Saturday, April 28, 2012
Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee
I still hold firm to my opinion that the first Oscar nomination Sandra Bullock received should have been in the Best Supporting Actress category. Bullock should've been in that category for her intelligent, subtle and nuanced performance as Harper Lee, the novelist who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird. Today is Miss Lee's 86th birthday. Sandra Bullock portrayed her in the 2006 film, Infamous. It's another biopic about writer Truman Capote at the time he was researching his book, In Cold Blood.
Bullock's work as Harper Lee in this look at Truman Capote's life really touches something in my soul. There's a wisdom and honesty about it. At the end, she gives voice to a certain unexpressed weight in the heart of artists -- anyone who works hard, digs down deep inside to be raw, true and give a good performance of some sort. Catherine Keener was a Best Supporting Actress contender for her portrayal of Harper Lee in 2005's Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. He won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Lee's best friend and fellow writer.