God I need to see this.
I am so conflicted about who I want to win the Best Actress Oscar. I haven’t seen every performance yet, so these feelings are based on what I have seen: Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook. I’d say the performances are about equal, but Jennifer Lawrence’s part was infinitely better written than Jessica Chastain’s. Maybe “better written” is the wrong phrase, but Jennifer Lawrence was given a much wider range of things to play that Jessica Chastain was. Jessica Chastain’s character was essentially insanely determined for the entirety of the movie. And that worked for the character and Jessica Chastain kicked ass, but considering the sheer range of emotions that Jennifer Lawrence played and had to play was kind of astounding. So, I think Jessica Chastain will win the Oscar, mostly because she’s done an absurdly high volume of excellent work in an extremely short space of time. But I think Jennifer Lawrence’s role and performance are probably both more deserving of the win.
And then again, I haven’t even seen Amour, The Impossible, or Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, so I may change my mind as soon as I’ve seen all of those movies.