Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Essential Performances of the ‘90s Tournament: Semi-Finals, Showdowns 1 & 2

So, hearty thanks to the dozens of you who voted in the 56 preceding match-ups of the Essential Performances Tournament. The initial 64 performances have been narrowed down to four, 2 of them Oscar winners (from the same film), an Oscar nominated performance and one performance which picked up zero accolades.

On the off-chance that you missed the earlier rounds, this tournament started from an idea (explained HERE) and the entire bracket of fallen performances can be seen HERE.

Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as Clarice Starling 
Foster has won all her previous battles by wide margins. An 85% victory over Hoffman in Wag the Dog, a 64% win over Hopkins in The Remains of the Day, a 75% win over Cage in Leaving Las Vegas and a 66% win over Bridges in The Big Lebowski. She's the only one in the semi finals, though, who hasn't gone up against a performance from someone of the same sex.
Best Actress
-Academy Award (WON)
-Saturn Award
-BAFTA Award (WON)
-Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (WON)
-Golden Globe Award (WON)
-Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards (WON)
-London Critics Film Circle Awards
-National Society of Film Critics Awards (Runner Up)
-New York Film Critics Circle Awards (WON)
-Sant Jordi Awards (WON)

Brad Pitt in Fight Club (1999) as Tyler Durden
Pitt has gone up in every match-up against a former costar of his. He won over Blanchett's Elizabeth with 51%, then over Davis in Thelma & Louise 53% and finally his own Fight Club alter-ego Ed Norton for his work in American History X with another 51% triumph.
Of the three Fight Club principals, Pitt is the only one who didn't earn a single nomination from an awards' body.

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) as Hannibal Lecter

Hopkins had the highest percentage of votes for the tournament, beating out Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence at 92%, he then won over McKellen in Gods and Monsters at 62%, Winslet in Sense & Sensibility at 64% and Sarandon in Thelma and Louise at 78%.
Best Actor
-Academy Award (WON)
-BAFTA Award (WON)
-Chicago Film Critics Association Award (WON)
-Golden Globe Award
-Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award (WON)
-London Critics Circle Film Awards
-New York Film Critics Circle Awards (WON)
-Sant Jordi Awards
-Saturn Award (WON)

Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights (1997) as Amber Waves 
Julianne advanced over Cassell in La Haine with an 82% win, then over Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway at 58%, over Watson in Breaking the Waves 57% and finally over Fiennes in Schindler's List at 51.
Best Supporting Actress
-Academy Award
-Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
-Chlotrudis Awards
-Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (WON)
-Golden Globes
-Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards (WON)
-National Society of Film Critics Awards (WON)
-Satellite Awards (WON)
-Screen Actors' Guild
-Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards (Runner Up)


Both polls close next Wednesday, so you have a week to vote.

Spread the word and vote for your favourite. Who are you backing?


Nikhat said...

This is incredibly impossible.

Nikhat said...

Also the fact that Brad Pitt didn't get any award recognition for playing Tyler Durden seems so apt. But then I love Clarice. I reiterate- this is absobloominlutely impossible!

Alex in Movieland said...

I want a Silence of the Lambs final confrontation. :)

Nick Prigge said...

Jodie vs. Julianne. Yeah. I went there.

Paolo said...

The women are winning!