Sunday, 20 March 2011

Random Oscar Related Trivia: Actress

This is my final round of Oscar related retrospective ruminations...and, of course, I saved the best for last. The leading women. This is what my own winners would look like over the last eleven years.
2010: Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole (Oscar Nominated)
2009: Carey Mulligan in An Education (Oscar Nominated)
2008: Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (SAG Nomination, Golden Globe Win)
2007: Angelina Jolie in A Mighty Heart (SAG Nomination, Golden Globe Nomination)
2006: Annette Bening in Running With Scissors (Golden Globe Nomination)
2005: Joan Allen in The Upside of Anger
2004: Annette Bening in Being Julia (Oscar Nominated)
2003: Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give (Oscar Nominated)
2002: Nicole Kidman in The Hours (Won Oscar)
2001: Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge (Oscar Nominated)
2000: Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (Won Oscar)

I am still puzzled when people say Nicole Kidman is a poor actor, for the life of me I can’t imagine why. In addition to being my favourite thrice in the last eleven years she’s been in contention for brilliant work in 2007, 2004, 2003 and 2001. I had a four year streak of picking those that Oscar snubbed (05-08). Incidentally, I consider those four as some of the best work of the last decade – just look at that streak of characters Terry, Deirdre, Marianne, April. Ah, well. Go figure. On to Oscars’ decisions.

2010: Natalie Portman in Black Swan
2009: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
2008: Kate Winslet in The Reader favourite in Supporting Actress)
2007: Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose (top 5)
2006: Helen Mirren in The Queen (top 10)
2005: Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (top 5)
2004: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
2003: Charlize Theron in Monster (runner up to Keaton)
2002: Nicole Kidman in The Hours (favourite)
2001: Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball (top 10)
2000: Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (favourite)

Other than the abominable Blind Side mention I’m okay with the Academy’s pick. Other than Bullock, my least favourite citation is Hilary Swank. And, though I do hold Swank in meagre estimation (especially since I believe she was the worst of the five) – the performance is more than passable – and I’m not just saying because two of my blogging buddies love it. And then there are some great ones like Roberts and Kidman – my two favourite wins of the last decade; and outstanding transformations like Winslet and Cotillard and Theron (though I’m more fond of Kate and Marion than Charlize). It really is some kind of awful that the greatest performances of Angelina Jolie AND Joan Allen were never even nominated, but I’m generally okay with this category. Even if, unlike Oscar, I’ve actually cited four comedic performances as favourites: I feel proud. They’ve cited zero.

(Previous Ruminations on Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor)

Where do you stand with Oscar and their Actresses?


Candice Frederick said...

definitely agree Kate Winslet for the win in Revolurionary Road!

Fitz said...

Running with Scissors? Don't get me wrong Bening should have won, but not for that.

Jose said...

I'm in a list mood so...

10 - you'll have to read my list...haha
09 - Abbie Cornish "Bright Star"
08 - Kristin Scott Thomas "I've Loved You So Long"
07 - Amy Adams "Enchanted"
06 - Penélope Cruz "Volver"
05 - Keira Knightley "Pride and Prejudice"
04 - Kate Winslet "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
03 - Nicole Kidman "Dogville"
02 - Julianne Moore "Far From Heaven"
01 - Nicole Kidman "Moulin Rouge!"
00 - Julia.

Robert said...

Andrew, you have such amazing taste in actresses! Your list is so unique and amazing. And so many kudos to you for picking Nicole Kidman's performance in The Hours as your favorite from that year - she gets so much hate for that win and I just don't understand why. She's my favorite from that year as well.

Also, btw, Jose, your list is brilliant. Cornish, Cruz and Scott-Thomas? OMG

Luke said...

I had no idea just how much you loved Ms. Kidman! She did have an awfully good decade, barring Bewitched and such. I feel it might be a historical run of performances in years to come. (Oh, and I'm totally with you on Swank being the least of the five that year, though Sandino Moreno wasn't much to fawn over.) Definitely your best winner, though, is Annette Bening in 2004. Brilliance. :) Oh, and because I love these posts you keep doing, I'm jumping on Jose's bandwagon...

2010 - Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
2009 - Tilda Swinton (Julia)
2008 - Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
2007 - Julie Christie (Away from Her)
2006 - Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal)
2005 - Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
2004 - Annette Bening (Being Julia)
2003 - Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give)
2002 - Renee Zellweger (Chicago)
2001 - Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom)
2000 - Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me)

Jose said...

You're sweet Robert. As you see, I have an eye for the underdog hahaha.

I agree with Luke, Sandino Moreno wasn't all that. I would've preferred to see a Directing nomination for Marston that year. It's his work that was so remarkable. I have never seen Latin America captured in film so well as he did.

Robert said...

I feel left out, so I'm going to write my list too (keeping in mind that my scope of the first half of the decade is somewhat limited). Haha!

10 - Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
09 - Tilda Swinton (Julia)
08 - Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy)
07 - Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose)
06 - Kate Winslet (Little Children)
05 - Laura Linney (The Squid and the Whale)
04 - Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine)
03 - Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider)
02 - Nicole Kidman (The Hours)
01 - Naomi Watts (Mulholland Dr.)
00 - Bjork (Dancer in the Dark)

The tough thing about doing a list like this though, is that I'm forced to leave off such unbelievably amazing performances.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

kate i was more on board with rr than the the reader, even if her performance in the reader still was the best of the nominated ladies.

fitz the movie is questionable, but annette makes complete sense of it for me...and then some.

jose i was waiting for someone to cite abbie, who's literally a millimetre from carey for me. good lord, i do love bright star

robert even though i think both are great, i understand somewhat hate for satine but hate for virginia woolf is crazy.

LOVE the lists!

luke YAY, we agree on diane. i always feel just the slightest bit guilty because everyone seems in love with charlize and the rest seem in love with nicole; but i just diane's effortless work. (and choosing between nicole, nicole and sissy in 02 and annette, judi, kate in 06 is so tough).