Friday, July 29, 2011

The Final Conclusion - Best Actress 1992


So the much anticipated ranking is:

I'm a bit clueless about how I felt about this performance. I mean, I really liked it and it was surely very entertaining as I was watching it but it was not something that really blew my socks off. Michelle is very good as Lurene, making her a very likeable person despite the fact that we shouldn't really like her. I appreciate the effort, it just didn't blow me away. But there's something about her that makes me really like her.
Just like her whole performance, as Susan Sarandon is really memorable and moving as Michaela Odone, a woman who refuses to give up on her son's life. Although she's nothing truly mindblowing, she works extremely well with the characters and shows her emotions exceptionally. Really great work.

Sorry haters, I'm not one of you as I was totally taken by Catherine Deneuve's wonderful performance in Indochine. Catherine put on an incredibly subtle but extremely haunting performance that is unforgettable for me. She got everything right and despite the screentime issues she really amazed me.

Although Margaret Schlegel is a sort of unspectacular character, the performance of Emma Thompson in Howards End is nothing short of spectacular. Despite the little bit slow beginning, I found this work of hers fantastic and I was totally taken by her. It's a true testament to her greatness that the performance is still growing on me and I think so much about it.

This is a wonderful performance that I loved from the beginning to the end. Although it's not a mindblowing piece of work, it's still exceptional and should be much more often talked about. Mary McDonnell created a very memorable and much more layered character than one would expect. She excellently shows this character's pain plus she's a real treat to watch.

So I can proudly announce
the winner is...
Mary McDonnell
Passion Fish
This one was very close.

Final thoughts: This year was way better than I expected. Surprising outcome, even for me. I thought Emma would be a shoo-in (and I thought only Catherine could upset). Although none of these performances was an amazing achievement, they were all impressive. Ranking the Deneuve-McDonnell-Sarandon-Thompson qurtett was incredibly difficult. Then it came down to Catherine vs. Mary and it was even harder. I really did not know how to decide but I hope I made the right decision. In the end, I went with Mary's adorably bitchy and heartbreaking performance as the daytime actress. Somehow she stayed in my mind the longest. Michelle was really good though I found her a bit lacking, many are criticising Catherine in Indochine but I loved her. The other ladies were all wonderful.


  • Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 
  • Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns
  • Tilda Swinton in Orlando
  • Alfre Woodard in Passion Fish  *My Pick*
About the next year: It's no secret that it will be 1962. :)

What do you think?


Louis Morgan said...

Well it certianly went anyway.

dinasztie said...

With such years, it happens quite often. :)

Alex in Movieland said...

I was quite tough when doing 1992. Gave Deneuve a 2, though it might be a 3. To Emma a 4, though it might be a 5. To Mary a 3, though it might be a 4.

I have no hesitation on calling it for Emma. :)

You, as always, are definitely way too generous. :)

mrripley said...

I feel emma and sarandon are way too low,my nominees


dinasztie said...

Alex: Or you might be stingy with your grades. :P

dinasztie said...

mrripley: Somehow I feel that, too but I preferred the other two ladies.
My personal pick is still Whoopi for Sister Act. (L)

Malcolm said...

You really surprised me with McDonell and Deneuve.

Anyway, you made me want to see Deneuve so badly!

Do you have a link for Indochine?

dinasztie said...

Malcolm: Unfortunatelynot. I saw it on VHS, I borrowed it from the school library. :(