Opinion Battles Year 4 Round 1 Favourite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actress

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

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

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

Frances McDormand – Fargo

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.

Cinema Parrot Disco

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

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

Hilary Swank – Million Dollar Baby

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

Julie Andrews – Mary Poppins

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 – Fargo

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

Kathy Bates – Misery

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

Sally Field – Places in the Heart

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

Frances McDormand – Fargo

Though I had a few possible contenders in mind, I chose Frances McDormand because I really, really genuinely like her performance in Fargo and I also find it very memorable. 

She won the best actress Oscar award in 1997 and rightfully so, for her portrayal of Marge Gunderson, a likable and quirky policewoman who doesn’t let a lot get past her.

McDormand’s timing, accent and expressions are all spot on, helping to produce one of the Coen brothers best known and well liked characters.




  1. Reblogged this on Rhyme and Reason and commented:
    It’s a brand new year for Opinion Battles over at Movie Reviews 101! Thanks to everyone who voted last year, especially since I won (shockingly), but it’s a whole new round now. This time, be sure to vote for your favorite Best Actress winner’s performance. I picked Sally Field in Places in the Heart, but of all the good choices, vote for the one you like best!

  2. Reblogged this on Tranquil Dreams and commented:
    2018 is here! Opinion Battles starts up again except this year on a monthly basis. January kicks off with a look at our Favorite Oscar Winning Performance from an Actress. Lots of great choices here and I’m very happy that I’m actually in the majority this time with choosing Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins.
    Head over to check out the other choices and vote for who you agree with.

  3. I was tempted to vote with John, as I love Fonda in ‘Klute’. But my personal favourite is Marion Cotillard, in ‘La Vie En Rose’. Her Piaf biopic was spellbinding. Number two would be for Liza Minnelli, in ‘Cabaret’. As neither are listed, no vote this time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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