And the Academy selected:
- Joan Cusack in Working Girl
- Geena Davis in The Accidental Tourist
- Frances McDormand in Mississippi Burning
- Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons
- Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl
5. Joan Cusack as Cyn in Working Girl
Doing something with nothing is one thing, being barely noticeable is another. Joan Cusack's bitsize performance is one that denies both. She is noticeable in the film, almost looking like a clown throughout the film, but she does nothing with the role. Her wise-cracking, 'I know everything' attitude gets annoying quickly and by the time she becomes noticeable again, she is gone. Her one liners aren't gold, and neither is she.
4. Frances McDormand as Mrs. Pell in Mississippi Burning
In a cliched part, Frances McDormand manages to be incredibly boring as Mrs. Pell a nice, kind, and understanding wife of a racist cop. She brings her usual awkwardness to the part and when it comes to being touching, she fails miserably. She has even less to do on-screen, throwing herself at the camera whenever she's in the same room. It's a pretty terrible performance that has McDormand written all over it.
3. Sigourney Weaver as Katherine Parker in Working Girl
Sigourney Weaver's performance as the arrogant, extravagant, and fabulous Katherine Parker is an interesting creation. She fills the screen with an overwhelming sense of superiority and usually this is the kind of performance that has me immediately interested, but not this time. She doesn't give a bad performance or even a mediocre one, but it's one that personally impresses me. She has the right amount of charm to pull herself through the film, but it's not the kind of charm that makes me love a character. Still, a nice achievement.
2. Michelle Pfeiffer as Madame Marie de Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons
I love La Pfeiffer - she manages to be a beauty with a wave of talent that can outlive any film, bad or good. Here she plays Madame Marie de Tourvel, a woman who is known for her outstanding moral decency. In short, she is the only main character with any kind of morals and unknown to her, she is soon to be the prize of two filthy aristocrats. Pfeiffer manages to beautifully convey all of the emotions of her characters without missing a beat. It's a terrific performance and she manages to be the best in the film, no matter how morally responsive her performance is.
1. Geena Davis as Muriel Pritchett in The Accidental Tourist
Say what you want about the movie version, but The Accidental Tourist is a great story and the book is brilliantly written (I personally love the movie too). Geena Davis' performance as Muriel Pritchett, is the startling, bright colored spark that comes into William Hurt's dreadful life. She is funny, heartwarming, and the right kind of light in this dark tale. Part stalker, part desperate clown, and part romantic charmer, Geena Davis hits every note with wonderful precision. It's a memorable, exciting, and brilliant performance.
Honorable Omissions: None.