Saturday, October 22, 2011

Best Actress race gets meaty

Michelle Williams gets glowing early reviews; Viola Davis gets the Elle Women in Hollywood award, and gives one heck of an acceptance speech; Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeff Wells raises $2000 to promote Olivia Colman in Tryannosaur with an early screening; & Elizabeth Olsen hits the Today show, briefly but eloquently.

This year's Best Actress is a very exciting one indeed, with far too many deserving performances getting due notice. The final five should be a strong five, but There Will Be Blogger outcry when a handful of deserving actresses are inevitably 'overlooked'. My hope is that the Oscar precursors will keep their nominations diverse and not settle on a comfortable five to push all the way to the Oscars. Diversity not only keeps the race unpredictable, and forces Oscar voters to think for themselves, it also means that in retrospect a wider range of performances will have received recognition.