My 10 Best Actresses (6/10)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I know it's been more than half a year since my last post in this series but, at last, I start the top 5.


# 5

"As time goes on, I will play characters who get older; I don't want to be some botoxed weirdo."
- Jodie Foster
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Favorite Movie: Flightplan
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Best Performance: Nell
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Status: Ms. Foster started off as a child star, starting her career when she was just 6 years old. But unlike many child stars who fail to launch an adult career (I shall not name names), Jodie had and still has a thriving filmography. She has won two Academy Award for 'The Accused' and 'The Silence of the Lambs' and many other awards for her acting work. She has also directed some, most recently 'The Beaver' starring Mel Gibson. 
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Future Projects: 'Elysium', a sci-fi drama starring Foster and Matt Damon, is in post-production and will be released in 2013. Last year, she also said to be working (as writer/director) on a family-oriented science-fiction thriller but no further news on that yet.
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Why Jodie?
Simply put: because she's such a wonderful actress. Even though I haven't yet found the courage to see her most acclaimed works (The Accused and The Silence of the Lambs), I've seen enough to be astonished. I recently saw her in 'Carnage' and so loved to see her on the big screen again. I love the way she approaches acting in that she has no brakes. She goes all in and almost becomes the character herself. And she is so versatile; name any genre in the book, she's done it!

And they're in...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Oscar Nominees have been announced. Just 33 days more to go and it will be Oscar Night!! :)


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominees:

Best Achievement in Directing

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Nominees:

Bullhead (2011): Michael R. Roskam(Belgium)
Footnote (2011): Joseph Cedar(Israel)
In Darkness (2011): Agnieszka Holland(Poland)

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Nominees:

The Muppets (2011): Bret McKenzie("Man or Muppet")
Rio (2011): Sergio MendesCarlinhos BrownSiedah Garrett("Real in Rio")

Best Short Film, Live Action


I was surprised to find Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close on the Best Picture list since I thought it was considered an over-sentimental depiction of the 9/11 events. I'm definitely excited to see The Tree of Life recognized (though I doubt it has a chance to win) but I'm not sure about the others yet. In this last month I'll watch them all and post my reviews of them, eventually leading up to my predictions and preferences. Let the Road to the Oscars begin!
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