The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Actress

Drum roll please!

This post beyond contains the winner of the FMR MAJOR Award for the Best Actress of 2011.

Five wonderful actresses who all did incredible jobs, and really, really impressed me with their talent. But there’s only one Leg Lamp to be given out.

Your nominees are: Viola Davis, “The Help”, Rooney Mara, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Carey Mulligan, “Drive”, Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”, Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”.

Who will the winner be?

Click continue reading to find out!!

ROONEY MARA – “THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO”

This was one of the hardest decisions I had to make all week.

I really struggled in my choice here between Mara and Viola Davis.

On the one hand, you had an actress who completely lost herself in a part. I bet to people who know Mara, they could barely even recognize her as Lisbeth Salander. But on the other, with Davis, you had an actress who was really able to dig deep and turn in a great emotional performance… she called up all kinds of feelings and put them on display for the audience’s benefit.

In the end, I had to go with Mara. Even though a lot of the “WOW” involved comes from the writing – she’s been dealt a loaded hand – Mara really nails it. On the one hand, she’s been given this incredible character to play that audiences are going to absolutely be blown away by, but on the other hand, the character is emotionally stunted. So since her character is stoic and inexpressive, Mara is forced to keep her cards close to the vest. Express without… fully expressing, if that makes sense. And yet she does it. She completely gets across the concept of a person who’s been tormented, and is so protective of herself and her feelings that she doesn’t show them to anyone…

At times in the film, she is completely vulnerable. And at others, she’s a vindictive demon. Through it all, she’s got an emotional moat around herself that is so thick she barely ever allows the audience through. Yet she does. In glimpses and flashes and just the right doses and amounts to be perfect.

Atop of all of which, she gets naked in this movie in a way that can only be described as “fearless”. I mean, look, the part certainly called for it, those scenes are integral to the themes and to the character. But damn! I wouldn’t want to film some of those sequences, geez! I wonder if she had to knock back a shot or two first, you know?

So after all is said and done, this was an incredible part, yes.

But she did an incredible JOB as well.

All of these women were incredible this year. Especially Davis. Her “Ain’t you tired?” speech made me sit up straight and go “Whoa.” But the others too. I swear, Mulligan did more with less dialogue than I can even tell you about. You’ll have to see it for yourself. Charlize created a great character, and then worked it like a pro all throughout “Young Adult”. And of course, Wiig was a revelation in “Bridesmaids”, I hope she continues to bring us high calibre performances like that going forward.

But Mara was unforgettable. She’s the actress who played the part we’ll still be talking about ten years from now.

So she’s our winner of the 2011 FMR MAJOR Award for Best Actress.

What do you think? Did I rob one of these fine ladies? Were you happy with my choice or did you think NOOO!! Let me hear it, I had a really tough call here! :D

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18 thoughts on “The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award Winner for Best Actress

  1. Rooney, granddaughter of Wellington. Winning is a family tradition. Her performance was indelible and electric(which is good for leg lamps). Bravo!

  2. Excellent choice! Rooney was amazing in that movie. I remember watching her in Nightmare in Elm Street and thought she wasn’t good enough to play Lisabeth. Boy, was I wrong.

    • Yeah, it’s roles like this that really take someone and allow them to make a name for themselves. Hopefully she can follow it up with more good stuff. So many actors/actresses blow you away with one role and then before you know it theyre back in the pack of mediocrity again.

  3. Good call. I havent seen all these, especially Bridesmaids, which you couldn’t pay me to see (Having heard it described as a female version of “The Hangover” doesn’t convince me since I hated “The Hangover”).

    But Mara kicked ass and took names, and she’s a Giants fan, so she’s OK in my book.

  4. Have to agree with you! Excellent performance all around, and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for an actor to say so much through a character without really having a lot of dialogue.

    Kind of makes me think of Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain. Completely different roles, obviously, but that same silent portrayal of inner torment.

    Davis was amazing as well, but I think you’re right to give it to Mara.

    • Have you seen “Drive” yet Shelby? If you’re a fan of actors/actresses emoting without dialogue, that movies loaded.

      Great flick too. Some pretty violent stuff, but I have to presume if you’re a fan of “GWTDT”, lol, pretty much anything is fair game violence wise. :D

      • Unfortunately, I missed Drive when it was playing here. I’m looking forward to seeing it though since I’ve heard good things. Mulligan and Gosling are great, so I’m expecting some awesome performances as well.

        And you’d be right, violence won’t really stop me from watching or enjoying any movie haha. :)

    • Thanks for the support Blain.

      I’m gonna be honest. I’ve got like three days left to make up my mind, and I haven’t. I have to put it in writing by Saturday, and I’m still kicking it back and forth in my head.

      GWTDT is VERY much in the mix. Great flick.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I haven’t seen either movie at this point so I can’t really testify of both performances. Heard great things about both, I’m sure they are both deserving ;)

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