Friday, March 12, 2010

Best Supporting Actress 2007






1. Amy Ryan as Helene McCready in Gone Baby Gone; Ryan delivers a fantastic, completely realistic performance that adds a lot to this film. She is unlikeable, but Ryan is able to make us feel sympathy for her and understand her situation. Excellent work!

2. Saoirse Ronan as Briony Tallis in Atonement: The second half of Atonement is a mess, but the first half works and much of that is due to Ronan's performance. It's complex and layered work which is a remarkable feat especially for someone so young.

3. Tilda Swinton as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton: Swinton is fascinating as Karen, and just brilliant. She humanizes the character extremely well and she and George Clooney work great together!

4. Cate Blanchett as Bob Dylan in I'm Not There: I watched her performance on Youtube and since her performance is one whole section of the film, I think it counts. Anyway, Blanchett is very good as Dylan and its very well done. I just don't find it as good as some people think and I liked her better in The Aviator and especially in Notes On A Scandal.

5. Ruby Dee as Mama Lucas in American Gangster: I also watched this performance on Youtube since it's so short and I was unimpressed. I mean, all she has is that slap scene and what else? Also, I could anyone play that part since its so undemanding.

What do you think?

28 comments:

Sage Slowdive said...

Just two them? haha

joe burns said...

LOL, no, I was just experimenting with your star image to see if they showed up if I dragged them into my post, but that didn't work. It's okay if I use your star images right? And if it is,how do you put them next to the nominee? And what do you think about this race?

Sage Slowdive said...

Oh go ahead! :)

Ruby Dee would be an easy zero for me. Ronan really unimpressed me. Blanchett was giving one of those "look at me act" performances, and Swinton and Ryan were fantastic!

joe burns said...

I give Dee credit for doing good acting, but it's just a cameo and her nomination was just out of sentiment. What's your lineup for this year?

joe burns said...

And how do you put the star image right next to the nominee?

Burning Reels said...

Overall, a decent set of nominees:

Ryan: 4 and a half - didn't care for the film at all but hard to shake off the Ryan character.

Ronan: 4 - I actually quite like the 'mess' of Atonement - good to have one of those OTT epics once in a while - see Australia...although obviously neither are absolute classics!

Swinton: 5 - made it her own...ahhh, the sweat!

Blanchett: 4 and a half - i'm hit and miss with Blanchett and although interesting, I have no great desire to see I'm Not There again. However, Blanchett's technical, if a little showy performance clearly stands out.

Dee: 2 - I'll be a little more generous but out of respect more than anything - how was American Gangster being talked about as a possible Best Picture nom at the time - apart from Crowe early on and perhaps the Art Direction, it's such a generic bore.

joe burns said...

Yes, it was a good year, although I think that 2003 and 2006 are the best lineups. Expect a 2003 ranking soon! Do you have any requests for rankings?

Burning Reels said...

In regards to style of how you rank them or a specific year/category?

joe burns said...

Yeah, like which year would you want me to do? It has to be a female category though and something from the 2000's or the 90's.

Sage Slowdive said...

I'm pretty sure you just pick your cursor where you want the picture, then click left below the picture.

joe burns said...

What do you mean when you say pick your cursor where you want your picture? I'm confused, lol. I'm not good with this stuff!

Burning Reels said...

2003 was a decent year for the ladies but I prefer the 2002 categories (which includes mine and many others favorite female performance of the decade)

Best Actress 2000 would be an interesting read - and can we pretend Bjork made the cut?!

joe burns said...

Unfortunately, I haven't seen Frida yet, so I can't do a ranking, but I did Best Supporting Actress 2002 about a month ago, I could repost it if you like? And I haven't seen The Contender yet, nor have I seen Dancer In The Dark.

Burning Reels said...

Okie doke...well we all have film gaps to fill..it's constant catch up!:)..i'm thinking of writing a piece on this nice dilemma soon

It's ok Joe...saved you the trouble and found it...nice choices - I would just swap 'round Bates and Streep, and Latifah and Moore

Look forward to the 2003 post

Sara919 said...

I didn't care for "I'm Not There", but I thought Blanchett was great in it and if she hadn't won the Oscar a few years earlier, I think she might have won it for her portrayal as Bob Dylan.

joe burns said...

Burning Reels: Thanks for finding it! Glad that you think that Zeta-Jones was the best as well! What did you think of Streep?

Sara919: Yeah, from what I saw of it, I didn't like the way it was made. And I agree that she would have won since she would have lost for Notes On A Scandal since Hudson had so much hype and then she would be way overdue. Is she your pick?

Burning Reels said...

Love Adaptation (about number six or seven on films of the decade, although i'm still working on this list!)...yes it's self-indulgent but i'm partial to those sorts, and when made so well.

Therefore, Streep could even be my number one for '02 but Zeta-Jones was brilliant that year..not sure how Chicago has aged though, anyone know?

joe burns said...

Oh, I LOVE it! My favorite movie of all time, lol! Or one of them, I have so many! Who is your Best Actress choice for 2002?

Twister said...

Swinton is my third favorite winner ever, so she's my pick.

One of the best performances in years. Stuble, haunting, and fascinating.

Ryan is a worthy nominee, but she's at times unable to get past the staginess she's used to.

Burning Reels said...

Can only be Julianne Moore!:)

joe burns said...

Swinton was great of course, but I liked Ryan and Ronan better. Still, have no problem with her win! Could you tell me your Best Actress choices for this decade? It would be interesting to see your choices.

joe burns said...

Burning Reels: Completely agree! One of the best performances I've ever seen! Diane Lane was great too! What did you think of her?

Burning Reels said...

From what I remember, Lane was pretty good but the film was a little flat...her filmography since is pitiful - she needs to choose some juicier subjects, especially more adults ones, as she clearly can handle heightened sexuality.

joe burns said...

I didn't like the film the first time and was underwhelmed by her, but the second time she really impressed me. It's a subtle performance and I usually need to know if the performance is going to be subtle or I'll just underwhelmed since the performance usually has so much hype and I'll be disappointed. What did you think of Zellweger, Hayek, and Kidman?

Burning Reels said...

You are testing my memory tonight!

Probably my favorite Zellweger performance (give or take Jerry Maguire) but generally she gets a little annoying

I liked the Hayek performance at the time - more than most anyways but now I struggle to remember much about that film at all

And The Hours has grown on me, I enjoy most of the performances in that film - it's probably not quite Kidman's best but she'd still be in my top five of '02.

Your thoughts?

Got any thoughts on my Jeff Bridges piece/fav performances;)

joe burns said...

I felt Zellweger was great and it's my favorite performance from hers. I haven't seen Frida yet, but I don't think I'll like Hayek in it, given all the negative hype. Thought Kidman was good, but I wish she would have won for Moulin Rouge instead.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I'm pretending you didn't just say that about Atonement:) It would be Blanchett, Ronan, Ryan, Swinton, Dee for me...although only the first three would make my list of nominees. Marisa Tomei in particular was snubbed and I thought Romola Garai was excellent (she'd be my winner).

joe burns said...

Andrew: I didn't care for Romola Garai. To me, Ronan was the only one who excelled. Not that Knightely and Mcvoy were bad, but I just felt they were fine.