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Actress in a Lead Role

Equally as competitive, and equally as frightening as the women in my building, these are 5 strong performances.

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    • A killer performance that would win in most years. God I was afraid of Viola's Ma.

  • Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    • Yes, I'm giving her credit for the singing. Yes, I'm aware it's not a Grammy Award. The choice to imitate any iconic voice, speaking or singing, is a massive risk and Billie Holiday? One of the toughest. The acting was also layered. We didn't get a predictable 'poor addicted woman gets abused by the white man' character (although the movie? Hate to dis a Philly guy, but sometimes Lee Daniels surprises us...but this was not one of those times.)

  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

    • Fell in love with Ms. Kirby's acting in The Crown. The lesson here? Don't be the only thing going for a movie -- unless you're Frances McDormand.

  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland

    • See above. This would be a terrible drama (or an above average documentary) without Frances. She has more toothless-smiles than the Inuit have words for snow. I am rooting for Andra Day, but think McDormand's performance -- which carried the movie -- careys the day. Like that?

  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

    • Loved her in An Education, but was blown away by this performance. The sad "in any other year" label here. Actually, she might be ranked 5th, which is a trophy-sin given this clever movie and stellar performance.

Democratic Response

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Finally, a movie with the word "Black" in the title. We've waited 400 years for this! 

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What's that?

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Right. We LOVED Black Panther. Definitely didn't nod off at all. Second movie ever with "Black"!

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Oh. The Hawk Down...and the Lagoon....and some Men in....  Bottoms!  Bah-Toms! Bah-Toms!

Republican Response

Nomadland

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This is one beautiful country, ain't it?  The only thing they got wrong was not having Lee Greenwood do the music. And look at those people taking care of themselves -- no place to live? You got a vehicle, don't you? Merica. God Bless Her.

Oh, and All Bottoms Matter.

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