Joan Crawford is the most recognizable name in the cast of The Women, mostly because countless gay men have performed satirical drag portrayals of Faye Dunaway playing Joan Crawford in the ridiculous and hilarious Mommie Dearest. But really the tragedy here is not just Crawford’s absence from the Academy nominations for that year, but the Academy did not nominate any of the actresses in The Women. This superb movie earned a place in history for being the first major studio production with a cast entirely of women, and it is a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood, both for its snappy acting and writing and also the glamour factor of an era of film making gone by. The Women was remade in 2008, but don’t bother watching it, that version was dreadful. As for Crawford, she did win a Best Actress Oscar for Mildred Pierce (1945), and was nominated again as Best Actress for Possessed (1947) and Sudden Fear (1952).