Did They Get it Right? – Best Actress – Oscars 1997


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings of the Dove)
Julie Christie (Afterglow)
Judi Dench (Mrs Brown)
Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets)
Kate Winslet (Titanic)

Biggest Snub:

Pam Grier – Jackie Brown

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with 4 great nominees and 1 ok nominee.  Any of the top three could have conceivably taken home gold but it was really between two of them who both won at the BAFTA’s, SAG and the Globes.

My Rankings:

Actress

5. Julie Christie
4. Helena Bonham Carter
3. Kate Winslet
2. Judi Dench
1. Helen Hunt

Movies

5. AfterglowInteresting overall idea that doesn’t work as well as it might have. The characters remain too mysterious throughout the film and they come across as too shallow throughout most of the film instead of feeling more complex and developed. The amazing cast is largely wasted in these roles due to the way things are presented in a physical way as opposed to allowing us to see things from a more cerebral perspective. Nolte, Boyle, Christie and Miller aren’t able to make this story more impactful because it feels as if they have their hands tied around their backs throughout the story. Christie was nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film and it is far from being among her best or most complex roles of her career. They try much too hard to try and surprise the viewer with numerous points throughout the story and this doesn’t help the story flow more smoothly which is unfortunate.
4. The Wings of the DoveVery interesting film about the classes in turn of the Century England. The chemistry between Carter and Roach is great and it’s quite easy to believe their relationship. The added element of their friendship with Elliott is also great and adds even more layers to the love triangle aspect of the movie.  The story itself is a bit too long and might have been better if certain parts were sped up a bit instead of drawn out. The story’s plot is quite clever and they succeed in making this feels very realistic in the way that things play out. Carter was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here.
3. Mrs BrownBoth Connolly and Dench are amazing here. The story builds up quite nicely while giving us insight into how a royal is treated by her subjects and how sometimes things need to be changed. Great history lesson about a time and place that I personally knew very little about.
2. As Good as It GetsThis story has it’s flaws (minor may they be), but the movie is completely carried by the performances of the 3 leads (who all got Oscar nominations with Nicholson and Hunt taking home gold).
1. TitanicAmazingly told love story that works on so many levels. The chemistry between DiCaprio and Winslet is sizzling and it’s so easy to believe that these two characters are able to fall in love so deeply in such a short period of time. The daunting 3 hour run time helps facilitate this feeling since it allows for the characters to be properly developed and for their love to flourish as they experience these events together. Cameron does a superb job directing this film and is able to recreate so much of the voyage up to minute details that help transport us to a place where we feel as if we are part of the group of passengers in this tragic voyage. Having seen numerous versions of the events of the Titanic, it’s easy to now see how Cameron incorporated events and dialogue from previous versions in order to allow for there to remain a kind of continuity between the different stories. The music is unbelievable and James Honer was quite deserving of his Oscar wins for Best Score and Best Original Song since they are so integral to the feelings one experiences while watching this story unfold. The special effects are superbly integrated into the story and help enhance the way that this story is told in such a powerful way.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  HH is superb in AGAIG and was clearly the best of the nominees in this category even though there are some other great performances in the group.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

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