Oscar-worthy Movie: The Sundowners (1960)
Shortly after her fifth movie, Hatter's Castle, Deborah Kerr became England's most popular box office star. She then moved on to Hollywood, where you'd think the prim and proper British lass would be typecast as, say, a British nanny. Wrong! Kerr was one of the most versatile actresses on the scene. She could be a nun, a devoted mama's girl, a Bond girl (the oldest, and possibly one of the hottest, we should add), or an Australian sheepherders wife, like in The Sundowners.
As Ida, the dedicated, loving wife of a nomadic sheepherder, Kerr's Sundowners character deals with brush fires, her gambling husband, and wanting to find a permanent home. Seriously, she puts up with a lot. We, on the other hand, would be all, "Bye, have fun with your sheep."
The AMPAS eventually realized their mistake in not giving this great actress a tiny golden man and gave her an Academy Honorary Award. Their rationale: Kerr was "an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance."
Translation: "Ah, shit. You really are amazing. We're sorry, our bad. You are elegant as fuck."