A quick note before my post – if you have any interest in the connection between films and literature, please check out my friend Tavis’ blog. Writing it is the best part of his day.

Instead of responding to AFI’s Top 10 Films by Genre (Field of Dreams isn’t a sports movie?), I’m going to go through a few top 10 lists of my own. For the first list I have decided to throw in the top 10 performances by an actress in a supporting role. Since it was hard enough to decide on these 10, they’re chronological, not ranked.

1. Judith Anderson as Mrs Danvers in Rebecca

2. Kim Hunter as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire

3. Harriet Andersson as Petra in Smiles of a Summer Night

4. Shirley Jones as Lulu Bains in Elmer Gantry

5. Maggie Smith as Charlotte Bartlett in A Room with a View

6. Lorraine Bracco as Karen Hill in GoodFellas

7. Diane Wiest as Helen Sinclair in Bullets over Broadway

8. Julianne Moore as Amber Waves in Boogie Nights

9. Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean in Adaptation


Meryl Streep in the performance that should have won an Oscar: playing Susan Orlean in Adaptation (2002)

10. Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator

Hunter, Jones, Wiest and Blanchett won the Oscar and the others were nominated, except Andersson. It almost came down to a coin flip for Andersson between her sexy, alluring maid in Smiles or her dying woman alienated from her sisters in Cries and Whispers.

This is not only the first list, it’s also my first try at linking to the movies. There’ll be plenty more lists in the next couple of weeks as I transition into working much more as our new babysitter, Emily (a high school girl who has been volunteering in Thomas’ class) starts to take over watching Thomas for the summer.