Saturday, May 24, 2008

Smackdowning John Malkovich

It's been ages since I have had the chance to participate in one of Stinkylulu's Supporting Actress Smackdowns -- so when a call went up for 1999 and I realized I had already seen most of the performances involved (I had only not seen one of the films), I jumped at the chance. For the record, the nominees are:
  • Toni Collette in The Sixth Sense
  • Catherine Keener in Being John Malkovich
  • Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted
  • Samantha Morton in Sweet and Lowdown
  • Chloe Sevigny in Boys Don't Cry
A pretty interesting year, one that yielded some fun nominations indeed. As a curio, however, it turns out that I actually kept track of the movies I watched back in 1999 and chose my own list of a top five back then. In apparent order of preference from nine years ago, my choices then for Best Supporting Actress were:
  • Julianne Moore for Magnolia (but also Cookie’s Fortune and An Ideal Husband)
  • Sissy Spacek for The Straight Story
  • Toni Collette for The Sixth Sense
  • Cameron Diaz for Being John Malkovich
  • Nora Dunn for Three Kings
Poor Cameron Diaz will never get another shot like this again, I fear. I do wonder why Spacek wasn't nominated: it's such a great little performance, and Richard Farnsworth got an acting nomination out of it. (Plus, hey, she was playing someone mentally challenged! It's a sure thing! Heck, look what it did for Jolie!) Then again, what was I thinking about Nora Dunn?

Anyway, my views have changed slightly in the ensuing years. Check out the Smackdown to see the winner (who, by the way, I'm totally happy with).


J.J. said...

Nora Dunn! Brilliant!

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