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8. Elizabeth Taylor, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Category: Best Actress
Strongest Competition: Anouk Aimée, "A Man and a Woman"
Why: Elizabeth Taylor's icy embodiment in Mike Nichols' debut adaptation of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" was enough to get a rise out of anyone on the screen, honing in on her weakened targets and striking with ruthless precision throughout. It was a grand moment for the actress, who had by that time already won one Oscar and picked up three other nominations besides.
- Kristopher Tapley