I make ‘favorite performance’ lists every year, and I get that these lists, more than the rest, are the most subjective one can make. Because it’s really about what you see in each performance and what you respond to; There’s no objective way to truly rate a performance as better than another. With whole films, it feels easier to make that distinction. So with these lists, I’m just gonna focus on some performances from the decade that I really, really enjoyed, and the goal here is just to shout them out and maybe get some people to watch the films if they hadn’t or reevaluate each of the performances the next time they watch the films.
We’re starting with male lead performances, and there was certainly no shortages of those to choose from this decade. (more…)
173. “Opportunity,” from Annie
That’s right, this Annie movie did happen. It’s currently the final film of Cameron Diaz’s career, unless she decides to come back one of these years.
Sia wrote all the songs for the movie, and you can totally hear it from this song. It’s not my favorite song ever, but it’s charming and actually does fit within the rest of the movie. Plus they have Quvenzhané Wallis perform the song in the film, so it’s not some throwaway song they put over the end credits. I don’t love it as much as maybe some of the songs below it, but I wanted to give them credit for writing an extra song for this movie (with a lot of great songs) that doesn’t stick out as that sore a thumb, like some other movies written for pre-existing musicals tend to do.