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15 Female Oscar Snubs of the Past 15 Years

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Much like the men’s one, here is a list of the 15 biggest female snubs of the past 15 years (1996-2011). Again, all of these choices are just my opinion; I expect suggestions and disagreements. WARNING: there will likely be spoilers in this list.

15

Keira Knightley
Best Actress, Atonement (2007)

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We start our list with Keira Knightley as Cecilia Tallis in Atonement. She may not be given the benefit of the doubt, but this and A Dangerous Method (2011) show that when she is given good scripts, she can make the most of the material. She plays Cecilia with alternating lust and vindictiveness toward James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan, respectively. She breaks free of Elizabeth Swann and gets a chance to play a three-dimensional character, and makes the most of it.

14

Julianne Moore
Best Supporting Actress, The Kids Are All Right (2010)

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As Annette Bening’s partner in a two-mother relationship, Julianne Moore plays her character as a modicum of mystery. Her affair with Mark Ruffalo’s character Paul sets off a chain of heartbreak and confusion, which shockingly works itself out for her and Bening by the end.

13

Shailene Woodley
Best Supporting Actress, The Descendants (2011)

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Sarcastic and sassy, Shailene Woodley received a Golden Globe nomination as the smart-alec daughter of George Clooney. Unfortunately, a Golden Boy nomination eluded her this year. Her bitter monologue towards her dying mother reveals a vulnerability and sadness that will stay for a while. Her troubled character is only a teenager, but her performance is well beyond her years. With a little more time, this performance could probably be ranked higher.

12

Natalie Portman
Best Actress, V for Vendetta (2005)

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Admittedly, the film hasn’t held up to its critical acclaim recently, but it is certainly good for an adaptation of a graphic novel. While Hugo Weaving is fantastic as V, it is Natalie Portman as the strong-willed Evey Hammond that makes the film. Her rebellion and corruption by V is one of the most enduring character performances of the 2000s.

11

Kelly Macdonald
Best Supporting Actress, No Country for Old Men (2007)

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As Josh Brolin’s trailer-trash wife, Kelly Macdonald provides his character Llewellyn Moss with a level head. Her final confrontation with Anton Chigurh, where she pleads (albeit unsuccessfully) for him to spare her life is one of the most enduring moments of the film. She alternates between comic relief, loving wife, and tough-willed woman throughout the film.

10

Emma Thompson
Best Supporting Actress, Love Actually (2003)

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In many ways, Emma Thompson’s character Karen is the glue of the film – she is the sister of the new British Prime Minister, and she provides a shoulder for Liam Neeson to lean on. She also plays mother to two children, hoping to keep the cheer going during the holiday season. When she finds out about Harry’s (Alan Rickman) affair, she finally loses her composure and weeps while listening to “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. Nothing is more appropriate for this film.

9

Evan Rachel Wood
Best Supporting Actress, The Ides of March (2011)

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Wood’s character Molly serves as a wannabe “femme fatale,” lusting after Ryan Gosling while still trying to impact the Democratic primary. After great performances in Thirteen (2003) and The Wrestler (2008), Wood becomes an adult in this film. Her character is a teenager in an adult’s body, and her monologue about getting pregnant and her subsequent frantic phone calls before her demise are shattering in a film that shatters the grand illusion of American politics.


8

Toni Collette
Best Supporting Actress, About a Boy (2002)

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As the mother of a 12 year-old boy, Toni Collette should have earned her second Supporting Actress nomination for this film. Her troubles with motherhood forces Hugh Grant’s Will to act as a surrogate to her son, while she struggles to put her life back together.

7

Hope Davis
Best Supporting Actress, American Splendor (2003)

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Mixing politics and satire, Hope Davis serves as a great foil to Paul Giamatti’s Harvey Pekar. 2003 was a better year for female performances than people realize (as will be seen later in this list), and Davis is no exception. Her “chronic nerviness” and scathing commentary help make the film one to watch.

6

Scarlett Johansson
Best Supporting Actress, Lost in Translation (2003)

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Admittedly, Scarlett Johansson hasn’t made the best choices since, but one could argue that without Lost in Translation, she wouldn’t have broken out. Her counterpoint to Bill Murray’s character Bob Harris, her character is suffering a quarter-life crisis, and they struggle to pick themselves up surrounded by the lure of Tokyo’s nightlife.

