Best Performance: Alicia Huberman, Notorious
Ingrid Bergman would have excelled in the silent era. As good as she was at delivering lines, the greatness of her performances was always in her face. Her face held the true meaning of the words she was saying, and even if you weren't listening to the movie, you could tell what she was saying, by the twitch of her lips, or the wink of an eye. And it was never overstated. Bergman was one of the most subtle actresses ever to grace the screen.
She had a very soft, calm presence. Even when her character was sad, she was still able to light up the room, she was so luminous. And she was a real woman. Soft curves, not stick thin. And she never showed off her body as though it was more important than the rest of her. It was almost like she didn't fit right in Hollywood. She was so angelic and otherworldly. It felt as though Bergman was too serene and perfect to fit in with the wild, hectic atmosphere of the film-making world.
Bergman was so lovely that she could work with pretty much anyone, and have excellent chemistry with them. I can't think of a single one of her leading men that she didn't have some chemistry with. Even when some of her leading men were so different, she was able to sparkle with them. Cary Grant in Notorious and Indiscreet. Gary Cooper in For Whom the Bell Tolls and Saratoga Trunk. Robert Montgomery and George Sanders in Rage In Heaven. Leslie Howard in Intermezzo: A Love Story. It didn't matter who the man was. They always looked like they truly loved her.