My current Top 5

My current Top 5


Best Actress 2001 - The resolution!

After having watched and reviewed all five nominated performances, it's time to pick the winner!

5. Judi Dench in Iris

In playing Iris, a philosopher and writer who suffers from Alzheimer disease, Judi Dench gives a typically dignified portrayal that contrasts very effectively with later scenes of despair and illness and she believably shows that the knowledge about her own situation is the most important thing for a woman who has always put knowledge above everything else. Even though her later scenes of loneliness and confusion don’t offer much of a challenge for her, Judi Dench gives a very moving and memorable performance.

Halle Berry gives a surprisingly raw and powerful performance as a woman who suffers a series of devastating tragedies but unfortunately is not very consistent in her portrayal and mixes scenes of overwhelming emotions and truth with moments of awkward over-acting and shrill hysterics. Still, it’s a harrowing and unforgettable demonstration of a hopeless and helpless soul.

3. Sissy Spacek in In the Bedroom

Sissy Spacek gives an uncompromising portrayal of a grieving mother who retreats more and more into her own world of silence and anger. It’s a fascinating, honest and subtle performance that offers a lot of unforgettable images. Unfortunately, the character of Ruth is very underwritten and more than once steps into the background but Sissy Spacek is able to create a complex and disturbingly real character who has no way out of her sorrow and sadness.

2. Renée Zellweger in Bridget Jones's Diary

In the role of Bridget, Renée Zellweger creates a unique and hilarious character who doesn’t need big dramatic scenes of despair and anger to be unforgettable. Thanks to Renée, Bridget becomes a very real heroine who amusingly and awkwardly fights her way through life and love. Her greatest success is that she never takes herself, the role of Bridget or the movie too seriously – instead she portrays all of Bridget’s facets in a very nonchalant-way and so helps to make her incredibly charming and delightful.

In Moulin Rouge!, Nicole Kidman gives a star-performance on the highest level. From the first moment, she completely dominates the screen and is wonderfully able to survive all the craziness around her. In a loud and over-the-top movie, Nicole Kidman prevents Satine from ever stepping into the background and shows her character’s arc believably and effectively. It’s a fascinating and unforgettable performance that is funny, touching, crazy and romantic.

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