Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Best Actress 1993: Stockard Channing in Six Degrees Of Separation
Stockard Channing received her first Oscar nomination for playing Louisa Kittredge in Six Degrees Of Separation. Louisa and her husband are rich, high class people who are conned by a charming young man named Paul (Will Smith) and soon discover that there are other people who are being conned by the same person they were.
Six Degrees Of Separation is a simply AWFUL movie. It has a terrible script which is insufferable to listen to, since most of it's characters are shallow, rich people who are completely full of themselves. The plot is ridiculous and totally unbelievable and as I've said, unbearable to sit through. Unfortunately, Stockard Channing's performance is nearly destroyed by the mediocre material. For most of the film, all she gets to do is be a rich socialite who is stuck in a bad situation. She stays on this note for most of the time and as I've said, the material is so bad that she never seems to be above it or even tries to make something good out of it. There are a few good scenes though such as when she is telling her daughter that there are six degrees of separation between people and when she is on the phone with Smith, telling him that they will be happy together. And at the end, when she is telling her husband that Paul was something good in they're lives (But her voice has a weird tone to it that ruins the effect of this scene). In these scenes, Channing taps into the emotions of her character very well and is sometimes very moving. Despite this, she just can't save her performance from being sunken by the horribleness of the film or from getting