Exceptional lineup. Winslet was warmly natural and beautifully expressive in 'Iris', Maggie Smith was a hilariously bitchy snob in 'Gosford Park', Marisa Tomei was quietly devastating in 'In the Bedroom', Jennifer Connelly was subtly intense in 'A Beautiful Mind' and Helen Mirren was brilliantly restrained and multi-layered in 'Gosford Park'. Any of these women could have won the Oscar. I slightly prefer Mirren and Winslet. A rare brilliant year for this category, unfortunately.
It's wrong, because the audience who saw the film a few days ago mentioned that the film is around 140 minutes, without end credits.
This is a true masterpiece. The screenplay is ambiguous, intriguing and filled with twists and deep character studies. The cinematography is simply stunning, creating this chiaroscuro environment, making everything look like a painting of the Renaissance. And Helena Bonham Carter delivers a breathtaking performance, a career-best turn. She should have won the Oscar.
Chastain deserved an award for Best Body of Work. The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help...Girl was unstoppable last year. Now, I think that Janet McTeer was my favorite of the nominees, but Spencer was delightful and deliciously funny in 'The Help' so she was a damn fine winner.
This was probably the best bunch of nominees in recent memory. Cruz gave such a passionate, natural and earthy performance in 'Volver', Winslet delivered a brilliantly detailed, nuanced and complex performance, Streep created an iconic film character who'll remain one of her 'signature roles', Dame Judi Dench was divine in her portrayal of such an evil and disturbing character, and Helen Mirren nailed every expression of Queen Elizabeth II with dignity and professionalism. Whom to choose?!
I can't believe she's been snubbed for so many excellent performances. Edward II, Orlando, Female Perversions, The Deep End, Julia, I Am Love, We Need to Talk about Kevin etc. Excellent performances. She deserved the Oscar, though I preferred Cate Blanchett's iconic performance in 'I'm Not There'.
My dear Juliette, Bacall didn't deserve to win. In fact, she was the weakest of the nominees and thank god she didn't win because she was 'overdue'. This is an unfortunately rare occasion where the actress wins for her performance and not for her career. That's why we have honorary Oscars. But this is an Oscar for an individual performance. And Binoche was undoubtedly the best.
Though Rachel Griffiths was my favorite for her extraordinary performance, Judi Dench is one of the classiest women on earth and a living legend. She should have won for 'Mrs. Brown' and 'Notes on a Scandal', undoubtedly her best screen performances, in my opinion. But still, she has an Oscar for her lovely 8-minute turn in 'Shakespeare in Love' and she deserves it.
I really like Gwyneth Paltrow and I thought she deserved her nomination for 'Shakespeare in Love'. It was a very honest, sweet and lovely performance. But she wasn't better than Fernanda Montenegro in 'Central Station', or Emily Watson in 'Hilary and Jackie' or Cate freaking Blanchett in 'Elizabeth'. Three phenomenal performances in the same year. Gwyneth won because of politics. And Streep was Supporting in 'One True Thing', it was Renee Zellweger's character's story.
Bow to Cate the Great.
Oh my god, ahahahaha! They're both awesome
About time. Though this should have been her third Oscar (after Sense & Sensibility and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).