She’s bright, cute as a button and hilarious, but above all, Breslin is a natural on-screen and should soon overtake Dakota Fanning as the most wanted child star in Hollywood.
What more can I say? A powerful performance with passionate vocals and the dramatic chops to match. A very rare occurrence indeed.
Key Scene: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”
Johnson lights up the screen in every frame she appears in with her youthful exuberance and passion for living- which only makes her realization at the end of the film all the more affecting.
Key Scene: Setting the cows free
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel
Kikuchi produces the only real full-fledged “character” to emerge from the lowest depth of humanity known as Babel and, consequently, makes us feel for her character using only gestures, uninhibited sign language and her eyes.
Key Scene: Baring her soul to the police officer
If Only There Were Six: Frances McDormand in Friends With Money: her diva antics made my day
Rest of the Top Ten: Carmen Maura, Volver: brilliantly shows both the wonderful and tough things about motherhood...Jill Clayburgh, Running With Scissors: her moments of brilliance made the film much better...Lola Dueñas, Volver: funny and touching in an unexpected way...Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal: matched Dame Judi every step of the way and, of course, "Here I am!"
Ashley Johnson, Fast Food Nation
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls