POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST ACTRESS

Posted by · 11:29 am · February 16th, 2009

Moving into the top tier categories, have your say in the sidebar poll.  This one should be interesting.

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  • 1 2-16-2009 at 11:36 am

    Homero said...

    I voted for Kristin Scott Thomas…oh wait, nevermind…

  • 2 2-16-2009 at 12:11 pm

    Matthew said...

    This is who deserves it, right? I’m still shocked that people on here think Winslet deserves it. Maybe for Revolutionary Road. I would’ve voted for her then, but for The Reader, no way.

  • 3 2-16-2009 at 12:25 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    No kidding, Homero. Oh well, at least we can vote for the second-best performance by an actress in a leading role; Sally Hawkins…oh wait…

  • 4 2-16-2009 at 12:34 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    I said this about Original Screenplay and now I’ll say it again: I truly believe that the reason Melissa Leo has such a poor showing in this sidebar poll is because very few people have actually seen “Frozen River”.

    Kate Winslet and Anne Hathaway are great, I agree, but Leo stands head and shoulders above them with this performance — and certainly above Meryl Streep, who does not deserve to be nominated for her out-of-control SNL character in “Doubt”.

    There was an article on this site last week discussing whether “Frozen River” has a chance at upsetting in its two categories, and it’s gotten me very excited. I doubt it will happen, but it’s a wonderful thing to think about.

  • 5 2-16-2009 at 12:41 pm

    gee-nee-us said...

    I didn’t see Melisa Leo yet, so I’ll choose Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet.

  • 6 2-16-2009 at 12:44 pm

    Homero said...

    I’ve seen all of the above performances and if I had to put them in order it would be:
    Kristin Scott Thomas
    Sally Hawkins
    Kate Winslet (Road)
    Melissa Leo
    Kate Winslet (Reader)
    Meryl Streep
    Anne Hathaway

    Oh, and Angelina Jolie, I guess.

  • 7 2-16-2009 at 12:46 pm

    Joseph said...

    People really need to rent Frozen River.

  • 8 2-16-2009 at 12:48 pm

    gee-nee-us said...

    Oh, then mine would be:
    Sally Hawkins
    Michelle Williams
    Kristin Scott Thomas
    Anne Hathaway
    Kate Winslet (Rev Road)
    Kate Winslet (Reader)
    Meryl Streep
    and Ange..

    Do I have to include everyone?

  • 9 2-16-2009 at 1:11 pm

    James D. said...

    Well, since Kristin Scott Thomas, Sally Hawkins, and Michelle Williams are not available, I have to go with Anne Hathaway. Melissa Leo is below her, then Winslet, then Streep. I refuse to watch Clint Eastwood movies, though.

  • 10 2-16-2009 at 1:11 pm

    Diego(uruguay) said...


  • 11 2-16-2009 at 1:14 pm

    Uta Hagen said...

    Meryl Streep deserves it this year! Wonderful and interesting choices and she enhanced the meaning of the story.

    Sally Hawkins? She smiled, giggled and talked really fast – easy! There is a reason she wasn’t nominated.

    I don’t agree with the choices Kate Winslet made in the courtroom scenes in “The Reader.” She played the one emotion of shock – why am I on trial? I did what they told me to do? I would have preferred to see more layers – the embarrasment of being on trial, questions about whether she did something wrong and the fear of what might happen if she is found guilty. Kate doesn’t deserve it for this performance.

  • 12 2-16-2009 at 1:15 pm

    John Foote said...

    Thinking less and less it could be Winslet — thinking Streep — Winslet should win….for Revolutionary Road…not The Reader….

  • 13 2-16-2009 at 1:33 pm

    I HAVE DOUBT! said...

    Streep is doing an SNL character? First, everything she does is realistic. If you don’t think so then you’ve never seen enough people who are passionately arguing their point. But then you may say that it is realistic but over the top – why did she make these choices to be so big? Well, I believe she did this because her character represents “certainty” – the opposite of doubt and certainty isn’t subtle or quiet. Certaintly is big and loud. I would really like to hear an argument for why Streep should have made different choices.

  • 14 2-16-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Mr. F said...

    If Winslet was nominated for Rev Road, I would have picked her, but since it is not I voted for Melissa Leo

  • 15 2-16-2009 at 2:25 pm

    BerkeleyGirl said...

    I’m going with Winslet – but she really should have been nominated for “Revolutionary Road.” Just saw it today – one of the best translations from book to screen that I’ve seen in ages. Di Caprio does some of his best work since Gilbert Grape.

    Winslet is simply a force of nature. If she has any technique, I never see it.

  • 16 2-16-2009 at 2:34 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Anne Hathaway, who’s been my choice since I saw “Rachel Getting Married” in October. She gives a truly tremendous performance, fully of life and shattering drama, poignancy and impermeable loss. She hits every note exactly right, and it’s just downright haunting in its realism.

  • 17 2-16-2009 at 2:50 pm

    Ryan said...

    Well a lot of people who think Winslet deserve to win for Rev Road will still vote for her role in the Reader.

    I think she should’ve been nominated for both movies. Too bad only one of her Oscar worthy roles this year was nominated. Still think she deserves it more than the other if only because she DID deliver two Oscar worthy roles.

  • 18 2-16-2009 at 3:03 pm

    Zac said...

    I’ve only seen Anne and Meryl, but I voted anyways because by the time I see the other 3, this poll will be gone.

    I voted for Meryl. As impressed as I was by Anne, Meryl dominated the screen and showed why she’s received 15 nominations.

  • 19 2-16-2009 at 3:04 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Ms. Hathaway.

    Not only because it’s the best of the nominees, but because I want her to have a minute or two to shout out to Demme, DeWitt, Irwin, and Lumet, and the film itself.

