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  • Alijah Purdy
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    I personally consider 2015 to be a pretty lackluster year when it came to the nominees for Best Actress.

    What year do you choose?!

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    Gain
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    As in Julianne Moore’s 2015 or Brie Larson’s 2015? Neither year was particularly weak for me. Actually I find both to be some of the stronger years of the 21st century. The only nominee I really didn’t like was Lawrence in Joy. Cotillard, Moore, Witherspoon, Ronan, Larson, and Rampling were all brilliant.

    The weakest of the decade is 2011’s lineup (84th) to me. The year after is probably the strongest, though of course the Academy had to award the weakest of the bunch (Lawrence). Before that I didn’t like 2005, 2008, and 2009’s nominees either.

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    Honey
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    2005, three fillers and one slightly better alternative but wasn’t substantially better than Witherspoon.

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    Elazul
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    I thought 1994 was widely regarded as the worst. At least 2015 had Cate Blanchett!

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    2012 was by far the worst. None of the nominees deserved their spot, and the winner was tragic.

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    SHT L
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    1994 was the weakest to me by some way:

    Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
    Jodie Foster – Nell
    Miranda Richardson – Tom & Viv
    Winona Ryder – Little Women
    Susan Sarandon – The Client

    The 1970s were also tough as there were years where they put clear supporting roles or only ok nominees in just to make sure there were five nominees. For a decade full of auteur filmmaking and daring stories, the roles for women really weren’t that great with some very notable exceptions. I remember taking a Politics & Cinema class and all of us noticing that in many of the 1970s films we watched there were so many scenes with men slapping women.

    I know 1975 was considered particularly weak though some of the actual nominees were strong where even Ellen Burstyn recommended there’d be no award for Best Actress that year to make a statement on lack of quality lead female roles.

    Nominees were:

    Isabelle Adjani – The Story of Adele H.
    Ann-Margret – Tommy
    Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Glenda Jackson – Hedda
    Carol Kane – Hester Street

    I don’t think 2005 was really inspiring either. I like Reese Witherspoon, but her performance in Walk the Line was really only ok. I did like the verve in which she sang those songs though.

    The wholeheartedly agree that 2012 was an extremely strong year, and I would have replaced Lawrence and Wallis with Marion Cotilliard for Rust and Bone (a superior performance than what she gave for her nominated turn in Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant) and Rachel Weisz in Deep Blue Sea to make it an even stronger category.

    I can see why people would argue 2011 being the weakest of the decade. I think had Kristen Dunst been nominated for Melancholia, her performance alone would have risen the status of that category. After watching more of Davis’ performance, I still don’t know why people took to her performance in The Help the way that they did. Although layered, I don’t think much of it.

    I don’t think 2015 was weak at all though I’d given the Oscar to Saoirse Ronan or Charlotte Rampling.

    I actually thought last year was seriously weak (and maybe weaker than 2011 if I’m honest though, as I said before, had Dunst been nominated than it would definitely have been weaker than 2011). Outside of Isabelle Huppert, I don’t think any of the other performances were impressive. Actually, I think Streep’s performance was underrated here and stronger than Stone, Negga, and Portman by some way. It’s just people were tired of her getting nominated for everything and she had received nominations where she really didn’t need to be nominated in favor of other actresses who gave comparable or better performances. I think a lot of Amy Adam stans decided to focus their entire anger and bitterness onto Streep last year.

    In the end, I honestly think 2014 was the weakest of the decade by far. Outside of Cate Blanchet, I don’t think any of the nominees were really Oscar-worthy.

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    1984 is pretty weak to me- 1994, 1975,and 2005 are all considered weak years by many as others have already noted. 2003 is considered pretty weak too and I”d agree with that. If I”m correct, 2009 is considered to be rotten too.

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    1994 was the weakest to me by some way:

    Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
    Jodie Foster – Nell
    Miranda Richardson – Tom & Viv
    Winona Ryder – Little Women
    Susan Sarandon – The Client

    The 1970s were also tough as there were years where they put clear supporting roles or only ok nominees in just to make sure there were five nominees. For a decade full of auteur filmmaking and daring stories, the roles for women really weren’t that great with some very notable exceptions. I remember taking a Politics & Cinema class and all of us noticing that in many of the 1970s films we watched there were so many scenes with men slapping women.

    I know 1975 was considered particularly weak though some of the actual nominees were strong where even Ellen Burstyn recommended there’d be no award for Best Actress that year to make a statement on lack of quality lead female roles.

