December 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm #169188
I have been reading plenty about how there is an apparent lack of decent female roles this year. But I think that is because people aren’t looking hard enough. Not even at performances from outside the US. But I think one performance that is deserving of Oscar recognition is Essie Davis for her dynamic work in the Aussie horror gem The Babadook. Davis’ portrayal of an unhinged mother trying to shield her son from a horrific entity known as the Babadook. I’m sure that because it is a horror film, voters could be turned off by the material, but that shouldn’t take away from the performance IMO because it is one of the best given by a female this year.
Some nominations she received:
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Actress
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Actress
San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best ActressDecember 13, 2014 at 6:12 pm #169190
^ Very well said! I truly believe the films genre is all that has held her back from being a top-tier contender. In addition, its been 15 years since a female performance in a horror movie broke through. But with the extraordinary reviews and critical citations, maybe she has a chance with BFCA on monday. *Fingers Crossed* . And who knows from there, anything can happen @ the 11th hour! I do get a bit of satisfaction knowing she’ll probably win the AACTA though.December 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm #169191
I just saw this and oh my god!!!!!!!! She was fantastic. I think that was one of my favorite performances from a lead actress this year with Kristen Wiig “The Skeleton Twins” and Jenny Slate “Obvious Child”, two performances that I think also go with your statement about people not looking hard enough for great female roles this year. Probably the best horror performance since Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the LambsDecember 14, 2014 at 4:34 am #169192
She was fantastic, should go toe to toe with Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, both stellar performances. Also, I wouldn’t mind this showing up in editing, and some scenes were directed beautifully, specially that sequence with the dog and the child and then herself where she founds the book again after she throwed it out.December 14, 2014 at 6:17 am #169193
Saw this a while back, and though I think it’s somewhat overrated, it’s a solid psychological horror flick (though one with an extremely obvious metaphor that is sometimes shoved down your throat a bit to much for my liking).
Essie Davis is great in this, and she’s currently in my top 10 (though she misses the cut on my top 5). The kid annoyed the crap out of me though…December 14, 2014 at 4:19 pm #169194
I loved the film and was amazed by her performance I hope she gets more recognition she deserves it!December 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm #169195
Isn’t The Babadook ineligible for the Oscars because it didn’t have a qualifying run before hitting Amazon Prime?December 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm #169196
It’s been in theaters so I don’t know why it would be ineligbleDecember 15, 2014 at 2:28 am #169197
Yeah, the Babadook isn’t on the eligible films list for best picture.December 15, 2014 at 11:04 am #169198
Good catch! I hadn’t even noticed that the film is not on the Academy’s list of eligible films.December 16, 2014 at 11:18 am #169200
Oh that’s a shame.December 17, 2014 at 8:55 am #169201
Agree that Essie Davis is fantastic and definitely better than most of the major Bset Actress contenders being mentioned. Another great performance from a horror film that is being overlooked is Gene Jones in The Sacrament.
Sadly, horror is definitely an overlooked genre. Some of you know this, but because of my love and horror and love of awards, I created the Fright Meter Awards back in 2007. They started simply as my own personal awards I did on my blog, but now have grown into something much more; I have assembled a committe of over 50 members all associated with the genre somehow (bloggers, directors, actors, writers, etc..) Each year we track the eligible films and then in Decembers, members submit their nomination ballots (I am currently in the process of tabulation them–they have until Saturday to turn them in). We then vote on the winners after the nominees are determined
The 2014 nominations will be announced December 26th. You can visit the website at http://www.frightmeterawards.com to browse past winners and get more info. We are always searching for new commitee members. Our Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/frightmeterawards) also have information and photos of past winners (Tom Savini, Lin Shaye, Traci Lords, The Soska sisters) with the custom trophies.
Shameless plug, I know. But horror does get overlooked and my goal with these awards is to cultivate them into the premeire genre award.