Uma Thurman – Kill Bill Vol. I
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a pretty weak year overall in this category but one of the nominees gave a really powerful performance which stands out among the rest.
5. Keisha Castle-Hughes
4. Diane Keaton
3. Naomi Watts
2. Samantha Morton
1. Charlize Theron
5. Whale Rider – Really boring coming of age story that fails to be inspirational on any level. The way that the story progresses doesn’t feel realistic enough despite the overall idea being unique since it deals with how Maoris would be dealing with a female who wants to take on a traditional male role. Castles-Hughes is fine in the lead role, but her performance doesn’t feel as exceptional as many would make you believe especially given the fact that she became the youngest actress to receive an Oscar nomination as Best Lead Actress. Perhaps my lack of knowledge of the Maori culture takes away from things here, but I expected to watch a very inspiration film that in the end falls quite short.
4. Monster – Theron is amazing to watch in this film because she completely transforms herself into this character. The story is harrowing to watch because even though we know that she is doing despicable acts we can somewhat understand why she is doing these things even if we might not directly agree with her actions. The characters and elements of the film are all presented in a very “dirty” and “worn well” way that makes this film feel even more realistic. Despite the character’s very noticeable flaws in her way of thinking, she is a villain that we can love to hate largely due to the fact that she has convinced herself that she is actually doing good things instead of despicable one. Theron deservingly was nominated for and won an Oscar, A Golden Globe and a SAG Best Actress Award for her transformation in this film. The films subject matter doesn’t lend itself to be a story that one can easily rewatch.
3. In America – Does a great job of making the viewer identify with the family and their difficulties. Narration by the young girl really gives an innocent and pure perspective of everything going on.
2. Something’s Gotta Give – Such a fun film. Nicholson and Keaton have great chemistry together and the film comes across as being even more enjoyable due to that. The supporting cast help add to the fun the whole time. The way that the story moves along works very well and eventhough the plot is very predictable like most films in this genre, it still remains satisfying throughout its journey. In addition, this film manages to try and tackle well known myths about relationships between people of very different ages.
1. 21 Grams – Very interesting film that looks at a very complex situation in a non-linear yet fascinating way. The cast is superb with Watts, Penn and Del Toro giving excellent performances. This film needs to be watched very carefully in order to try and catch everything because it jumps around so much in time and if one isn’t paying attention, they might miss some key points in the story. The message of the film is quite powerful and works on numerous levels.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most definitely! CT gives a transformative performance in this film and gives a more powerful performance than any of her competition.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!