Meryl Streep (Ironweed)
Jennifer Grey – Dirty Dancing
My Overall Thoughts:
This is a year with some nice performances but none of them are powerful enough to say that they were the front runner throughout the award season.
5. Meryl Streep
4. Sally Kirkland
2. Holly Hunter
1. Glenn Close
5. Anna – Intriguing idea that moves much too slowly. The story itself is a bit too existential in all that it tries to do and that makes things a bit boring along the way. The film deals with the common issue of how someone deals with being eclipsed by their protege. Kirkland was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress here and really loses herself in this character. It’s unfortunate that she isn’t able to try and help make this story any more interesting than it truly is. The film tries to give us some insight into the life of an actress who lives from job to job but despite that, she still believes that she will one day make her mark on the industry.
4. Ironweed – Really slow moving drama that doesn’t work as well as one would expect since it features Nicholson and Streep. This is based on a prize winning novel which is probably able to develop these character on a much deeper level on paper than on screen. The idea of revisiting people and places from the past is actually done well because it makes the viewer wonder where these characters minds are as they teeter on madness. The story is a bit overlong and doesn’t allow enough for things to play out in a more succinct way. Both Streep and Nicholson were nominated for Oscars for their work here but neither was able to win.
3. Moonstruck – This film is quite good, but it’s slightly over-rated. Cher and Cage have no chemistry together what so ever and it’s kind of torture watching them act together. Gardenia, Mahoney and Dukakis are the true stars of this film and are all wonderful in supporting roles. The idea of the love in the atmosphere comes across really well and is mostly believable. Perhaps if the leads were played by better actors, it would have been even more enjoyable to watch.
2. Broadcast News – Interesting love triangle movie. Not as good as I recall, but still done extremely well.
1. Fatal Attraction – Was much more controversial back when it came out, but the premise is quite tame compared to today’s standards. Douglas is ok here, but not convincing enough, but Close is scary as his one-night stand. The story is quite universal tho and it’s a bit understanding how this could get nominated for Best Picture. Gives people even more reasons to stay away from extramarital affairs than just the normal moral ones.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I guess so! None of these nominees are spectacular and any of them would have been a fine choice.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!