Thursday, April 8, 2010

Best Actress 2002: Renee Zellweger in Chicago


Renee Zellweger received her 2nd Oscar nomination for playing Roxie Hart, a woman who shoots her boyfriend because he lied to her about having an act at a nightclub. After she goes to jail, she gets a lawyer (Richard Gere) who has never lost a case. Roxie then becomes a celebrity due to her case and plans to become a singer after she gets off. First of all, this is one of my all time favorite films. It was the film that got me interested in musicals and even movies in general. And Zellweger gives her best performance in it, in my opinion. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing Roxie and Zellweger nails it. She captures Roxie's thirst for fame, her childlike personalty, and adds a lot of vulnerability and sprit to Roxie. And I was rooting for her all the way. Sure, Roxie is a manipulative liar and criminal, but Zellweger makes us love her. She has a great singing voice and "Roxie" is just a knockout! Zellweger carries Chicago from start to finish with a tour de force performance that gets

15 comments:

Malcolm said...

I'm so glad you loved Renee! I rarely see a blogger loving her.

Louis Morgan said...

She gives a good performance, I do think I like her performance quite as much as you do but I certainly like her performance.

dinasztie said...

I watched Far from Heaven! :-) Thank you so much for the link. The movie was quite soappy and melodramatic to tell the truth, but I give it an 8 because Julianne Moore was AMAZING! She was unbelievable, I'm speechless, she's beyond words, I just can't say anything, except for: SHE WAS ROBBED OF THAT DAMN OSCAR! I'm gonna do the Smackdown next Friday. Diane Lane was also mindblowing, but for me it's Julianne all the way. I feel ashamed for Academy members not voting for her.

joe burns said...

Malcolm: Yes, I love Renee! She should get more work nowadays.

Louis Morgan: What did you think of Zeta-Jones?

Dinasztie: So glad you loved her! I can't wait for your smackdown!

Louis Morgan said...

Zeta-Jones was good enough. I liked how she handled the musical numbers but I can understand why some might have problems with her performance.

Fritz said...

I love Renée in this!

joe burns said...

Louis Morgan: I'm glad that you liked her! Since most people hate it..........

Fritz: What would you rate her?

Twister said...

I would give Renee a full five hearts! I juts love her performance. She's so bright and dazzling she could blind you!

She really does carry the entire movie, and keeps the movie afloat.

joe burns said...

She was close to a five, but I decided on four and a half. And without her, the film wouldn't have worked half as well. I hope that you see Moore and Lane's performances soon. If you need a link, I'll give you one.

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

the way I see it, Zeta-Jones was commanding winds of her own,.....

But boy, did she have competition as Zellweger steered her own currents.

I always reference that confrontation scene between her and her late husband. It reminded me that Zellweger isn't all about being a damsel in distress (Bridget Jones, and all).

Malcolm said...

Joe Burns: Do you like her in Miss Potter? I'm about to see that one.

joe burns said...

Nigel: Wait, what confrontation scene? I'm confused.

Malcolm: I haven't seen Miss Potter yet.

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

The scene where she shoots her husband..

All that screaming, and wailing she before the gun shot......Watch it again, you will see what I'm talking about.

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

Wait. I know my mistake...Its not the husband, its the other guy she's sleeping with hoping to land her own show

That scene

joe burns said...

Oh yeah, that's a great scene for her. By the way, who is your pick this year?