Sally Field, with her perseverance and fortitude in a most unorthodox career, has been a major inspiration to me in my career. I'll be watching her on TCM. And if Norma Rae is not one of The Essentials, it should be. Field's three Oscar nominations came for 1979's Norma Rae (Best Actress win)....
Ed Norton, one of my favorite actors, is in the Best Supporting Actor Oscar category for Birdman. He's the egotistical, annoying and talented young Broadway actor in Birdman. (I think he's doing a slight riff on William Hurt in it.) Norton was also excellent as the fast-talking police officer with the handlebar mustache in The Grand Bupadest Hotel.
From Hollywood's Golden Age, actors such as Joel McCrea, Myrna Loy, Edward G. Robinson, Ward Bond and Jack Carson -- people who did great work in some true Hollywood classics -- never got a single Oscar nomination in their long film careers. Talented modern era actors such as Mia Farrow, Donald Sutherland, Richard Gere and Dennis Quaid have never received an Oscar nomination. Gifted black and Latino performers such as Rita Moreno, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard, Rosie Perez and Halle Berry have only one Oscar nomination to their credits. Jennifer Lawrence, still in her 20s, has three Oscar nominations on her resumé and one Best Actress victory for Silver Linings Playbook. That's the Academy.
Now go watch some of the current or classic films that I've mentioned in this post. And thanks for reading it.