Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother of three who is desperate to find a job and improve their lives. She has no luck and a failed lawsuit from a car accident she was in looks as though it is the end of the road. But from that she manages to get a job for Ed Masry at his law firm and finds herself involved in a huge legal case.
Just seen that this sad news broke a couple of hours ago now. I personally love him as Daddy Warbucks in Annie as well as Ed in Erin Brockovich! He was 82 years old and had starred in some very big films.
You may or not be aware that Julia Roberts is my all time favourite actress (Sorry Meryl/Catherine Zeta Jones) so I thought I would start a new series of blog posts 7 Greatest Performances and who better to start with than Julia Roberts? This will be looking at the best performances from different actors rather than judging just the film. I thought this would create some very good and interesting lists, as the greatest performances are not necessarily in the best films. This comes on the back of seeing Wonder over the weekend which I thought she was just amazing in!
After the recent allegations that the most recent best actress Oscar winner Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James cheated on her. It got me thinking about the previous best actress winners and there relationships especially after Kate Winslet announcing her spilt from husband Sam Mendes earlier this week. Hilary Swank split from Chad Lowe not too long after she picked up her second best actress statue. So can men really not handle it if there wife is more successful than them or is it all just a coincidence?
The old-fashioned values and usual relationship rules are that the man is classed as the main earner and “looks” after his wife and children. But in Hollywood that is not often the case when a woman can easily be more successful than her husband. So lets venture down the road of successful actresses and have a comparison with relationships she has had, especially before and even after winning the highest accolade of an Oscar.
I have been a fan of Jules aka Julia Roberts, since I can remember. I have just always loved her loads, and still to this day watch her movies over and over, while hoping that she will keep making more movies. Maybe even add more Oscar’s to the one she has as well. That would be fantastic!
To pick this top 10 I based it on how enjoyable the movie is and how much I love Jules character and the acting. So some movies may be missed off because of the enjoyed factor. This is also a difficult list to complete as it quite often changes around.
Films I’ve seen: Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich, Runaway Bride, Hook, Steel Magnolias, Conspiracy Theory, My Best Friends Wedding, Oceans 11, Oceans 12, America’s Sweethearts, Notting Hill, Charlie Wilson’s War, Closer, Mona Lisa Smile, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Mexican, Stepmom, I love Trouble, The Pelican Brief, Dying Young, Something to Talk About
Films yet to see: Mary Reilly, Sleeping with the Enemy, Michael Collins, Everyone Says I Love You, Full Frontal, Duplicity
Seeing clips from previous Oscar winners the other night, inspired me to look at my favorite actors/actresses winning an Oscar. So decided to start with Julia. I just love how emotional she gets it fantastic, and how she shhhh’s the orchestra. “I may never be up here again”. I really hope she does get up there again. I also love how Kevin Spacey presents the award, another favorite.
As the Oscars are in a week. I decided to look through my collection of DVDs and see which are Best Picture winners or have an acting Oscar associated with them. So I will try to review a lot of them over the next week. Re-watch and some of them even watch for the first time. As looking at a couple of them I haven’t actually watched them yet.
Adaptation (Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper)
All About Eve (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: George Sanders, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)
American Beauty (Best Picture, Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay)
As Good As It Gets (Best Actor: Jack Nicholson and Best Actress: Helen Hunt)
Chicago (Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Zeta Jones)
Dead Man Walking (Best Actress: Susan Sarandon)
Dreamgirls (Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson)
Erin Brockovich (Best Actress: Julia Roberts)
GoodFellas (Best Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci)
Good Will Hunting (Best Supporting Actor: Robin Williams and Best Original Screenplay)
Gladiator (Best Picture, Best Actor: Russell Crowe)
L.A. Confidential (Best Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Mary Poppins (Best Actress: Julie Andrews)
Million Dollar Baby (Best Picture, Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman and Best Director)
My Fair Lady (Best Picture, Best Actor: Rex Harrison and Best Director)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Picture, Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Actress: Louise Fletcher, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
Rain Man (Best Picture, Best Actor: Dustin Hoffman, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director)
Ray (Best Actor: Jamie Foxx)
Rocky (Best Picture and Best Director)
Scent of a Woman (Best Actor: Al Pacino)
Terms of Endearment (Best Picture, Best Actress: Shirley MacLaine, Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay)
To Kill A MockingBird (Best Actor: Gregory Peck and Best Adpated Screenplay)
Titanic (Best Picture and Best Director)
Training Day (Best Actor: Denzel Washington)
Wall Street (Best Actor: Michael Douglas)
West Side Story (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno and Best Director)