9, 2024 6:22 AM

Patty Duke in “Always Remember I Love You,” 1990.

by Anonymousreply 119January 9, 2024 7:51 AM

Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. Madrigal in the Tales of the City miniseries.

by Anonymousreply 120January 9, 2024 11:10 AM

Jennifer Salt in Gargoyles

by Anonymousreply 121January 9, 2024 11:12 AM

Cicely Tyson gives a truly breathtaking tour-de-force performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. If you don’t cry at the end of that movie you don’t have a soul.

by Anonymousreply 122January 9, 2024 12:42 PM

Elizabeth Montgomery in "Lizzie Borden". Montgomery proved she was no longer a comedic actress with that movie.

by Anonymousreply 123January 9, 2024 4:37 PM

Rosie O'Donnell in "Riding The Bus With My Sister". Best comedy performance of the year, if not the decade.

by Anonymousreply 124January 9, 2024 4:40 PM

Cicely Tyson in A Woman Called Moses

by Anonymousreply 125January 9, 2024 6:48 PM

If we’re being serious, Farrah Fawcett in the Burning Bed and Small Sacrifices. She was chilling in both.

And Mare Winningham should be the Meryl Streep of Tv moves. It’s shocking she’s only been nominated for one Oscar. (But I guess that’s not surprising if she mainly does TV and rarely does movies).

I’m also kinda shocked Kelly Martin didn’t go from ER to movie stardom. She was (is she still?) a fucking incredible actress. Did she choose a life of Hallmark movies to raise a family and stay close to home? (I don’t think it’s true, but It would be really funny to hear Patti Lupone come out and say she was a difficult cunt, even by HER standards!!)

by Anonymousreply 126January 9, 2024 7:48 PM

Madolyn Smith, Michael Biehn and Cloris Leachman as a straight Nurse Diesel are outstanding in this thriller based on a true story.

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by Anonymousreply 127January 9, 2024 7:59 PM

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change

by Anonymousreply 128January 9, 2024 8:09 PM

Another Mare Winningham entry. I will never tire of posting this heartbreaking scene. Absolutely Oscar worthy.

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by Anonymousreply 129January 9, 2024 9:47 PM

[quote] Patty Duke in “Always Remember I Love You,” 1990.

That's one of my favorite TV movies. Stephen Dorff, Joan Van Ark, and Richard Masur were also terrific in that movie.

by Anonymousreply 130January 10, 2024 4:52 PM

Both Justine Bateman and Michele Lee in The Fatal Image. Shocking and Iconic performances from both!

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by Anonymousreply 131January 10, 2024 7:02 PM

Cutiepie James Wolk as an aspiring teacher with Tourette's.

His amazing performance saves the movie from verging into corn and schmaltz.

He's a joy to watch. And not just because of his good looks.

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by Anonymousreply 132January 10, 2024 7:17 PM

I miss the days of good TV movies.

by Anonymousreply 133January 10, 2024 7:34 PM

Valerie Bertinelli for In A Child's Name

by Anonymousreply 134January 10, 2024 10:14 PM

Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra.

Am I really the first to suggest this?

by Anonymousreply 135January 10, 2024 10:55 PM

^ The movie where I played a faggot!

by Anonymousreply 136January 10, 2024 11:19 PM

Halle Berry in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

by Anonymousreply 137January 11, 2024 12:12 AM

Bette Davis in The Disappearance of Aimee

by Anonymousreply 138January 11, 2024 12:14 AM

Jena Malone, Bastard Out of Carolina

by Anonymousreply 139January 11, 2024 12:17 AM

Lynn Whitfield in 'The Josephine Baker Story'.

She made everyone say, "Diana who ?"

by Anonymousreply 140January 11, 2024 12:21 AM

Alfre Woodard, Unnatural Causes

by Anonymousreply 141January 11, 2024 12:21 AM

Lonnette McKee, The Women of Brewster Place.

by Anonymousreply 142January 11, 2024 12:27 AM

Maybe not Oscar worthy but Mariel Hemingway gave a beautiful performance in "I Want To Keep My Baby".

