Wednesday, February 18, 2009

DIVA

Women (and sometimes men) with roomy charisma and acres full of flamboyant self regard often become favorite film characters. At the very least they provide us with indelible big screen moments. It's a neat trick of the narrative arts that people who would be absolutely maddening in real life are so loveable onscreen. There are a lot of self absorbed characters in fiction but there's something even more delightful about those larger than life figures who don't have time for navel gazing. They expect you to dutifully memorize their belly button while they strut their other stuff. They've got so much worth gazing at. So here's to the divas of the past year in cinema.

Like Philippe Petit of Man on Wire... his goo goo eyed girlfriend's narration (in subtitles) says it all.


I really wanted to include Sarah Jessica Parker reprising "Carrie Bradshaw" for Sex & The City. Carrie is everyone's favorite neurotic NY size queen (huge closets, endless shoes, lavish weddings and Mr. Big -- give them to her!) in this shortlist. Trouble was that she spent too much time in Season 7, excuse me ,in her movie worrying about her self absorption rather than revelling in it to qualify as Diva of the Year. Too bad really when her inimitable style, humor and offbeat charisma can turn so many heads.


starring Julianne Moore, Asia Argento and more...
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10 comments:

Noecito said...

Carrie should be in every category. Even best sound effects.

NATHANIEL R said...

Ha!

she does have a way with the footsteps and the giggles and the inflections. Best sound effects it is!

Howler said...

I've had a bad day but THIS made me laugh my ass off - hilarious ;)
Chinese? (I think she's getting gold FB medal as well as the Oscar, isn't she?)

Mikadzuki said...

Maria Elena's diva picture is PERFECT.

Jack said...

No Kym for Diva? I thought that would be a sure thing.

Marshall said...

god what a good movie. The only one from 2008 to make me cry. Inexplicable tears towards the end.

Marshall said...

Man on Wire, I should clarify.

Kurtis O said...

Asia! Yes! Not just for her, though, I think this is my favorite '08 FB category lineup so far. Every one is SUCH a diva. Nicely done.

Rich Aunt Pennybags said...

I guess this fits in this topic, but I was wondering if you saw this, http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/oscars2009/galleries/oscars_fashion_hall_of_shame/oscars_fashion_hall_of_shame.html#ph0, at the NY Daily News. I agree with most of their choices, but I loved Halle Berry's gown, and didn't think Penelope Cruz's was that bad either.

Derek said...

SATC Movie's treatment of the Carrie character is the biggest misstep of the not-so-good movie. I don't want to see her moping more than half the movie!