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Best Actress Rewind: 2006

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Laura Dern ... Inland Empire
Best Actress Rewind is back! Oscar-watcher Matt Mazur challenges the Academy's choices in his favorite category, comparing the Academy nominees with his own (frequently better) nominees!

Oscar Nominees:


Penelope Cruz ... Volver
Judi Dench ... Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren ... The Queen
Meryl Streep ... The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet ... Little Children


Mazur Nominees:


Maggie Cheung ... Clean


 


  
Judi Dench ... Notes on a Scandal


 

Laura Dern ... Inland Empire


 


 

Gong Li ... Curse of the Golden Flower


 


 

Laura Linney ... Jindabyne


 


 

Oscar Winner: If I have to type any more than one sentence about Helen Mirren’s boring Oscar sweep, I might actually die of boredom.


Mazur Winner: In a year with some intense, raw portrayal’s of the female psyche, there is no woman who is as fearless as Laura Dern in David Lynch’s mind-bender Inland Empire. Dern is always one to watch, from her hysterically funny, sharp turn in Citizen Ruth (1996) to her Oscar-nominated turn in Rambling Rose (1991), Dern’s characterizations are always fresh, daring. With Inland Empire, she tops herself yet again with a dream-like ode to being an actress, being insane, and being a close collaborator of David Lynch. One of the best, most experimental performances of the entire decade.

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