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Marlee Matlin was just 21 years old when she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Children of a Lesser God. Since then, she has written children’s books, appeared in more than a dozen movies and network TV shows, and, of course, starred for two seasons opposite Jennifer Beals in The L Word. Next month, Matlin will compete on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and in late April, she will co-star with Jeff Daniels in Sweet Nothing in My Ear on CBS.
Favorite Film: "La Vie En Rose, hands down. What a performance by Marion Cotillard. What a story. I felt as if I were actually watching Edith Piaf on screen. For me, her transformation from young to old Edith Piaf was unprecedented in film."
Role I Would’ve Killed For: "I would’ve loved Amy Ryan’s part in Gone Baby Gone. It really was heart-wrenching to see her character torn between her drug addiction and her baby daughter’s safety. Her performance was raw, naked and so present."
Character Who Should’ve Been a Lesbian: "Javier Bardem’s character in No Country for Old Men. A great film, but the film had only one supporting role for a woman. So why not go all the way and make one of this year’s more memorable performances a lesbian? It would’ve been great. And I would’ve loved to play that, too!"
Most Emotional Film: "La Vie En Rose. Not only did I cry, I sat there with my mouth hanging open at the bravery of Marion’s performance. If they give her the Oscar on Academy Award night, they might as well throw the Kodak Theatre in with it. She deserves it all."
Best Film to Tell a Story With Limited Dialogue: "There Will Be Blood. There were scenes that were shot like a silent film; the story was told entirely with the camera and actors’ faces and bodies. Don’t get me wrong — dialogue is important, but if I’m relying on a movie that’s not closed captioned or subtitled (Hear that Hollywood? It’s time you make movies accessible for 26 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people), I have to watch the actors’ faces, bodies. And 99 times out of 100, I see a good performance just by the way an actor moves and interacts with the other actors and their environment. And I know a good film by the way the director uses his/her camera and brings the story together on screen. Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis did just that in There Will Be Blood."
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Film I Wish I’d Written or Directed: "La Vie En Rose. Marion Cotillard gave one of the most inspired
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