Thursday, February 23, 2006


1982 Academy Award
Best Supporting Actress

"Lange is a total delight in a comedy role in which she brings the same sort of intelligent gravity that distinguishes her work in 'Frances'."
New York Times
"Lange brings a beguilingly spacey sensuality, Monroe-like in its poignancy, to her part..."
"Let it be recorded for the year 2022 that in the year 1982 a bedazzled reviewer for The Village Voice suddenly decided that Jessica Lange was more a knockout than Frances Farmer ever was, that she was everything Marilyn Monroe was supposed to be in Some Like It Hot, and a great deal more besides, that she lit up the screen with so much beauty and intelligence that she and Dustin Hoffman were able to transform what might have petered outinto a tired reprise of Charley’s Aunt into a thoroughly modernist, thoroughly feminist parable of emotional growth and enlightenment."
The Village Voice
“…The best of the supporting players, though, is Jessica Lange, who brings something dangerous and spacy to the character of Julie; she reminds one a little of Tuesday Weld...Lange shows us the turmoil behind the shifting eyes...churning with inexpressible desires; she suggests hidden depths, distant edges and textures. Lange is slender, with a swanlike carriage and a regal neck, but there's something of the towheaded scamp in her face, a mischievousness that can seem chummy one moment and predatory the next. We know exactly what Michael sees in this woman, and we also know how easily she could destroy him."
Boston Herald
“When Jessica Lange appears, the movie changes … to something calmer, and perhaps richer. She has a facial structure that the camera yearns for, and she has talent, too. Her face is softer here than in Frances; her Julie is a dream girl, and she’s like a shock absorber to Michael. She helps to keep the movie from being too frenetic. There is none of the usual actress’s phoniness in her work; as Julie, she says her lines in such a mild, natural way that it makes perfect sense for Michael to stop in his tracks and stare at her in wonder."
The New Yorker
"Sipping at her white wine, depressed and wistful yet rapturously beautiful, Lange is soft and curvy, with an easy swiveling roll to her hips as she walks. She’s like Marilyn Monroe with brains, Kim Novak with class; she doesn’t project what those two icons did—that intoxication with their own beauty that was as infuriating as it was provocative; she’s responsive and concentrated, using her looks to create a character.”
New York
“Jessica Lange, tremulously beautiful, is the most exciting star to emerge since Marilyn Monroe, but she has more talent and backbone than Monroe ever had. She and Hoffman complement each other in the most extraordinary way, as Dorothy receives the gift of shared intimacy in return for which she provides Julie with a lesson in female gumption.”