So, my favorite thing about the Oscars is watching the actors and actresses. I love a performer who seems so down to Earth and genuinely surprised when they win. Lingering a little longer in Oscars week, I wanted to showcase some of my favorite performers, even though they may not be Oscar winners.
As a kid, I was never allowed to watch shows like the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, although my son, who is 7, declares Fresh Prince and Full House to be his favorite shows LOL! Mr. Smith seems to be a good character in his personal and professional lives. That says a lot when an actor or actress can get slammed every which way in the media and tabloids and still come out the other end on top. Films like Men in Black, Bad Boys, and Hitch will never go out of style. Let's hope his new film Focus is a hit!
I've always been a fan of Michelle Pfeiffer, apparently everyone is! Her name is on the tip of everyone's tongue these days and for good reason. She makes 56 look like the new 30...she's gorgeous! Anyway, I think I saw her first on Dangerous Minds as the former marine turned teacher of a high school in a poverty stricken area of California. It's a fantastic film if you haven't seen it yet. We can't leave out Hairspray, love her villainous role in that one! My favorite by far is Grease 2, I love that movie! She sings and dances and even though the movie didn't have great reviews, I loved it and continue to sing "Cool Rider" at the top of my lungs throughout the house.
Ms. Pfeiffer has been in far better movies, some of the greats being The Fabulous Baker Boys, Witches of Eastwick, and Scarface (which I have yet to see! *gasp*). I rather prefer her smaller films like What Lies Beneath (which scared me to death!) and Stardust.
This guy is fairly new to the scene. He has held numerous smaller roles in many big films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hobbit, and Star Trek Into Darkness. Recently, his role in the film The Imitation Game was heavily nominated at the Oscars. However, I love Mr. Cumberbatch in Sherlock where he brilliantly portrays the well-known sleuth Sherlock Holmes. He's really fantastic and he has a lot of upcoming films in the works. I can't wait to see more.
I have to admit, I really did not like Ms. Messing in the beginning. I was not a fan of Will & Grace. I'll catch a few re-runs now and then, but on the whole I was not a follower. For shame, I know. However, I liked The Starter Wife, I loved Smash, and I absolutely cannot get enough of her new show The Mysteries of Laura. She knows how to be funny and classy all at the same time. Love her!
I know this one may get me some sideways glances; however, Tom Cruise has been on my favorites list for a very long time. Despite his crazy antics, whatever he may believe in, or what religion he chooses to follow, he is an amazing actor in my opinion. Put away what you see or read in the media and just see amazing films like Risky Business, Top Gun, A Few Good Men, The Firm, Jerry Maguire, and the Mission Impossible franchise......the list goes on and on. He really is great at what he does and I've followed his works since I had a teenage crush in high school. Don't tell me you didn't??
What can we say about Dame Maggie Smith that hasn't already been said. She holds classy standards to a new level. From a strict Nun, to a magical Hogwarts professor to a Dowager Countess, Ms. Smith has taken on every character as if they were a part of her. Film and TV would not be the same without her.
Mr. Hanks is known for big box office roles like Forrest Gum, A League of Their Own, Green Mile, Sleepless in Seattle, Saving Private Ryan, Castaway, and Philadelphia. He's a regular in our house as well, in the form of a multidimensional conductor on a train bound for the North Pole and a loveable toy cowboy afraid to be discarded. We love The Polar Express and watch it year round and not a month goes by that Toy Story isn't on some channel. I even love Tom Hanks in mysteries like The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Road to Perdition. He seems to be a very charismatic, likeable person. It's very rare to find him in a film where he's not the main character. There is even a list that shows he's on top as the all-time highest-grossing box office star. That's quite an honor!
We've come to my final favorite performer; however, she is by leaps and bounds at the top of my list. If she makes it, I will go see it. If she's on TV, chances are I'm watching it. And not because she's a great actress, even though she is, but because she comes off as a genuine human being. She comes from a big family and has really struggled to get where she is today. And, recently, like regular people, she spoke up against wage equality.
My love for Ms. Arquette started with Stigmata, where she portrays a young hair stylist who is afflicted with crucifixion-like wounds. I loved it, of course I'm a sucker for those sort of movies.
Then I saw her new TV show, Medium, and I followed that show from beginning to end. I was outraged when it was cancelled. The networks treated the show like a hockey puck from the beginning, changing time slots every season and then networks after the fifth season. I don't really think it was ever the same after the 2007 writer's strike. I have a whole lot to say about some of the shows that are consistent top raters that get cancelled, but that's a whole other post!
Who are some of your favorite performers??