With no movies coming out in the near future, all we can do is look back to the past. The past decade was a great one for movies, but was it a great one for Oscars? I dive in here to give what I, and twitter via poll, think what was the best and the worst wins of the 10s.
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My Pick: Brie Larson – Room
- Brie was absolutely phenomenal in this movie. It was a strong and heartbreaking performance that moved me so much. Personally, this role and win is the reason I got into watching the Oscars. I followed her along her journey to Oscar glory, and from there on I started watching the show more and more. Just a raw and real performance.
Twitter’s Pick: Natalie Portman – Black Swan
- I actually haven’t seen Black Swan, so I am going to let my good friend and co-host Kenzie handle this for me. Here is what she said.
- “I felt perfect; I was perfect,” is not only a quote from Black Swan, but probably what Natalie Portman said wrapping up the movie. Portman’s turn as Nina Sayers is not only one of the best performances of the 2010s, but also easily the best acting win of the last decade. Portman is intoxicating as she plays good and evil in this film, mirroring Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” at the center of the film. Throughout the film, we follow Portman’s Nina as she pushes herself out of her comfort zone in dance and in her personal life. By the end of the film, Portman has completely lost herself in the performance.
My Pick: Renee Zellweger – Judy
- This felt more like a win for Judy Garland than it felt like for Renee, which is eerily similar to how Rami won his Oscar too. It isn’t so much the performance that bothered me, as it was who else was there who could have won it. Scarlett Johannson was incredible in Marriage Story and was nominated twice in one show. Saoirse Ronan was also magnificent and picked up her 4th nomination at 25. Much like many of the male winners of the past decade, there were just outright better performances that could have, and should have, won.
Twitter’s Pick: Renee Zellweger – Judy
- It was hard picking a “worst of the decade” because the Best Actress winners of the 10s were just all so good. However, my other co-host does have some strong feelings, and I am going to let Ricky speak below. Here is what he said.
- In a year of captivating performances from Scarlett Johannson in Marriage Story, Lupita Nyong’o in Us, and Charlize Theron in Bombshell, the Academy decided to award Zellweger for an OK performance in Judy. I understand that Judy Garland was someone revered by many, but nothing about this performance screamed OSCAR. I saw more range out of Johannson in the fight scene of Marriage Story than I did the entirety of Zellweger’s performance. It makes zero sense.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.