Shirley MacLaine – Rumor Has It
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year where we got 5 very strong performances in this category and any of them could have made a case for taking home gold.
5. Frances McDormand
4. Amy Adams
3. Michelle Williams
2. Rachel Weisz
1. Catherine Keener
5. The Constant Gardener – Not as thrilling as I would have hoped for. Fiennes and Weisz have terrible chemistry together which hurts the premise of the film. Weisz won and Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award for supporting actress for this performance where she truly stands out among the entire cast. The story itself gets to convoluted along the way and probably was much better understood by the description in the novel because the transfer to the screen is missing something.
4. Brokeback Mountain – Doesn’t live up to the hype at all. Interesting concept, just doesn’t work on a level that you really can believe they are in love. Disappointing.
3. Junebug – Interesting character study that gives us some nice insight about life in rural towns. The characters are all great and allow us to see how diverse they all can be even when having similar upbringings. The story itself is quite simple and not much actually happens besides every day kinds of occurrences but it is still done in a very emotional way in order to give us a chance to see the progression of ife for people living simple lives where things aren’t fast moving like in the big city.
2. Capote – Great performance by Hoffman carries this movie. Difficult subject matter that is based on true events.
1. North Country – Great depiction of how one must stand up for their rights in order to correct a wrong that has been committed for so many years. Theron is superb in the lead and was quite deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance here. The supporting cast is also great with McDormand, Spacek, Bean, Harrelson and Jenkins allowing us to get a clear picture of everything going on here. McDormand was also nominated for an Oscar for her performance for Actress in a Supporting Role. It’s a bit of a shame that they needed to make this film a fictionalized account of real events because I’m sure that they could have told the real story just as poignantly.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! Any of these women could have won this year and even if Weisz’s performance isn’t the most powerful, I can understand how she could win here.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!