Emma Stone broke into films using her wit and comedic timing in films like Superbad, Zombieland and Easy A. As she’s matured (and she’ll only turn 30 this year), Stone has shown she also has dramatic chops (The Help), the ability to do deep character work (Battle of the Sexes), amazing versatility (Maniac) and a talent for song and dance that won her an Oscar for La La Land. Stone doesn’t work as much as other actresses of her generation, but following her Oscar success she is now the highest-paid actress in Hollywood and whatever projects lie in her future she has an almost unmatched power for someone her age in picking and choosing the films that will fill out her career’s filmography.Continue reading Emma Stone’s 10 Best Movies
Octavia Spencer was primarily a career TV guest star for the first 20 years of her career. There aren’t many dramas or comedies from the late 1990s to early 2000s that don’t have a guest appearance from Spencer. She picked up the odd role in films, but it wasn’t until her Oscar-winning turn in The Help that he exploded into one of the best character actresses in Hollywood. Spencer is almost never the star, but any film is immediately elevated by her presence, versatility, and strength as an actress. Equally comfortable with drama or comedy, Spencer has a deceptive intensity. When she fixes her gaze on the target of her character’s focus, she commands not only their attention, but transfixes the audience as well. With multiple Oscar nominations since breaking out in The Help, Spencer has become one of the most sought after additions to any ensemble cast. Continue reading Octavia Spencer’s 10 Best Movies
Jessica Chastain is one of the most underutilized leading ladies in Hollywood. I’m not sure why Chastain doesn’t get more vehicles, but when she does, she’s absolutely riveting. She’s creating strong, complex characters in films like Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty, and Miss Sloane. She’s also been a critical part of some of the best ensembles in recent memory in The Martian, The Help, and Interstellar. Chastain excels at creating layered characters that exude strength and vitality and her presence on the screen is the equal to any actress of her generation, so hopefully more quality opportunities will come her way as her career continues to progress. Continue reading Jessica Chastain’s 10 Best Movies
Viola Davis has long been one of the best character actresses on TV and in film, going back 30 years. Especially on television, there are few shows in the 1990s and early 2000s that didn’t get a powerful guest appearance from Viola Davis, but it wasn’t really until her Oscar-nominated turns in Doubt and The Help that she broke out in film. Davis has an ability to be warm and funny but also astoundingly intense in both emotional and cold ways that rival the ability of any living actress. She can be downright scary in her intensity at times. You can pick apart a lot of Suicide Squad, but I don’t think anyone would disagree that Davis was a perfect Amanda Waller for the DCEU. While continuing as one of the premier actresses in film, justly winning an Oscar for her riveting performance in Fences (a supporting actress Oscar for what was really a lead role), she’s also finally gotten a hit TV series of her own with ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (for which she’s netted an Emmy).
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