Jessica Chastain (August 2010 - February 2013)
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Saw Zero Dark Thirty the other night, and while her performance is not the most showy, or obvious Oscar fodder, it's still very good and poignant, and perhaps all the more commendable for its subtlety. I have to admit, while I was first watching it I kept wondering why on earth she was sweeping the awards. I've seen her better. Or so I thought. But as you get deeper into the film, it becomes slowly clearer. Honestly, though, I think she deserves an Oscar for the film's final shot alone. It's an incredible, beautiful scene where she doesn't say a word, but it's perhaps the singularly most powerful shot from this film year (2012).
You've sort of perfectly summarised my thoughts on her performance. All throughout the film I felt oddly detached from the plot and her performance until towards the end where Bigelow's direction and Chastain's performance met to make something extra special. The raid was also an exceptional piece of film-making that portrayed both the reality and the human side to it.
I still find the film's very existence problematic and some of scenes did seem to me to be lazy choices by the film-makers that did not fit the tone of the film at all. I think they could have waited a few years to make it.
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