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by mayukh
Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: 86th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Golden Globe Nominations
Replies: 53
Views: 4212

Re: Golden Globe Nominations

Thank god Gerwig got in somewhere. She seemed this close to being a total casualty of this awards season.
by mayukh
Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: 85th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: 2012 New York Film Critics Awards
Replies: 113
Views: 16537

Re: 2012 New York Film Critics Awards

I definitely think either LAFCA or NSFC is more likely to go for Riva/a "foreign" actress.
by mayukh
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:15 am
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Actress 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 3183

Re: Best Actress 2011

No contest – Elizabeth Olsen was, hands down, the best of the year. She is so in a class by herself – filled with such imagination and sensitivity and alertness – that it's painful to think that she was, pre-awards season, perceived as a sure thing for a nod. If anything, Davis' presence is striking...
by mayukh
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:47 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2011
Replies: 40
Views: 5601

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2011

I owe The Help a revisit. I look forward to seeing what becomes of Spencer's career, because she seems very perceptive based on interviews, but I didn't think she invested her character with the requisite rage so many here seem to have seen. Unfortunately, I remember thinking that the film's structu...
by mayukh
Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:55 am
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2011
Replies: 40
Views: 5601

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2011

Bejo I found totally miscast (anachronistic and not charismatic enough), Chastain never organic, Spencer lacking imagination (and her performance was not grounded enough with the requisite anger that could have made this character rich). McCarthy was at least inventive, but her character's cheap att...
by mayukh
Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actor 2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2308

Re: Best Supporting Actor 2010

Hawkes' rich, charismatic turn floored me, and I was delighted that Ruffalo, who'd been churning out such naturalistic work for years without calling attention to himself, finally got his due.

Spread the love and go with Hawkes.
by mayukh
Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Actress 1979
Replies: 27
Views: 3489

Re: Best Actress 1979

Marsha Mason – tiring and unimaginative. Fonda was very good in a role that you'd expect her to play, but she doesn't "become" the character – she condescends to it. I could barely get through The Rose, but Bette Midler was full of raw feeling, and she does energetic things in the movie th...
by mayukh
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 1983
Replies: 28
Views: 4016

Re: Best Supporting Actress 1983

I have deep affection for Cher as an actress, but I can't for the life of me see the brilliance others see in her work here. It seemed one of those cases of an inexperienced actress underplaying so much that she didn't register at all. Glenn Close is dependably good in The Big Chill, but the whole t...
by mayukh
Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:10 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Actress 1988
Replies: 26
Views: 3502

Re: Best Actress 1988

I thought Michelle Pfeiffer gave far and away the best performance this year in Married to the Mob – a gloriously sane, insightful performance. Jamie Lee Curtis was very fine in A Fish Called Wanda, and Christine Lahti was the most affecting element of Running on Empty. The other name I haven't seen...
by mayukh
Thu May 31, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Supporting Actor 1988
Replies: 31
Views: 3179

Re: Best Supporting Actor 1988

Well I'll deviate from consensus here and champion Dean Stockwell's fluid, endlessly funny performance. Tee is right to single out Michelle Pfeiffer – I'd say it's her best performance – but Stockwell is crazily dynamic, managing to make his character's repulsive attributes seem attractive. (I also ...
by mayukh
Wed May 23, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Actress 2009
Replies: 12
Views: 2916

Re: Best Actress 2009

This is a horrible lineup. Bullock could be, at best, likable (as she is in some of her comedies), but I'm still sincerely puzzled as to how this performance, in this particular non-movie, this win, even happened. It's really the Academy's lowest point. I can't for the life of me see why Streep dese...
by mayukh
Wed May 23, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Actress 2008
Replies: 19
Views: 6182

Re: Best Actress 2008

Frozen River is a horrid, simplistic film, and Melissa Leo's insensitive performance is one of the reasons it flounders. The character is hateful but Leo does not make us understand her; we only resent her more. This is not realism, as many critics called it. I was scared that many thought a Streep-...
by mayukh
Tue May 22, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2010
Replies: 18
Views: 3422

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2010

I voted for Helena Bonham-Carter. Her quick, snappy presence completely changes the rhythm of the whole film, and I always enjoy watching such an intelligent actress as herself navigate such "safe" territory as this (similar to Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton). She reacts to other actors ...
by mayukh
Tue May 22, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: 81st and Other 9th Decade Discussions
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2008
Replies: 24
Views: 6414

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2008

Nothing compares to Debra Winger's cameo in Rachel Getting Married. It's a real example of what an immensely talented actress can do with a few minutes of screen time – her presence influences the whole film and our insight into the main character's psychology, as you start to understand why Kym is ...
by mayukh
Tue May 22, 2012 1:06 am
Forum: The 8th Decade
Topic: Best Supporting Actress 2006
Replies: 41
Views: 21676

Re: Best Supporting Actress 2006

I am glad to see some posters have come out in support of Rinko Kikuchi's performance, because I found her work revelatory upon watching Babel. I didn't spot a trace of sensationalism in her work, and it was by far the most authentic thing about this bloated movie. Her character's desperate need for...

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