With accusations of sexism floating around hollywood and dominating the awards coverage, nothing feels better than highlighting the exceptional work done by so many talented women last year. Some possibly notable performances I haven’t seen include Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant, Sheila Vand in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Belle and Beyond the Lights, and Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon in Wild.
Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Imelda Staunton and Faye Marsay, Pride
Keira Knightley, Begin Again, The Imitation Game and Laggies
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods and Edge of Tomorrow
Elizabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
Viola Davis, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
THE 15 BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCES OF 2014
Another woman that by the end of the movie was turned completely around. Kongsli deals with some pretty complex and divisive emotions here – you may even hate her character at times, as I did – and does so with great talent. Like with Arquette, it’s all about stark realism.
Hilarious, brave, and unapologetic – Jenny Slate said out loud what a lot of women think and feel, and she did so candidly and with a unique sense of humour. Slate also carried the movie through its most delicate moments with grace, and I just feel like thanking her and Gillian Robespierre for that.
The best, most intense and most hilarious scene in the whole movie, all because of her. Just watch it.
Yes I thought the other Agata was great, with her silent stares and her fleeting smiles and whatnot, but this Agata, this Agata… so sad, so mysterious. And kind of impressive, too.
The daughter of a gangster from head to toe, the woman you want guarding your children (or maybe not), the perfect counterpart to Isaac’s character: Chastain was the ticking bomb you can’t get away from, embodying the kind of woman we want to be, even though we know we shouldn’t.
In Snowpiercer she was that, and it was impressive. In Only Lovers Left Alive she was a vampire who was more human than most of us, and I think it’s safe to say we all fell a little in love with her. In both amazing, Swinton is constantly at the top of every list, never missing a step.
Her work in Still Alice is as devastating as the disease it portrays, and her character in Maps to the Stars is so goddamn well written, and her acting so believable, that it feels like you’re watching reality tv.
#02 ESSIE DAVIS, IN THE BABADOOK
Essie Davis slowly goes from depressed mother, to true nightmare, to the fiercest mother you’ve ever seen, and you believe it all in every second of The Babadook.
#01 ROSAMUND PIKE, IN gone girl
so what were some of your favourites? have you seen all of these?