Joan Cusack – Arlington Road
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 very deserving performances but one of them clearly much more powerful than the rest which helped her lead the pack throughout the Awards season.
5. Catherine Keener
4. Toni Collette
3. Chloë Sevigny
2. Samantha Morton
1. Angelina Jolie
5. Being John Malkovich – Liked the way that the story tries to make puppeteering more tangible to the audience, but overall, I found the storyline to be quite boring and annoying. I have liked Malkovich when he plays a very eccentric and devious character moreso than when he plays in a straight drama and his performance just didn’t work for me here. Characters are quite unlikable. Funny that Charlie Sheen has a cameo here. Overall a good attempt at something bigger that just didn’t speak to me well enough.
4. Sweet and Lowdown – Interesting Allen film that works on numerous levels. Penn is great in the lead and is helped by a very talented supporting cast. Penn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance here as was Morton as Best Supporting Actress in a role where she doesn’t speak a word. The story itself is told well since they make it seem like things are being told in documentary style even if the story is not based on truth. Like in any good Allen film, the characters are quirky and that helps endear them to us along the way. Not perfect, but still entertaining enough.
3. Boys Don’t Cry – Excellent performances by Swank, Sevigny and Sarsgaard. Not an easy film to watch even if you know the true story, but still worth while.
2. Girl, Interrupted – Interesting story that works quite well because we get to see the various issues that these girls all must battle. Ryder is great in the lead and really gives us a realistic approach to her character. Jolie is also great in a supporting role as another girl who constantly rebels against authority in the hospital and in life. She won an Oscar for her portrayal here for Best Supporting Actress. The narration works extremely well especially since this film is based largely on the diary entries of the time that the author spent in such a ward. Gives some nice insight into the psyche of abused or ignored young women in the 60’s and helps us get a better understanding of their way of life.
1. The Sixth Sense – Excellent movie. Beautifully scripted by Shyalaman which put him on the map. Definitely his best movie. Osment and Willis are both really great here.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! AJ clearly gives the most powerful performance of the nominees and was very deserving of taking home Gold.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!