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Holly Hunter in The Piano (1993) as Ada McGrath
Because she doesn't have dialogue, but for that which comes over head, Hunter deftly shows how talented a performer she is by making excellent use of her other faculties - specifically her expressive face which is at times expressive, sometimes warmer, but always searing in the way it tells so much of her story in only moments. Random: Campion has created a number of fine roles for women (and some for women, too) but Hunter's work here does seem to emerge as the quintessential Campion performance.
Nicole Kidman in To Die For (1995) as Suzanne Stone-Maretto
Kidman's penchant for comedy is often forgotten (even at her most "dramatic" in The Hours, for example, so much goodness comes from her vague comedic moments - the kitchen scene, for one) and the way she delivers on the macabre humour of Suzanne with such ease is impressive not only because of the performance itself. She slyly cajoles you into identifying with this ridiculous woman even as you laugh at her lunacy. Random: She's great in many moments, but her stoniness as she presses play on the tape to blare "All By Myself" at her husband's funeral is a favourite.