Best Actress Rewind


by Matt Mazur

16 May 2011

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!
Pam Grier … Jackie Brown  

Oscar Nominees:

Helena Bonham Carter ... The Wings of the Dove
Julie Christie ... Afterglow
Judi Dench ... Mrs. Brown
Helen Hunt ... As Good as It Gets
Kate Winslet ... Titanic

Mazur Nominees:

Joan Allen … The Ice Storm


Judi Dench … Mrs. Brown


Pam Grier … Jackie Brown



Jessica Lange … A Thousand Acres



Michelle Pfeiffer … A Thousand Acres



Oscar Winner: Helen Hunt’s win is largely blamed on Oscar xenophobia, as she trounced the all-British contingent of nominees, most would say unfairly.

Mazur Winner: One of the most egregious snubs in Oscar history, Pam Grier’s comeback work in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown didn’t even sneak in for a nomination. This is an inexplicable head-scratcher, as Grier’s performance is strong, nuanced, all-time high for the actress, best known for her work in the 1970s actioners Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). Cool, low-key turns like Grier’s might rarely win Oscars, but they are the most memorable and indelible precisely because of their lack of histrionics. If time machines could allow voters to go back and undo one mistake in the last 20 years, I think they’d all choose to vote for Grier in hindsight.

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