Saturday, November 1, 2014

Twice a Best Actress: Hilary Swank

Although Luise Rainer said that she doesn't believe in the Oscar curse, I wonder if Hilary Swank feels the same way. After winning the awards twice for the only times she was nominated, she hasn't exactly been able to parlay that success into a thriving career, despite her attempts. And just in the 10 years since she last won, it doesn't seem that anyone looks back very fondly on her, especially because she won over the still Oscar-less Annette Bening both times. As much as I would like to live in a world where The Bening has an Oscar, I don't think she should have won either of the times she was up against Swank. And people seem to forget how amazing Swank was in Boys Don't Cry (which is streaming on Netflix). Million Dollar  Baby on the other hand...that' a different story. But you can read all about it during this week's edition of Twice a Best Actress hosted by Fisti over at A Fistful of Films.

Hilary Swank

Best Actress 1999

Annette Bening American Beauty
Janet McTeer Tumbleweeds
Julianne Moore The End of the Affair
Meryl Streep Music of the Heart
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry*

My Thoughts on Swank as Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry: "...but what makes Swank's Brandon transcend mere artifice is the heart and humanity she brings." (Click here to read the complete write-up.) A

Best Actress 2004

Annette Bening Being Julia
Catalina Sandino Moreno Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake
Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby
Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind*

My thoughts on Swank as Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby: "But despite the perfect casting, her work as Maggie, all toothy gumption and aw-shucks determination, seems like a miscalculation with the way the character is written..." (Click here for the complete write-up) C

*My Choice for Best Actress winner


  1. This was a really great panel discussion, that I think was deserved because poor Swank is so loathed by many but, as you said, many dismiss just how astonishing she was in her first win. As much as I love Bening and find her the more consistent actress, she has never been as good as Swank was that once.

    1. yeah, but it's easy to forget because of all the AMELIAs and FREEDOM WRITERs since...
      if anything, THE BENING should've won over natalie portman, but we all knew that wasn't gonna happen. hopefully, she'll get it someday...