There are now six eight for round 2 of the Essential Performances of the 90s Tournament open, so if you’ve not voted as yet go vote for them all HERE. The full bracket is HERE and if you’re new to the showdown, background on its genesis is HERE. If you’re interested enough and love any of the upcoming performances feel free to defend them on your own blogs and send me a link so (information HERE).
This poll closes on Tuesday night.
Brad Pitt in Fight Club (1999) as Tyler Durden
Paolo (Okinawa Assault Incident) makes a case for Brad's performance.
Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998) as Queen Elizabeth I
Michael mentioned in his original write-up for this performance that this is such a fine example of a star-making turn. As if to say, "Hello world, this is Cate Blanchett. You won't be able to forget me." My favourite thing about this performance, though, is the earlier bits of her experience as Elizabeth slowly becomes acclimated to life at court. Cate's become something of a go-to gal for "strong" characterisations, but the tenderness of her early scenes make for such an interesting time-capsule and an indication of how sincere a performer she is. Random: Of course, though, "I am no man's Elizabeth" is impossible to forget.
Alex (Alex in Movieland) in defense Cate's work.