Ronee Blakely for Nashville (1975)

Robert Altman’s Nashville featured an impressive ensemble, yet all storylines were dependent upon Ronee Blakely’s performance as Barbara Jean, a country singer on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The character was loosely based upon Loretta Lynn, yet Blakely makes the character her own by having the character be a powerhouse on the stage, yet fragile and exceedingly vulnerable in private. Blakely wrote and sang her own songs for the film, a narrative device Altman had all of his actors do in Nashville, yet Blakely was the most successful with each of her stage scenes.

Lost to: Lee Grant for Shampoo (1975)

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