Saturday, May 18, 2024

Best Performances of 2010: Actor and Actress


Here are the names of the lead actors and actresses who I think will wind up in the Oscar race.

Best Actor:

1. Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech.” 2. James Franco, “127 Hours.” 3. Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter.” 4. Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network.” 5. Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine.”

Best Actress:

1. Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right.” 2. Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole.” 3. Natalie Portman, “Black Swan.” 4. Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right.” 5. Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine.” (There was a glitch from earlier. Michelle Williams was always intended for this list. Jennifer Lawrence gets very honorable mention for he work in “Winter’s Bone.” The blizzard strikes again!)

So many other great turns: Patricia Clarkson, “Cairo Time”; Lesley Manville, “Another Year”; Lucy Punch, “You Will Meet…”; Robert Duvall, “Get Low”; Leonardo diCaprio “Inception” and “Shutter Island”; Noomi Rapace, “Girl…Tattoo”..; Aaron Eckhart, “Rabbit Hole.”

In truth, Annette Bening also deserves a nomination for “Mother and Child.” It would take the Academy a big leap, but it could be done–vote Annette as Best Actress in that film, and Julianne Moore in “Kids.” This sort of thing has happened before. And that way, Moore–who’s actually on screen more in “Kids”–has a better shot at winning.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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