Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Sandra Bullock – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year with some great nominated performances in this category, but despite this, one of them gave a slightly more poignant and impactful performance that helped her lead her way through the awards season.
5. Bérénice Bejo
4. Jessica Chastain
3. Janet McTeer
2. Melissa McCarthy
1. Octavia Spencer
4. Albert Nobbs – This film highlights the great talent of both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer who both give such amazing performances in this film. The story itself meanders along and isn’t as poignant or interesting as one would hope it could be. They do manage to show the various class differences between men and women in late 19th Century Ireland and come to completely understand why the main character has made some of her choices over the years. The story drags on a bit too much and it might have been much better had it been shortened a bit. The makeup is superbly done.
3. The Artist – Very good movie in a year that didn’t have many amazing movies, but not much more than that.
2. Bridesmaids – Can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard during a movie. Wiig and Rudolph created the perfect blend of raunch and rom-com which doesn’t come off as just trying for the cheap jokes. Amazingly funny cast deliver the goods. I love Wilson-Philips songs!
1. The Help – Such an enjoyable film because it feels so authentic. The characters are all developed really well and we easily can believe everything that happens. The cast is superb with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both standing out in their roles. Gives a unique and fascinating perspective on life in the South during these difficult days where people would do things that seemed very hypocritical because on the one hand they would look down on their ‘help’ yet entrust their lives, children and households to these very same people who they supposedly despised in public. One of the best films of 2011. Davis was robbed of her Oscar!
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! OS was superb in this role and was quite deserving of this award. She had some tight competition, but her performance was the most powerful of the nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!