Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Best Supporting Actress 2000

5. Kate Hudson - Almost Famous
I´m very sad, that I have to rank her the fifth, but I just can´t do differently. All of the performances this year are excellent. And so Kate Hudson is. But, unfortunately, she was not as great, as the other actresses, but it doesn´t mean, she was bad. She absolutely shines in her role and is very sexy, too. ;-)

4. Julie Walters - Billy Elliot
Such a great, charming performance. She knows exactly, what must she do in this role and her authoritative ballet teacher is very lovable character. Her scenes with Jamie Bell are fantastic and they make the film unforgettable. Stephen Daldry always knew, how to lead the actors. Great job!

3. Judi Dench - Chocolat
Dame Judi Dench doesn´t spend very much of time on the screen in Chocolat, but she uses every second she appears. Very likable and nice performance was played with a great elegance and charm. I actually kinda love this performance, but was was not enough to get ranked as the first. This was unbelievably strong year in this category!

 2. Frances McDormand - Almost Famous

Excellent. McDormand played a caring mother of a 15-year-old son and she played it wonderfully. It was funny, interesting and even realistic performance, that can be well played only by a great and experienced actress, which Frances McDormand definitely is. I love this performance.

1. Marcia Gay Harden - Pollock
My heart is breaking by a fact, that I have picked only one performance as the best, but I can´t differently. In Pollock, Marcia Gay Harden gives a memorable performance, that you will remember very long time watching the film. This is a realistic performance of a caring wife, that is just unforgettable. And I believe, that the only thing, you´ll remember after a month (after watching Pollock), is Marcia Gay Harden´s performance...

My Nominees:
1. Marcia Gay Harden - Pollock
2. Frances McDormand - Almost Famous
3. Judi Dench - Chocolat
4. Julie Walters - Billy Elliot
5. Jennifer Connelly - Requiem for a Dream

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Best Supporting Actor 2009

5. Matt Damon - Invictus
This is one of the best performances by Matt Damon, but it´s still not enough. He has got some great scenes, but the most of the time he´s overshadowed by Morgan Freeman and sometimes (especially in scenes with Freeman) he´s dull. But the football scenes are the exhibition of a great piece of acting.

4. Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Woody Harrelson´s performance in The Messenger is full of inconsistence. He has some excellent scenes (the ending scene, the scene with the pregnant woman in a bar), but even some overacting scenes. Ben Foster played his character very realistic and I think he was very good. But he didn´t get much of attention, because Harrelson overshadows him. In Harrelson´s good scenes Forster in not good enough to get an attention and in Harrelson´s bad scenes he is as overacting, as Foster can´t do anything to get an attention.

3. Christopher Plummer - The Last station
I´m so sad, that I had to give this performance on the third place, but if I want to stay unprejudiced and objective, I just have to. But anyway, Christopher Plummer gives in The Last station a wonderful and effective performance, that I just love. Too bad for him, that I love some more performances from the same year...

 2. Christoph Waltz - Inglourious basterds

Hans Landa could have not been played better, than it is. Christoph Waltz gives everything into his character and the result of his effort is an effective and exemplary great performance. Landa is one of the only two well written characters in Inglourious basterds and he uses it excellently. In his monologues he can be funny, loved and hated character at once.

1. Stanley Tucci - The Lovely bones
Many people don´t like Tucci´s performance in The Lovey bones and they say, he was terrible. But they misunderstood his performance. He had to and wanted to be terrible! They just didn´t like it, because it was not likeable enough for them, but they have to realize, that it actually isn´t very likeable character. The fact, that they didn´t like it, because it was terrible, only proofs, how great he was in this role. He plays a terrible man that killed a 14-year-old girl, so what to expect? Only that he will be terrible. But he was excellently terrible!

My Nominees:
1. Stanley Tucci - The Lovely bones
2. Christoph Waltz - Inglourious basterds
3. Christopher Plummer - The Last station
4. Alfred Molina - An Education
5. Zach Galifianakis - The Hangover

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Best Leading Actress 2007

5. Ellen Page - Juno
This could have been much worse, but even much better. This role is full of dramatic depth, but even full of a great comedy. But Ellen shows only the comic part. She doesn't play Juno like a real character, like a real person, but just like a funny film character. I enjoyed the film and I enjoyed Juno's sarcasm, but it was more because of the screenplay than because of her.

4. Laura Linney - The Savages
This is a prototype of a great realistic performance by a great actress. She and Philip Seymour Hoffman are the reasons of the feeling of sadness and humor at once. She only has pity that this was a really strong year in this category.

