Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Actress In A Leading Role" 1976: My Ranking


5. Talia Shire in Rocky

- Talia Shire is stuck in a badly written character, not to mention her mousy behavior she inserts in Adrien does not work. She's trying, but it doesn't work.

4. Marie-Christine Barrault in Cousin, Cousine
- Marie-Christine Barrault gives a quiet, nice, sometimes dark performance, that contrasts well with her film. Playing a normal person, in a peculiar situation, Barrault is charming as lovely.

3. Liv Ullmann in Face To Face
- Working with Ingmar Begman's brilliantly written script, Liv Ullmann hit heights of perfect with her performance. Not only does she make mental illness feel very real, it's haunting. 

2. Sissy Spacek in Carrie

- Sissy Spacek is able to turn her tragic Carrie into a formidable, and entertaining character, the carries her film into the iconic status that it has today. She is merciless and deep all at the same time.

1. Faye Dunaway in Network
- It would take a truly terrific performance for me to rank above Liv Ullmann's stirring work, and Faye Dunaway is that performance. Her Diana is brilliantly textured, layered, and handled by Dunaway, as she portrays an emotionless woman, in her own world of television. Simply perfect.

Honorable Omissions: Jodie Foster in "The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane" and Jodie Foster in "Freaky Friday"


joe burns said...

Glad that Sissy got third place! And I really thought Ullman would be your number one, oh well. What year will be next?

Sage Slowdive said...

I'm still not sure about how much free time I will have, but if I do get some free time, I'm going to go ahead and get 1977 out of the way.

joe burns said...

Oh, 77 is a very interesting year. I hope Diane Keaton gets a better rating with you if you do it.

Sage Slowdive said...

We'll see...

Malcolm said...

So, you think this is a strong year even if Talia is here?

And I'm excited for 1977! I hope Diane's ranking would be better.

Twister said...

Interesting with Jodie Foster in Freaky Friday!

She could go from playing a lost, confused, perfectly played child hooker in Taxi Driver, and the same year have success and star in a classic Disney film.

Let's see those young "actress'" today do that!

Sage Slowdive said...

Yeah, I think this is a very good year, even if Shire brings it down.

Fritz said...

Wow, I thought Liv would win. But Faye was defenitly fantastic!