1994: Jenniffer Tilly in Bullets Over Broadway and Diane Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway. I thought Wiest was good, but I agree with Fritz when he said that she is playing a stock role. Or I mean that at times she came across as an imitation of a diva, like Norma Desmond. But she surpasses this in the end and adds a lot to the film. However, I loved Jennifer Tilly's performance! She was hysterical and is hands down the best thing in Bullets Over Broadway! So, Tilly is my choice so far.
2000: Kate Hudson in Almost Famous and Frances Mcdormand in Almost Famous: Mcdormand was very funny, and touching as well. I loved every moment she was onscreen! Hudson was radiant, very fun to watch, and also adds depth to Penny. I'm going to say Mcdormand.
2001: Helen Mirren in Gosford Park and Maggie Smith in Gosford Park: I just rewatched Gosford Park today and Mirren really impressed me. Very subtle, and layered performance, which is executed perfectly. Smith was very funny, but a bit underwhelming. I didn't mind her character is basically just a snob and that's it, but I wish there was more. Still, I liked her. I think that Mirren is better, but my vote goes to Marisa Tomei in In The Bedroom, followed by Kate Winslet in Iris.
2002: Queen Latifah in Chicago and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago: You should all know about my love for Zeta-Jones and how I think she's one of the best winners. I thought she really nailed it! But I also liked Latifah too. Her role is underwritten, but I felt she made it complete and was a lot of fun. Perhaps if they hadn't edited "Class" out of the final film then she would have gotten more praise.
2006: Adrianna Barraza in Babel and Rinko Kikuchi in Babel: I just did my 2006 ranking, but I'll just go over them again. Kikuchi was superb and Barazza was moving and very earthy.
2008: Amy Adams in Doubt and Viola Davis in Doubt: Sure, Adams played a similar role to her role in Junebug, but I thought she approached her role in Doubt differently and delivered a fantastic performance which was the best in Doubt. Davis was great as well. As I've said before, it's not a cameo but a major part in the film. Both the role and performance enrichen and add depth to the film. And Davis is gutwrenching. So, I felt Adams was superior, but I would have gone with Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler.
2009: Vera Farmiga in Up In The Air and Anna Kendrick in Up In The Air: Now, this is confusing for me. The first time I saw Up In The Air, I thought Farmiga was better and I thought Kendrick was good. But the second time, I was a bit underwhelmed by Farmiga and I really liked Kendrick. Now, looking back on it, Farmiga was great and Kendrick was too. I should see it again, but now Kendrick is ahead of Farmiga. But Monique, of course, is my choice.
What do you think?