Alright everyone… Our final acting MAJOR Award of 2012, the Leg Lamp for Best Actress. The actress in a leading role who submitted the best performance of the year!
The nominees are: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”, Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”, Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”, Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, and Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”.
Click through to see which of these phenomenal actresses takes the title!
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
In “Zero Dark Thirty”, Chastain plays Maya, a CIA agent dedicated to the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden. We see her as she first joins the team, and is exposed to some of the morally questionable techniques being employed to obtain information… namely, torture. As abhorrent as it is, Maya is driven by the desire for justice. She’s obsessed with the apprehension of the world’s most dangerous terrorist. But it’s her determination that eventually lead to the famous “pre-dawn raid”, as she steadfastly refuses to abandon the critical intel which lead to Bin Laden’s hideout.
Chastain portrays all of this in an even-handed fashion, following a (mostly) low-key path to victory. As her quest progresses, she gains confidence and authority. She also expresses the toll that such a line of work would take on such a person. From the personal sacrifices that they would have to make, to the risks to their own safety they would have to take, and ultimately to how weary it make someone. Chastain never overplays her hand, yet manages to express every ounce of pain, every bitter moment, and eventually, the exhaustion which slowly seeps into her.
The others were fantastic as well. Jennifer Lawrence played someone simultaneously disturbed and down to Earth… as much as we could see she was crazy, we could also relate to what she’s feeling, what she’s going through. Helen Mirren held her own and then some playing up against Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock. Quvenzhané Wallis was incredible in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, a six-year-old phenom. And Naomi Watts puts us through the ringer right along with her character, making us feel all the pain, fear and anxiety of that traumatic event.
Jessica Chastain, the FMR Major Award winner for Best Actress, 2012.