Stanwyck could have and should have been nominated for All I Desire....her performance could have nudged any of the nominees off of that year's relatively weak list.
Yeah...except Audrey IS magic in HOLIDAY...
*note- I am about to spout off some stuff without checking REFERENCES- so get ready to call out any errors i make:
STANWYCK was never a STUDIO CONTRACTEE and as such, never really had a lock on the Oscar; Universal also had a terrible record for acting nominees- in the entirety of the 1940's i can only think of one person to get nominated for a performance in a Universal film- MARJORIE MAIN in THE EGG AND I. (it's worth noting that the handful of acting nods Uni got in the 1950s were ALL for Sirk-DIRECTED films- WRITTEN IN THE WIND, MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION and L'IMITACCION D'LA VIE.)
i think it would've helped if STANWYCK had some stronger support in ALL I DESIRE- LORI NELSON (later of REVENGE OF THE CREATURE) was beautiful but not on her level, RICHARD CARLSON (later of CREATURE OF THE BLACK LAGOON and TORMENTED) looked old enough for the part, but couldn't match her fire...
(side note- you could see just why Barbara bailed on him, wet matchstick that he was.)
there's also the fact that STANWYCK was a profoundly talented actress, REALLY in charge of her emotions- so much so that her having at least one BIG HISTRIONIC SCENE got to be her trademark (a la her temple breakdown in MIRACLE WOMAN or her "I SEEM TO BE GOING ALL TO PIECES!" moment from MON REPUTACCION...) she did it all the time, and her doing it all the time made it look easy, made it maybe seem like "showboating"- but it wasn't.
every moment BARBARA STANWYCK is on screen, either histrionic or in control, you get something real and done the way it should be.
ALL I DESIRE really brought home last night how TREMENDOUS A DECADE the `1950's were for STANWYCK- more than any actress who had been around since the thirties- she was still doing big movies and GOOD movies and movies where she got to be strong or sexy and desirable- NO MAN OF HER OWN, JEOPARDY!, THELMA JORDAN, THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW, CRIME OF PASSION...
really hope the rest of you got to see ALL I DESIRE, and thanks to all who recommended it.