Monday, July 16, 2012

Best Actress 2004: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby





Hilary Swank received her 2nd Oscar nomination and won the Oscar for playing Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby, which also took home Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor.


I think Swank won the award because Million Dollar Baby was the B.P frontrnner and the character is a sympathetic one who is easy to root for. I also think the other nominees all had obstacles that got in the way of them winning. At first, it was Swank Vs. Benning, but the latter's film was a commercial and critical flop and Benning's work isn't material voters would honor. Staunton was her biggest competition, but her momentum came to late to take the prize. The other nominees weren't contenders.

Anyway, Swank's win has to be one of the most hated, but I honestly don't find her that bad here.In the beginning, Swank's eagerness is actually well played and it seems that Swank may be pulling in a strong performance. I also really love the moment where she stands up to Clint Eastwood's character, telling him that he shouldn't say he only he looks at her out of pity.

But unfortuantely, once Eastwood begins to train her, the role becomes very one-dimensional. Maggie is simply a trailer trash girl with a dream, and Swank doesn't go any deeper then that. It's not really her fault, because this is how the character is written, but I don't think Swank found depth in the part. But that being said, her character has some great moments throughout . When they go to see her mother, Swank plays her dissapoint very well and when she tells Frankie that he's the only one she's got, she's perfect. Her later scenes when she's in the condition that she is, she has some powerful moments, but the nature of the character gets in her way again with others.

My overall thoughts are that Swank does the best she can, but she's stuck in a part that keeps her from being great. Still,not as bad as people think she is. She gets

7 comments:

Fritz said...

I love her in this even.

dinasztie said...

I absolutely hate this performance and especially her disgusting movie.

Nues20 said...

Great Review!
I thought she was okay but not amazing and she kind of let everyone else take the limelight.

Louis Morgan said...

I find her very boring here frankly. The film itself is one that at first that I did not care for, but after watching two more times I now genuinely hate.

Oscargrouching said...

I like her in this though Boys don't cry was better !

joe burns said...

Fritz: Well, to each his own! I hope you got your wish about me not being too hard on her! I didn't hate it,but I didn't love it either...

Dinasztie: I can see you're a hanging judge when it comes to her work! I ctually like the film, to each his own!

Louis: I thnk Sideways should have won, although a rewatch of The Aviator is needed. I'm guessing that's your pick..

Oscargrouching: I need to rewatch Boys Don't cry, but I remember liking Swank to a certain extent. What about Sevigny?

joe burns said...

Exactly, i think her character never becomes the focus or the overall strength of the film, the rest feel like they're in a different movie. I like Freeman, though he's a bit lacking due to his character, and I LOVE Eastwood...