- Rosemary Harris in Tom and Viv
- Helen Mirren in The Madness Of King George
- Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction
- Jennifer Tilly in Bullets Over Broadway
- Dianne Wiest in Bullets Over Broadway
5. Rosemary Harris as Rose Haigh-Wood in Tom and Viv
The woman couldn't be more lifeless if she was playing a robot - Rosemary Harris' dry performance as the quiet, dignified Rose Haigh-Wood is a testament to how bad Oscar bait can get. Sometimes I feel Oscar bait is alot more substantial then box office bait, but Tom and Viv is pointless and dreadfully boring. And so is Rosemary Harris who finds no life, light, depth, or any kind of direction in her performance.
4. Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction
My problem with Uma Thurman's performance (and Pulp Fiction itself) is how calculated it is, nothing feels authentic and Tarantino's style is something that has always bothered me. Thurman holds her unusual (uninteresting) character together enough to make it through the film, but again, it's just a matter of taste and for me the performance is void of everything.
3. Helen Mirren as Queen Charlotte in The Madness Of King George
Another performance that is wildly dull, Helen Mirren's imperious performance as Queen Charlotte. There's not much to it, the Queen loves her crazy husband and tries to understand him even though the world around him is tumbling down. That's about it, besides have a few teary eyed predictable moments that are absolutely unmoving and unneeded.
Jennifer Tilly's performance isn't exactly a masterpiece or really that funny, but she is pretty good. Playing the ingenue of the play (and a gangster's moll) she has alot of moments where she could hit it out of the park, unfortunately for me, she misses most of the opportunities, but again, it's still a good, charming performance. She's actually above most of the cast for me.
1. Dianne Wiest as Helen Sinclair in Bullets Over Broadway
In the end, it was a hardly a contest. Dianne Wiest's performance as aging actress and diva extraordinaire Helen Sinclair is wickedly funny. She plays the part to perfection, milking every over-exaggerated diva line for all it's worth. The film would honestly be nothing without her - everytime she comes on-screen, the pace changes and becomes a bit magical. It's a terrific charming Woody Allen performance.
Honorable Omissions: None.