And speaking of juveniles, Linda Blair was incredible in "Born Innocent". Now THAT was Oscar deserving.

by Anonymousreply 143January 11, 2024 12:30 AM

John Amos, Ben Vereen, Louis Gossett Jr, Leslie Uggams - Roots

by Anonymousreply 144January 11, 2024 12:37 AM

Lindsay Wagner in "The Incredible Journey of Dr Meg Laurel"

by Anonymousreply 145January 11, 2024 12:37 AM

Halle Berry - Queen

by Anonymousreply 146January 11, 2024 12:38 AM

Halle was really good in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, too

by Anonymousreply 147January 11, 2024 12:41 AM

Tori Spelling in "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?"

by Anonymousreply 148January 11, 2024 12:56 AM

Patricia Neal in The Homecoming

by Anonymousreply 149January 11, 2024 1:29 AM

[quote] Lynn Whitfield in 'The Josephine Baker Story'.

I have always thought that she is underrated actress.

by Anonymousreply 150January 11, 2024 3:34 AM

[quote] I miss the days of good TV movies.

I do too. Both broadcast and cable networks made a lot of great TV movies years ago. Lifetime made some great original movies back in the '90s like Any Mother's Son and Bonnie Bedelia was really good in that one.

by Anonymousreply 151January 11, 2024 3:44 AM

ARLISS HOWARD ('Kenneth Parnell')

CORIN NEMEC ('Steven Stayner')

LUKE EDWARDS ('Young Steven')

This two-part miniseries was a smash hit in the ratings, drawing around 70 million viewers total, and was nominated for 4 Emmys:

- Best Miniseries

- Best Direction

- Best Writing

- Best Supporting Actor (Nemec)

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by Anonymousreply 152January 11, 2024 4:07 AM

Brenda Vaccaro in “A Long Way Home.”

by Anonymousreply 153January 11, 2024 4:15 AM

Elizabeth Montgomery in "Amos."

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by Anonymousreply 154January 11, 2024 4:37 AM

Meghan Markle - Dater's Handbook

by Anonymousreply 155January 11, 2024 5:27 AM

Treat Williams-Bonds of Love

by Anonymousreply 156January 11, 2024 3:08 PM

G in "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

by Anonymousreply 157January 11, 2024 4:41 PM

R157 I remember that year she lost the Emmy to Lynn Whitfield in THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY.

Suzanne Pleshette was also nominated as Leona Helmsley in THE QUEEN OF MEAN.

by Anonymousreply 158January 11, 2024 5:46 PM

Justin Kirk, Mary Louise Parker, Meryl Street, and Al Pacino in Mike Nichols' Angels in America

by Anonymousreply 159January 12, 2024 12:07 AM

Streep. F-ing autocorrect.

by Anonymousreply 160January 12, 2024 12:09 AM

Claire Danes in Temple Grandin

by Anonymousreply 161January 12, 2024 12:19 AM

Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae in "Lonesome Dove".

by Anonymousreply 162January 12, 2024 12:23 AM

Dawson in the porno version, “Ten Poles Rammed In.”

by Anonymousreply 163January 12, 2024 3:25 AM

Lacey Chabert, The Brooke Ellison Story.

I don't know if anyone remembers the movie "Love, Mary" with Kristy McNichol. I was never a fan of hers but that was a really good movie and she was great in it.

Glynnis O'Connor in Why Me?

by Anonymousreply 164January 12, 2024 3:39 AM

Susan Lucci could have won an Oscar for "Seduced and Betrayed" long before she finally won that Daytime Emmy.

by Anonymousreply 165January 12, 2024 6:32 AM

Ann Jillian in The Ann Jillian Story. Who could have been better?

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by Anonymousreply 166January 12, 2024 7:49 AM

Deidre Hall - Woman On The Ledge

by Anonymousreply 167January 12, 2024 8:55 AM

R1 Only to be followed up by Leigh McCloskey winning for the sequel, "Alexander the Other Side of Dawn." .. And it would be hard decision whether Earl Holliman or Alan Feinstein should win for Supporting Actor.

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by Anonymousreply 168January 12, 2024 8:37 PM

That's one smoldering hot dude at R168. 🥵

I'd give him the Oscar just for that. 😂

by Anonymousreply 169January 12, 2024 8:52 PM

It's too bad that Mafia Princess, the story of Antoinette Giancana did not get a mainstream feature release. Susan Lucci, though limited in her acting range, hit it out of the park and Tony Curtis as Mafia don Sam Giancana had the roll of a lifetime!

by Anonymousreply 170January 12, 2024 10:06 PM

[quote] Lacey Chabert, The Brooke Ellison Story.

