Here's my late entry into M. Brown's first blogathon.
The rules are:
“To participate, simply choose the top 4 of anything cinematic and explain why it should be carved into the side of a mountain forever. Remember, these are real people carved into imaginary rock – so choose wisely!”
I decided to go with my top 4 Oscar-worthy performances by actresses who've never been nominated. They had a shot, but all were sadly ignored by the Academy. Of course, this is no way a definitive list. I tried to include plenty of variety, and I think there's enough significance to place these women on the side of mountain.
Myrna Loy, The Thin Man
Why?: As Nora Charles, Loy is part of perhaps the wittiest on-screen couple ever, and she's one of the biggest classic Hollywood starlets to be passed over at the Oscars.
Mia Farrow, Rosemary's Baby
Why?: She gave an iconic, career-best performance in a genre that is usually ignored by the Academy. Bonus points for her several excellent collaborations with Woody Allen.
Marilyn Monroe, Some Like It Hot
Why?: How did a star as powerful as Monroe not receive one nomination? This performance is the pinnacle of her career, and it's pure comedy gold.
Harriet Andersson, Through a Glass Darkly
Why?: Non-English performances (and the actors who give them) should have more consideration. Plus, it's the one of the finest dramatic performances from the 1960s, period.
*Since the Academy was going nowhere near Persona (and Bibi Andersson's phenomenal performance), I went for an equally deserving Bergman performance that actually had a chance at an Oscar nod.