Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman)
Demi Moore – Ghost
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with 4 fine performances and one breakout one that is much more powerful than the rest, giving her a slight edge on Oscar night.
5. Anjelica Huston
4. Joanne Woodward
3. Meryl Streep
2. Julia Roberts
1. Kathy Bates
5. The Grifters – Very dark thriller that doesn’t work as well as it could since the characters aren’t as likeable as one would expect from con artists. The cast is great and Cusack, Bening and Huston all do nice jobs with these characters as we learn to be as suspicious as they are about everything around them. The story moves in some very strange directions and doesn’t manage to thrill as much as this kind of story possibly has the potential to do. The twists and turns are interesting even if they probably don’t work as well upon repeated viewings.
4. Postcards from the Edge – Fun film that might be hard to believe if it wasn’t for the fact that it was written by Fisher who based it on her own life. Streep and MacLaine are both great in the two main roles and are helped by a great supporting cast that includes Quaid, Dreyfuss and Hackman. This is a bit bittersweet rewatching now because parts are quite prophetic about Fisher’s future. Has a great balance between comedy and drama and it works quite well as a cautionary tale about fame and growing up in a famous family.
3. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge – Excellent depiction of the way that the old world and new world began to clash in the days leading up to World War II. Newman and Woodward are superb together in these roles and allow us to feel both the closeness and distance between couple during those days. Woodward was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this film and showed that even a subtle performance like her can be award worthy. The story is paced quite slowly yet still stays interesting throughout as we get a really enjoyable depiction of the kind of lives these people led in the Midwest during those times.
2. Pretty Woman – Modern day Cinderella story that works in almost every way. Chemistry between Gere and Roberts is ok, but I can’t say its close to perfect. Amazing soundtrack that still resonates over 25 years later.
1. Misery – Great performances by Bates and Caan as they try to outwit each other. More powerful during it’s first viewing, but still a taut thriller perfectly constructed by Goldman’s expert adaptation of King’s novel.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! KB is superb in Misery and gives the most powerful performance of these nominees.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!