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!
Catherine Deneuve ... Indochine
Mary McDonnell ... Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Love Field
Susan Sarandon ... Lorenzo's Oil
Emma Thompson ... Howard's End
Sheila Florance … A Woman’s Tale
Sheryl Lee … Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Mary McDonnell … Passion Fish
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Batman Returns
Emma Thompson … Howard’s End
Oscar Winner: Emma Thompson, whose wit and quiet fury were memorable in this Merchant-Ivory film. Thompson was a solid winner.
Mazur Winner: I've always felt that Thompson's fellow nominee Mary McDonnell gave a more interested, layered, and revelatory performance in John Sayles' Passion Fish as a soap opera diva who returns to her Bayou roots following a traumatic accident that leaves her in a wheelchair. McDonnell brings a resilient spark to her character, a lost soul who must learn to cope with her new way of life in a new place. She's funny, touching, and above all else, completely fierce.