Friday, November 18, 2011

"Actress In A Supporting Role" 1991

  • Diane Ladd in Rambling Rose
  • Juliette Lewis in Cape Fear
  • Kate Nelligan in The Prince Of Tides
  • Mercedes Ruehl in The Fisher King
  • Jessica Tandy in Fried Green Tomatoes

My Ranking:

5. Diane Ladd as Mother Hillyar in Rambling Rose

Like the year previous, Diane Ladd emerges as the weakest in her field playing the domineering, sweet spirit known as Mother in Rambling Rose. Some overacting and constant search of character (even though it always seems she knows what she is doing) causes this performance to be all over the place. Some might like her overacting but not this reviewer.

4. Kate Nelligan as Lila Wingo Newbury in The Prince Of Tides

Another performance all over the place is Kate Nelligan's performance as Nick Nolte's dominating mother Lila. It's not as bad as Diane Ladd but this particular performance has alot more boring elements added, especially in the younger scenes where I could fall asleep just thinking about it. She's a bit more tolerable playing an old woman, but again, there's that element of why should I care?

3. Mercedes Ruehl as Anne Napiltano in The Fisher King

Mercedes Ruehl winning performance doesn't pack the punches one probably would expect with such a hyped performance. A not so interesting character, playing the fiery and put upon girlfriend of Jeff Bridges. In some scenes, there's a hint of staleness that's apparent and the constant attitude of her character gets tiresome extremely fast. Her breakdown in the end is hardly worthy of an Oscar, and neither is the rest of her performance.

2. Juliette Lewis as Danielle Bowdon in Cape Fear

Juliette Lewis would probably get a better rating from me had there been more development of her character Danielle. Through many scenes (especially the early seduction at school) she shows the potential she has that was given to her, but much of it is squandered or just handled terribly. Later in the film, she becomes much more annoying and much more cliche, playing an angst-ridden teenager. So much possible, but so little done.

1. Jessica Tandy as Ninny Threadgoode in Fried Green Tomatoes

In this year, Jessica Tandy would handily been given an Oscar for her witty, wise, and terrific performance as the narrator of the film Ninny who takes us through two journeys, old ones and new ones. It's amazing how she takes the littlest role of the film and makes it the most important - it could have been played so many different ways, but Tandy is just a dominating screen presence that this performance becomes amazing, full of life, and full of wisdom. It's a completely original performance I am in love with.

Honorable Omissions: None.


joe burns said...

Wow, surprised at how high Tandy got! I can't believe Lewis is just 18 in this movie! She looks like 26!

What are your thoughts on the Oscars this year? What films have you seen?

Louis Morgan said...

I fully agree on Lewis, Nelligan and Ruehl. I have not seen Tandy and Ladd though.

Sage Slowdive said...

The Oscars this year were fine - obviously the supporting categories are the only time I can truly complain. I'm surprised at Ruehl's win, she had a few critics prizes to her name, but was hardly well known. The film's success surely helped her.

joe burns said...

I meant this year as in this season, lol, but that's interesting! I think it was a little surprising Silence Of tHe Lambs won the top 5 awards.

Dazzling Aura said...

Agree with you on Lewis. I thought she played the character as that's what she have to do and nothing more. It feels like I was left hanging to nowhere. Haven't seen the others yet.

What do you think of Jessica Lange in Cape Fear? I think she's far more good than Lewis.

Sage Slowdive said...

I wasn't that impressed with Lange either.

dinasztie said...

Oh, I love Jessica Tandy. So happy you picked her! Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies ever! It's so wonderful. Kathy Bates was robbed of a nomination.

JJ said...

Thank you so much!

I'm still waiting until for 2003 -- you have to review Holly Hunter, one of your favorite actresses! :]

and 2009, of course, too.

Fritz said...

Ah, I love Mercedes!