I remember that movie was heavily advertised because Christopher Reeve directed it prior to his death. I tuned in and thought it was much better than I expected. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John Slattery gave good performances as Brooke's parents.

by Anonymousreply 171January 16, 2024 11:54 PM

The greatest performance ever, Leigh McCloskey

"Alexander, the other side of Dawn" male whores, Prostitution, and closeted Professional football player willing to pay for LOVE, and that fish Eve Plumb. I understood everything in that TV movie.

by Anonymousreply 172January 17, 2024 1:13 AM

Dear Glenn, for "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

Well, at least the title was descriptive!

by Anonymousreply 173January 17, 2024 1:18 AM

R172 were you on the game back in the day?

by Anonymousreply 174January 17, 2024 6:29 AM

No OP, but off and on for 2months b4 going to Northwestern, I decided to "walk on the wild side" in the summer of 1979.

I was bad, I had a major growth spurt (all over I'm a Grower) I was 17 yrs old. Between Spruce St, Judy Garland Memorial Park, and the drag queens on 10th & Samson, I had a good old time releasing all my demons.

Between Philly& Wildwood NJ with the clubs, bars and the Schellenger Ave Men's room (underneath the pier) The whole boardwalk in Wildwood was a Homo's playground. All those drunken confused str8?? guys.

by Anonymousreply 175January 18, 2024 1:45 AM

Sigourney Weaver in Prayers for Bobby

by Anonymousreply 176January 20, 2024 8:41 PM

Sally Field in Sybil. Perhaps that was already mentioned. If so, another shout out to Field, who was brilliant.

by Anonymousreply 177January 20, 2024 8:48 PM

Tori Spelling in "Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?" (1996).

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by Anonymousreply 178January 20, 2024 8:54 PM

Barbara Hershey in Murder in a Small Town.

by Anonymousreply 179January 20, 2024 8:54 PM

Justine Bateman as a blind young woman yearning for independence.

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by Anonymousreply 180January 20, 2024 8:58 PM

Dana Hill and Richard Masur, Fallen Angel, 1981

by Anonymousreply 181January 20, 2024 9:07 PM

Lucie Arnaz.

Filmed in 10 days on a zero budget and is still the best Black Dahlia movie ever made.

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by Anonymousreply 182January 20, 2024 9:28 PM

Lynn Whitfield was amazing as Josephine Baker. Her most recent credit…ugh. Fantasy Island.

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by Anonymousreply 183January 20, 2024 9:39 PM

R183 Is that Brett Butler in the middle?

by Anonymousreply 184January 20, 2024 9:42 PM

No, it's Lauren Bacall.

by Anonymousreply 185January 20, 2024 10:20 PM

R180 My performance in the movie as the bitter brother was better than Justine's performance.

by Anonymousreply 186January 20, 2024 10:50 PM

Michael Douglas for Behind The Candelabra.

by Anonymousreply 187January 20, 2024 11:20 PM

Renee Faia as Cher in this '90s TV movie.

Uncanny resemblance/mannerisms and great acting.

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by Anonymousreply 188January 22, 2024 10:03 AM

R187, I thought that movie was entitled Candelabra in the Behind.

by Anonymousreply 189January 22, 2024 10:27 AM

Heather Gay during the beach scene on RHOSLC Finale.

The wind gets a Supporting nod.

by Anonymousreply 190January 22, 2024 1:35 PM

It is Television OP, so I included it your post (even though it's a "Soap Opera")

Llanview's Favorite Bad Girl. Karen Wolek on the witness at Victoria Reilly's murder trial of Marco Dane.

