Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Actress In A Supporting Role" 1985


And the Academy selected:
  • Margret Avery in The Color Purple
  • Anjelica Huston in Prizzi's Honor
  • Amy Madigan in Twice In A Lifetime
  • Meg Tilly in Agnes Of God
  • Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple

My Ranking:

5. Amy Madigan as Sunny in Twice In A Lifetime

In the world of Twice In A Lifetime, Amy Madigan's character Sunny is like a jack in a box, ready to pop out when you least expect her too. It's a loud performance because Sunny is a frustrated character and mostly a flat characterization because Madigan resorts to all the cliches one would expect her to go. She doesn't stick out in the film, which becomes a problem because in an ensemble film, you have to try to make your character stand out among the rest, or at least if you're nominated for an Oscar.

4. Margaret Avery as Shug Avery in The Color Purple

In the most glamorous role, Margaret Avery plays Shug Avery, the glamored, flawed, but ultimately loving friend of the main character Celie. Avery is a nice contrast to the film, showing the support the two women have for each other. I've always thought the performance was a nice presence, but doesn't do anything to impress me and I really still feel that way. She presents the character in a nice way, plays it in a straight forward, nice way, but never really impresses me as it should.

3. Oprah Winfrey as Sofia in The Color Purple

Oprah's performance as Sofia is something iconic, probably even more then Whoopi's performance in the same film. Again it's the instance of an actresses' status getting her the much applauded acclaim, but I happen to like her performance here. She takes the toughness of the character and puts it to her advantage. Her performance is definitely great and when I read The Color Purple, Oprah was exactly how I pictured the character of Sofia. Not the best performance ever, but she is terrific nonetheless.

2. Meg Tilly as Sister Agnes in Agnes Of God

It's probably one of the oddest performances ever nominated in this category, but Meg Tilly's oddness works in favor in her performance as Sister Agnes. She portrays this universally insane character as a shy young girl who has perhaps too long been naive, or maybe is just plain crazy and needs help, it never becomes quite clear because she finds the right balance for the character - always doing some of crazy mindgame. It's easily enjoyable and painfully interesting & Tilly gives one fantastic performance.

1. Anjelica Huston as Maerose Prizzi in Prizzi's Honor

Anjelica Huston's turn as Maerose, the fallen daughter of the Prizzi family is as charming as a performance can get. Prizzi's Honor is a terrible film and completely boring except for the parts where Huston is present. She completely turns around the film and shows the great wit the film should have had. From her first heartbreaking scene to one of the funniest moments ever in the category (he used me Papa), this is a fantastic performance that is the standout of this group.

Honorable Omissions: None.


hey deanie said...

I LOVE Meg Tilly here. She's perfect because she understands the absurdity of the character/material – she's quite funny.

DistinguishedFlyer said...

What did you think of The Color Purple (and the other Best Picture nominees)?

Louis Morgan said...

I agree about Huston. Although I think Avery and Winfrey are fine I have never found either of them amazing.

Sage Slowdive said...

My pick this year would be Kiss Of The Spider Woman, but I like The Color Purple and Out Of Africa as well.

DistinguishedFlyer said...

I'd choose Kiss of the Spider Woman too - it's one of the most unusual films ever nominated - but it really wins by default; this group of five is, in my opinion, pretty weak. The year as a whole wasn't all that great as far as movies went.