Sunday, February 19, 2012
Which of these women is not Viola Davis? Well, you're way ahead of me. You know they're all Viola Davis, and she is not only one of the best actresses in Hollywood, she is also one of the prettiest. Who knew! She is my pick for best actress this year, or as it is now called "actress in a leading role". I have not seen the four other performances by Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams or Rooney Mara, and to their credit, I'm sure they're all amazing. Meryl Streep's performances have bordered on caricature recently, but I think that is because lately she has played iconic figures of the 20th century -- Julia Child, Margaret Thatcher. And I'm sure Michelle Williams is wonderful as Marilyn Monroe, another iconic figure of the 20th century. But in my opinion, Viola Davis deserves an Academy Award not only for her performance as Aibileen Clark in The Help, but also as Mrs. Miller, the beleaguered and trusting mother whose son was befriended by the Catholic priest in Doubt. Viola Davis is a chameleon who can change her appearance and in fact her whole persona at will. That's genius.
I predict, or at least hope, that Viola Davis will win the Oscar for her nomination in the category "actress in a leading role". In my opinion, she's the best actress, by far.