‘Big Little Lies’: Shailene Woodley gave best performance in episode 3, ‘Living the Dream’ [Poll Results]

We asked you who gave the best performance last week in the third episode of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” “Living the Dream” (you can still vote in the poll here). Overwhelmingly, Shailene Woodley won with 56%. Rounding out the top three were Nicole Kidman with 18% and in third a tie between Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Skarsgard with 8% each. Laura Dern was not far behind, receiving 7% of the vote. Iain Armitage scored 2%, and Adam Scott managed to get 1%. See the complete results at the bottom of this post.

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Unlike last week’s narrow victory for Kidman, Woodley dominated the vote this week. Woodley was the easy choice as she so skillfully delivered her quiet and heartbreaking monologue to Madeline that her son was conceived when she was raped. Woodley did not overplay the scene where she confessed or the accompanying flashback scene that showed the assault.

Kidman scored a distant second place, though she previously topped our reader poll for week one. Skarsgard, Kidman’s on-screen husband, was right behind her this week, landing him in third place. In “Living the Dream” viewers learned just how tumultuous Celeste’s (Kidman) marriage to her husband Perry (Skarsgard) actually is, culminating in a vulnerable scene as they attended marriage counseling.

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Sharing third place was Witherspoon. Madeline was not the focus of this episode as much as in previous weeks, even though she planned the “Disney on Ice” outing to undermine Renata’s (Dern) birthday party for her daughter. But we still saw depth in her character. Her heart broke in front of us as her oldest daughter Abigail (Kathryn Newton) decided to live with her father (James Tupper) and stepmother (Zoe Kravitz).

Dern’s character Renata may have cracked her character’s hard shell this week, but readers only ranked her fifth. But regardless, if this role earns Dern her sixth Emmy nomination this is definitely an episode she should keep in mind for a possible submission. Perhaps it could finally bring her her first ever win.

Armitage showed depth beyond his years as Woodley’s son. He knocked over a chair as he demanded to know what his father’s name was. That was enough for him to land 2% of the vote for sixth place — not bad for an actor with only five credits to his name. Scott, who had a big episode last week, took more of a back seat in episode three as he comforted his distraught wife, but was still able to manage 1% of the vote.

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