Who should win Best Actress: Natalie Portman or Ruth Negga? | The Tylt
Who should win Best Actress: Natalie Portman or Ruth Negga?
We're almost at the end of movie awards season, and 2016 was one hell of a year for motion pictures. But before the season passes us by—the Tylt is facing off four of the five praised leading performances from the acclaimed actresses nominated at the Oscars! But which actress should the Academy honor as Best Actress on Sunday night, Feb. 26?
Portman plays first lady Jackie Kennedy following her husband's death in "Jackie," and Negga plays Mildred Loving—who was part of the famous Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in "Loving." Both powerful performances—but who has a better shot at pulling off an Oscar?
Natalie Portman mastered her performance as the first lady grieving with the death of her husband—President John F. Kennedy, and tasked with taking care of family, healing the country and having to define the president's legacy.
Before Huppert and Stone became frontrunners—Portman was a clear choice for an Oscar. But it can still happen! Her movie and performance are what the Oscars love to honor. And she is such a great actress that she could join an elite group of women who have two Best Actress Oscars.
Negga was a surprise nominee, but it was a nice surprise. She plays a young woman of color married to a white man in Virginia during the Jim Crow era. They got married in D.C. where interracial marriage was legal—but jailed for their marriage in Virginia. The couple fought for years until their case won over the Supreme Court and legalized interracial marriage everywhere in the U.S.
Negga gave a powerful yet subtle performance as the real-life Civil Rights hero, and she is honored with her rightful Oscar nod. As she has won over critics and moviegoers, some believe she can be an upset for Huppert, Stone and Portman for the Oscar. Don't forget, she does have a few awards to her name!
Portman embodied Kennedy, and there's nothing the Oscars love more than an actor becoming a real-life significant figure on film.