I will let you load the video OP.

by Anonymousreply 191January 22, 2024 3:28 PM

Sorry, Judith Light won 2 Daytimes Emmys in 1980-81^^^

by Anonymousreply 192January 22, 2024 3:30 PM

R117 No, Linda had a better performance in Like Normal People.

by Anonymousreply 193January 23, 2024 2:35 AM

Raquel Welch in Right To Die. An excellent movie you can find on YouTube based on a true story of a woman with ALS that fights for her right to be removed from her ventilator.

by Anonymousreply 194January 23, 2024 3:46 AM

Anne Heche in If These Walls Could Talk

by Anonymousreply 195January 23, 2024 3:35 PM

Jonathan Bailey for “Fellow Travelers”.

by Anonymousreply 196January 23, 2024 3:41 PM

Oh, so no one gives me praise for my work in Sarah, Plain and Tall.

by Anonymousreply 197January 23, 2024 11:13 PM

Chris, aka R197, I think a lot of people couldn't tell the difference between you and Glenn in that movie, it caused a lot of confusion

by Anonymousreply 198January 24, 2024 11:28 PM

Incidentally, SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (1991) was a trilogy.

The second movie was titled SKYLARK (1993) and the third WINTER'S END (1999).

I enjoyed all three. Great performances/storytelling all around. And beautifully shot.

But I also appreciated the fact that they kept the same cast for all three films.

by Anonymousreply 199January 25, 2024 5:09 AM

Kate Winslet and Saorse Ronan in the movie about Stones

by Anonymousreply 200January 25, 2024 6:12 AM

Bette Davis - Madame Sin (1972) with that dishy Robert Wagner.

by Anonymousreply 201January 25, 2024 6:38 AM

Marsha Mason or Ellen Burstyn in Surviving

(Mason's screams of "MY DAUGHTER IS DEAD" is haunting.)

by Anonymousreply 202January 25, 2024 7:06 AM

A nomination perhaps

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by Anonymousreply 203January 25, 2024 7:18 AM

Over 200 responses and no mention of Barbara Eden's triumph in Her Wicked Ways?

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by Anonymousreply 204January 25, 2024 11:32 PM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Gregory K

by Anonymousreply 205January 27, 2024 5:11 AM

R188 Jay Underwood ("Uncle Buck," "Not Quite Human," "The Boy Who Could Fly") also did great as Sonny Bono.

Plus, he showed off a really nice ass in those tight '60s/'70s pants.

by Anonymousreply 206January 27, 2024 7:27 AM

Both of them . . .

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by Anonymousreply 207January 27, 2024 7:37 AM

Ann-Margret in "Who Will Love My Children?" and "A Streetcar Named Desire".

by Anonymousreply 208January 27, 2024 9:05 AM

Cheryl Ladd & Robert Urich in "When She Was Bad."

by Anonymousreply 209January 27, 2024 12:15 PM

Kathleen Quinlan in When She Says No.

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by Anonymousreply 210January 27, 2024 12:22 PM

Raquel Welch in “Right to Die”.

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by Anonymousreply 211January 27, 2024 12:27 PM

Brian Williams for his portrayal of a journalist

by Anonymousreply 212January 27, 2024 12:39 PM

R199. Remember when a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was a Sunday night spectacular. I came to work the Monday after Sarah Palin & Tall and everyone was raving about it. Now is frau Christmas crap.

by Anonymousreply 213January 27, 2024 2:48 PM

The Peterbilt 281 in Duel gave a masterful performance! Miss Peterbilt was so menacing!

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by Anonymousreply 215January 27, 2024 3:50 PM

Lace. And Lace 2.

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by Anonymousreply 216January 27, 2024 4:37 PM

Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect.

by Anonymousreply 217January 28, 2024 1:08 AM

Henry Fonda in Gideon’s Trumpet (1980).

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by Anonymousreply 218January 28, 2024 1:15 AM

Which one R217?

by Anonymousreply 219January 28, 2024 4:33 PM

Master of the Game / Dyan Cannon and Harry Hamlin.

by Anonymousreply 220January 28, 2024 5:07 PM

Lani O'Grady in "Cage without a Key"

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by Anonymousreply 221January 28, 2024 5:17 PM

Pretty much anyone in this all-star production about teen suicide: Zach Galligan, Molly Ringwald, Ellen Burstyn, Len Cariou, Marsha Mason, Paul Sorvino, River Phoenix, Heather O'Rourke.

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by Anonymousreply 222January 28, 2024 5:27 PM

[quote] Remember when a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie was a Sunday night spectacular. I came to work the Monday after Sarah Palin & Tall and everyone was raving about it. Now is frau Christmas crap.

