Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hello everybody! :) Did you miss me? I hope so because I'm returning (like for REAL) after a long hiatus, full of soul-searching, creative recharging of my mind, broadening my perspectives and I'm ready to make my comeback. I'm feeling better than ever, bursting with the desire to get back to all of you. :) 

Naturally, my soul-searching also meant that I re-examined some of my old decisions and rankings. I have revised most of them and eventually, I'll also correct the old reviews and doing some re-writes. That's gonna be work, but I'm ready. :) I still need to re-think 1948, 1973, 1998 and 2009 so I'm excluding them from my list below. :) And of course, I'll be still changing my rankings whenever I feel like it. :)  

However, let's look at my picks so far (you can see the changes):

1937: Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth

1939: Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind

1940: Joan Fontaine in Rebecca 

1941: Bette Davis in The Little Foxes

1943: Ingrid Bergman in For Whom The Bell Tolls 

1944: Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity

1951: Vivien Leigh in a Streetcar Named Desire

1954: Judy Garland in A Star is Born

1955: Susan Hayward in I'll Cry Tomorrow

1957: Anna Magnani in Wild is the Wind

1958: Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

1959: Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story

1961: Sophia Loren in Two Women

1962: Katharine Hepburn in A Long Day's Journey Into Night

1963: Leslie Caron in The L-Shaped Room

1964: Anne Bancroft in The Pumpkin Eater

1966: Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1969: Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 

1971: Jane Fonda in Klue

1972: Liza Minnelli in Cabaret

1974: Faye Dunaway in Chinatown

1975: Louise Fletcher in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

1976: Sissy Spacek in Carrie

1977: Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

1978: Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata

1979: Sally Field in Norma Rae

1980: Ellen Burstyn in Resurrection

1982: Jessica Lange in Frances

1983: Meryl Streep in Silkwood

1984: Judy Davis in A Passage to India

1986: Sigourney Weaver in Aliens

1987: Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction

1988: Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons

1989: Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys

1990: Kathy Bates in Misery

1992: Mary McDonnell in Passion Fish

1995: Elisabeth Shue in Leaving Las Vegas

1996: Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves

1997: Helena Bonham Carter in The Wings of the Dove

2001: Halle Berry in Monsters Ball

2002: Julianne Moore in Far from Heaven

2003: Charlize Theron in Monster

2004: Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2006: Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal

2007: Marion Cotillard in La vie en rose

2010: Natalie Portman in Black Swan

2011: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady 

2012: Emmanuelle Riva in Amour 

Multiple wins: 
  • 3 wins: Meryl Streep (2011, 1990, 1983) 
  • 2 wins: Ingrid Bergman (1943, 1978)Glenn Close (1987, 1988), Jane Fonda (1969, 1971), Vivien Leigh (1939, 1951), Elizabeth Taylor (1958, 1966)

Best performances reviewed:
  1. Jane Fonda in Klute
  2. Ingrid Bergman in Autumn Sonata
  3. Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire
  4. Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves
  5. Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons
Weakest performance reviewed: 
  1. Ann-Margret in Tommy
  2. Gena Rowlands in Gloria
  3. Diana Ross in Lady Sings the Blues
  4. Ellen Page in Juno
  5. Samantha Morton in In America
I'll see you soon with posts (at least on the 9th). :) I'm keeping it all surprise.

I wish all of you a successful, happy new year! :)

What do you think? Which changes surprised you the most? 


Fritz said...

Yay, I am so glad you're back!!! I hope everything is alright with you and I am really looking forward to your new reviews!

I am most surprised by Ingrid Bergman being your new winner in 1943, Meryl in 1983 and 1990 and Emmanuelle in 2012. Can't wait to see what other surprises you have in store :-)

Welcome back and a happy new year!

Derek Bowman said...

Wow, your mind changed on a lot of these!

I was going to say the same thing about Ingrid as Fritz! I've only heard negative things about that one besides from you, of course. Interesting. Also surprised to see Meryl & Judi win in '90 and '06. Love both of those. I was worried you'd change on SigSig, because then I'd have to yell at you ;)

BUT...with all these changes, you still are for Meryl in '11. Grrr. ;)

I'll be back with a new year in the coming weeks too, I'm 3/5 done. Want to finish before posting or I'll never finish. Glad to see you back to posting and Happy New Year! :D

dinasztie said...

Derek, I won't change my mind about Meryl in 2011 any time soon. :))

Happy New Year!!!

Louis Morgan said...

Glad to see you're back. Happy New Year!

Victor Rodrigues said...

Love your blog but disagree with 2 things...
I love Judy Davis but Vanessa Redgrave was the true winner of 1984 ... Just my opinion and I also don't believe you were in your right mind when you choose Meryl over Kathy in 1990 ... Really? By the way did you watch "Coriolanus"? Or "Second Serve" or "Isadora"? If yes, what's your take on Vanessa? I think she was brilhant in everything she's in except for "Mary Queen of Scotts" but what's your opinion on her? Thank you!!!
By the way saw Great Jane (Love her too) in The Butler , what did you think of her too in that film? Not enough for her right? Bye D!

willingmike2 said...

We came so close in 1950 and again in 1969 with our basic rankings on the Oscars ..... but with the same "switch." You chose Gloria Swanson for the Oscar with Bette Davis a strong second. I felt just the opposite, and "All About Eve" remains (in my mind, at least) the only Bette Davis film that really deserves to be seen forever. The fact that an Academy Award was handed to a comedian who had practiced her part on Broadway COUNTLESS times before coming to Hollywood to film her play. Just an injustice and insult to MOVIE actresses. Of course the Golden Globes handled it properly ..... giving Judy Holliday the Best Actress in a COMEDY award. But unfortunately they agreed with YOU and not ME on who should get that dramatic actress award. :-)
As for 1969 I definitely put Liza Minnelli in the #1 spot for deserving the award, with Jane Fonda in #2. (Again, our switch.) Fonda was great, of course, but there was no "surprise" there for me ..... while I don't think I'll ever forget sitting in that theater and actually feeling "excitement" watching young Liza, in her very first starring role, develop and grow and suddenly display DEEP emotion to the point of baring her soul for us. I knew here was a real ACTRESS that, as much as I already loved her for her "talent," I just had not been prepared to see. And of course she had to win that Oscar for "Cabaret" three years later .... but that should have been her SECOND Academy Award!