March 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm #547048
At the time, I remember thinking Bening and Portman were a close 1st and 2nd, Lawrence a strong 3rd and Williams and Kidman a distant 4th and 5th.
I watched Black Swan again last night and now I’m fluctuating between having Portman in 1st and 2nd. I need to see Kids again.
Moore (Kids) and Steinfeld (Grit) should’ve been nominated here instead of the bottom two. Emma Stone (Easy A) would’ve also been a great choice.
Kidman did nothing for me (her post-win nods should’ve came for Dogville and Birth), Williams was terrific but nowhere near the competition she beat out.March 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm #547050
For me, Bening was the best that year followed by
Moore’s performance, which wasnt nominated…I
placed Portman third, Williams 4th and Lawrence
5th…Kidman was good, but the 5 I chose were better..March 22, 2014 at 5:07 pm #547051
Just watched The Kids are All Right last night. Bening was absolutely brilliant. I think that Moore was snubbed, but having not seen Rabbit Hole, I can’t make the judgment call. Personally I think that Bening could have just as easily gone into supporting and won, and it would have made room for Moore to be nominated as well. Would it really have been category fraud? She is on screen just as much as Ruffalo is.March 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm #547052
Out of the 5? Portman. But Yoon Jeong-Hee should have won for Poetry.March 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm #547053
A solid lineup. I ranked Williams 5th mostly because outside of Oz, I’m getting sick of her choices.
I was rooting for Annette that year, and I havent changed my mind. Lawrence is in there at second; with Kidman and Portman tied at a close third.March 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm #547054
totally Portman! my second favorite performance ever, just behind Foster for SIlence of The LambsMarch 23, 2014 at 4:47 am #547055
Portman is sensational. She’s wins in a landslide for me.
Don’t get Bening’s performance at all. I think she gives the 3rd best performance in her own film nevermind out of thr eventual nominees.
1 – Portman
2 – Lawrence
3 – Kidman
4 – Bening
Haven’t seen Blue Valentine but will try and watch it today (Have had it saved for about a year).March 23, 2014 at 7:01 am #547056
I never got the love for bening I’m this film. She’s good but even Moore was betterMarch 23, 2014 at 8:03 am #547057
I thought Bening was very strong and gave the fim’s best performance, but her character could have/should have had a stronger arc, and the movie left me indifferent. Otherwise, she would have been the deserved victor. Overall solid line-up.
5. WilliamsMarch 23, 2014 at 8:18 am #547058
Portman was good but overrated by miles imo. Swank and Steinfield were the best lead actresses that year for me.March 23, 2014 at 8:30 am #547059
The scene in Kids at the dinner table where Nic figures out that Jules is cheating is a master class. Also the Joni Mitchell sing-along is great.
An extremely strong lineup.March 25, 2014 at 7:04 am #547060
This is when Lawrence should have won and in no way should have won when she did!!!
1. Jennifer Lawrence, WINTER’S BONE
2. Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN
3. Michelle Williams, BLUE VALENTINE
4. Nicole Kidman, RABBIT HOLE
5. Annette Bening, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHTMarch 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm #547061
Steinfeld would have been my number 1. But category fraud. So I went with Portman.March 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm #547062
Portman by a mile.