Recently I copied the idea of a top ten actors list from Fernando from Committed to Celluloid and Abbi from Where the Wild Things Are and now I’m back and stealing from them again but with the women this time! As before to help narrow my choices down I have used actresses who are still alive and working and who are both excellent actors who can turn out great performance after great performance, but who can also transcend their mediocre films to provide something worth watching.
What’s to love? She’s an exceptionally strong actress who first truly impressed me in Notes on a Scandal, but who has delivered complex and intelligent performances throughout her career.
Best role? Blue Jasmine.
The one I still really need to see: I’m Not There.
I would like to be offered to play Count Dracula as a consolation for not having been in “The Idiots” by Lars von Trier.”
What’s to love? I think she is the strongest actress working today and often competes with another on this list for being my absolute favourite female actress of all time. Her performances are almost always stunning (Except perhaps her death scene in The Dark Knight Rises) and she must have the most expressive eyes in film today.
Best role? Rust and Bone.
The one I still really need to see: La Vie en Rose.
“You’re only as good as the last thing you did. But that anxiety feeds what you’re doing. It gives you energy. It’s very much part of me. You know that right behind you, stretching back as far as you can see, are other people wanting to play the same part and probably better than you.”
What’s to love? Really? There’s a lot to love about Judi Dench and not just that she was a fantastic M for the last couple of decades! She has a particular power on screen that few can match – a statement that I can fully back up by asking you to watch the film I’ve picked for her best role…
Best role? Notes on a Scandal.
The one I still really need to see: Shakespeare in Love.
“It’s a great thing to get older and learn. I don’t feel bound in any way by how many years I’ve lived. I identify just as much with my 86-year-old grandmother as I do with my sister.”
What’s to love? She’s proved herself as being a very diverse and accomplished performer with a range of films under her belt such as Lost in Translation and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s impressive that she can navigate a film such as Translation as well as she does, but what’s more impressive is how she can go from roles such as that and make the transition into being a genuine action hero.
Best role? Lost in Translation.
The one I still really need to see: Her.
“What did [Flaubert] say?: ‘Be ordinary in your life so that you can be violent and original in your work!’ I believe that.”
What’s to love? She is the actress I normally describe as being my all time favourite and who is occasionally jostled by Marion Cotillard. She is an incredible actress who seems to throw herself into any and every role… it’s insane that she has yet to win an Oscar.
Best role? That’s too tough a question… there are an awful lot of great ones but I’ll pick Boogie Nights as it was one of the first times I ever saw her act.
The one I still really need to see: Far From Heaven.
What’s to love? She’s got a lot of potential and a huge dollop of charisma and talent. I really want to see where her career takes her as she has proved that she can handle comedy, drama and also blockbusters with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – a career highlight in my opinion.
Best role? The Help perhaps…
The one I still really need to see: Magic in the Moonlight.
“I mean, come on; when you have people writing these things, that you’re the greatest thing that ever ate scenery, you’re dead. You’re fucking dead. How can you even presume to begin a new character? It’s a killer.”
What’s to love? Her down to earth attitude, her fantastic talent and the fact that she just seems like a really great person.
Best role? It’s perhaps a controversial choice but I love her in Adaptation.
The one I still really need to see: The Hours/Sophie’s Choice.
“There is something insane about a lack of doubt. Doubt, to me anyway, is what makes you human, and without doubt even the righteous lose their grip not only on reality but also on their humanity.”
What’s to love? She’s an extremely exciting performer whose unusual looks and strong talent always make for interesting roles to seek out and study.
Best role? Michael Clayton.
The one I still really need to see: We Need to Talk About Kevin.
“I like to do weird things in the shower, like drink my coffee, brush my teeth and drink a smoothie. It’s good time management.”
What’s to love? She’s a really brave performer who seems to consistently give committed and intelligent performances every time. She took on Marilyn Monroe and was successful, that’s quite an achievement.
Best role? Blue Valentine.
The one I still really need to see: Synecdoche, New York .
“I love working and the next person who comes up with an abrasive, intelligent woman I shall snap it up.”
What’s to love? She turns up all over the place and puts her stamp on whatever character she takes on. Also it’s nice that she isn’t afraid to go between projects such as The Sixth Sense and Dollhouse.
Best role? I actually really like her small role in An Education.
The one I still really need to see: Maps to the Stars.
So, how do you think I did this time? Let me know in the comment box below!