Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist)
Jodie Foster – Stealing Home
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with four very strong nominees among the 5 and any of them could make a case for winning with their performances.
5. Joan Cusack
4. Michelle Pfeiffer
3. Frances McDormand
2. Geena Davis
1. Sigourney Weaver
4. The Accidental Tourist – Yet another film that baffles me that it was nominated for Best Picture. Hurt was very overrated an actor in the 80’s and his performance here is very low-key. Davis deservingly won an Oscar for her role as a free spirit trying to connect with Hurt’s lead character. Nice supporting cast helps this film a bit, but overall it’s a downer and comes off as very average instead of groundbreaking.
3. Dangerous Liaisons – Such a great film because the two main characters are so good at being able to do excessive scheming and manipulating to get what they want all for the fun of it. The cast is superb and Malkovich, Close and Pfieffer all shine here. I would love to have seen Rickman’s performance of the main role (see Trivia below) just to get a comparison. The story seems a bit timeless yet is perfectly placed in the days after the French Revolution. The story works really well and there is always a bit of mystery and danger in the games they play since they are quite often close to getting caught. Unfortunately parts of the story move along a bit too slowly which slightly takes away from making this film excellent.
2. Working Girl – Very good movie about climbing the corporate ladder but trying to keep your integrity intact. All three leads are great despite all of them not normally fitting in with these kind of roles. Has some great scenes that are extremely funny because it shows how 80’s this all was. Excellent music by Carly Simon that was able to even win the Oscar for Best Song.
1. Mississippi Burning – Hackman and Dafoe work so well together because their characters are so different and use different methods to accomplish their goals. The story is quite compelling and thrilling and they easily keep us interested for the entire runtime of the film. The issues dealt with here are quite impactful and so much is said by the way they tell the story. They show us a great perspective on how it is possible that racism still existed in the South a century following emancipation.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No! GD is great in TAT, but SW was even better in WG, unfortunately, se probably split her votes with JC who was fine, but probably shouldn’t have even gotten a nomination.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!