Judi Dench – Skyfall
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 great performances in this category. Any of them could theoretically have taken home gold for their work here, but one of them stayed the front runner throughout the awards season since her performance, though small, was extremely powerful and poignant.
5. Amy Adams
4. Jacki Weaver
3. Sally Field
2. Helen Hunt
1. Anne Hathaway
5. The Master – Interesting film that shows the effects of war on a soldier as he tries to find his way in the world. Phoenix and Hoffman are both quite powerful here even if the story loses its way too often. The message of the film can be seen from various levels and gets a bit too existential like all of Anderson’s films do. Unfortunately, things are too morose and this story isn’t cathartic in any way because that would have made this a bit more interesting. Overall, this is a mess due to lack of real focus.
4. Silver Linings Playbook – Better upon second viewing because the characters are complexly written but in a down-to-Earth way for us to understand them. Cooper, DeNiro, Weaver and Lawrence are both great here and it’s understandable why they would all get nominated because the plot is so character driven. Liked how the plot is interwoven between real events to make it seem even more genuine.
3. The Sessions – Such a great film because the characters and situations feel quite genuine. Great cast helps bring these characters to life an we learn to care so much about them. Hawkes is superb in this film and it’s a bit strange that Hunt got an Oscar nomination for her performance yet he was overlooked by the Academy. Story takes us places that most people don’t venture and it says so much about the characters as to how they show how normal things can be in life. Macy is great in a supporting role as a very supportive and understanding character no matter the situation.
2. Lincoln – Great portrayal of Lincoln’s political genius during a difficult period in US history. Day-Lewis is once again amazing in his role and deserves to be alone at the top with 3 Best Actor Oscars to his credit.
1. Les Misérables – One of my favorite musicals because the music is superb and the story is extremely moving and emotional. This rendition is spectacular with the entire cast doing a superb job. Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway, Baron Cohen, Redmayne, Seyfield and Bodham Carter each bring the characters to life in their own unique ways. Amazing messages about hope, love, forgiveness, trust and of course freedom ring true throughout. By far, the best film of 2012.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! AH was great in LM and really made an impact with such a small role and quite deserving of the win despite the fact that all 4 of the other performances were also great.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!