Barbara Hershey – Black Swan
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 powerful performances where any of them could have been worthy winners.
5. Amy Adams
4. Jacki Weaver
3. Melissa Leo
2. Helena Bonham Carter
1. Hailee Steinfeld
4. Animal Kingdom – Great plot, interesting performances. Loved the way it delves into the issues of making the right decision when you are at an impasse at the crossroads.
3. The Fighter – Enjoyable story that works eventhough it meanders a bit too much along the way. The story of Ward is interesting but the story of his brother is even more fascinating and that to me is the part of this story that is more impactful. Wahlberg is his usual self here but Bale really stands out and deservingly won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this role. Leo is fine as their mother and does a fine job in the role. She also won an Oscar for the role but I’m still not convinced that this was the best supporting actress performance of that year.
2. True Grit – Good film but doesn’t add much to the original film’s premise. Steinfeld is great here and it’s fun watching Bridges, Damon and Brolin. The Coen Brothers always have interesting ways of telling stories and this is no exception, but the truth is that there isn’t much added to this story that would really warrant it being remade besides their more realistic views of violence and the story itself.
1. The King’s Speech – Extremely well done movie. Deserving of its Best Picture win.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! ML does a fine job in this performance, but the other nominees are also great and any of them would be worthy winners.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!