About Salma Hayek's Martha Beck...
I've read several of your comments saying that Hayek was miscast because the real Martha was overweight (230 pounds) and she was not Hispanic either.
One of you mentioned Charlize Theron in MONSTER, for which she won the Oscar in 2004. Well...let me ask you a question: Isn't far more challenging to portray someone without turning "physically" into the character?
I'm still mad that Theron won that Oscar for "imitating" the real killer. She did not rely so much on her acting skills, but those extra pounds, that make-up and constume helped her a BIG DEAL. She only transformed "physically" into the killer...but not emotionally. That OSCAR should have gone to Naomi Watts, who was breathtaking and electrifying in 21 GRAMS.
But now, Hayek did not have to go through a "physical" change in order to give a scary, intense, high-votile performance. She does not "imitate" Martha Beck, she becomes her. Yeah! She is beautiful, but she's rotten from the inside! Her performance is raw, powerful, and madly intense. And where does all of this come from? This comes from Martha's internal conflicts. How can someone so beautiful be so rotten?
Hayek delivers the performance of a lifetime! I hope this time she's not ignored by the awards just like she was for ASK THE DUST, another fine performance from her.
Honestly, Salma Hayek wasn't one of my favorite actresses, but she's grown so much and proven that she's not just a bomb shell, but a real actress as well.
My predictions so far:
Best Supporting Actress= Salma Hayek for "Lonely Hearts".
She, at least, deserves a nomination.