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By David Poland

20W20: Best Actress Chart, Oct 23, 2011

10/23/11 Charts
Picture | Actor | Supporting Actor | Actress | Supporting Actress

The Field
Michelle Williams
My Week With Marilyn
Transformative performance by a twice-nominated actor playing a famous person in more than an imitation,
Rooney Mara
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
No doubt she’ll be great and the role is brutally good… but will The Academy get shy?  I’m betting, “no.”
Meryl Streep
The Iron Lady
She’s the Streepiest!
Charlize Theron
Young Adult
A great into-middle-age role for an actress whose comedic skills have been wildly underrated.
Viola Davis
The Help
She is the perfect face of stoicism.  Oddly, this is far from her best work.  Sometimes that wins.
Glenn Close
Albert Nobbs
How can a performance be overrated and underrated?  Well, people expect a fireworks show from Close playing a woman playing a man in her life.  It’s not that role.  But Close makes a meal of every tiny gesture… really a career crowner.
Kirsten Dunst
A career-best performance on a level she’s never approached before. But will The Academy see the movie or just get distracted by Lars’ press conferences?
Keira Knightley
A Dangerous Method
The vote on this performance is split.  I am in the “daring and amazing” camp.  Others see it as over the top.  They’re wrong.  But a too-busy-to-campaign Keira may not be able to get the full embrace.
Scarlett Johansson
We Bought A Zoo
Haven’t seen it yet. But whatever app gets her cell phone to take pictures like that could sell a million copies.
Sandra Bullock
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Haven’t seen it yet.  I kind of think that she’s gotten her award and another nomination will be harder, not easier.
Tilda Swinton
We Have To Talk About Kevin
Tilda is always amazing.  Lynne Ramsey is brilliant… and really difficult for audiences. Too many more accessible films out there for her to make the cut.
Elizabeth Olsen
Martha Marcy May Marlene
It’s one of the great movie debuts of the last 20 years.  But Williams, Mara, and Dunst are ahead of her on line.
Michelle Yeoh
The Lady
One of the world’s great leading ladies.  Looking forward to seeing the recut of the film to see if she gets back into the race.
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7 Responses to “20W20: Best Actress Chart, Oct 23, 2011”

  1. Rob says:

    If Extremely Loud is anything like the book, both Bullock and Hanks would be supporting.

  2. Danella Isaacs says:

    Isn’t anyone pushing for Kristen Wiig for BRIDESMAIDS? It wouldn’t be undeserved.

  3. tc says:

    Jennifer Lawrence jumped over those three last year, no reason to believe Olsen won’t do the same

  4. Olivia Colman much? Best performance by any actor, male or female this year.

  5. David Poland says:

    I think you’re looking for another blog, Bradley.

    She IS wonderful and so is Mullen. But there is zero opportunity with Oscar for this one.

  6. Lola says:

    Most are saying that Sandra and Keira are going supporting//? and Scarlett is too. What about Felicity Jones?

  7. Danny says:

    Sandra, like Tom, would be supporting for EL&IC. The kid is really the only lead in the movie.

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There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

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