Emily Blunt – The Devil Wears Prada
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where there was a clear winner throughout the awards season which seemed to show that there wasn’t much of a chance for an upset at the Oscars in this category.
5. Cate Blanchett
4. Adriana Barraza
3. Abigail Breslin
2. Rinko Kikuchi
1. Jennifer Hudson
4. Dreamgirls – Amazing music but the story itself is dragged along for too much time and feels much more like a soap opera than it should. Great cast but they all seem to be fighting for screen time which hurts the way the characters are presented. Murphy and Hudson are both standout among the very talented cast and both received Supporting category Oscar nominations with Hudson winning. The film tries too hard too cover too much territory and it all feels too crammed and loses much of its impact.
3. Babel – Great story because it takes a global idea and compartmentalizes it in a way that is enjoyable to discover the true connection between them all. The way the pieces start to slowly come together says so much about the way this story unfolds since they find a way to focus on the character’s personal issues and not only the overall story. Great cast but since they need to split the runtime between 4 distinct stories, no one really shines as much as they probably could have. Only won one of its 7 Oscar nominations and that was for the musical score.
2. Notes on a Scandal – This is quite an interesting premise because it deals with lots of secrets and lies and how people use information to try and get what they want. Dench and Blanchett are both great here and you never really know exactly where things are heading because they both do such wonderful jobs in these roles. The themes dealt with here are partially taboo, but they still keep things to a point where it seems somewhat plausible.
1. Little Miss Sunshine – Excellent road trip movie with very quirky and funny characters. Arkin is the best of the lot and was truly deserving of his Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Carrell does a great job showing that he can be a great dramatic actor. This family is really the epitome of dysfunctional families and the movie’s message about success and failure hinges on this fact.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes! Hudson definitely gives a standout performance and is clearly the best of the group of nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!