- Bjork was snubbed of both nomination & win – but I guess that didn’t need saying :)
- It’s a way better year than I remembered it to be. So it’s safe to say that this category was vastly underrated and one of the best of the decade regarding Best Actress.
- Julia Roberts should have won a popularity contest, but not the Oscar. Oh, wait: aren’t these the same? Ha ha. No.
- I think that Julia Roberts won because she’s in every scene of Erin Brockovich. I know Laura Linney was probably the runner-up, but I’d like to think that Burstyn actually had a chance. Julia Roberts had 115 minutes of screentime, while Ellen Burstyn only 35 minutes. You do the math.
So here's how I scored these ladies (based on the analysis made in previous posts) and a small recap:
With the biggest story arc of them all, she takes the character from nice old lady to an unexpected drug addict monster. It could have easily been a boring one note performance or overacting like hell, but Burstyn embraces the loneliness of Sara, creating a warm, sad, believable character. Her gestures in the monologue scene are gold and she sells every sequence she’s in even the crazy ones.
Can one scene bring the Oscar? It seems not. But, although a bit too tight at first, Linney shows dramatic range and lots of fun playing this almost desperate housewife. She’s so natural, it’s just crazy and you have to fall for her. I love the reading of Because I feel sorry for them, when justifying why she sleeps with men. And the last important scene of the film makes you understand the entire performance.