Monday, February 16, 2009

Best Actresses Without an Oscar

As a companion piece to my earlier post listing the best Actors in Hollywood without an Oscar, I've come up with a list of actresses that fit the same criteria.  I almost included Ellen Page on this list as I feel she will be a frequent nominee over the next 10 to 20 years after her excellent work in Juno.  With the Oscars less than a week a way, I have some scrambling to do in order to see the two remaining Best Picture nominees on my list (Milk and The Reader).  

Here is my list of most-deserving actresses without an Oscar:
  • 10Keira Knightley - 1 Nomination - Hands-down the best looking entry on the list, she really has put together a solid resume at a young age.  Atonement was probably her best role.
  • 9Amy Adams - 2 Nominations - I haven't seen her in many movies, but she was very good in Doubt and has received acclaim for Enchanted and Junebug.
  • 8Mary McDonnell - 2 Nominations - Strong showing in Dances With Wolves but built her career through good mainstream roles in Sneakers (most underrated movie of all-time) and Independence Day.  Bonus points for her role as Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica.
  • 7Natalie Portman - 1 Nomination - Broke through as a young actress in The Professional.  She should probably have two more nominations for Garden State and V for Vendetta.
  • 6Uma Thurman - 1 Nomination - In my opinion her best Tarantino role was in Kill Bill and not Pulp Fiction (the film that gave her the nomination). 
  • 5Sigourney Weaver - 3 Nominations - Should have beat Marlie Matlin in 1987 for her role as Ripley in Aliens (my second favorite movie of all-time).  
  • 4Annette Bening - 3 Nominations - Quality resume spanning several decades.  Her best role was in American Beauty (lost out to Hilary Swank).
  • 3Julianne Moore - 4 Nominations - The most versatile actress on this list.  She can play any role and play it very well.  Magnolia and Boogie Nights are her best films.
  • 2Laura Linney - 3 Nominations - I used to hate this actress and still despise her performance in the terrible movie Congo.  Over the years she's grown on me though and I consider her one of the best actresses currently working in Hollywood.  Her turn as Abigail Adams in the John Adams HBO miniseries was astonishing.  
  • 1 - Kate Winslet - 6 Nominations -She's come a long way in the 12 years since Titanic.  If she can swat away Meryl Streep next Sunday she'll get her well-deserved first Academy Award.
I hope to put together my list of the top 10 best pictures of the last 25 years in a future post leading up to Oscar night.  Disagree with anyone on the list?  Let your voice be heard.


Anonymous said...

Mary McDonnell is incredible. I still can't fathom how that woman doesn't have an EMMY for her brilliant portrayal of Laura Roslin. The academy's ignorance baffles me.

The only thing I disagree with you on is KIERA KNIGHTLEY. Not the best looking entry. Sorry. More like a taller, hungrier Natalie Portman knockoff.

Jordan said...

Here's hoping they give her an award (or at least a nom) for the final season.

Anonymous interestingly points out that Portman and Knightley look alike (they actually both played Padme in Phantom Menace). I stand by my claim that Keira is better looking. The dress she wore in this scene in Bend it Like Beckham seals the deal for me. She does need to eat a sandwich or two though.

T. said...

That's a very hot picture of Kate Winslet there. I agree with your list, with the possible exception of Uma Thurman. Kate Winslet was great going all the way back to a little movie called Heavenly Creatures - if you haven't seen it, you should!