It's been awhile since I whipped up an Oscar "Smackdown" clip for StinkyLulu's monthly festivities, so here ya go. 1955. Elvis Presley was huge, Rosa Parks got arrested, James Dean made his film debut, died and then received his first of two posthumous Oscar nominations, The Mickey Mouse club and McDonalds (the chain) debuted, and my girl Natalie Wood went from child star to true movie star in arguably the greatest teen angst movie ever made, Rebel Without a Cause.
And Oscar's heart went out to these actresses at the edges...
Of this lineup I'm most impressed with Natalie Wood but Jo Van Fleet's centerpiece mystery woman in East of Eden is a very respectable Oscar winner.
The rest of the shortlist are more suspect as nominees go... I haven't seen enough 1955 films to know who should've replaced them but I figure someone should've. That's an easy assumption to feel confident about when you realize that Marty was the Best Picture winner (!) whilst Rebel Without a Cause and Night of the Hunter couldn't manage lousy BP nominations. Nathaniel wept.
Watch the video. Read the smackdown. Time travel back to '55 in the comments.