Thursday, January 21, 2010

Best Actress 2008 ranking

I'm doing this as a response to Sage. She won't be pleased.

1. Kate Winslet in The Reader: When people say that she won for the wrong role, I somewhat agree (I would have preferred to see her win for Eternal Sunshine). But I feel that she deserved the Oscar for this performance. She is brilliant as Hannah, showing every layer of her character and is devastating to watch. Grade: Five Stars

2. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married: This film was unfairly overlooked at the Oscars, except for Hathaway's performance. In my opinion, Hathaway is amazing in this. She makes sympathize with Kym (Which is extremely hard to do) and has great chemistry with Rosemarie Dewitt and Debra Winger. Any other year she would have gotten my vote (She would have if Winslet had been nominated for Revolutionary Road). Grade: Five stars.

3. Melissa Leo in Frozen River: Another film that was overlooked and wrongly so. Leo is so authentic and raw in this. Such a brilliant performance. I'm so glad that the Academy nominated her. Grade: Four and a half stars

4. Meryl Streep in Doubt: Not one of her best, but still quite good none the less. Many of her moments are very impressive. Grade: Three stars.

5. Angelina Jolie in Changeling: This was a mess of a movie and Jolie was no better. Too over the top and just mediocre. Grade: One star.

What do you think? What's your ranking?

17 comments:

Nigel said...
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Nigel said...

Naturally, mothers are "over-the-top" once their maternal instincts take center stage.

For instance, if a mother loses a child or if its in danger, they become crazy....at a superficial level even. Take for example the story of a mother who was on the run with her child. She refused him (her?) chemo because she sought "spiritual healing."

That's "over-the-top"....but alas that's a mother, when its child is in danger.

So I completely understand why Jolie's interpretation of the "grieving mother" was "over-the-top." The fragility she so perfectly conveyed is a reality for grieving mothers around the world.

If her emotions weren't raw but tamed, people would then complain that her acting is not up to par with the "grief" and "loss" she was facing.


-btw, I deleted previous posts because they were coming out weird.

joe burns said...

Is she your pick to win?

Sage Slowdive said...

Thanks! I really don't know what's wrong with my internet lol.

I'm glad you like Winslet...today it was on HBO and I stayed on it for a second, and I still think it's a little feh for me.

joe burns said...

Is The Reader your personal choice for Best Picture or just out of the nominees? Just wondering

Sage Slowdive said...

Out of the nominees...

My favorite from 2008 was Wendy and Lucy.

joe burns said...

Would Kate had gotten a better spot on your ranking if she had won for Revolutionary Road? What did you think of her in that?

Sage Slowdive said...

Not really...I'd probably rate it a 1 1/2...it got a little screechy.

joe burns said...

Oh. That sort of surprises me.

Sage Slowdive said...

lol sorry...2008 was just a terrible year for movies.

joe burns said...

I disagree with that. I liked a lot of the movies last year and had the desire to see them. This year, I don't have the desire to see hardly any movies and it's just a beyond weak year.

Nigel said...

She was my pick that year actually.

But alas, Winslet and her double-threat (Reader, RR) came pouncing through. But it's ok, I like Winslet.

joe burns said...

What did you think of Hathaway and Leo?

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

Both Leo and Hathaway only needed a nomination to get their names on the map. Now casting directors won't be hesitant when casting Hathaway and Leo's career will hopefully be revived.

btw, ever seen "Quills?"

joe burns said...

No, I haven't. Is it good?

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

Just look at the cast on imdb.