Monday, April 19, 2010
Best Actress 1988: Signourney Weaver in Gorillas In The Mist
Signourey Weaver received her third Oscar nomination for playing Dian Fossey in Gorilla's In The Mist. Dian leaves her fiancee to go live in the mountains in Africa to study gorillas and to save them since poachers kill them and harm them. She is a determined woman who would do anything to save her gorillas. She meets a man who is taking photos for a magazine (Bryan Brown) and she falls in love with him. But he leaves for another job and five years later, Dian is still in Africa and has become crazy. Weaver is outstanding as Dian, but I had a few problems, especially during the beginning. Sometimes, she is stuck with very glib, unrealistic lines that her delivery can't make up for and it feels a little flat. But Weaver makes up for this. We really feel the passions of this woman and Weaver does a great job during the scenes with the gorillas. We really feel the intimate connection that Dian has with the gorillas and it's beautiful to watch. She and Brown have great chemistry and I really enjoyed their scenes together. Weaver also makes us feel her anger at the people who harm the animals and when she goes crazy, she does it just right, not going too over the top. A very strong performance that makes her film and character work which gets
And I'm sorry for not posting for awhile. Been busy lately and preoccupied with other things. But I'll be posting more this week and next week.