November 19, 2018 at 2:16 pm #1202678322
And yet another commonly cited entry for actresses who are considered overdue, Annette Bening. When do you think she was at her best out of all her Oscar-nominated roles? When did she deserve to win, and when do you think she was closest?
The Grifters – Her first one is where I think she should have swept. It’s not that I don’t love Whoopi and think she’s deserving, I love her performance in “Ghost” but Annette was simply incomparable here. She slipped into a character who could have so easily been a cliché and had such a magnetism that you couldn’t take your eyes off of her. She was the most memorable character in a movie with Anjelica Huston, for Christsakes! I for one think that Lorraine Bracco was overrated but I can imagine that being in such a strong film made her a frontrunner, so I would say she was third.
American Beauty – This movie seems to attract some backlash, but I’ve still heard that there’s some contingent who seem to think that she was the most robbed here. I have to strongly disagree, I really like her performance here but I also feel that it’s somewhat overrated. She was definitely a close second to Hilary Swank as evidenced by the SAG and BAFTA wins but Swank gave one of the best performances in this category in the past 25 years and was simply incomparable. Annette was amazing but simply wasn’t as good, bar none.
Being Julia – This one sort of baffles me, honestly. I begrudge Swank’s win here and can’t believe they passed over Staunton and Winslet but Bening most definitely wasn’t robbed here. She was probably fourth in this race because even with the GG win her film had little to no buzz, it was a great performance that was plenty layered and a well-executed comedic entry in her repertoire but it doesn’t really stand out as something she should have won for. I think she *barely* deserved a nomination, but I wonder if she was nominated for such an underperforming film simply because people had already started to view her as overdue.
The Kids Are All Right – This one hurts me, because she so easily would have won in a weaker year but this happened to be one of the most stacked BA categories in quite a while, and even her overdue-ness couldn’t take Portman down. I really, really love her performance here and it rivals The Grifters as her best. It didn’t strike me at first, but more and more it sort of seeped into my consciousness. She just really felt like a truly realized character that you would know, a definite departure from her more flamboyant characters nominated. She was second, as great as the category was I’m pretty confident that she had to be second.November 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm #1202678344
The Kids Are All Right is the best of her nominated performances. I would be fine with her beating Swank round one.November 20, 2018 at 7:02 am #1202678766
You guys really like the big theatrical actresses who are not really worth all the attention they are getting (Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Annette Bening). But let’s see.
The Grifters – Whoopi was winning and Bracco was on her trail. Bening was not really on anybody’s radar. I’ve seen the movie three times and appreciate Huston’s performances more and more. Bening I can’t hardly remember.
American Beauty – I remember that up to the day of the Oscars, many people still predicted her to win. I can see why and then, I can also see how she lost. She is very over the top and chews the scenary masterly. I think this kind of acting is already pretty dated.
Being Julia – I suppose this is where I would say she was at her best, but I am not nominating her. Already back then it felt like this movie’s only purpose was to get Bening an Oscar. The Academy started to getting tired of such attempts and her movie peaked too early.
The Kids are all right – Bad movie, average performance. I’m starting to get this feeling that people really want to like her and her acting but in the end it’s a big brown bag full of hot air. There is just nothing. She gets good roles and doesn’t make as much as other actresses would have made out of those. 20th Century Women is another case in point here, or Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool. All great roles and she did the minimun with them.
I can appreciate her performances in Bugsy and Mother and Child (and on good days when I feel nostalgic, I enjoy her in American Beauty) but that’s it.November 20, 2018 at 10:48 am #1202678955
Out of these four I’d go with Being Julia but Bugsy is my fav from her.November 20, 2018 at 10:49 am #1202678959
I prefer 20th Century Women to all her nominated performances. Of those, though, she was strongest in American Beauty.
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