Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Mucus Factor

Tony Award winning actress Viola Davis is getting rave reviews and even winning some awards for her excellent and rich portrayal of Mrs. Miller, a mother who must choose between two unpleasant and unfortunate paths for her son, in DOUBT. The amazing thing is she appears in only one scene that lasts about 10 minutes or so. It is indeed a pivotal role and Davis' powerful performance drives home the moral struggle that the film tackles. But who's to say that it deserves more recognition than equally strong performances from Rosemarie DeWitt (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED), Marisa Tomei (THE WRESTLER), or Taraji P. Henson (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) who would likely be displaced by a Davis nomination in the Supporting Actress category? Come visit us again here and discuss after you've seen the film.


radioman said...

Love the title of your blog. As much as I commend Viola's performance, I kept desparately wanting her to get out her hankie and take care of things.

Chris Mc. said...

LOL at Radioman's comment. I thought the same thing, ie: "will someone please give her a tissue!" Still I was very impressed with her performance. She stands out in a movie that is filled with impressive actors.

Christopher R said...

I haven't had a chance to see "Benjamin Button" or "The Wrestler" yet, but I don't think it's fair to set a "time on screen" or "number of scenes" quota to be eligible for Best Supporting Actress. The key is not number of scenes or length of time on screen, but what you do in the time you have, and Ms. Davis was outstanding. I would not have a problem with her being nominated (or winning)--in fact, I'm rooting for her!