Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs)
Kathy Bates – Fried Green Tomatoes
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 5 great nominees in this category and any of them would have been worthy winners yet one of them gives a chillingly powerful performance which helped catapult her to greater heights than the rest.
5. Laura Dern
4. Geena Davis
3. Bette Midler
2. Susan Sarandon
1. Jodie Foster
4. 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.
3. Thelma & Louise – Interesting idea that was quite revolutionary for its time. Both Sarandon and Davis are great here in the lead roles and were deserving of Oscar nominations for Best Actress. Unfortunately the storyline meanders along too much and loses focus along the way. This film does manage to show female independence and the leads are quite strong, but it would have helped if the plot was also just as powerful which it unfortunately isn’t. Pitt and Keitel are great in supporting roles.
2. For the Boys – Fun film that could have been even more poignant and enjoyable if they had strengthened the character development. The attempt to cover over 50 years in such a short runtime is problematic because they aren’t able to spend as much time on each of the segments shown as they should have which would have helped things even more. Midler is superb in this film and was very deserving of her Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance here. Caan seems a bit out of his depth here, but is still passable in the role of the “straight man” in the comedy act. The film has some great comedy routines and great songs and some of them are extremely memorable. Midler’s rendition of In My Life is amazingly emotional.
1. The Silence of the Lambs – Great psychological thriller that gives us so much insight into the mind of serial killers. Lecter is one of the best villains from literature because he is so intelligent, calm and extremely dangerous at the same time. Foster and Hopkins have amazing chemistry in their scenes together and they both were very deserving of the Oscars they won for these roles.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Absolutely! JF was superb n SotL and gives the most powerful performance of these nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!