best actress 2011


Best performances of all time 8/∞

Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in Black Swan

“There are always little strands of your character that you don’t even realize are in you that linger afterwards. I think because you have to internalize so much of what your character is going through in the way they think, in the way they see the world and the way they see themselves, it goes into your brain and body in ways you don’t really understand.” -Natalie Portman


Ree, brunette and sixteen, with milk skin and abrupt green eyes, stood bare-armed, face to the wind, her cheeks reddening as if smacked and smacked again.

“She would never cry where her tears might be seen and counted against her.”

anonymous asked:

i really don't think you, a white woman, should be arguing that the media should stop admiring lupita's beauty. it IS important for a dark-skinned black woman with african features to be hailed for her beauty. it isn't your place to say that shouldn't happen.

I didn’t say that the media should “stop admiring” her beauty. I agree with you, her visibility is important and I’d never try to argue that it’s a bad thing for her to be on the red carpet. I think she’s amazing and I love all her red carpet appearances. 

But I just keep thinking about how every year it seems that when a black actress gets an Oscar nomination or a win, she’s the toast of awards season, and she’s the toast of the red carpet, and everyone loves her dresses and talks about how beautiful she is, and then a couple of years later she’s taking minor parts in films because none of that has actually helped her career.

Perhaps the most successful Black Actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, Halle Berry, has been adamant that her beauty has actually HURT her in her career. Here’s what she said about getting overlooked initially for the role for which she won her Oscar: “I called my manager and said, say yes, say yes, say yes. He said, ‘I’m glad you love it, but they don’t want you.’ Frankly, fighting against my looks has become a large part of my career as an actress.”

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My Best Actress Lineup 2011

Olivia Colman in Tyrannosaur, Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia,  Sareh Bayat in A Separation, Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Zoé Herán in Tomboy (sorry Tilda)

note: Certified Copy  and Poetry were in my 2010 considerations.