best film: The Master. The Master was absolutely huge for her in this regard and to give her a very solid performance (perhaps her best on a per-minute average) in what may be a top 100 all-time film. Arrival, American Hustle are both in their respective years’ top 10 and junebug, her, and the fighter are dancing around the top 10 as well but The Master is the easy and obvious choice here.

best performance:  American Hustle and this is highly debatable with her work in Arrival, The Master and even Junebug which was her big coming out in 2005 (after stealing some scenes from Leo in Catch Me if You Can in 2002). Her role in American Hustle is complex—a real actors’ showcase. She’s pairing accents with a character going through changes, and being dishonest with other characters for large parts of the film.

stylistic innovations/traits: Many of her roles/films feature her trademark wide-eyed optimism/naiveté.  This is warranted and she’s superb at playing this character (doubt, enchanted, junebug, catch me if you can) but she can show her versatility by playing against type as well just fine (the fighter, american hustle, nocturnal animals).

directors worked with: O. Russell (2) and then once with Spielberg, PT Anderson, Mike Nichols

Top 5 Performances:

  1. American Hustle
  2. Arrival
  3. The Master
  4. Junebug
  5. The Fighter

Archiveable films

2002- Catch Me If You Can
2005- Junebug
2007- Charlie Wilson’s War
2007- Enchanted
2008- Doubt
2010- The Fighter
2012- The Master
2013- American Hustle
2013- Her
2016- Arrival
2016- Nocturnal Animals