  • 20 2-16-2009 at 3:05 pm

    Jake said...

    I wish Kate Winslet would have been nominated for Revolutionary Road. I would have voted for her, hands down. I put my vote for Meryl Streep, who is absolutely convincing as a strict and fearsome Sister.

  • 21 2-16-2009 at 3:28 pm

    McAllister said...


  • 22 2-16-2009 at 4:26 pm

    Douglas said...

    Who deserves it?

    Well Kristen Scott Thomas deserves it.

    But on nomination terms Meryl Streep.
    Oh and how in gods name does Anne Hathaway deserve win above Meryl and even Angelina?

  • 23 2-16-2009 at 4:45 pm

    Edgar of West Hollywood said...

    MERYL. That’s all!

  • 24 2-16-2009 at 4:51 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: how did we get such a dull field of nominees from such a rich slate of female performances in 2008? Sally Hawkins, Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas have it all over this group.

    Melissa Leo, though, is easily the best here. By a mile.

  • 25 2-16-2009 at 5:17 pm

    Pauley said...

    The only three that deserve nominations of the five are Leo, Hathaway and Winslet. The only one of those three that deserve to win is Winslet.

  • 26 2-16-2009 at 5:58 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    not winslet in the reader, streep this year, winslets year will come

  • 27 2-16-2009 at 6:19 pm

    Alex said...

    I think Hathaway’s was the best of the nominated performances. Rachel Getting Married was my favourite ‘awards calibre’ film of last year, though I know that many people did not like it.

    I hope this Reader backlash seals the deal on Kate Winslet. Vile film, so-so performance.

  • 28 2-16-2009 at 6:39 pm

    Katie said...


    I’m so pissed off seeing Jolie there. What a waste of space. Kirstin Scott should be there, Sally Hawkins should be there. Same thing with Pitt in Best actor. For his portrayal of button? I mean, there is subtly, then there is falling asleep. BENICIO TEL TORO SHOULD BE THERE. ARGH!!!

  • 29 2-16-2009 at 6:40 pm

    Katie said...

    Whoops, sorry for the typo, meant to write: subtlety

  • 30 2-16-2009 at 6:54 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    I don’t see how the Academy thought Winslet was better in Reader than in RR. Just like a couple of years ago when most people, including myself, thought DiCaprio should have been nominated for Departed instead of Blood Diamond.

  • 31 2-16-2009 at 6:58 pm

    Pauley said...

    How can it be Streep’s year shes already won two. No one deserves more than two acting oscars.

  • 32 2-16-2009 at 9:06 pm

    AL said...


    Kristin Scott Thomas


    MY FAVORITE WAS SALLY HAWKINS still feel some shame, because people do not value their PERFORMANCE ( OSCAR AND BAFTA)
    ONLY THE CRITICAL award this performance.

    But the question is whether the best of the year HAWKINS, SCOTT THOMAS, WILLIAMS, IS NOT NOMINATED TO DEVILS ASSESSED AMPAS, BAFTA, ETC, ETC .????

  • 33 2-16-2009 at 9:31 pm

    Matt said...

    Shouldn’t Streep get some credit also for doing Doubt and Mamma Mia in the same year? Wow, how many actresses could have pulled off both of those roles?

  • 34 2-16-2009 at 9:34 pm

    Patryk said...

    1) Streep
    2) Leo
    3) None of the other nominees
    4) None of the other nominees
    5) None of the other nominees

    Should have been nominated
    1) Winslet (RR)
    2) Scott-Thomas
    3) Hall (as in Rebecca)

  • 35 2-16-2009 at 10:15 pm

    Zan said...

    I didn’t even think KST was the best performance in her own film.

    I voted for Hathaway, but I would be satisfied with Leo too. Winslet, in RR, was the best female performance of the year.

  • 36 2-16-2009 at 11:30 pm

    Tim said...

    1. Hathaway
    2. Hawkins
    3. No one else matters.

  • 37 2-17-2009 at 2:52 am

    Dominik said...

    Sally Hawkins.
    Truly sad snub, especially when you see those overacting “nun”-sense of Streep and the pretentious Jolie being nominated.

  • 38 2-17-2009 at 3:17 am

    Alex said...

    I couldn’t stand Jolie’s pouting. She really doesn’t deserve her nomination considering the performances that were snubbed. The only noteworthy thing about Changeling was Angelina coming across a child she didn’t want to keep.

  • 39 2-17-2009 at 5:56 am

    Kelly said...

    When does Meryl Streep not deserve it?

  • 40 2-17-2009 at 9:30 am

    Gary said...

    Meryl can fart, and she will be nominated and win! She is the greatest actress of our generation, so before we give her the Lifetime Achievement Award, let’s honor her one more time.

    Modesty aside, she was phenomenal in Doubt, it will be unforgivable not to recognize her for that film

    The Reader is not an acting movie for Kate, she should come up with a movie that will be unforgettable for her to win the Big O.

  • 41 2-17-2009 at 12:04 pm

    McAllister said...

    I finally just saw Doubt last night and while I thought it was completely disinteresting, the performances were good… Meryl’s and Viola’s were great.

    My nominees for Best Actress would have been

    Sally Hawkins
    Melissa Leo
    Meryl Streep
    Cate Blanchett

    and I’m going back and forth on Michelle Williams and Angelina Jolie. I have a feeling I would pick Kristin Scott Thomas had I had a chance to see it. Or maybe even Kate Winslet for Revolutionary Road.

  • 42 2-17-2009 at 2:19 pm

    GordonsGirl said...

    Meryl Streep should lose points for her “performance” in “Mamma Mia!”