And the Academy selected:
- Adriana Barazza in Babel
- Cate Blanchett in Notes On A Scandal
- Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine
- Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls
- Rinko Kikuchi in Babel
5. Jennifer Hudson as Effie White in Dreamgirls
You could literally call this performance anything and not much can actually be argued, Jennifer Hudson is terrible in Dreamgirls. Her performance as Effie White is based on her voice and she is able to throw out as many high notes they can throw at her, but nothing can be said for the acting. She is amateur at best and looks awkward on-screen, trying to find the best spot where she won't be noticed during her acting scenes. Truly bad in every sense of the word.
4. Cate Blanchett as Sheba Hart in Notes On A Scandal
Cate Blanchett's engaging, exciting performance as teacher Sheba Hart matches Judi Dench in every single way. Both find perfect, uninhabited ways of playing their characters - one good, one bad and Blanchett never takes a misstep in this enchanting performance. It could have been done in so many wrong ways, but I think the performance is truly terrific and perfect.
3. Adriana Barraza as Amelia in Babel
Adriana Barraza's performance as caregiver Amelia manages to find a beautiful mix between a warm woman, a strong woman, and a heartbroken woman. She warms the screen with the feeling of security, knowing she could protect you, but when she herself falls victim to wrongful racism, she shows how this woman becomes so insecure. It is truly a brilliant performance that should have been more in the film.
2. Rinko Kikuchi as Chieko in Babel
Speaking of which, Rinko Kikuchi's Chieko is the subject of the most fascinating storyline of Babel. Chieko is a deaf mute who is full of teen angst and unable to communicate her feelings with words, Kikuchi fulfills this technically dazzlingly role beautifully. The way she expresses the many complexities of the character look effortless. She left me completely enthralled, interested, and dazzled. An amazing performance.
1. Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine
In this unbelievably strong year, Abigail Breslin rides high at the top for her endearing, brilliantly realized and fulfilled performance as Olive Hoover. It's not an average performance one would expect from a kid in a grown up movie and Breslin keeps the line straight between being an actual kid and a kid that knows more then most of the adults. Her time she is on-screen, she blazes through, providing more then the script provides of her. Not only a favorite of mine, but I consider it one of the best ever logged in the category.
Honorable Omissions: None.