Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

31 December 2012

Best Actress 2012

My top choices in the order I would place them on my Academy ballot if I were allowed to vote. In other words, these are my five favorite performances, but I acknowledge that this list is already influenced by awards buzz, and the actresses who I think need the most votes are at the top.

DEANIE IP, A Simple Life

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS, Beasts of the Southern Wild

EMMANUELLE RIVA, Amour (Love)

RACHEL WEISZ, The Deep Blue Sea

JESSICA CHASTAIN, Zero Dark Thirty

Also loved:
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Nadezhda Markina, Elena
Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman
Naomi Watts, Lo Imposible (The Impossible)
Zhang Ziyi, Dangerous Liaisons

Apologies to Nina Hoss (Barbara), Isabelle Huppert (In Another Country), and Teresa Madruga (Tabu), whose films I plan to see, but have not yet.

Related:
My Best Actress Picks for 2011
My Best Actress Picks for 2010
My Best Actress Picks for 2009
My Best Actress Picks for 2008
My Best Actress Picks for 2007