Thursday Movie Picks: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Actor and Best Actress

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week, we are continuing with the Oscars Winners Edition. Since we tackle both best actors and actresses, I’ll give you my top 3 picks for each category!
There are so many brilliant picks, it was very hard to pick just three of each. I went with more recent picks, simply because I puled up the lists on Wikipedia and started from the bottom up. 😅

#1 Julianne Moore in Still Alice (2014)

This movie was really intense and – for me – more frightening than any horror movie could ever be. Julianne More absolutely nails her performance depicting a woman who is battling her oncoming Alzheimer’s disease.

#2 Brie Larson in Room (2015)

Another very intense film! I read the book but the storytelling didn’t really work for me there. The movie on the other hand really hit the spot and especially Brie Larson’s performance gave me chills.

#3 Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005)

I’ve seen Walk The Line way too many times. Reese Witherspoon’s performance is not only amazing but absolutely stellar when you consider her singing as well. A deserved win if I ever saw one!

#1 Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019)

I will forever be salty with the Academy for not awarding Phoenix with an Oscar for Best Actor, back when he stared as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. At least he finally won one for Joker, where he delivered again!

#2 Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful (1998)

Get out your tissues, it’s time to cry. This is movie goes right for your heart and kills with one blow. Roberto Benigni is definitely one of the reason the film was so great!

#3 Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)

A classic. Another film I’ve seen numerous times and I just love Tom Hanks performance in this!

What’s your favorite film that won an award for best actor or actress?? Let me know in the comments!

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15 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Actor and Best Actress

  1. I feel like Tom Hanks should have at least 6 Oscars by now! Great picks. I think Phoenix should have won for other performances and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie, he did great in Joker.

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  2. Well, you went all in!

    Sorry to say I have not seen two of these-Still Alice and Joker-an anomaly for me since I try to see all the winning performances-I’ll have to get on that. With Alice it puts me in mind of Julie Christie’s “Away from Her” and that was such a grim, harrowing watch that I have been reluctant to watch anything like it. As far as Joker, I’m suffering from superhero (and superhero adjacent) burnout.

    As for the others, Larson was impressive in Room but to me she was a supporting player to Jacob Tremblay (who should have been nominated) and I favored Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years to her.

    I’m a fan of Reese and she gave a good performance in Walk the Line but not Oscar winning to me. My choice that year was Keira Knightley in Pride & Prejudice.

    Benigni is deeply moving in Life is Beautiful but did himself no favors with his clownish behavior on the awards circuit. I was pulling for Ian McKellen to win for Gods and Monsters but wasn’t too sorry to see Benigni take it.

    Sorry but I loathed every single second of Forrest Gump (excepting Sally Field) with a white-hot passion. Glug. And I say that as a big Tom Hanks fan who thinks he deserves to have two Oscars, just not for the two films he won for.


  3. At first, I planned to use Gone with the Wind and its trio of Oscar winners-Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland as a set especially since both ladies won twice. But GWTW is so discussed and while I love all three, I decided to go with other lesser-known performers who deserve some light shone on them. So, I lit upon Greer Garson as my through line along with two of her costars who won their Oscars in close proximity to hers.

    Mrs. Miniver (Greer Garson-Best Actress) (1942)-Kay Miniver (Greer), her architect husband Clem (Walter Pidgeon-also Oscar nominated) and their three children are living a comfortable life in a small village outside of London until war is declared. Eldest son Vin (Richard Ney-who shortly after the film’s completion married Greer!) leaves college to join the Royal Air Force while also falling for and marrying local girl Carol Beldon (Teresa Wright-winner for Best Supporting Actress). As the war arrives on their doorstep they must endure bombing raids and many other hardships and tragedies meeting them with perseverance and fortitude.

    Goodbye, Mr. Chips (Robert Donat-Best Actor) (1939)-1n 1870 schoolteacher Charles Chipping “Mr. Chips” (Donat) fresh from university is a strict disciplinarian to his young students at his new public-school post making him unpopular. However, on holiday he meets and impulsively marries the feisty suffragette Katherine Ellis (Greer Garson-Oscar nominated) whose love softens and humanizes Chips until he becomes a beloved institution on campus and a source of inspiration through the tough years of World War I onward into the 20th Century.

    A Double Life (Ronald Colman-Best Actor) (1947)-Legendary stage star Anthony John’s (Colman) method is to totally immerse himself in the parts he plays. This is fine when he appears in comedic roles but with more serious roles, he becomes unpredictably volatile as his real-life self slowly ebbs away leading to the end of his marriage to Brita (Signe Hasso) his frequent costar. Now despite all warning signs he has undertaken Othello partnered again with Brita, though having a young mistress, Pat Kroll (an incredibly young, very thin Shelley Winters in her first important role), and as the part overtakes him, he descends into madness. Though Greer isn’t in this film she and Colman costarred (the year she won for Mrs. Miniver) in another big success for both “Random Harvest” where Colman was again nominated for Best Actor.

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  4. The Best Actresses picks are nice though I think Joaquin should’ve gotten the Oscar for Her as I think The Joker is overrated while I couldn’t get into Life is Beautiful as it’s too weepy for me.

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  5. You chose some great picks! Julianne Moore did a great job with someone battling this viscious disease. Reese Witherspoon was excellent and so was Joquin who deserved the Oscar more than for his Joke. I found that part simply annoying:). I have yet to see Room because of the content but I will one day. Life is Beautiful is excellent, funny and heartbreaking. Forrest Gump is ok but I never thought he deserved it. Tim Robbins from Shawshank deserved it nd I don’t think he was even nominated.

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