All 17 Best Actress Oscar Winners From The 21st Century Ranked From Worst To Best

By Reggina Zervou

Black Swan (2010)

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)

Erin Brockovich

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10 Difficult-To-Watch Movies That Deserve To Be Seen

By David Zou

At its best, the cinematic art form is a completely immersive experience, taking us into created worlds and stirring deep emotional reactions. Understandably, the temptation is to only expose ourselves to films that reflect back to us our better selves and make our spirits soar. However, to do so is to overlook some of cinema’s greatest achievements.

Some of the best explorations of the nature of man are necessarily dark and depressing, but the raw honesty and insight they possess can be just as thrilling and culturally enriching as any conventionally ‘happy’ film.

1. Straw Dogs (1971)

Straw Dogs

Sam Peckinpah had already shocked audiences two years earlier with his explosive Western ‘The Wild Bunch’, so perhaps the film world should have been braced for his follow up, the darkly unnerving contemplation on violence, ‘Straw Dogs’.

However, it managed to generate a fresh controversy of its own, being banned in the UK and heavily edited for its U.S release. Insidiously haunting in its slow-burn expository scenes, terrifyingly graphic once it has ignited and morally ambiguous throughout, Straw Dogs stays with you long after it’s bloody finale has concluded.

Peckinpah is rightly lauded for his visionary approach to depicting the violence of men, but he often isn’t given enough credit for his technical ability as director, and nowhere is it on better display than here. The opening scenes are note-perfect, wasting no time in providing the necessary introduction to each character, and artfully foreshadowing the trouble ahead.

Indeed, there is even a novel twist on Chekov’s gun – we are shown a bear trap that is not only put to memorable use later on, but also acts as a metaphor for the rising tension, primed to snap at any moment.

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True/False Announces 2018 Lineup

By Filmmaker Staff

For its 15th edition, the doc-centric, hybrid-friendly annual True/False Film Fest has unveiled a lineup of 40 features, with no less than six world premieres. Black Mother, Khalik Allah’s keenly-awaited follow-up to Field Niggas, is one, as is América, the feature debut from Chase Whiteside & Erick Stoll (profiled in last year’s 25 New Faces of Film). Here’s the lineup; shorts will be announced tomorrow, with the full schedule released on Saturday. For more information, visit the festival’s website. Adriana’s Pact (dir. Lissette Orozco; 2017) The director idolized her glamorous aunt, whose political past holds dark secrets. (Presented by the Kinder Institute on […] → continue…

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ThunderBlade V4: truly the fastest external drive on the market

By (Erik Vlietinck)

The blazingly fast OWC Thunderblade V4 SSD

The ThunderBlade V4 is designed to be rugged and dependable, but its major appeal will be its speed. It is truly blazing fast, with speeds up to 2800MB/sec read and 2450MB/sec write performance.

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    703 Bolt Review– a streamlined HD monitoring solution with no cables

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Take a smallHD 703 ultra bright and combine it with a Teradek Sidekick II Bolt wireless receiver and what do you get? The 703 Bolt. This new zero-dealy 7″ wireless…

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    Next From Sigma? 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art

    By Canon Rumors We haven’t heard much about Sigma in a while, but it looks like the next lens from the company will be a 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art if today’s reports are true. This would give Sigma a very compelling ultra wide angle lens lineup with the 14-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art alongside the 12-24mm f/4 … → continue…

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    ARRI Launches Large-format Camera System

    By Staff

    ARRI launches large-format camera system A complete new system: ALEXA LF camera, ARRI Signature Prime lenses, and LPL lens mount. Intimate and emotionally engaging images with an immersive, three-dimensional feel, pulling the viewer in. Compatible with existing lenses, accessories, and workflows. February 2, 2018, Munich/London – At the BSC Expo in London, ARRI today unveils […]

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    Crew Members Speak Out

    By Paul Tenebrini

    Hollywood’s Grueling Hours & Drowsy Driving Problem: Crew Members Speak Out Despite Threat To Careers It’s been four months since Riverdale actor KJ Apa crashed into a lamp post after a long day of shooting, giving rise to questions about long hours on movie and TV sets and the dangers of …

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    Production News Weekly February 7, 2018

    By Paul Tenebrini

    CBS has reboot fever. With Pilot season heating up, it’s looking like another good year. One of the things that I have noticed are the number of network reboots. CBS, which gave a straight-to-series order this week to a Murphy Brown revival, has picked up six pilots—including reboots of Cagney and Lacey and Magnum […]

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    SIGGRAPH 2018 Seeks Submissions, Announces Program Expansions

    By Asbury PR


    SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, announces the call for submissions for the 45th conference as well as two program expansions. The…

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    Six Key Differences Between The One Show and ADC Annual Awards

    By The One Club


    When The One Club for Art & Copy and the Art Directors Club merged last year to form The One Club for Creativity, they brought together two of the industry’s most prestigious award shows. Now that the forward-thinking advertising industry accolades of…

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    Amazon Video Direct Dramatically Changes How It Will Compensate Indie Creators

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    Fortium To Present Tools and Strategies for Avoiding Cybercrime at HPA Tech Retreat

    By Artisans PR


    Fortium, a leading provider of digital solutions for film, television and broadcast, will present its latest tools and strategies for protecting sensitive media content at the Hollywood Professional Association’s 2018 HPA Tech Retreat, February 19-23, in Palm Desert, California.


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    Canon XC20 Coming Soon? The First Specification List Appears

    By Canon Rumors We haven’t heard of a follow-up to the Canon XC15, but there’s little doubt that we will see one some time. The first specification list for the XC20 has appeared at New Camera. Canon XC20 Rumored Specification: UHD 4K Output up to 60 fps 8MP, 1″ CMOS Sensor Dual-Pixel CMOS Autofocus Feature DIGIC DV 6 … → continue…

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    ULTIMATE Camera Menu Guide to ARRI, RED, Panasonic and Sony

    By Nic Divischek

    camera menu

    As filmmakers, you are often required to work on multiple cameras. Often enough, one week you are on a RED, the next on ARRI and then suddenly on a Sony camera. It can be cumbersome to remember which camera menu setting is where, and how manufacturers name their settings. We have listed camera simulators and some Youtube links that will make your life easier to brush up on your skills and train those grey brain cells to muscle memory for your next job.


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    • SONY F55

    ARRI Camera Simulators

    ARRI SXT Camera


    ARRI Mini Camera


    RED Camera Simulator

    The RED camera simulator is only available on iTunes. Please find below a link to DONNA.


    Panasonic Camera Simulators

    Panasonic Varicam S35

    LINK to Panasonic VARICAM S35 camera simulator

    Panasonic Varicam LT

    LINK to Panasonic Varicam LT Camera Simulator

    Sony Camera Simulators

    Sony F55 / F5

    LINK to Sony F5/F55 Camera Simulator

    We hope this guide to camera menu simulators has helped you. If you wish to have any other camera menu simulators added, please let us know in the comments below.

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