Monday, December 3, 2012

Top 10 Female Performances of All Time

Did either Oscar vet make my list?

I don't know if I'll review anything this week or not, so here's a list. Updated Oscar predictions are coming in a day or two, and I might post my top 10 male performances list this week as well. Enjoy!

10. Ingrid Bergman, Notorious
Role: Alicia Huberman
Quote: "I guess I'm the girl nobody remembers."
Recognition: Bambi Award win and NYFCC runner-up

9. Nicole Kidman, Eyes Wide Shut
Role: Alice Hartford
Quote: "If you men only knew..."
Recognition: Satellite Award nom
8. Elizabeth Taylor, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Role: Martha
Quote: "I swear, if you existed, I'd divorce you. "
Recognition: Oscar and BAFTA wins, Golden Globe nom
7. Irene Jacob, Three Colors: Red
Role: Valentine
Quote: "I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me."
Recognition: BAFTA and Cesar noms
6. Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Role: Edith Piaf
Quote: "I'm just 44. I'm not in the tomb yet."
Recognition: Oscar, BAFTA, Cesar, and Golden Globe wins
5. Liv Ullmann, Scenes from a Marriage
Role: Marianne
Quote: "Sometimes it's like husband and wife are talking on telephones that are out of order."
Recognition: BAFTA and Golden Globe noms
4. Emily Watson, Breaking the Waves
Role: Bess McNeill
Quote: "Everyone has something they're good at. I've always been stupid, but I'm good at this."
Recognition: Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe noms
3. Harriet Andersson, Through a Glass Darkly
Role: Karin
Quote: "It's so horrible to see your own confusion and understand it."
Recognition: BAFTA nom
2. Bibi Andersson, Persona
Role: Sister Alma
Quote: "I wonder whether your madness isn't the worst kind."
Recognition: BAFTA nom and NSFC Award win
1. Juliette Binoche, Three Colors: Blue
Role: Julie Vignon
Quote: "Now I have only one thing left to do: nothing."
Recognition: Cesar and Venice Film Festival wins, Golden Globe nom


  1. I definitely do like this list. The Binoche, Jacob, Bergman, Cotillard and Watson additions are all some of my favourites!

  2. Great choices. Taylor's definitely on my list. (It's kind of a shame that performance sort of started the annoying trend of glamorous stars getting ugly in hopes of getting an Oscar.)

    1. Thanks! Yeah, but at least it was a well-deserved Oscar for Taylor.

    2. And thanks for the follow by the way! :)

  3. Great list. Now I want to make one!!!

  4. Amazing list. You really love Eyes Wide Shut, don't you? Your number 1 is definitely in my absolute favourites as well.

    1. Thanks! Haha. Well, Eyes Wide Shut is #11 on my top 100 list. :)

  5. Awesome list! Great to see Andersson here, it's such a powerful performance.

    1. Thanks! Don't know which Andersson you're talking about, but I agree either way! ;)

  6. Nice list! I'm really glad you included Emily Watson in Breaking the Waves. I'm not a huge fan of the movie overall but I absolutely loved her performance.

    1. Thanks! That's a tough film, but she's SO good in it.

  7. Dude, this is a perfect list. Jesus, how many similarities do we have? Five? AWESOME. And your other picks are ones I agree with wholeheartedly. Love this man, well done.

    1. Thanks man! Yeah, 50% overlap is awesome. Glad you dig the other picks as well.

  8. Nice list, Josh. And I always like the award trivia that goes w/ it!

  9. Yay !! NOTORIOUS. Virginia Woolf was my first Liz Taylor and I swear she scared the hell out of me. That's as powerful a performance can be. Loved Irene Jacob in Red and Veronique. There is something in her face that kinda hypnotizes me. I don't know but I literally CAN NOT take my eyes off her. I have yet to see La vie en Rose but I have heard amazing things. Oh yeah, and Binoche. I know you are little biased but that's definitely worthy one.

    P.S. You don't like Ingrid Thulin, huh? Happy to see Harriet Andersson on the list btw. You will see why tomorrow. :)

    1. Glad you like those picks. Yeah, I'm biased on Binoche, but it's honestly the best female performance I've seen. :)

      Oh, I LOVE Ingrid Thulin, especially in Winter Light, Cries and Whispers, and The Silence. She didn't make my list, but I'm a fan.

  10. This is a great list, for it is most interesting in its juxtaposition with the male performers list. A lot more non-English speaking roles on this one isn't there? The significant gap between Burton and Taylor for Virginia Woolf is surprising as SHE won the Oscar and he didn't.

    You're the Oscar guy, who did he lose to btw?

    1. Thanks. Yeah, there are twice as many non-English speaking roles on this list. Not sure how that happened.

      The gap is odd, but other performances bumped Taylor down. I even think Burton gives the better performance. He lost to Paul Scofield in the Best Picture winner "A Man for All Seasons" btw.

  11. Great list Josh. The acting in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf was stunning, I can completely understand why it features on both your actor lists.

    I keep saying on blogs I'm going to watch Notorious, in fact I'm getting tired of saying it!! I should just watch Hitchcock's film as soon a possible ( :

    1. Thanks Chris. Love that film (it cracked my top 25 favorites) and the performances from the entire ensemble.

      Do it! :)