- Rooney Mara is all over the place in a role and film that has already been once repeated. It's not fair to compare her to another actress in another film, but when she gives a limp, lousy performance it's hard to not draw a comparison.
- Glenn Close may deserve a career Oscar, but her performance as Albert Nobbs is way too weird and underdeveloped to deserve any awards attention. She has a moment here or there, but carrying this awkward film is just not good enough.
- Meryl Steep is also carrying her film and she does a better job, however that's not saying too much. Her best moments on film are when she's in old age form acting totally forgetful and sentimental. The rest of her performance just can't hold up.
2. Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marylin"
- She recalls the spirit of Monroe wonderfully - Michelle Williams has incredible talent and she's the most watchable thing here. She has alot to work with and that's kind of what brings her down, simply because she doesn't have a full storyline to follow.
1. Viola Davis in "The Help"
- Viola Davis raises well beyond everyone else with an excellently well rounded performance that elevates her film in nearly every way. To put it in simple terms, she gives a terrific performance and didn't need to rely on much to do it.
Honorable Omissions: CHARLIZE THERON in Young Adult, TILDA SWINTON in We Need To Talk About Kevin, KRISTEN WIIG in Bridesmaids, ELIZABETH OLSON in Martha Marcy May Marlene (there's a better lineup then the Academy's crappy one).