5

Samantha Morton
Best Supporting Actress, Minority Report (2002)

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As the enigmatic precog Agatha, Morton plays a frightening symbol of what the future could become. Seeking to avenge her mother’s murder, Agatha is the heroine in a film where anti-heroes are the norm, and her character helps Tom Cruise beat the system.


4

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Best Actress, Secretary (2002)

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She may be more famous as Jake Gyllenhaal’s older sister, but Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance in Secretary shows that she is talented in her own right. It’s a powerful character study about personal dysfunction and the power of submission, as she becomes the submissive partner of eccentric attorney James Spader. Her devotion – which could also be argued as being a stalker or as a weak-willed woman – holds up, and her character Lee is one of the screen’s premier female anti-heroes.

3

Jennifer Connelly
Best Actress, House of Sand and Fog (2003)

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It could be said that her performance is better – and certainly just as heart-wrenching – as her Oscar-winning performance in A Beautiful Mind. As Kathy, Connelly is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic whose ignorance cause her to lose her father’s house. Connelly is brilliant as an addict, but even more as a seductress, luring married policeman Lester (Ron Eldard) into causing trouble for the Behrani family. I doubt Jennifer Connelly’s performance would have beat Charlize Theron, but man, it would have been closer than it was had she been nominated.


2

Mila Kunis
Best Supporting Actress, Black Swan (2010)

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I think the only reason (as fickle as it sounds) that Mila Kunis was snubbed was because of her role as Meg Griffin. Regardless, Kunis’ character Lily is the embodiment of the “femme fatale” – or is it all part of Natalie Portman’s hallucination? One of the most psychologically chilling performances, Lily is hypersexual, and certainly convinced that she could be Nina. Her “bad girl” image is a perfect contrast to Nina’s conservative, controlled image which gradually falls apart. We get to see Kunis as a bad girl, and it’s a chilling portrayal.

1

Kate Winslet
Best Actress, Revolutionary Road (2008)

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Kate and Leo re-unite, and it’s evident the chemistry is still there between the two. I have no problem with Kate Winslet winning Best Actress, but this is the movie she should have won for, instead of The Reader. Her character April Wheeler starts as an enthusiastic and idealistic young wife, whose love and spirit wane over the course of twenty-plus years. Her scenes with Leonardo DiCaprio indicate that even when they aren’t living pseudo-happily ever after (a la Titanic), there is still an amazing camaraderie and friendship and deep-seated love and respect between them. Why she was nominated for The Reader instead eludes me, as she proves just how fraudulent and farcical the American can be, and often is.



  • Ida

    Yay, I was waiting for the female oscar snub list.

  • diablo135

    This is why I keep coming back Listverse is one of my daily visits.

  • zac

    first?

    • zac

      nope. Damn.

      • Orange

        lol…

    • BeirutWedding

      Why is this ‘a thing’? Who cares if someone is first in the comment section? My goodness. And then you didn’t even make it.

      But why is this important to people? Can someone please explain.

      • GrammerNazi

        I have tried to explain it before, but here it goes again.

        I really do love getting first. The thrill, the rush, time slows down to a screeching halt, as the butterflies in my stomuch feed off my anxiety. How is it possible that ME, ME could be chosen to be first. Was it fate? or simply concideince? Was this just millions years of actions and evolution building up to this one point, the chances of everything happening so perfect almost impossible. Have I been chosen by a higher power? Does he want me for greater things? Is this only the begining, am I to be first agian, am I to try to be 1st, 2nd, 3rd even last? My p3nis stands erect throbbing with pleasure, my n1pples harden as they cover in sweat, my bossoms heaving in and out as if following along with time, each heav meeting pefectly the time of the seconds on a clock, almost as if my heaving bossom is my clock, beating with pleasure. Was the heaving bossom the blue-print for the first clock, or have our bodies changed to meet the seconds on a clock, so no second in life is wasted without pleasure. What is the meaning of life, if not to say “first” if there is a god, I am sure he said “first, I shall create….” or maybe just “first”. God make me more like thee, I shall shout first on every mountian top and the world will know that you are the lord thy god, and that you are the first and last omega, and that i am first on listverse. If darwin is right, let it be known that this is the survival of the species, that he who is not first is possibly last and could wither and die. Was I a clam once? did I grow legs and arms, walk from the ocean create civilizations, fight, conquere, live, and die just to live this one moment of being first.

        Do you understand now?

        • So, it’s kind of like being the first man on the moon? Whew! Thanks, Obi-Wan. Hahahahahahahaha

        • Shinra42

          And kids, this is why you should stay away from meth ^

        • Yo. YO!

