Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year where one of the nominees plowed through the awards season despite the fact that one of the other nominees was able to take home SAG which opened up the competition come Oscar night.
5. Michelle Williams
4. Rooney Mara
3. Glenn Close
2. Meryl Streep
1. Viola Davis
5. Iron Lady – Amazing performance by Streep who disappears into the role of Thatcher. The story is told too disjointedly and in a very non-linear fashion which takes away from the story. Perhaps people who are more familiar with her life and history would glean more from this movie but I, for one, was quite disappointed in the way that they present the story. They try to take too many aspects of her life and aren’t able to devote enough time to the various vignettes to make it so much more interesting.
4. My Week with Marilyn – Fascinating idea that feels a bit too much like a paparazzi style look at the life of one of the most famous actresses of all time. Williams is amazing in the lead and really gives off the feel that she is the real Monroe and that is the main reason to watch this film. Branagh is great as Olivier and was also very deserving of his Best Supporting Actor Nomination for this role. The story unfortunately meanders along too much and even though it’s a brisk 90+ minutes, their are too many lulls in the story that take away from the enjoyment of it all.
3. Albert Nobbs – This film highlights the great talent of both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer who both give such amazing performances in this film. The story itself meanders along and isn’t as poignant or interesting as one would hope it could be. They do manage to show the various class differences between men and women in late 19th Century Ireland and come to completely understand why the main character has made some of her choices over the years. The story drags on a bit too much and it might have been much better had it been shortened a bit. The makeup is superbly done.
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Very interesting and engaging story that goes places one wouldn’t expect. Craig and Rooney are both great in their respective roles and keep things moving in intriguing ways. The storyline deals with numerous characters with deep and dark secrets and they expertly weave a tale that touches upon it all as they all move forward in the investigation. It’s too bad that this film didn’t do well enough in order to warrant making English language versions of the following two books which tell of the further adventures of the two main characters; guess I’ll have to suffice with the Swedish versions.
1. The Help – Such an enjoyable film because it feels so authentic. The characters are all developed really well and we easily can believe everything that happens. The cast is superb with Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer both standing out in their roles. Gives a unique and fascinating perspective on life in the South during these difficult days where people would do things that seemed very hypocritical because on the one hand they would look down on their ‘help’ yet entrust their lives, children and households to these very same people who they supposedly despised in public. One of the best films of 2011. Davis was robbed of her Oscar!.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not Really! MS does a nice job in TIL but VD was so much better and more powerful in The Help and would have been an even more deserving winner
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!