FAST FIVE Oscar Watch: Best Actress

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FAST FIVE Oscar Watch: Best Actress
In an already cut-throat industry, Hollywood is especially hard on actresses. The importance put on youth and a certain, narrow kind of beauty, is stifling. Even respected actresses of the caliber and ability of, let's say Julia Roberts, have to cow to the trade's criteria of being the right weight, having the right skin, the right hair, and the right smile.

Every so often though, there is a flashpoint. Sometimes, a performance emerges, in the perfect film at the perfect time, that is so strong, and refined, it destroys all criteria, and smashes the boundaries that stand before it. Actresses who have battered down stereotypes and wrested the deserved respect of Hollywood include Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Haviland, Julie Christie, Barbra Streisand, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway, Nicole Kidman, Hilary Swank, the list goes on and on. Yet somehow, in Hollywood, it seems "the actress" is always having to re-prove herself, and re-establish the fact that women are as
strong, willful, and well rounded as their male counterparts.

It's time for that actress to give that performance once again. It's not a want, it's a need, for both the medium of cinema itself, and for those that spend their time watching.

Well, that actress is here, in the right film at the right time.

I nominate Vin Diesel in her role as Dominic Toretto in Fast Five, for Best Actress.

Admittedly, Chris Morgan's water-tight yet pathos filled and insightful screenplay (read Todd's plea for it's Oscar inclusion HERE) gave Miss Diesel a lot to work with. The personal drama, first off, is in league with a Tennessee Williams play, and she plays the exiled matriarch to
perfection. Even through her corded, sweaty muscles, and the go-against-the-grain beauty of her bald pate, she commands an energy and provides another layer of depth, to her character, that is as electrifying as it is illuminating. Call me crazy, but I could swear she's channeling Anna Magnani from Rosellini's Rome, Open City and tempering it with a bit of G.L.O.W. (Glorious Ladies Of Wrestling) to make it accessible for modern audiences.

When supporting actress Dwayne "The Rock "Johnson shows up, as Miss Diesel's foil and arch nemesis, Hobbs, the level of artistry is almost tear inducing. Seeing two beautiful women forearming each other in the neck, while still being able to deliver performances that would make Stella Adler or Lee Strasberg weep with pride, is the stuff of which legends are made.  To add, did anyone catch the reference to Woody Allen's Interiors during the last scene in the garage? I sure did. Again, here the lovely Miss Diesel proves she belongs in the ranks of a Collen Dewhurst or Olympia Dukakis. Hopefully her clearly magical work is acknowledged by an Academy that seems a little stale these days. Let's hope for an official nomination for who I see as Actress Of The Year hands down/no contest. On February 26'th, if Miss Diesel isn't delivering a "You love me. You really love me!" speech from the podium, I will know once and for all...that art is dead.

If Miss Diesel (deservedly) wins? I'm smelling a renaissance.
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MichaelDecember 5, 2011 3:36 PM

Is this meant to be serious or funny? Because it is neither and nothing more than a waste of my time!!!

RoboticPlagueDecember 5, 2011 3:44 PM

Yeah this article was just plain stupid. Do better next time or someone fire this guy

Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonDecember 5, 2011 7:19 PM

It's meant to be serious.

Robotic, how can anyone stand against your astute and developed sense of humor? Not to mention, comments like "Anybody that thinks Kristen Stewart is a good actress needs to be shot. She cannot act at all." and "Dolph Lundgren being in this movie has been known for atleast a year if not longer. Old news!..." are clear proof of your skills both as a critic and a news gatherer. You should write for a site!

...and thanks for not firing me Todd. :)

ChevalierAguilaDecember 5, 2011 9:21 PM

This is twitch's idea of trolling the userbase who, i guess they feel, is a bit too "snob" and needs to accept that super shitty hollywood blockbusters are ok too, along with the awful remakes of asian/european movies , or something like that. I think the joke is already dead, but what do i know.

Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonDecember 5, 2011 9:44 PM

Chev, shitty remakes happen BOTH ways. See this Asian film which is a remake? It's one of many examples.

joefoolioDecember 6, 2011 1:38 AM

Seriously you guys (girls?) have beaten this horse to death. The joke is now very old and very stale, time to put it to rest and move on.

NicolaiDecember 6, 2011 12:31 PM

Bring back Vigalondo! His review is by far the funniest thing I've read on Twitch (with "Who shot first, Han or Guido?" as the runner-up):

I'm actually convinced he paid a lot of attention to detail because the phrasing and the errors are so hilarious.

Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonDecember 6, 2011 2:01 PM

Nacho is the shit!

Anyone not enjoying this series is welcome to read any of the other NON-FF Oscar plea pieces here on Twitch.

And who said we were joking?

Todd BrownDecember 6, 2011 3:00 PM

Nacho is welcome to come back and write anything he wants any time here on Twitch. He knows it, too, though maybe I should give him a little nudge ... a series of drunken Nacho reviews would be pretty damn awesome. 6, 2011 6:32 PM

soo the butthurt fast 5 fans come out of the closet. It's even funnier that some of you twats like the "nagy pikey" *o_O* are making such hypocritical comments.

Keep the goods coming Sean! 6, 2011 6:55 PM

I meant Robotic but whatever, all shit talkers deserve slap thinking they're going to dish it out but have none thrown right back at 'em

Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonDecember 7, 2011 2:16 AM

Thanks man. I think the "Anna Magnani from Rosellini's Rome, Open City" reference separated the men from the boys. There's also a hidden code of word/phrase combinations I am testing for an acronym agency, that shall remain nameless, which is supposed set off those with "size" problems when read.

Said agency is VERY happy with the results of this dry run.

My work here is done.

DomizianoDecember 7, 2011 4:54 AM

I don't get this!
We start off, for a change, talking about the Battle of great Actresses in Hollywood, like Hepburn, de Haviland, Ellen Burstyn,wonderful Julie Christie, to conquer the establishment even going against its games, and ,until then, was reading quite interested!
But,all of a sudden, here we are, switching drastically into pure trashy, derogatory comments!
We end up calling a great, real cool dude like Vin Diesel, a woman, and writing all those tragic innuendos about whatever the writer meant?
I'm surprised and disappointed!
Number one, because I'm the first, who'd always grant right of speech to anyone, but having read such a bunch of nonsense, I feel tired already and confused about my first choice!
Number two, because it is not cool to talk about Vin Diesel in such terms, and it is shamelessly vulgar to address him as a 'woman'.
As vulgar as some well known comments ,someone named Brett Ratner ,made a few weeks ago,and that are now creating, and rightly so, trouble to his career.
Opinions are opinions and I respect them all, if brought to the attention, with some logic and reason,but jokes of this kind are juvenile,a waste of time, and worse they do create confusion, do not make a point, are not funny, and can be seriously offensive!
I'd say i'm sick of dry humor, small talk and whoever believe to be so superior to be able to afford blunt sensationalism with a sad piece of pointless writing.
If someone wants to talk about better cinema, this is certainly one of the most wrong and unapologetically vulgar ways to even try to make some sense, but indeed, an utterly disrespectful encouragement to go down rock bottom,at the end of the rope of cinema,arts,culture and good taste!

Ard VijnDecember 7, 2011 5:15 AM

You know you're in trouble if the people you have offended are wayyyyyy too eloquent to be easily dismissed as trolls. Until they say they consider "woman" to be a vulgar word, then you can sit back and relax again. Oof...