          Uh, yeah, what he said.

        • Elle Divarquez

          For a Grammarnazi there sure are alot of errors on this post!

  • Ozzy

    I definitely agree with Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and Toni Collette but Natatlie Portman in V for Vendetta?!…………. Are you serious?! I for one don’t believe shaving your head for a greatly underwhelming movie entitles you to an Oscar.

    • wowantonlavey

      I agree with all that but would add Scarlett Johansson to the big time agree list. She was bloody brilliant in an out standing movie.
      V for vendetta was under whelming at the best points and portman was just awful.

      • Absolutely.

        I’m sure there were more deserving candidates who missed out over the past fifteen years than Portman, right?

        • Lidia

          Dear Roger, I am one of Elzbieta’s Polish friends. We are tnnhkiig of making a documentary about her life in America. Would you be willing to grant us an interview if the project gets the green light?My idea is to show, she has left an impact on American artists, not just the Poles.Best wishes,Maria Konwicka

      • Ozzy

        I definitely agree with Johansson, Lost In Translation is an excellent movie in its self. I agree with pretty much every entry except Portman. Winslet, Moore and Collette were just my favourites.

    • On the other hand, she did inspire Darth Vader to yell “NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!”

      He must’ve seen a screener of VfV.

      • GrammerNazi

        Why am I not on this list. My “oscar” is short and snuby.

        • RoMacdaddy

          “grammer”? Surely you mean “grammar”? Maybe you should consider retraining as a spelling Nazi? :*)

          • Fred

            your knew here, aren’t you?

  • dizit

    Another good list, Eric. Both the male list and this one are well thought out and nicely put together.
    There are always going to be roles which deserve a nomination but are passed over because there are only a small number of nominations available (usually 5). Making those choices is difficult.

  • Mitchell

    I’m sure Kiera Knightly was their first choice.

  • Ellen Burstyn (2000) in Requiem for a Dream. For some reason, Julia Roberts was given the Best Actress award for flashing cleavage in Erin Brockovich. Burstyn’s role was demanding, physically hard and looked to be emotionally draining. But when the voters decide anyone who “bravely plays against character deserves the nod”, it was never going to be about real acting. Here’s a tip – watch Requiem and tell me I’m wrong.

    • Michael F

      I think Laura Linney’s brilliant (and nominated) work in “You Can Count on Me” was also on par with Burstyn’s intense performance.

    • dizit

      Yep, Ellen Burstyn’s performance was oscar nomination worthy, while Julia Roberts performance in Erin Brockovich was so-so at best.

    • I might add to your comment that Roberts got her Oscar because she’s Hollywood royalty. If they weren’t going to give her an award for that they would probably never get another shot. Really, there’s no comparison between the two. Roberts was as charismatic as ever and sure, she was hot but Burstyn was brutal and completely uncompromising.

  • Michael F

    Nice list! I am glad to see that people still remember how strong Kelly McDonald was in “No Country.” To this list, I’d add Joan Allen’s career-best work in “The Upside of Anger” and Tilda’s Swinton’s great work in “Julia” (although some might argue she was also deserving of recognition for “I Am Love” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).

  • jbjr

    Uma Thurman for either Kill Bill movies. Also the girl from True Grit should gotten a Best Actress nomination or nothing at all. She was in the whole movie.

    • Uma Thurman nailed it.

    • BlueFox94

      I thought this list was missing somebody….

    • I like both your points. Uma Thurman was great…but then, she always is quiet as kept. Couldn’t stand either movie though. And the girl in True Grit was as you say, the lead AND she was very good.

  • ~*Jany*~

    Wow i was waiting for this list! Nice Eric I agree on every entry.

  • Flippant

    Yeah, while this kind of list (both male and female) is cutesy, there’s not unlimited spots where you’re saying one other should have been.

    Eric, there’s a maximum five nominees. So, if you slot in then it has to be replaced. It’s all well and good you saying that “this person” should have been nominated.. but to the detriment of which other performance?

    Replace if you must. While you’re saying who missed out, in the same breath you should be saying “instead of”.. lol and that’s where you’ll get slayed. ;)

  • Superius

    Good list, but I have to say that while reading this list I was hit by the realization just how weak the hollywood movies are nowadays. Granted a few exceptions, they are all ready chewed, and just something for you to swallow, just like fast food it’s a sugary, bland and personality free experience.

    • Metalwrath

      That’s bull.. if I may.

