AND THE OSCAR GOES TO ...____________________________________________________________________
"She is easily the standout of the film, and adds a bit of glamour and a lot of mystery, but the character is very limited."
"She embodies the Queen larger than life in her posture and her speaking, and manages to give a very convincing performance."
"In a very physically and challenging role, She manages to give a very captivating, overwhelming and poignant performance."
"Helen Hunt has empathy for her character and not only sympathy allowing her to give a brilliant performance."
"[she] perfectly embodies the tragic heroine both romantic, impulsive and free-spirited."
Before I started, I expected nothing special from this year because from the nominees, I had only seen Kate Winslet in "Titanic". 1997 turns out to be a very good year, with many great performances. Helena Bonham Carter is easily my pick, she has haunted me many days after I watched the film, which is a sign that her performance has something really special. I was very apprehensive about Helen Hunt's performance, her win is not very popular, but in fact it's a poignant and really moving performance. The 3rd and 4th place are more complex to attribute, but finally I place Winslet before Judi Dench. I think her performance is more complex and nuanced, and for me she's more effective than Judi Dench, even if she is also quite superb in "Mrs Brown". The last one is easily Julie Christie, she is the weakest from the field. She has clearly not a lot of things to do, and she is really not helped by the film or her partners.
THE ACADEMY AWARDS and ME
NEXT YEAR: 2010