With the Academy Awards set to hand out the movie industry’s most prestigious award Feb. 27, this post begins a series breaking down each major category. We’ll look at the favorites, darkhorses, who would win and who will win in the Academy Awards’ six acting categories, as well as best director and best picture.
Why? – Portman won the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her role, already, as well as several others. She is currently listed as a 1/10 favorite to win the award.
Why? – Williams’ role is very personal and complex, as her character deals with a plethora of emotions that are very difficult to display. This pick may be more of a personal preference, as critics are higher on Jennifer Lawrence, but I think if there’s a second place pick for this category, it goes to Williams. (More on this later).
Why? – I mentioned in an earlier post that I wasn’t as into Winter’s Bone as others, and Lawrence’s performance is part of that. I just feel like a role like this isn’t difficult to play because 90 percent of it is Lawrence staring blankly at the camera. As a viewer, you’re supposed to think that she’s pissed or solemn or something of that sort, but when I was watching I just saw Lawrence trying to look as blank as possible. I wasn’t a big fan.
Why? – Portman is the biggest slam dunk of this year’s awards. I absolutely loved Williams’ performance in Blue Valentine, and she would likely have won any other year, but as I documented in a post a few months ago (which WordPress isn’t letting me link at the moment), Portman’s performance is far beyond anything I’ve seen in a long, long time.
Aside from just the fact that she does a difficult job of looking far younger than she actually is, her character is constantly battling between good and evil. You can see this feeling eating her alive, but at the same time she’s supposed to carry herself as a graceful swan (pun intended) while her life seems to be crashing down around her. I think I’d pick Portman over any best actress winner from the past 10 years, and she’s the hands-down winner.
Who the Academy will choose – Portman.
Note: It’s not much fun to constantly agree with the Academy, but I’ll document why in a later post.