      Many people say movies were better “back in the day”, but that’s false. Many old movies survived to become classics today, so we have an impression of better times for cinema, but these classics all came out amidst a majority of forgettable, bad, laughable or boring movies. There’s never been a period when movies were better in general. All movies also carry the “style” of their decade, so if you find today’s movies unoriginal, well every period had mostly unoriginal movies with few exceptions.

      Now one might have a preference for a certain decade, but that’s just personal opinion, and unsurprisingly most people prefer the movie decade they lived through when they grew up – teenager years to early adulthood. Perhaps also the decade before it. I personally love 80s style of films, but hell, that decade was packing with bad bad cliche films!

      I couldn’t tell yet which 2000s movies will be remembered as classics. Perhaps the Lord of the Rings will (I’m not a huge fan myself but I’m willing to predict this), perhaps some pixar animated films, and whatnot. Too early to tell. But there won’t be fewer classics for the last decade than for another IMO.

      • So completely true. This does seem to be a pretty tacky movie year so far, but there have been much, much worse. In fact, it could be argued that we are in a far better climat for any type of creativity than say 20 years ago, because today pretty much anybody can showcase their work on the internet and get recognized, whereas in earlier times only a fairly small part of society could ever hope to gain recognition. Unfortunately, as we can all see, the internet has also exposed us to a whole new and vile level of unoriginality, but in no way does that mean it did not exist before.

      • Ridiculously sane and worthwhile comment. If only more people had your common sense.

  • Nate

    Unlike the last Oscar snubs I did enjoy this list

  • Morten

    So…. all women berfore the 2000’s won their awards fair and square?

    • DanF

      re read the title.

      • DanF

        although admittedly he should have called it 15 female oscar snubs of the past 10 years as there is nothing prior to 2002.

  • Bobo Mcneep

    All English language? Really?

    • segues

      Yeah, really, all english language.
      Other countries have their own awards;
      Palme d’Or – France
      Genie Award – Canada
      Golden Lion – Italy
      BAFTA Award – United Kingdom

      • DanF

        we do speak English in the United Kingdom :)

        • segues

          HA! Of course, Dan, I was only pointing out that countries other than the US give awards…I believe Canada also speaks english ;)

      • sjarrel

        Awards like the Palme d’Or are not the same as the Oscars. It’s a different process altogether for starters.

        They also don’t only award prizes to French films, for that matter.

    • Maggot

      You forgot to pick the other low-hanging fruit: “why are they all white?”

      • bitter_tea

        Jeez i didnt even notice that. I haven’t looked at the actresses for each year. I would almost assume its more a fact that women of color are not being choosen for these roles. ( ie Carey Mulligan in Drive look at the imdb trivia)

  • Lifeschool

    The male snubs list seemed to cover a much wider area of history than this follow-up, as all these movies were made in the last 10 years. Some good choices and some hightly subjective ones of course.

  • oouchan

    I agree with about 4 of these, but not all. There were others more deserving for their roles against those listed here. Still I like the topic in and of itself.

    Nice list.

  • Chromio

    Why would they give Kelly Macdonald an Oscar (Even with her terrific performance) when she was on-screen for a combined total of 6 minutes? Let’s be reasonable here, people…

  • Again, the reason most of these ladies were snubbed was simple: there were 5 better performances.

    As before, I’ll grant you some. I’ll grant you Winslet in RR over The Reader, although I’m not sure complaining is worth it, since she won. And while Mila didn’t deserve the award (Hailee Steinfeld), she certainly deserved the nomination. Connelly, Maggie G., Samantha Morton, Toni Collette, and Shailene could all go in the top 5 and replace one of the nominees.

    But the others? Fine performances (except…), but they just weren’t as good as the other 5.

    And Natalie Portman for V for Vendetta? Seriously? The movie was borderline terrible (I consider it watchable, but then I’m a big fan of the original comic that the movie is barely based on), and her performance was a gorgeous case of an overacting attempt to make people forget she was Padme “Gave Up the Will to Live” Amidala.

  • Sbtier

    Keira Knightley is stunning on film but she can’t act her way out of a paper bag.

  • Jonathon

    Elizabeth Olsen’s Martha Marcy May Marlene snub will hurt me for decades.

  • steen

    Thought Melanie Laurent in ‘Inglorious Basterds’ was pretty good

  • Ashley

    I think Tilda Swinton’s snub for We Need To Talk About Kevin is one of the biggest ones in recent history. She was perfect, as was Ezra Miller.

