My #1 was an easy call and I seriously suspected nobody would be able to top that performance. The next two performances charmed me, even though they are completely different; trying to choose which is #2 and which is #3 proved difficult, especially as I’m still under the spell of one of them. And finally the next two make for some serious debate: one it too low key in a film that I completely adore but which is a director’s film; the other one: at-that-time an inexperienced actress, counting too much on looks and style in a film that I found almost unwatchable.
Here is how I’ve appreciated them. If you want to go back and read more, just click on their names:
It’s definitely easier to deliver an incredible performance when you have an incredibly well written character. This is the case here, but even so: it would be impossible not to be impressed, captivated, intimidated by what’s happening on screen everytime she shows up. Elizabeth perfectly manages the drunk, the funny and most of all the tragic side of Martha, giving us thrills to last for decades, in the best performance of her career.
the highlight: The emotionally charged last scenes, including the confession.
the highlight: Learning Italian.
the highlight: The joy of a song from the past.
the highlight: Relieving the past in the love scene at the end.
the highlight: Terrified by her husband while on the phone with the lawyer.
To see other BEST ACTRESS years discussed so far, go to the column on the right: