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