    • GrammerNazi

      She’s so ugly. I don’t like seeing her in movies, or at the Oscars. So thank god she always gets snubbed. The less we see of her, the better.

      • Egon

        How funny: I find she has been one of the most beautiful women in the world (in Orlando, for example). But beauty is a matter of tastes.

        • Man, if there’s one thing I don’t think Tilda Swinton is, it’s beautiful. Half the time she doesn’t even look human. However, that shouldn’t have any bearing whatsoever on whether or not she wins an award for acting — at which she’s quite magnificent.

      • bitter_tea

        Typical: were talking about acting here, and of course because it is a women her physical beauty becomes the topic of the conversation.

        Lynne Ramsay’s work for We Need to Talk about Kevin for a directing credit would have been a great acknowledgement. Also adapted screenplay.

    • sjarrel

      I didn’t like that movie at all, while she was alright acting wise as usual, the characters were all totally bogus. Nobody in that movie behaves in a way that makes sense. It’s just a new angle on the high school shootout story. I imagine the book to be slightly better, but I haven’t read it.

  • Horror2.0

    Im gonna spell it wrong but

    Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia

    Nailed it.

    • bitter_tea

      Kirsten Dunst was fantastic but I havent been hearing a lot of conversation about Charlotte Gainsbourgs performance in the film. It was so moving

  • kyle

    I hate these Oscar lists and shit..ughhh.

    • dizit

      kyle, I have a simple solution for you: Don’t read the lists entitled Oscar-somethings or Academy Awards-something.

      • Oh dizit, you and your common sense. Can you imagine how much emptier comments sections across the internet would be if everybody listened to your sound advice?

        • dizit

          beirutwedding “Oh dizit…”

          tee hee hee
          Yeah, sorry. I oughta just let them all tizzy themselves into a fit ;)

  • Wow. I just ASSUMED that Scarlett Johannson was nominated at least for Lost in Translation. That IS a snub. She was great.

    And I know I jumped on your case for your snubbed men (Jim Carrey in Truman Show???) but I could not agree with you more about Kate Winslet and Revolutionary Road. I too, was shocked that she won the award for The Reader.

  • Kim Allen

    In Love,Actually Emma Thompson is listening to Both Sides Now not Blue.

  • kong

    Winslet’s performance in the reader was the worst I think she should have won it for Eternal sunshine or Little Children those were totally oscar worthy. The biggest snub in my opinion was Mila kunis from Black swan she was just sooooooooooooo good

  • Bohdansmith
  • Richard McQueery

    The oscars are for fags and fat chicks.

    • JDCarna

      McQueery is a fag name

  • JDCarna

    this list would have been better if you would have said who they lost to

  • Kim Allen

    Do a lot of people even know that Mila Kunis voices Meg Griffin? You’re right. That seems like a really dumb reason for them to stiff her. I think it more had to do with the sexual content of the role. Mila Kunis was good, but I think they kind of figured it would look bad to reward her for such a dirty film role. I think she deserved a nomination though.

  • fatsexy

    Kunis didn’t win because they wanted the limelight all on Portman. Kunis was better in the movie.

    • Man, I can not go there with you. And their roles were dramatically different with considerably more being asked of Portman — and she delivered. Whenever I hear people say that it makes me nuts. I think the Nunis played the more easily likeable character and that’s what people are responding to because she never had to go the places Portman had to go.

  • Archabald Creep

    Wrong.

  • Hey, nice list! Been wondering about this female version after that last man snub list :D

  • joebecca

    I thought that Maggie G was phenomenal in Secretary too! One of the greatest films i’ve ever seen!!

  • NedNoodle

    Uhm, not sure I agree with all of these, a lot of mediocre performances here. Evan Rachel Wood, really, ok.

    “She may be more famous as Jake Gyllenhaal’s older sister” – Not True.

  • hannah

    so glad to see emma thompson in love actually on this list. the scene where she is crying in her bedroom moved me to tears. such a short scene, but it has stayed with me ever since i first saw the film and i still cry every single time i see it.

  • Come On Now

    2 snubs for best supporting actress in 02;
    3 for supporting actress in 03;
    2 for supporting actress in 10;
    2 for supporting actress in 11;
    15 snubs for 9 awards.

  • turbo

    Yeah cause Kate Winslet doesn’t have enough Oscars already..

  • Egon

    Scarlett Johannson? You must be kidding me. Or you must be hypnotized by her tits as any other man seems to be!

    She CAN’T ACT. She is the biggest joke in Hollywood. And Lost in Translation is PURE GARBAGE. Watch some movie from the 40s with some REAL ACTOR instead of that awful mess!

