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Best Actress Rewind: 2006

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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