If not for the Oscar predictions I posted last January, this blog has been long dead.
Not because I did not want to blog anymore, but I’m currently in my last year in film school, and my thesis film has taken every energy that I have in film.
I’m still 190+ films away from finishing 2014 in film before I can post my choice for the best of that year (or the TFO Awards, as I call it). And yes, I have 250+ films to watch before I can even end 2015 in film. I’m still determined to finish that, though.
As I am currently in the post-production of my film, I find myself trying to revive my enthusiasm in watching films and not just making films (trust me, film students have this struggle), I’ll try to do something non-committal but surely has my interest.
I’m planning to do a brief performance profile, in random order, of all the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role from 2009 to 2015 (because this is the most exciting category at the Oscars). Here they are:
Amy Adams in American Hustle
Annette Bening in The Kids are All Right
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
Viola Davis in The Help
Judi Dench in Philomena
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole
Brie Larson in Room
Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone
Rooney Mara in The GIrl with the Dragon Tattoo
Helen Mirren in The Last Station
Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Carey Mulligan in An Education
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Gabourey Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Meryl Streep in August: Osage County
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia
Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts in The Impossible
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn
Reese Witherspoon in Wild
I have watched all of these performances, so I’ll rewatch them, review them, and rank them. Some of the performances I’ve watched repeatedly (Pike), some of them I’ve only seen once (Close), some of them I’ve seen just recently (Larson), some of them I haven’t revisited in years (Bening).
This would be a nice refresher for me to at least accommodate if there are any new insight on these performances or if they would feel the same way too. Again, don’t expect constant posting here; this is all for fun and for me to get my groove back in writing and doing things related to film for fun and not because I am a film student.
Meanwhile, I’ll post here some of my productions during my stay in film school. Feel free to share your thoughts.
Blind Spots (experimental)
Away from Home (documentary)
Sa Pag-uwi (Coming Home) (narrative)
I hope you’re still there reading this. Let me know if you still are. 🙂