In the 21st century, the Academy has awarded great performances, and also some that are less great. The new century had two ‘firsts’: the first black actress and the first French speaking actress – Halle Berry and Marion Cotillard respectively – to win the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
All kind of personalities parade through these Oscar winners: psychotics, neurotics, depressed and overanxious women, a serial killer, an ex–prime minister. Ah, there is a queen and an ex low–ranking Nazi officer too. Among them are some of the best performances in cinema history that will be remembered for times to come. Others seemed to be a mistake.
Here is a list ranking all the winners for the Best Actress Oscar. Start counting down!
17. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (2010)
The Academy should have waited four years and given the Oscar to Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” which epitomizes her efforts as an actress. Instead of that, they preferred to give her the prize for a mediocre family drama that raised a lot of questions about its stances on racial issues.
Based on the true story of Leigh Ann and Sean Tuohy, the film narrates the ‘adoption’ of an impoverished black adolescent by a wealthy white family that helped him finish school and go to college and, in return, he became a part of their family. In this melodrama full of clichés, where white superiority is shown upon the black mother’s incapacity to raise her own child, Bullocks gives a shallow and nerveless performance that would in no way deserve an Oscar taken from Carey Mulligan or Gabourey Sidibe.
16. Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich (2001)
Julia Roberts is a blockbuster megastar. She’s made big hits, decent comedies and dramas; her presence in → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema