Hailee Steinfeld received her first Oscar nomination for playing Mattie Ross in True Grit.
Even though the original 1969 True Grit is no favorite of mine, and I might even say I despise it, it's still incredibly better then this 2010 remake version. It's hideously overblown, badly written, and horrendously acted by the entire cast. Either a huge marketing campaign was involved or the Academy have lost all faith in themselves to nominate this film for a ton of awards. The story of a young girl who sets out to avenge her father's murder - she hires a drunken Marshall who helps her track down the killer.
In most scenes, she is obviously being coached - whether it be a head nod, a hazy eyed look at the distance or a curse word that are horribly underdone. It's expected Steinfeld is not going to be a natural on screen, but her inconsistency is annoying and unimpressive. Mattie could be interesting if the filmmakers could have handled Hailee Steinfeld better, not throwing her inabilities out at the audience in every scene. From the negative impact of True Grit, to the overall amateur attempt at a dramatic firework from Steinfeld lead me to call it bad acting. Even in her best moments, there's still that "ugliness" to it.