3. Julie Christie - Away from her
This is such an extraordinary performance. I can very easily imagine how this role could have been played very dully, but in Julie Christie's hands it was an interesting and likable character. The scenes with her husband played by Gordon Pinsent are wonderful and they made Away from her unforgettable.

2. Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth:The Golden Age
Every Cate Blanchett's performance is an excellent experience. She always takes the best from herself to play her character as great as it gets. I must say that I haven't seen the first Elizabeth film yet, but in The Golden Age she is just lovable. And this performance (just like any other of her performances) you just have to see.

1. Marion Cotillard - La vie en rose
To be honest, I have to say that when first saw La vie en rose I was very disappointed by Marion Cotillard's performance. "She only gave much of makeup on herself. Nothing else." That's what I was telling myself. When I saw it for the second time I was telling: "OK, she was not so bad." But when I saw it for the third time, finally I understood what is so great about her performance. She greatly copied the moves of Edith Piaf, but it doesn't mean that it's all she did! She did not play Piaf. She was Edith Piaf. What I thought is a make-up was actually the great face-play of Marion. Bravo!

My Nominees:
1. Marion Cotillard - La vie en rose
2. Helena Bonham Carter - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
3. Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth: The Golden Age
4. Julie Christie - Away from her
5. Laura Linney - The Savages

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Best Leading Actor 2008

5. Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
I believe that for this performance should have been nominated (except for Brad Pitt) even make-up and visual effects supervisors. Just think about it. Honestly, he hasn't done anything in the role of Benjamin Button. His performance was actually his only in a few minutes of the film, so I think he should have been nominated for a best supporting actor. But even in that few minutes he did nothing special...

4. Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Actually charming performance, but I think that a little bit lackluster. I think that it's shocking that Richard Jenkins got his first Oscar nomination so late and it was deserving, but I believe that there were even better and more deserving performances in his career (though I haven't seen much of his films). But it's not important here. Here is only important that there were even better performances in this year nominated with him...

3. Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Many actors, while playing some real person, try to repeat all of that person's moves and even a voice (f.e. Marion Cotillard - La vie en rose, Jamie Foxx - Ray). Make-up artists then try to make an actor look like that person. But this is not that case. Langella doesn't want to look and talk like Richard Nixon. He tries to show Nixon's feelings and character instead. And I think that it's much better way, than repeating every move and don't realize the character. It's true that his performance is sometimes dull, but it still is a very good piece of acting...

2. Sean Penn - Milk
It's almost unbelievable how much of energy has Sean Penn given into this role. Milk is actually a film full of great performances, but Penn leads all of them. He was really great and this role could have been very simply overacted. And even though he was overacting a little bit sometimes it could have been overacted more and I even think that this role is written the way it cannot be played straightly without overacting. Penn proves that he is a wonderful and very flexible actor again...

1. Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
In the last years we can see bad-films-actors or comedians how they played in a great film and they gave us an excellent performance (Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side). And it's even Mickey Rourke's case. He is an experienced man and it was mirrored in his performance. Every one scene and every one second is perfect and we couldn't take our eyes off him. One of the best performances ever...

My Nominees:
1. Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
2. Sean Penn - Milk
3. Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
4. Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road
5. Colin Farrell - In Bruges

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Best Leading Actress 2008

5. Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
In don't understand it. Why every independent film has realistic performances, but too dull and boring? Rachel Getting Married, Winter´s bone and so on. Hathaway is not bad, but you will forget her performance a few weeks after watching the film, just like you won't remember the film itself...

4. Angelina Jolie - Changeling
I always found that Jolie played her character more as a potential Oscar nomination for her and not as a real human being. That's the reason she overacted sometimes, but I can't say she was bad. She played even worse than in Changeling, so this was actually one of her best performances, but still too Oscar-wanting...

3. Melissa Leo - Frozen River
A great performance in a great independent film. Leo's performance was very realistic and she seemed to me like she was not even playing, so great she was! Her performance has got a strong dramatic depth and I believed her whatever she did. I can't even say which her scene was the best or even better than the others, because every one scene was incredible. I'm just sorry for the strong competition...

2. Meryl Streep - Doubt
I didn't even hope that Doubt could have been so excellently played. Everyone played it as greatly, as it was possible and so Meryl Streep did. As a strict and authoritative teacher and nun with a great accent she gave definitely one of her best performances and I loved her throughout the whole film.

1. Kate Winslet - The Reader
Kate Winslet is actually my favourite actress, so I know what she is able to do. But in The Reader I was very surprised. I don't know, whether she was leading or supporting, but I don't care. She could very easily overact, but it could have not been Kate Winslet. She played it amazingly and her accent was as great, as I could not believe that she is not a German. I say:"BRAVO!" to this extraordinary performance...

