Tilda Swinton is a true chameleon. In her three decades of acting she’s played white witches, greedy corporate shills, eccentric women of every variety, androgynous ancient wizards, archangels, and decrepit old men. Her best known films: Michael Clayton, Narnia, and Doctor Strange, all featured her, but she usually pops in out of the blue made up in a completely different way than you’ve ever seen her before in a small role that always adds something to the film. Her crowning achievements, though, are her Oscar-winning role as the desperate corporate lawyer in Michael Clayton and, they may reboot the Narnia series, but they’ll never get a White Witch as dangerous and cunning as Swinton’s. I always enjoy seeing her name in a cast list, because half the challenge will typically be recognizing which role she played; odds are, it’ll be a standout performance.
Tilda Swinton’s Best 10
1. Michael Clayton (2007) Karen Crowder
2. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (2005) The White Witch
3. Doctor Strange (2016) The Anicent One
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Madame D.
5. Snowpiercer (2014) Mason
6. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Social Services
7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Elizabeth Abbott
8. Burn After Reading (2008) Katie Cox
9. Adaptation. (2002) Valerie Thomas
10. Trainwreck (2015) Diana
Honorable Mention: Vanilla Sky (2001) Rebecca Dearborn
Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys
Oscar Wins (1): Michael Clayton (2008)
Oscar Nominations (1): Michael Clayton (2008)
Golden Globe Wins (0): None
Golden Globe Nominations (3): The Deep End (2002), Michael Clayton (2008), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2012)
Emmy Wins (0): None
Emmy Nominations (0): None
My Favorite Swinton Scene:
“Balance” from Snowpiercer (2013)
Next Film: Swinton is next in the ballerina drama Suspiria (and yes that is her under the make-up).