2nd TFO Awards PART 10: Actress in a Leading Role

The next award is:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role




Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


The Nominees:

Kirsten Dunst – All Good Things

Emotional devastation completely evident. Haunts you when she’s off-screen. Gives the life of the film. Never showing off, but powerful nonetheless.


Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole

In silence, she nails the grief when she cannot express it. She’s almost paralyzed. Internal struggle to move on and to keep the past is very affecting.


Lesley Manville – Another Year

Drives the character with full precision and skill. She does some things that are unsympathetic, but she still wins us over. The last shot – it sticks in my mind.


Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Mindblowing. Transition of personality was very believable. Her feeling of being trapped in the situation feels genuine. Embodies the ballerina personality.


Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

As raw as acting can get. Takes no prisoners in being the unflinching portrait of love blossoming and marriage deconstructing. Relentless in showing the good and bad of the character.




Gold: Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Silver: Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Bronze: Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole

Runners-Up: Lesley Manville – Another Year, Kirsten Dunst – All Good Things


The Finalists:

Naomi Watts adds the right amount of fragility when she’s tough to make Fair Game her own | By letting her be absorbed in Mother‘s crazy world, Kim Hye-Ja is very absorbing despite weirdness | Never lets her guard down, nobody does authority like Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right | To sum it all up, Emma Stone doesn’t own Easy A. She is the movie Easy A | Understandably bitchy, Paprika Steen lets go of herself for us to see how she descends to undeniable loneliness in Applaus | Blending vulnerability, courage, humility, and smarts, Carla Abellana is one memorable horror heroine in Shake Rattle and Roll 12 (PUNERARYA Episode) | Jennifer Lawrence is so non-flashy, but you can feel the determination to live and to survive in her body language in Winter’s Bone


The Semi-Finalists:

I buy how Rachel Weisz portrays the high knowledge her character has in Agora with full radiance | Playfulness, hopelessness, hopefulness – Anne Hathaway is the miracle of Love and Other Drugs | Kristen Stewart continues to prove she’s more than a charmer in her emotional nakedness in Welcome to the Rileys | Drew Barrymore knows how to inject warmth in the most hilarious moments and humor in the more dramatic moments in Going the Distance | Hilary Swank completely involves us in her struggle for justice in Conviction | Sensitive despite her dark nature, Chloe Grace Moretz owns every scene she has in Let Me In with total ease and gentleness | She’s that famous tough cookie in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Noomi Rapace adds more shades in her personal tragedy | Julianne Moore executes her role in The Kids Are All Right with visible acting experience


The Shortlisted Ones:

21. Tilda Swinton – I Am Love

22. Carey Mulligan – Never Let Me Go

23. Julia Roberts – Eat Pray Love

24. Rosamund Pike – Barney’s Version

25. Patricia Clarkson – Cairo Time

26. Halle Berry – Frankie and Alice

27. Rebecca Hall – The Town

28. Sally Hawkins – Made in Dagenham

29. Annette Bening – Mother and Child

30. Catherine Keener – Please Give

31. Julianna Marguiles – City Island

32. Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

33. Naomi Watts – Mother and Child

34. Gemma Arterton – Tamara Drewe

35. Ellen Burstyn – Lovely, Still

36. Rachel McAdams – Morning Glory

37. Diane Lane – Secretariat

38. Emma Bell – Frozen

39. Marisa Tomei – Cyrus

40. Kerry Washington – Mother and Child

41. Ruth Sheen – Another Year

42. Isabelle Huppert – White Material

43. Emily Blunt – The Wolfman

44. Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

45. Madeline Carroll – Flipped

46. Susan Sarandon – The Greatest

47. Sylvie Testud – Lourdes

48. Angelina Jolie – Salt

49. Greta Gerwig – Greenberg

50. Carey Mulligan – The Greatest

51. Demi Moore – The Joneses

52. Ashley Bell – The Last Exorcism

53. Elle Fanning – Somewhere

54. Amy Ryan – Jack Goes Boating

55. Gwyneth Paltrow – Country Strong

56. Angelina Jolie – The Tourist

57. Radha Mitchell – The Crazies

58. Cecile de France – Hereafter

59. Gemma Arterton – The Disappearance of Alice Creed

60. Reese Witherspoon – How Do You Know

61. Mia Wasikowska – Alice in Wonderland

62. Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank

63. Aggeliki Papoulia – Dogtooth

64. Amanda Seyfried – Letters to Juliet

65. Whitney Able – Monsters

66. Helen Mirren – The Tempest

67. Elizabeth Banks – The Next Three Days

68. Renee Zellweger – Case 39

69. Christina Aguilera – Burlesque

70. Katherine Heigl – Life As We Know It




Previous Awards page:

Actor in a Leading Role / Actress in a Supporting Role / Actor in a Supporting Role / Ensemble Cast / Screenplay and Animation Categories / Visual Categories 1 / Visual Categories 2 / Aural Categories / Scene Categories


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