Mark's Best Actress Challenge

…In relentless pursuit of all performances nominated and won!

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” (nomination, 2010)

Somewhere along the way while watching the film Winter’s Bone, I got a little lost.  I don’t know if I was too tired or if the film was just too … Continue reading

January 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (nomination, 2010)

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are perfectly matched in the moody ode to modern-day romance and marriage, the gritty Blue Valentine.  Director Derek Cianfrance craftily directs what might be the … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” (nomination, 2010)

It would be so easy to immediately peg Rabbit Hole, based upon the acclaimed stage play by David Lindsay-Abaire, as just another film about two parents grieving the sudden, tragic … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 2 Comments

And the 2010 Best Actress nominees are…

This morning, the 2010 Academy Award nominations were announced!  A big morning, as it is every year for me, it seems.  As usual, now that they have added 10 nominees … Continue reading

January 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Julie Andrews in “Victor/Victoria” (nomination, 1982)

1964’s Best Actress (for Mary Poppins) Julie Andrews truly goes all out and has a grand old time being directed by husband Blake Edwards in the 1982 musical treat, Victor/Victoria.  … Continue reading

January 13, 2011 · 1 Comment