Years ago, TV movies overall were better than the Hallmark Channel crap movies of today.

by Anonymousreply 223January 29, 2024 4:16 AM

I remember when Hallmark Hall Of Fame presented plays- I saw Pygmalion on the series when I was a kid - with Julie Harris. A little later, Richard Chamberlain as Hamlet.

by Anonymousreply 224January 29, 2024 4:29 AM

Susan Dey in Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night.

by Anonymousreply 225January 29, 2024 2:15 PM

[quote]R208 Ann-Margret in "Who Will Love My Children?"

That was a sad movie.

Audrey Landers in the sequel “Who Will Love My Tatas?” wasn’t nearly as good.

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by Anonymousreply 226January 30, 2024 7:13 PM

Connie Stevens in “The Sex Symbol”.

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by Anonymousreply 227January 30, 2024 8:28 PM

I see DL has no love for my performance in The Ryan White Story.

by Anonymousreply 228February 2, 2024 12:40 PM

Sally Field in The Girl with Something Extra.

That something turned out to be a penis. Oh, and the clap.

by Anonymousreply 229February 2, 2024 10:08 PM

Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Todd in "Lincoln"

by Anonymousreply 230February 3, 2024 12:23 AM

Yoko Shimada, "Shogun"

by Anonymousreply 231February 3, 2024 1:26 AM

Barbara Stanwyck for The Thorn Birds. She almost made us believe that old lez was passionately lusting after that sulking gay priest.

by Anonymousreply 232February 3, 2024 1:28 AM

Jonny Lee Miller was really great as Byron if I recall

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by Anonymousreply 233February 3, 2024 1:33 AM

[quote] I remember when Hallmark Hall Of Fame presented plays- I saw Pygmalion on the series when I was a kid - with Julie Harris. A little later, Richard Chamberlain as Hamlet.

I miss stuff like that.

by Anonymousreply 234February 17, 2024 6:58 PM

Meredith Baxter-Birney in My Breast

by Anonymousreply 235February 17, 2024 11:07 PM

[quote] Oh! Olivia in A Mom For Christmas - her turn as a department store mannequin come to life is legend. But you all know that.

lol I loved that movie as a kid.

by Anonymousreply 236February 28, 2024 8:06 PM

LOL I loved that Olivia movie too.

by Anonymousreply 237February 29, 2024 1:28 AM

In Broad Daylight

About the life of Ken McElroy, the town bully of Skidmore, Missouri who became known for his unsolved murder.

McElroy was fictionalized as the character Len Rowan, portrayed by Brian Dennehy. Brian Dennehy was outstanding!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 238February 29, 2024 1:46 AM

" Death of her innocence" Pamela Sue Martin. My best friend and me bonded over this movie when we were 12.

by Anonymousreply 239February 29, 2024 3:01 AM

Peter Strauss in Men Don't Tell.

by Anonymousreply 240March 12, 2024 1:33 PM

[quote]R239 "Death of her innocence" Pamela Sue Martin.

For some reason that movie also goes by the title OUR TIME.

The other actress in it, Betsy Slade, was Brian De Palma’s original choice for CARRIE. But then Sissy Spacek came out of nowhere and made a really committed, much stronger screen test.

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by Anonymousreply 241March 12, 2024 8:42 PM

R241 was Betsy willing to show tits and beaver like Sissy?

by Anonymousreply 242March 12, 2024 8:49 PM

Interview with Martin and costar Parker Stevenson.

At the [bold]11:35 mark [/bold]she mentions that Betsy Slade REALLY didn’t like her.

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by Anonymousreply 243March 12, 2024 8:51 PM
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by Anonymousreply 244March 12, 2024 8:58 PM

I really liked Jane Seymour in the mini series East of Eden.

by Anonymousreply 245March 12, 2024 9:16 PM

Agree with R179 - Barbara Hershey in A Killing in a Small Town (1990)

by Anonymousreply 246March 12, 2024 9:20 PM

R87 Diane was good in that.

by Anonymousreply 247March 12, 2024 9:24 PM

R236 R237 I love the song Olivia did to the opening titles “What If”

by Anonymousreply 248March 12, 2024 9:26 PM

Powers Boothe in that Guyana Jim Jones movie. Frightening.

by Anonymousreply 249March 13, 2024 12:18 AM

Steve Railsback as Charlie Manson in "Helter Skelter"

by Anonymousreply 250March 13, 2024 12:22 AM

Wonderful thread! I forgot how many great movies were on tv

by Anonymousreply 251March 13, 2024 12:41 AM

Mare Winningham in God Bless The Child

by Anonymousreply 252April 30, 2024 2:30 AM

Lisa Hartman in “The Great American Traffic Jam.”

