1979 was a good year for Hollywood movies. In the Oscar nominations, the race for Best Actress was a strong one. The nominees were Jane Fonda for The China Syndrome, Marsha Mason for Chapter Two, Sally Field for Norma Rae, Jill Clayburgh for Starting Over and Bette Midler for The Rose. The Oscar went to the favorite -- Sally Field. Had Midler won, it would have been a surprise but not an undeserved surprise. Hers was a great film debut. Her gritty, soulful performance in that rock music drama still holds up.