Last week, we asked you to pick this year’s Best Actor award. It only stands to reason that we’ll be asking you about Best Actress this time.
READ THIS BEFORE VOTING: We seem to have encountered a lot of confusion last week. Let me be very clear that we’re giving you two separate polls. First, tell us which actress you predict the Academy will give the award to. This has nothing to do with your personal opinions about who the best choice should be. This is purely a prediction of who the Academy members will vote for.
Now, in this second poll you can tell us which actress you think should win the award.
If everyone does this right, we should come out with the same number of votes in both polls.
Frankly, I think it’s pretty clear that this year is all about Natalie Portman. She’s not only going to win, but from this year’s nominees, I honestly think that she deserves to win. As I wrote when I saw ‘Black Swan’ way back at the Toronto Film Festival, the movie has been very smartly tailored to play off Portman’s usual stiffness and inability to truly inhabit a character. Whereas those traits are weaknesses in some of her roles (like the ‘Star Wars’ prequels), here they perfectly represent this character’s personality and her story arc. Portman is terrific in this film, in a way she never has been in any before.
With that said, I also thought that Nicole Kidman is extremely good in ‘Rabbit Hole’ – and I usually find Kidman really annoying.