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by Anonymousreply 253April 30, 2024 3:12 AM

Heather Locklear and Peter Strauss in Texas Justice, based on the true story of T. Cullen Davis.

by Anonymousreply 254April 30, 2024 3:29 AM

Susan Lucci in EBBIE.

by Anonymousreply 255April 30, 2024 3:55 AM

Suzanne Somers- I Killed Chrissy and My Career

Kathy Griffin- The True Story of Ronald McDonald

Dolly Parton- These Glorious Mountains

Karen Carpenter- A Hunger Within

by Anonymousreply 256April 30, 2024 6:05 AM

Brian Williams, for his performance as a professional, ethical journalist

by Anonymousreply 257May 1, 2024 3:12 AM

Darren McGavin for A Christmas Story. Oh, wait, that wasn't a TV movie.

by Anonymousreply 258May 1, 2024 4:22 AM

Florence Henderson in "A Very Brady Christmas."

by Anonymousreply 259May 4, 2024 3:10 PM

Dennis Weaver in Duel (1971).

by Anonymousreply 260May 4, 2024 3:14 PM

Robert Reed in "The Secret Night Caller" (1975). Mr. Brady sure took some chances after TBB ended, and he nails the weirdo in this one.

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by Anonymousreply 261May 4, 2024 7:43 PM

Ebbie. lolllllllll oscar worthy. lollllllllllllllllll

by Anonymousreply 262May 4, 2024 10:34 PM

Marlo Thomas in Nobody’s Child. She won the Emmy over Katharine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Alexander. She was THAT good.

Anybody who doesn’t get why she remained TV icon for 70 years should watch it. And learn

by Anonymousreply 263May 4, 2024 10:46 PM

Marlo Thomas IS Nobody's Child.

by Anonymousreply 264May 5, 2024 9:58 PM

You mean nepo baby Marlo Thoimas won the Emmy over nepo baby Vanessa Redgrave?

by Anonymousreply 265May 5, 2024 10:01 PM

R8 That would have been a slam dunk.

by Anonymousreply 266May 5, 2024 10:07 PM

Nobody's Child

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by Anonymousreply 267May 6, 2024 7:40 AM

R267 - It's the story of a woman with life-long debilitating mental illness. Marlo didn't have to dig too deep for that.

by Anonymousreply 268May 6, 2024 12:01 PM

Judy Davis AND Tammy Blanchard.

by Anonymousreply 269May 28, 2024 6:23 AM

Faye Dunaway in Eva Peron. Her performance made Madonna’s look like community theatre.

by Anonymousreply 270May 28, 2024 9:19 PM

R270, Do you think this is good acting? Faye's doing a variation of Mommie Dearest at its worst.

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by Anonymousreply 271May 28, 2024 9:54 PM

[quote] Carol Burnett in Friendly Fire was a revelation. I knew she was talented but I would have never guessed her depth in acting. ZERO of her mannerisms. No mugging, no clowning, no chewing the scenery. It was stunning.

She gives a similarly fine performance in Robert Altman's A Wedding, where she plays a nouveau riche Kentucky housewife who is told at her daughter's wedding by an eccentric old money uncle of the groom that he wants to sleep with her. She's completely intrigued despite herself, and does not overdo it.

That movie is enormously underrated.

by Anonymousreply 272May 28, 2024 10:01 PM

Patty Duke for My Sweet Charlie though her Emmy acceptance speech might be more memorable

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by Anonymousreply 273May 28, 2024 10:16 PM

Another vote for Cicely Tyson in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman"

Michael Douglas in "Behind the Candelabra"

Julie Harris in "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln"

Julianne Moore in "Game Change"

by Anonymousreply 274May 28, 2024 10:18 PM

Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis Hysterical Blindness

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