TMP – Oscar Winner Edition: Best Actor/Actress

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

This week is once again part of the Oscar Winner Edition, which will pop up every now and then during the year and will let us focus on movies that received the Academy Award. As I’ve established before, this is not exactly a specialty of mine, but let’s see what I can come up with for Best Actor/Actress today. I feel like I’ve seen a lot of the movies from the past 2-3 decades, but I never felt that those movies were my favourites.

Room – Brie Larson

This movie is just outstanding. The premise is so heartbreaking and the point of view unique, since it mostly rests on Jacob Tremblay’s character. Still, Brie Larson gave this everything she got and made me cry several times with the impossible decisions that had to be made.

The Blind Side – Sandra Bullock

I realise this is one of those white saviour movies and I’m not excusing that narrative, but I’m a weird sucker for American Football content and I really liked it when I saw it for the first time. I think this was also the year Sandra Bullock was nominated and received the Golden Raspberry for worst performance, which I just find hilarious.

Forrest Gump – Tom Hanks

Forrest Gump is just a classic and Tom Hanks will forever been associated with the iconic role. Is there more to say?

The Artist – Jean Dujardin

I just thought it was fantastic that a French actor won in this category with a black and white silent movie in the year 2011. I mean, what are the chances?

Nominees Who Would Have (Also) Deserved the Win

I’m not here to debate whether someone rightfully got the Oscar or not, but sometimes there’s just people who I’d also have liked to see get the award. So, here are some examples:

  • Captain Fantastic – Viggo Mortensen
  • Get Out – Daniel Kaluuya
  • Little Women – Saoirse Ronan (or for Brooklyn, or Lady Bird)
  • The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep
  • Pride & Prejudice – Keira Knightley
  • Finding Neverland – Johnny Depp

What are some of your favourite Best Actor/Actress Oscar Winners? What did you think of my picks? Let’s talk!