1. Kate Winslet - The Reader
2. Meryl Streep - Doubt
3. Melissa Leo - Frozen River
4. Cate Blanchett - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5. Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky

Monday, 15 August 2011

Best Leading Actor 2009

5. Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker
You may think I'm crazy, but I really think this. He was actually not bad, but this is a kind of a performance where nothing is really to play. I think that he's just himself all the time. I know it doesn't mean he was bad (and he wasn't), but I think he didn't do very much for this role...

4. Jeff Bridges - Crazy heart
I don't see any reason to make films like Crazy heart is. We have seen the theme of it in a thousands of other films, so it made me bored many times before. And that's the biggest problem with Bridges's performance. It made me bored just like the whole film. He plays actually himself in Crazy heart, so he cannot play it badly, but he didn't do anything special. Solid performance...

3. George Clooney - Up in the air
In Up in the air Clooney is very charming as usual. But I can't help myself, but I've got a feeling that he is playing the same character for a few years. He is the same middle-aged frustrated man. His performance was very good and I enjoyed it, but because it is enough for the film and it fits into it. But he should try to play differently, because sooner or later it´ll start to bore...

2. Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Some people say that he has a terrible accept in Invictus. I say he has a great and convincing accent in Invictus. He is the main reason to see Invictus in my opinion and he shows us a perfect piece of the acting. As Nelson Mandela he is greatly authoritative and charming. Just like he had to be...

 1. Colin Firth - A Single man

If this performance was played by somebody else it could very possibly be overacted and failed performance. But not in Firth's hands. Before I've seen A Single man I thought that Firth is a good actor for romantic comedies. Now I think that he is a great dramatic actor. His performance is very realistic and full of emotions. And the end of the film is just...fantastic.

My Nominees:
1. Tobey Maguire - Brothers
2. Colin Firth - A Single man
3. Morgan Freeman - Invictus
4. Daniel Day-Lewis - Nine
5. Robert Downey Jr. - Sherlock Holmes

Friday, 12 August 2011

Best Supporting Actress 2010

5. Amy Adams - The Fighter
I honestly really like Amy Adams very much as an actress, but after this performance I was a little bit disappointed. She didn´t do anything in The Fighter. Some people like her performance very much, but I don´t understand, what is on her performance to like. Next to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale her nomination seems like a bad joke...

4. Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Hailee is actually great in her role, but it doesn´t seem to me like enough for a win. With Helena Bonham Carter she was a runner-up in my opinion, but I don´t see why. She was great, that´s for sure, but sometimes I found her unnatural, mostly in the beginning of the film. She has a great talent and I guess, you´ll not easily find a 14-year-old girl, which would play it as wonderfully, as Hailee did, but she still has what to get better in. And by the way, her role is leading...

3. Jacki Weaver - Animal kingdom
I guess, that Jacki Weaver´s performance was the only thing, I really liked in Animal kingdom. For me it was a very boring film, but the scenes with Weaver are good because of her. And the ending with her was memorable. I didn´t expect, she will get a nomination, but finally she got one and I think, that it was deserving...

2. Helena Bonham Carter - The King´s speech
I love Helena Bonham Carter, I love The King´s speech and I love the British style of acting. And here I had it all in one. Helena gives a wonderful, funny and charming performance as a loving wife of the Duke of York. She doesn´t spend a long time on the screen, but when she is there, it´s worth of watching...

1. Melissa Leo - The Fighter
After the great performance in Frozen River she gives another one in The Fighter. With Christian Bale she leads the film and she steals every piece of the watcher´s attention. No matter, what she said at the Oscar´s. She fuckingly deserved to win! 

My Nominees:
1. Melissa Leo - The Fighter
2. Juliette Lewis - Conviction
3. Dale Dickey - Winter's bone
4. Dianne Wiest - Rabbit hole
5. Keira Knightley - Never Let Me Go

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Next Year:Best Supporting Actress 2010

The Nominees:
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Helena Bonham Carter - The King´s speech
Jacki Weaver - Animal kingdom
Melissa Leo - The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor 2010

5. John Hawkes - Winter´s bone
Hawkes has in Winter´s bone only two (normal) scenes and in the first he´s overacting and in the second he doesn´t do anything excellent. You probably noticed, that I didn´t actually enjoy the film very much and so didn´t I like the performances. The best is Dale Dickey and only she´d deserve any nominations. But it does not metter. I just didn´t very like Hawkes´s performance...

4. Jeremy Renner - The Town
He was loved after The Hurt Locker, so I´m not surprised for this nomination, but he didn´t do anything perfect. He has some good scenes (meeting in the restaurant and the scene on the photo), but it´s still not excellent. He was good and maybe he did better, than in The Hurt Locker, but I don´t think, it was anything genial, either...

3. Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Very nice and charming performance by him. His scenes with children are just great and even though he is sometimes overshadowed by Anette Bening and Julianne Moore, you will remember his performance as a very likeable...

2. Geoffrey Rush - The King´s speech
The scenes with Colin Firth are wonderful. His funny and cynical performace is one of the bests ever, he had just unhappiness, that the film, he was in, was released in the same year, as The Fighter. Believable and strong  performance and I would not be surprised, if he´s win. Geoffrey Rush just cannot play badly...

1. Christian Bale - The Fighter
This is a type of a performance, you never will forget. He is very overshadowing Mark Wahlberg and actually I think, he should be leading. Not because he has so much of the time on the screen, but because you will remember more him, than Wahlberg after (maybe) ten years. This kind of acting should be learned on the schools...!

My Nominees:
1. Christian Bale - The Fighter
2. Geoffrey Rush - The King's speech
3. Andrew Garfield - Never Let Me Go
4. Sam Rockwell - Conviction
5. Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Next Year:Best Supporting Actor 2010

The Nominees:
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Geoffrey Rush - The King´s speech
Jeremy Renner - The Town
John Hawkes - Winter´s bone
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right

Best Leading Actress 2009

5. Gabourey Sidibe - Precious
This is actually not a bad performance and it's very close to Meryl Streep, but probably this was the weakest performance. She is only sad all the time she is on the screen and the worst thing is that she was overshadowed by Mo'Nique. But for a debut it was really great performance and Gabourey did maybe the best she could do in this role...

4. Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia
Meryl had to be watching Julia Child the hole day before making this film. Every her move was done with maximal similarity with real Julia. There was only one difference:the real Julia Child never seemed to me so agreeable. It's very good performance, but not the Meryl's best. And not even this year's best...

3. Carey Mulligan - An Education
Great, funny and charming performance. I have nothing bad to say to this performance, here was just a big competition. She's the reason that the film is as great, as it is. Her scenes with Alfred Molina are wonderful and the scenes with Dominic Cooper are great just because of her. She was not very experienced, while making this film, but she gave us a performance which could simply be given by an older actress...

2. Helen Mirren - The Last station
This is one of the strongest years. My nominees would be just the same and I can hardly pick the winner. Helen is terribly close to Sandra, but finally I decided this ranking. As Tolstoy's wife Helen gives wonderful and realistic performance in (sometimes a little bit boring, but still) good film and she (with Christopher Plummer) makes this film even better...

1. Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Who would ever be thinking of that? That Sandra Bullock could give us as great performance, as she won an Oscar for it?! This was a great shock for me, but Sandra gives a great and realistic performance in The Blind Side and it's worth of watching mostly because of her. And I heard a good news about her:She is trying to get another nomination, because her next film is directed by Stephen Daldry. And she will be Extremely Loud and Incredibly close (to another nomination) in it...

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Next Year:Best Leading Actress 2009

The Nominees:
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious 
Helen Mirren - The Last station
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Best Leading Actor 2010

5. Javier Bardem - Biutiful
I never thought I'll say this but in this case I really think Bardem was not very good. His face almost never changes throughout the film. It's just sad all the time. The film is actually not very helping him, because it almost doesn't have any story and it's only about the cancer dying Bardem's character and unfortunately it's too long so after an hour you wish Bardem's character's death. Misunderstood nomination...

4. James Franco - 127 hours
127 hours is Franco's one man show and he uses it. His performance is entertaining and charming, but in some moments he's overacting and overshadowed by the film itself. On the other hand, the fact is that he made the atmosphere of the film and if this character was played by someone else, the film as whole would look a lot different. And the film was great, so it proves his job was done well...

3. Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Eisenberg's performance was a fine shock for me. Eisenberg gives a great, fresh and charming performance and I would never think that this type of role could be played as well, as it is. He is funny and dramatic where he should be and at the most he is greatly convincing. The truth is that his performance won't be remembered for ages...

2. Jeff Bridges - True Grit
A great performance of a great legend. I'm not saying that this was some wonderful character acting, but it's not necessary here. Bridges just knows what needs to be done and he does it. His voice-use is perfect and as a bonus we have a funny lines he said (I know it's not his job :))...

1. Colin Firth - The King´s speech
As a stammering king Firth gives a really impressive performance. Playing stammer is very difficult and many of actors would easily get into overacting. Firth does not. He knows exactly where is the line between great acting and overacting, so he always plays wonderfully. His final speech or scenes with Geoffrey Rush are just unforgettable and this is really excellent piece of acting...

My Nominees:
1. Colin Firth - The King's speech
2. Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
3. Robert Duvall - Get Low
4. Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
5. Leonardo DiCaprio - Shutter Island