    • Egon, now that’s just downright obstinate. She won a Tony Award for A View from the Bridge. New York isn’t conquered by Hollywood types just because they show up (see Julia Roberts and a number of others). And besides, I thought she was great in Lost in Translation which was the first time I ever saw her. I will admit to you, I haven’t seen her in anything that blew me away since, and I am hypnotized by her breasts but she seems to have some degree of talent.

      Still your opinion was refreshing and funny!

  • screwjack

    what?! no Diane Lane for Unfaithful? easily should be in the top five on this list. She lost to Nicole Kidman-The Hours. I guess all you have to do is wear a fake nose.

    • @screwjack: to take your point a step further, she wasn’t even the best thing in The Hours. Julianne Moore was devastating in that movie. I actually saw it after the Academy Awards and was astounded that it had been Kidman who was even nominated.

  • narmin

    I love Love Actually,that film deserves all kinds of awards, one of the best movies of 2000s,if you ask me

  • Mabel

    Hmm, I haven’t seen many of these so I think you can write a little critique without any spoilers, thanks.

    Jennifer Connelly has certainly come a long way since Labyrinth. She couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag back then. Now she’s amazing. She was very good in Little Children too, as Patrick Wilson’s wife. That movie also had Kate Winslet.

  • tabo

    Annette Bening in Being Julia was snubbed big time. Swank was great but she didnt deserve two oscar!!!

  • charlotte

    the song was ‘both sides now’ by joni mitchell not ‘blue’ in love actually

  • GONAZ

    THIS IS BASICALLY SHIT ACTRESSES THAT YOU FANCY

  • oregonmade

    I also enjoyed Julianne Moore in Magnolia….she was phenomenal!

    • I actually thought SHE got snubbed or The Hours. Nicole Kidman is good, and she’s very good, but Julianne Moore broke my heart.

      • oregonmade

        Agreed! =)

  • Garth

    Ridiculous list, Scarlett Johansson won a BAFTA for LEADING actress and most of these actresses didn’t even deserve an Oscar nod, like Julianne Moore who clearly wasn’t better than any of the ladies who were nominated in 2010 or even Noomi Rapace. And as for Mila Kunis, there wasn’t one actress that I would even try and fathom a reason to remove for her.

  • aleksei

    emma thompson is awesome!

  • hamed

  • Ahlem

    I did actually see it. I hated it. It made me tense. I am a happy ndeing, romantic comedy girl at heart, but I like to operate (books, movies, etc.) from a list occasionally to get me outside the little box in which I would otherwise keep myself. I see most movies nominated for Academy Awards in major categories every year for that reason. While the movie was dreadful for me, Natalie Portman’s performance was remarkable. Some people might argue that the quality of a movie is measured by the amount of emotion it evokes, but I want that emotion to feel good or at least satisfying! Black Swan provoked negative feelings, and I walked out of the theater disturbed. If the measure is strong emotion, then it’s a winner. Not in my opinion though, I don’t like feeling upset by a film. I want to walk out smiling or at least feeling satisfied, challenged or better informed! I had quite a discussion on this topic over lunch last weekend with a complete stranger who randomly sat down at my table. We started chatting and soon learned that he sees all the movies every year also. His bad reaction film was 127 Hours.Annette Bening is considered Natalie Portman’s closest contender for her performance in The Kids Are All Right. I don’t think her role was nearly as challenging, and Natalie has this one in the bag!

  • adasdfasdgas

    emma thompson should be higher on the list. another of hers that i love is Stranger Than Fiction

  • Yazmin

    ELLEN BURSTYN for Requiem for a dream….
    I know people we all love Ms. Roberts but lets be real here… Ellen’s performance should of won the cake.

  • Niiina

    Natalie Portman deversed 1.ooo Oscars for this role

  • Alycia

    Keira Knightley is a boring, skinny, bad actress.
    So untalented!

  • Trixxx

    Natalie Portman was amazing in
    V for Vendetta
    Black Swan
    Star Wars I-III
    Garden State
    Closer
    Léon
    Anywhere but here
    Where the heart is… in all of her movies!

  • Aileeen3334

    Fuck you Keira Knightley.

    She is soo untalented.

    Natalie Portman: Pure talented, great, amazing, pretty, sweet….

    Emma Thompson: ok

    Maggie Gyllenhaal: Yes…

    Shaileen woodley: Love her

    Keira: shit