Mark's Best Actress Challenge

…In relentless pursuit of all performances nominated and won!

Actresses in a Nutshell: The 1930s

1930-31 Most folks today may not be familiar with the very talented, blustery and (I’ll just say it) robust actress Marie Dressler, but back in the 30s, she was one of … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Actresses in a Nutshell: The 1920s

Welcome to my first recap of the Best Actress films I watched in my challenge during 2011 – and the last time I blogged.  Enjoy, and let me know your … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Actresses in a Nutshell: Catching up from where I left off in 2011

As the magnificent Meryl Streep may have appropriately said upon winning her recent Best Actress Oscar for The Iron Lady, I’M BACK!!! Since I left the blogosphere last spring, I’ve … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jill Clayburgh in “Starting Over” (nomination, 1979)

If there is anything that watching the 1970’s actress nominees has taught me, it’s definitely an appreciation for the late, great Jill Clayburgh.  When we lost Clayburgh to cancer last … Continue reading

February 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

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

Bette Davis in “Mr. Skeffington” (nomination, 1944)

Without a doubt, Bette Davis certainly soaks up the screen and chews the scenery as the self-absorbed central character of the tragic and oddly-named Mr. Skeffington (1944), earning her 7th nomination.  … Continue reading

December 26, 2010 · 8 Comments