January 26, 2005

For Your Consideration: Imelda Staunton

imeldaWith the release of the Oscar nominations yesterday (isn't Adrian Brody too cute it makes you a little ill?), Cinecultist feels compelled to begin our "rooting for the Oscar underdog" campaign. Looking at the best Actress category, we can't help but think it will be Annette versus Hilary (again). However, we loved loved loved Imelda Staunton's performance in Vera Drake. It makes us launch into hyperbolic statements like "she's a revelation!" With a Mike Leigh movie, you always know you will be seeing consumate actors in their element but still Staunton surprises with how deep she digs into this character.

Summing it up pretty well, Stephen Holden's Critic Notebook on the Oscars published today.

Posted by karen at January 26, 2005 8:57 AM