Sunday, November 25, 2012

Best Supporting Actress 2002

And the nominees were....

  • Kathy Bates as Roberta Hertzel in About Schmidt
  • Queen Latifah as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago
  • Julianne Moore as Laura Brown in The Hours
  • Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean in Adaptation.
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly in Chicago (winner)

The Field: Of all the Supporting Actress races in the 2000's, this one remains probably the most hotly contested, which makes it an exciting field to (hopefully) get me back into the swing of things. It also helps that I've seen 3 of these films and have warm feelings towards each of them. Kathy Bates' performance is the only one I'll be discovering for the first time, by the way. This also marks the first time that a previous winner of mine (in this case, Julianne Moore) gets a second chance at gold so it'll be interesting to see whether she can pull off another victory (she sure has tougher competition, that's for sure). The ladies of Chicago will be going first, both of whom whose reviews are in the can and will be unveiled at a steady pace. My goal is to make the gaps in reviewing be between years and not in the middle of them, if possible.

Also I'd like to introduce the new face of my grading method, which I decided to change not become I don't love Dianne Wiest but rather that I've felt for awhile now that Thelma Ritter should probably be the face I was using when judging the ladies of the supporting category being the reigning nominations queen at 6 nominations. I've already reviewed 2 of Thelma's performances and fell in love with her in Pickup on South Street (click for my review) and thus my scoring will expressed in:

--Fancy Funerals--


Juan Carlos said...

I haven't seen Bates yet, but this is a very strong line-up. All gave fascinating performances.

I'm putting my money on Moore. Ironically, though, Streep, Moore, and Zeta-Jones are lead/co-lead, leaving Latifah as the only 'true' supporting performance from what I have seen =))

Derek Bowman said...

I don't know, I agree that Zeta-Jones, Moore, and Streep all have large parts but for some reason I don't have a problem with any of them being relegated to the supporting category. None of the roles feel like leads despite screentime.

But Queen & Kathy are definitely supporting.