I originally posted a version of this list in early 2012. Mostly because I like making lists. There was no real methodology to it. I looked back at it at some point in the past four months and saw it skewed heavily toward personal preference. The performances I liked the best went to the top, and the performances I thought were terrible winners went straight to the bottom.
Since the Oscar Quest, Version 2 that I’ve been doing, I noticed the point of it was more to reflect what my thoughts were now five years later from the completion/posting of all the original articles. I tried to stay away from redoing everything I did the first time, because a lot of it felt like it begat negativity on my part. I really don’t want to shit on things now so much as I’d want to openly discuss what is or isn’t a good choice historically.
Because that’s now where I’m at, I think redoing these lists is something I can get away with. If only to give myself a marker for where my head is at now. (more…)
I did Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress yesterday — it’s time for Best Actor and Best Actress today. (Best Actor will go up in a little while.)
As always, when I post these lists, I like to remind people of what’s really important:
- The rankings are irrelevant. They’re just personal preference. The goal here is to help you discover more movies.
- Don’t get hung up on the numbers, focus on the fact that it’s about getting people to see more movies. (And if you want to criticize, I require that you’ve seen at least 50 of the performances, otherwise you’ll be completely ignored. And, also, if you want to criticize, remember that you will die one day, and that you are taking precious time from the amount that was given to you in order to complain about a random list in a small corner of the internet that nobody cares about. Priorities.)
Now, the big problem with Best Actress is that it’s the category with the highest rate of ‘Actor over performance.’ More times than in any other category are Best Actress awards given to actresses whose “time” it is. Look at the last decade. More than half of those are Oscars given to the actor and not the performance.
That aside, it’s actually not too difficult a category to rank. There are clear great decisions and clear terrible decisions. There are performances that are objectively great, and there are some that are sentimental favorites. Still, it seems pretty straightforward. (more…)