Kathy Bates – Fried Green Tomatoes
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where all 5 of the nominees do nice jobs here, but two of the clearly stand out among the rest as the most powerful.
5. Juliette Lewis
4. Diane Ladd
3. Kate Nelligan
2. Jessica Tandy
1. Mercedes Ruehl
5. Rambling Rose – Interesting film that just doesn’t work as well as it could to make the characters likable enough. The cast is superb and they all do what they can with these characters even if something feels off throughout. The story is told quite well and gives a nice impression of what life must have been like for people in rural communities during the Depression. Dern truly stands out among the cast, but Ladd, Duvall and even Haas all show much promise with these roles. Dern and Ladd both were deserving of Oscar nominations for their performances here. Liked the way it is told in flashback because it allows the story to be seen as a fable of youth that can easily be reflected upon.
4. The Fisher King – Great thriller that really makes you think about decisions we all make in life. Superb cast helps keep this story suspenseful throughout. DeNiro is especially scary as Max Cady and this is probably one his best roles despite the fact that his accent feels a bit too over the top. The twists and turns along the way help make this film really enjoyable.
3. The Prince of Tides – Better than I recalled. Nolte is superb here in one of his best roles. Streisand feels extremely miscast in this role and the director (her) should have chosen much better. Loved the way this film delves into the past and how it slowly reveals deep dark hidden secrets. The book is so much better (as I recall) and I can’t wait to read ot again to once again fall in love with Conroy’s writing.
2. Cape Fear – Great thriller that really makes you think about decisions we all make in life. Superb cast helps keep this story suspenseful throughout. DeNiro is especially scary as Max Cady and this is probably one his best roles despite the fact that his accent feels a bit too over the top. The twists and turns along the way help make this film really enjoyable.
1. Fried Green Tomatoes – Loved the way they tell numerous stories at the same time. Transitions between the stories is done really well. All 4 lead actresses are superb and the two friendships shown here are developed really well making it all seem even more believable. Knowing how it all plays out takes away slightly from the impact of the story, but still worth watching because of the powerful themes that are touched upon throughout the film.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yep! MR was amazing in TFK and she is clearly the best of the nominees with JT coming in a close second with her performance in FGT.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!