October 25, 2014 at 10:39 am #164430
Who is the best film actress under 30? Provide us with one answer and a good explanation. We may use your comments in an upcoming blog post.October 25, 2014 at 11:16 am #164432
I would say Mia Wasikowska. She has shown that she can do a full range of performances, and has such a wonderfully subtle acting style that excels beyond her years. I also think that her continued prominence in excellent indie films, like Stoker and The Double, shows that she is more concerned with the quality of the film than she is about the pay check.
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Anna is a very special actress – she isn’t a conventional bombshell, but she has some of the biggest talents out of any actress working today. She can sing, dance and act. She is equally apt at comedy and drama, and can play almost any type of character. She’s been nominated for a Tony Award and an Oscar, and it is just a matter of time before she is in the winner’s circle. She just needs to right role to catapault her to that win, and I have no doubt she will get that role very soon.October 25, 2014 at 11:22 am #164434
No such thing.October 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm #164435
I was debating between Emma Stone and Anna Kendrick, but I think I might have to go with Stone (especially considering Kendricks already deservedly been mentioned).
But yea, Emma Stone. I’ve already thought she was oscar worthy twice in her relatively brief career, in Easy A and The Help. In the first, she’s funny, sexy, warm, charming, and can pull off the drama just as well. In that movie she can move from comedy to drama, from confident to crushingly insecure in one scene, frequently in one line. In The Help she’s once again hilarious, but also awkward, strong, curious, passionate, and stands toe to toe with every other phenomenal actress around her, and she carries the film incredibly. She’s also great in Crazy Stupid Love, her first big role in Superbad, and her performance and chemistry with Andrew Garfield was one of the best things about the spiderman movies. I haven’t seen a performance of hers I haven’t been impressed with, and I can’t wait to see her in Birdman. I’m glad she might finally be getting her Oscar due.October 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm #164436
Anna Kendrick. Keira Knightley. Emma Stone. Saoirse Ronan. Evan Rachel Wood. Jennifer Lawrence. Shailene Woodley.
That’s all.October 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm #164437
Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone are the most compelling, charismatic, and unpredictable to me. They are both absolute pleasures to watch on the screen, even if they’re woefully miscast and inapropriate for a role (Lawrence in American Hustle).October 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm #164438
There are several very deserving ladies who have already been mentioned, so I’ll go with one that hasn’t been singled out yet: Shailene Woodley. Ever since her Golden Globe nominated breakout role in ‘The Descendants’ opposite George Clooney as his foul mouthed, rebellious teen daughter, Woodley has shown again and again that she is incapable of delivering a false emotional note. She’s so good at conveying what her characters are thinking and feeling that she makes it look easy, and is probably the least “actorly” of her contemporaries. Besides her strong work in ‘The Descendants’, she was heartbreaking and lovely in ‘The Spectacular Now’ (in which she shared the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for acting with her co-star Miles Teller, and earned a Best Actress nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards), and just this year she had three very different roles in three very different films: she sold the hand-to-hand combat, action set-pieces, and the emotional turmoil as Tris, kicking off her own big franchise with ‘Divergent’, she played a strong and intelligent young woman dying of cancer (and is earning some Oscar buzz) in the wildly popular romantic dramedy ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, and she tackles her first mature role (including several nude scenes) in Gregg Araki’s coming-of-age mystery ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’. She’s capativating in all three, and it only hints at what she’s capable of as an actress. She’s certainly one to watch and is easily one of the best actresses under 30 working today.October 25, 2014 at 2:46 pm #164439
Carey Mulligan might be the most notable not yet mentioned, even if she hasn’t been given a role to quite match her outstanding breakthrough in An Education (though Shame was a genuine surprise from her). I can’t believe Keira Knightley’s still under 30, feels like she’s been around for ever!October 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm #164440
I’ll go with Rooney Mara. Her choices are edgy, and she’s like a chameleon in many of her films. I’ll also give props to Evan Rachel Wood, who knocked me out in Ides. Best perf in that film imo.October 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm #164441
^Agree with both.October 25, 2014 at 3:00 pm #164442
Jennifer Lawrence or Saoirse Ronan. The first for the so pure talented, and the second for the versatility.October 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm #164443
Rooney Mara. In just some years has worked with some of the best directors in the business, with great consistency, lends great depth to her leading roles and compliments movies with standout supporting performances. Plus already has an iconic character under her belt (Lisbeth Salander), which I’m sure will be remembered in many years to come.October 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm #164444
The only under-30 actress who is of any interest whatsoever is Saoirse Ronan. The rest (esp. the overrated Jennifer Lawrence) bore the hell out of me.