My current Top 5

My current Top 5


Best Actress 1971 - The resolution

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

Because the screenplay so rarely lets Alexandra have her own moments to express a more layered side, Janet Suzman took things in her own hands and used the small moments of the movie to show that Alexandra is both Empress and woman. But while she doesn’t do anything wrong there is the constant feeling that she simply could have done more. She suffers nobly and expresses poise and grace, but the tasks of the script simply don’t challenge her as much as most of the other actors.

Vanessa Redgrave elegantly and intelligently builds the arc of her character and dominates her part of the storyline with ease and passion. She works well with what she is given and even adds a little more with a thought through and entertaining performance but the story of Mary, Queen of Scots never becomes as thrilling, fascinating and tragic as it could have been. The main reason for this seems to be that while Vanessa Redgrave acts beautifully from the outside, there is something missing on the inside. Instead of crafting a character that believably makes history, she lets history and the script dictate her what to do.
Jane Fonda clearly knows Bree and what she feels and thinks. While a lot of scenes with her feel forced into the movie and don’t really connect with the rest, Jane Fonda has the ability to turn Bree into one logic creation. It’s only her performance that holds everything together and shows the fear and terror of Bree just as effectively as her insecurity and worries. But the combination of Jane Fonda's constant awareness while acting and her shortcomings as an actress prevent her from giving a fully realized performance and characterization.

2. Glenda Jackson in Sunday Bloody Sunday

In Sunday Bloody Sunday, Glenda Jackson perfectly combined her screen presence with the emotionally unsatisfied Alex. She intelligently explored all the aspects of her character, her background and her past, her thoughts and emotions, her hopes for the present and for the future and gave a heartbreaking and yet encouraging performance that creates some unforgettable images.

Julie Christie gives a wonderfully crafted, passionate and almost lyrical performance that brings this complex character to a glorious life – a mystic creation with many shades and edges. Constance Miller is the sort of character a poet would write about and Julie Christie’s performance knows exactly how to add a certain amount of mystery in her character without over- or under doing it. Everything she does, every movement of her body, her hands, her face, adds to the enigma but the result feels never controlled. A fascinating portrayal that is able to catch all the aspects of the character without ever fully exploring them.


Tom said...

Interesting. I never saw this one. Will have to check it out.

Zephyr said...

I've not seen any of these performances. I shall have to check some of them out...

Anonymous said...

Wow, I wasn't expecting that at all...but it feels good being surprised :)

Great job again Fritz!

Fritz said...

Thanks, Sage! It's nice to know that I can still surprise you! :-)

joe burns said...

What a surprise! I was sure you"d go with Glenda..... Anyway this must have been a really weak year to you. By the way, how would you rank all of the years you"ve done so far, from strongest to weakest?

Fritz said...

lol, Joe, did you look like Ellen Burstyn when she lost to Glenda Jackson when you said 'What a surprise?`(just kidding)

Mmh, I guess my ranking of the years would be something like this:

1. 2004
2. 1950
3. 1996
4. 1959
5. 1939
6. 2001
7. 1967
8. 1998
9. 1940
10. 1995
11. 2007
12. 1978
13. 1971
15. 2008
16. 1947
17. 1956
18. 1942

dinasztie said...

Wow, I felt this ranking, now I'm proud of myself. :) I'm a bit disappointed that it's not Fonda, but Julie's fine. I guess I should do this year once.

Fritz said...

Great instincts, dinasztie! :-)