Alfre Woodard – Passion Fish
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with a group of pretty lackluster performances that were nominated and won throughout the awards season. The Oscars voters took a chance during the nominations and chose a very surprising nominees who wasn’t recognized by anyone beforehand and changed the whole make-up of the chances of a winner in this category.
5. Judy Davis
4. Joan Plowright
3. Natasha Richardson
2. Vanessa Redgrave
1. Marisa Tomei
5. Enchanted April – Having never been the biggest fan of period dramas like this, this was quite a chore to get through. The story moves super slow and it’s not the kind of story that is able to keep things interesting as the various storyline are quite monotonous and bland. The cast is superb with Richardson, Molina, Plowright, Broadbent and Lawrence all giving nice performances even if they can’t help make things more interesting. Plowright was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this film.
4. Husbands and Wives – Boring film that doesn’t work at all. As always, Allen is able to bring together a great cast, but the story is all over the place and lacks any kind of real anchor. None of the characters allow us to really care about them because all that they do constantly crosses so many lines of integrity that things are borderline absurd. The dialogue is sometimes engaging but since we have so much trouble trusting the characters who state these words. Unfortunately, not among one of Allen’s best films at all.
3. Damage – Terrible film that expects us to quickly believe that such a physical relationship can occur so quickly between two people so very different. The novel this is based on probably helps make things seem a bit more plausible, but that isn’t translated to the screen at all. Irons and Binoche have very poor chemistry together and it doesn’t even seem like their characters are enjoying themselves whenever they get together. The opportunity to try and explain how and why lust may occur or even explain why the characters make certain decisions along the way are also completely missed and baffle the audience even more as to why the events are happening this way over and over again.
2. Howards End – Great analogy of how the British class structure worked a hundred years ago. Excellent cast led by Hopkins and Thompson. Thompson deservingly won an Oscar for Best Actress for this interesting role. Probably easier to comprehend in book form than visually on screen, but still enjoyable.
1. My Cousin Vinny – Very funny movie. Well done courtroom comedy. Pesci and Tomei are both excellent.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! MT came out of nowhere to get nominated and win this award, but she clearly is the nominee who’s character stands out the most out of all of them
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!