Saturday, May 22, 2010

Best Actress 1969: Genevieve Bujold in Anne Of The Thousand Days






Genevieve Bujold received her first Oscar nomination for playing Anne Boleyn in Anne Of The Thousand Days. Anne is seduced by King Henry Vlll (Richard Burton) and at first is unwilling to marry him. But eventually , she falls in love with him and marries him. But after she gives birth to a daughter, their relationship begins to go downhill and terrible things are to come.

Bujold is just brilliant in this movie. She is very theatrical in the beginning, but it works, and Bujold is totally convincing. She nails Anne's manipulative behavior and her hatred of the king. She brilliantly takes her characters transformation from a young woman to a strong, vengeful queen and it's mesmerizing to watch. She and Burton might not be O'Toole and Hepburn in The Lion In Winter, but they work extremely well together, showing their love and hatred of each other. The true highlights of her performance are at the end when everything starts to unravel and Bujold is a force to behold. So, a powerful, outstanding performance which really surprised me which gets

13 comments:

Sage Slowdive said...

Wow, surprised she got such a high rating.

joe burns said...

Yes, I know! I know you thought she was one-note, but what did you think of Burton?

Sage Slowdive said...

I think Burton was practically on the same level.

joe burns said...

I thought he was great! Although I'd give him a four. I hope you like Bujold more when you do 69. Hopefully soon......... BTW, can you do Faye next on your blog?

Sage Slowdive said...

Well, I was going to do Anne's, but sure!

joe burns said...

Oh, thanks! I'm looking forward to your thoughts on all of them. I hope Anne wins! What year will you do after 1967?

Sage Slowdive said...

Haven't decided yet :)

Louis Morgan said...

Nice Write up. I am interested in seeing Burton's performance myself.

joe burns said...

Thanks! And I think he's excellent, although it's not much of a challenge for him really,n but still great!

Louis Morgan said...

What did you think of Anthony Quayle?

joe burns said...

I had to look up who he played because I didn't know, lol. But I guess he was fine, but didn't really deserve a nomination.

Alex in Movieland said...

I haven't seen this in ages! I think she was good, but Fonda gets the honors here.

joe burns said...

What did you think of the other nominees?