Oscars 2012 – Best Actress

In just one day the glitz and glamour of the 84th Annual Academy Awards will arrive, and in honor of Oscar Week I’ve be breaking down the major categories. Let’s take a closer look and examine all 5 of this year’s nominees for Best Actress:

The Nominees for Best Actress

  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Michele Williams, My Week With Marilyn
  • Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Glenn Close, Albert Knobs

1) Why Meryl Streep Should Win: The “biopic” has long been a genre that has guaranteed Oscar recognition (Jamie Foxx in Ray, Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter, etc.), and while Streep’s striking turn as Margaret Thatcher was a bit too awards savvy, there really is no denying that Streep, as always, was at the top of her game. Not only did Streep look exactly like Thatcher, but she also moved like Thatcher, spoke like Thatcher, thought like Thatcher, acted like Thatcher, etc. – dare I say it, but Streep simply wasMargaret Thatcher, what more of a compliment could you give of an actress in this type of role?


2) Why Michele Williams Should Win: Another biopic with another exceptional lead performance, and much like Streep, Williams simply became the half confident, half vulnerable Marilyn Monroe. What I appreciated about Williams’ perfromance was that she never over did it; I could imagine any actress playing Monroe and being a bit too theatrical and too haughty, but Williams was completely understated in her performance and gave us a Marilyn who desperately wanted freedom but was tragically bound for fame.


3) Why Rooney Mara Should Win: Has there ever been a debut perfromance that has been more electrifying, more passionate, and more badass than Rooney Mara’s star-is-born turn as Lisbeth Salander in The Girth with the Dragon Tattoo? I honestly don’t think so! Mara not only became Salander, but she made the bisexual computer hacker a person that was surprisingly human and relatable despite a physical appearance that said otherwise. For more commentary head on over here.


4) Why Viola Davis Should Win: When I say that Viola Davis has the best eyes in the business, don’t laugh, because it’s insanely true and it’s one of her best attributes as an actress. As struggling maid Aibileen Clark, Davis’ eyes went straight to your heart, and one glance of her big pupils swelling up was enough to break your heart into a thousand pieces. Though part of an ensemble of extraordinary actresses, Davis provided the emotional core for the entire film and her performance was the main one that, by the films end, left me with a sense of inspiration and hope.


5) Why Glenn Close Should Win: To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Albert Nobbs,and while I felt the Academy did Janet McTeer justice by nominating her for Supporting Actress, I can’t help but feel that Glenn Close was nominated only because she’s a legendary actress in a transgender role (it’s a showy performance that the Academy probably loved). Look, Close did a fine job in the film, most notably by making Albert a quietly forceful presence, but the fact that she was in such eye-striking drag was a lot more interesting than her character’s journey.


And the award goes to… Viola Davis! I still think the race for Best Actress is a close competition between Davis and Streep, but after winning most of the preliminary awards, including the SAG, I think Davis will finally, and rightfully, become an Oscar-winning actress.

If I got to vote my ballot ranking would look like…

  1. Rooney Mara
  2. Viola Davis
  3. Michele Williams
  4. Meryl Streep
  5. Glenn Close

Most painful snub in the category: Not only was it the most painful snub of the Best Actress race, but Tilda Swinton’s lack of recognition for her tour-de-force role in We Need To Talk About Kevin was single handedly the most tragic and painful snub of the entire Academy Awards nominations this year. No matter Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, or Supporting Actress, Tilda Swinton gave the best, bravest, most daring, and most fearless performance of the entire year and she not only should’ve been nominated but she should’ve been walking away with the gold. For more commentary on Swinton head over here.

Who I’d Swap Out: Without a doubt I’d take out Close and put Swinton in – I really can’t believe that Close got recognition over Swinton, I think it’s easily one of the biggest snubs of the modern Oscars.


What do you guys think? Is Viola Davis the definite winner at this point? Who do you think should win? Let me know!

Article by Zack Sharf

Syndicated from www.sharfatthemovies.wordpress.com


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