When we were set the theme of Favourite Actor by Hannah over at MetalMummy a few weeks ago, it was relatively easy for me. I knew straight away who I was going to choose, although I had a few fall back options. Therefore, when the theme of Favourite Actress was set this week, I'm a little unsure as to why I struggled to come up with a name.
Ok, I'm fibbing. I did come up with a name but was worried that she was too conventional. And so I thought and I thunked about who else I could choose. It is a sorry state of affairs that men still outrank women in the film industry, and that I have had to go and Google a list of 'top Hollywood actresses' to double-check that there's not one that I've missed. In my own defense, I can list a fair amount of actresses, but some of them are that simpering female type that I can't stand.
After much internal debate (more like, "sod it, I like her, don't care if no-one else does!") I have resorted to my initial person because I think she's the one that I tend to watch most films of.
I know she's conventional and a blockbuster actress, possibly even a little predictable of me, but I like her films. I think she's funny and delivers a good performance in an enjoyable film, with the exception of that God awful Two Weeks Notice and don't even get me started on All About Steve, I had to turn it off.
As with most people I would imagine, she first came to my attention in Speed (phwoargh, Keanu's muscles!) where she was a fiesty livewire. I've watched a fair amount of her films over the year, including Miss Congeniality 2 on the plane in America. I was so cross when they cut the film off 15 minutes from the end. It may have been dire, but I'd invested more than an hour of my life in that film and I wanted to see how it turned out!
Bullock is capable of churning out more than just the comedic performance, as in The Proposal and While You Were Sleeping, and actually can be incredibly endearing with her serious roles. 28 Weeks is a fabulous portrayal of life as a young addict, her out of character role in Crash and the heart-breaking loneliness of The Lake House.
I am vying here with my favourite film from her. Seriously contending for Number One spot is Demolition Man which is in my Top 5 Films of all time; she's young and fiesty, innocent and cheeky. However, in the end I am settling on the nicely predicatable Miss Congeniality because it makes me chuckle every time she falls over in those stomping heels.
You've also got to admire a woman who appears to have it all; successful career, beautiful home, etc. yet adopts a child from her own country (rather than doing the celebrity thing of from another country) and kicks out her cheating hubby. Just goes to show that money doesn't make everything rosie does it?
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