Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 1
Favourite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actress
Opinion Battles is back, much like last year when we look at the Oscar winning Actors, we are going to dive into looking at our favourite Oscar Winning Actresses, just what will make our list and what would you have picked?
Next Round is Most Anticipated Movie of 2018 – Closing Date Friday 3rd February 2018
Darren – Movie Reviews 101
Brie Larson – Room
I may have picked a modern winner, but for me this is one of the best acting performances I have ever seen, Brie must carry this movie with her performance that must be strong for her son, while also being the victim of the kidnapping and multiple rapes. We do see how her character must learn to live again which is just as difficult as she would have imagined, she won the Oscar and not a single person got close to her this year in either sexes performances.
Kim – Tranquil Dreams
Starting off the year with a tough choice to make, however Julie Andrews winning for Mary Poppins is really fantastic. There’s so much to love about the character of Mary Poppins and how she is portrayed that its really hard to imagine her played by anyone else (especially seeing as Emily Blunt will be attempting to take on the role this year). However, its memorable and a standout performance to make Mary Poppins be so charming.
Milo – Stuff and That
Especially considering that I’ve a startling lack of Actress Oscar-winning movies, it’s easy to pick Frances McDormand brilliantly entertaining performance in this Coen classic.
I thought there’d be loads to choose from for this but, looking at the winners, very few favorite actresses of mine have Oscars. How does Jennifer Lawrence have an Oscar & Amy Adams doesn’t?! I was surprised to find that my choice for this is probably Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins. I didn’t even know she’d won an Oscar for that! That’s cool. Julie Andrews rules. (But she should have an Oscar for The Sound Of Music…) 🙂
Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews
It’s a tough one as there are so many options and there were a few viable contenders but Hilary Swank’s turn in Clint Eastwood’s Oscar winning film is a powerhouse performance and Swank delivers in all of the physically demanding scenes (it’s obvious that she underwent some intense, gruelling training) as well as showing plenty of depth and emotion everywhere else.
She steals the film from everyone else and her character is layered and oh so determined.
Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews
Asking favorite Oscar winning performance from an actress in a lead or supporting role is a tough one. There have been so many wonderful performances over the years that it is so difficult to pick the best. So I decided to go with the role that has given me the most joy in my life and that is Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins. I believe Mary Poppins to be the perfect family film and it all relies on Andrews’ performance to make it work. Mary needs to be kind and wonderful but have a bit of an aloofness to her. She’s mysterious and strange but warm and comforting all at the same time. Julie Andrews captures all of that and more. Plus, of course she has an amazing singing voice. One of the greatest ever. I love her interactions with Mr Banks and how she outsmarts him every time. I just love everything about the movie and her performance in it.
Damien Riley – Riley on Film
Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in Fargo. She shows her range as
an actress in this black comedy film. We see her as a pregnant
homemaker, a dedicated police investigator, and even a friend to a
needy high school friend. This is my favorite role for her and I think
it’s the continuity of her matter-of-fact personality throughout the
film is what earned her the academy award.
John – Johnrieber.com
Jane Fonda – Klute
This moody thriller was a chance for Jane Fonda to lose her “sex kitten” label and play a prostitute who attracts a client who wants to kill her. In her autobiography, Fonda says she hung out with call girls and Pimps for a week before filming, and when none of the Pimps thought she was worth “representing”, she told Director Alan J. Pakula to cast her friend Faye Dunaway instead.
Luckily, he rejected that offer and she shines as a world-weary, wannabe Actress who sells herself in order to keep the world at bay. A young Donald Sutherland is the naive Private Investigator who thinks he can save her in more ways than one.
A terrific film that captures life in New York as the 70’s were about to unfold, with a frank honesty new to cinema at the time as well.
Here is the poster, plus a link to 3 great 70’s films: Here
Rob – Movie Rob
amazing performance by Bates. she is amazing here and definitely deserved the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of a completely psychotic woman who had very expressive mood swings.
S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason
Looking through the Best Actress options, I was struck by how few there were that I genuinely loved. Even so, Emma Stone in La La Land and Kathy Bates inMisery came close, but the best one I think belongs to Sally Field for Places in the Heart. As a Southern woman who suddenly becomes a widow, she displays both vulnerability and an unflinching resilience, opening her home to helpful strangers and refusing to lose her farm if she can muster the strength to prevent it. As her second Oscar win, her acceptance speech is where she was misquoted as saying “You like me. You really like me.” Yes, Sally Field, we do.
Emma – Emma Explains It All