    Nominees were:

    Isabelle Adjani – The Story of Adele H.
    Ann-Margret – Tommy
    Louise Fletcher – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    Glenda Jackson – Hedda
    Carol Kane – Hester Street

    I don’t think 2005 was really inspiring either. I like Reese Witherspoon, but her performance in Walk the Line was really only ok. I did like the verve in which she sang those songs though.

    The wholeheartedly agree that 2012 was an extremely strong year, and I would have replaced Lawrence and Wallis with Marion Cotilliard for Rust and Bone (a superior performance than what she gave for her nominated turn in Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant) and Rachel Weisz in Deep Blue Sea to make it an even stronger category.

    I can see why people would argue 2011 being the weakest of the decade. I think had Kristen Dunst been nominated for Melancholia, her performance alone would have risen the status of that category. After watching more of Davis’ performance, I still don’t know why people took to her performance in The Help the way that they did. Although layered, I don’t think much of it.

    I don’t think 2015 was weak at all though I’d given the Oscar to Saoirse Ronan or Charlotte Rampling.

    I actually thought last year was seriously weak (and maybe weaker than 2011 if I’m honest though, as I said before, had Dunst been nominated than it would definitely have been weaker than 2011). Outside of Isabelle Huppert, I don’t think any of the other performances were impressive. Actually, I think Streep’s performance was underrated here and stronger than Stone, Negga, and Portman by some way. It’s just people were tired of her getting nominated for everything and she had received nominations where she really didn’t need to be nominated in favor of other actresses who gave comparable or better performances. I think a lot of Amy Adam stans decided to focus their entire anger and bitterness onto Streep last year.

    In the end, I honestly think 2014 was the weakest of the decade by far. Outside of Cate Blanchet, I don’t think any of the nominees were really Oscar-worthy.

    2013 you mean.

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    1994 was the weakest to me by some way:

    Jessica Lange – Blue Sky
    Jodie Foster – Nell
    Miranda Richardson – Tom & Viv
    Winona Ryder – Little Women
    Susan Sarandon – The Client

    This is where if Angela Bassett were nominated for What’s Love Got To Do With It, then she would have walked away with the Oscar.

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    RobertPius
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    1975 was the year they were afraid they couldn’t find any nominees but then they actually found five pretty good ones.

    1984 is interesting since three of the women play farm wives. (Field and Lange are actually pretty good. Spacek has very little to do in her film. Vanessa Redgrave is odd in The Bostonians and Judy Davis seems good to me in A Passage to India but people at the time really raked her over the coals for not playing the character as it had been intended in the book.)

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    Doesn’t it make 1994 even worse is that Lange won with a movie that was supposed to be released years earlier?

    I don’t think 2013 or 2014 were among the worst at all, the former even includes Amy Adams’ only nomination in this category, that must mean something for a lot of you. 🙂

    What about 2007 though, isn’t that also one of the less inspiring lineups?

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    Doesn’t it make 1994 even worse is that Lange won with a movie that was supposed to be released years earlier?

    I don’t think 2013 or 2014 were among the worst at all, the former even includes Amy Adams’ only nomination in this category, that must mean something for a lot of you. ????

    What about 2007 though, isn’t that also one of the less inspiring lineups?

    Cotillard gave me a career refunding performance, while the nominees were pretty good in 2007 (my opinion). It was her performance where I started to care about performances in film. Before then, I only cared for the Best Picture award.

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    Gain
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    I liked last year’s lineup. I hated Meryl and Portman’s nominations but I liked Stone and Huppert, ADORED Negga. It would’ve been better if Meryl hadn’t gotten in and Amy had. I definitely agree that if Dunst had gotten in with Melancholia, 2011 would’ve been a much better year for best actress.

    Looking back, 2013 indeed wasn’t that good. I’ve grown to like Bullock’s performance a bit more than I initially did, but I still don’t love it. Meryl was at her worst in August: Osage County, and American Hustle just doesn’t hold well after a rewatch. I wish Amy had gotten in last year instead of that year. Blanchett and Dench were good though. I like both films and the performances in it.

    2007 was a very strong year imo. Cotillard is the best winner of the 21st century so far and I adored Linney and Christie’s performances to bits.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I remember an article written by Tom a couple years ago being posted here that 1994 was just a weak year for women in films period, both leading and supporting actress.

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    Yeah, 1994.

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