Re: Who is your favorite Oscar's Best Actress of the last decade?
Charlize Theron in Monster was absolutely staggering. Complete immersion into one of the most damaged characters in modern American history. It was just incredible how authentically she was able to sustain the performance, plus her attention to detail was outstanding.
I always think Winslet won for the wrong movie. I much preferred ESOTSP or even Revolutionary Road. I kind of thought the Academy thought she was due a win, so whatever film she would've starred in that year, she would've got one. The same for Meryl Streep in the Iron Lady.
Cotillard was superb in La Vie En Rose, but I never found it as captivating as Theron's performance. I felt like she already had more facility for this role, and she didn't really have to plumb the depths as much. It's the pinnacle of her career though, no doubt.
Bullock's was just no.
Helen Mirren's the Queen was a touching and astute performance but I don't think it was Oscar worthy. The same with Swank. It was such a credible performance, but I feel like her best work came before this.
Natalie Portman's Black Swan wasn't that impressive in hindsight. Well acted by Portman's standards, but not particularly memorable or transcending the film itself. It's the typical edgy, distorted style of film that can inflate a certain performance, no matter how good or bad it is.
Reese Witherspoon actually impressed me in Walk the Line, very much like Jennifer Anniston did in The Good Girl. But the fact that she's never replicated anything close to her performance again, suggests that she was a tad overrated and over-achieved in winning the Oscar.
Jennifer Lawrence could be one of the defining actors of the next few decades, so I think she fully deserved to win.
But overall, Theron slayed.
Last edited by The Dawntreader; Feb 26th, 2013 at 12:08 PM.