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Monday, August 17, 2009

Top 20 Actresses Under 30

So a couple of weeks ago Love Film came out with its list of the top 20 actresses under the age of 30 and got me thinking. Now, generally speaking, lists like this are kind of ridiculous anyway, but when you put Megan Fox at #13, you abandon all claims to credibility. Certain that things weren't quite so dire for the upcoming generation of actresses as Love Film's list would suggest, I decided to make a list of my own, which should of course be taken with as big a grain of salt as any other list:

#20: Keisha Castle-Hughes
Age: 19
Best Performance: Whale Rider

#19: Zooey Deschanel
Age: 29
Best Performance: All The Real Girls

#18: Shareeka Epps
Age: 20
Best Performance: Half Nelson

#17: Amanda Seyfried
Age: 23
Best Performance: Big Love

#16: Saoirse Ronan
Age: 15
Best Performance: Atonement

#15: Anna Paquin
Age: 27
Best Performance: Fly Away Home

#14: Romola Garai
Age: 27
Best Performance: I Capture The Castle

#13: Evan Rachel Wood
Age: 21
Best Performance: Thirteen

#12: America Ferrera
Age: 24
Best Performance: Real Women Have Curves

#11: Natalie Portman
Age: 28
Best Performance: Garden State

#10: Eva Green
Age: 29
Best Performance: The Dreamers

#09: Elizabeth Moss
Age: 27
Best Performance: Mad Men

#08: Thora Birch
Age: 27
Best Performance: Ghost World

#07: Anne Hathaway
Age: 26
Best Performance: Rachel Getting Married

#06: Ellen Page
Age: 22
Best Performance: Hard Candy

#05: Keira Knightley
Age: 24
Best Performance: Pride & Prejudice

#04: Emily Blunt
Age: 26
Best Performance: My Summer of Love

#03: Sonja Bennett
Age: 29
Best Performance: Punch

#02: Catalina Sandino Moreno
Age: 28
Best Performance: Maria Full of Grace

#01: Michelle Williams
Age: 28
Best Performance: Wendy and Lucy


filmgeek said...

I'm glad to see someone else rate Emily Blunt and Michelle Williams so highly

Anh Khoi Do said...

I can't give a comment regarding some actresses that you mentioned. However, I agree that Michelle Williams, Saoirse Ronan, Anna Paquin, Romola Garai, Eva Green, Ellen Page, Keira Knightley and Catalina Sandino Moreno deserve recognition.

Here are other actresses I'm thinking of:

Laurence Leboeuf
Age: 23
Best performance: Durham County

Scarlett Johansson
Age: 24
Best performance: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Katie Boland
Age: 20
Best performance: Terminal City

Lim Su-jeong
Age: 29
Best performance: A Tale of Two Sisters

Norma Desmond said...

@filmgeek: lord knows they deserve it. Fortunately I think that they're two actors who will have career longevity and will (hopefully) have the chance to become more appreciated/lauded in the future.

@Anh Khoi Do: good choices. I'm not familiar with Lim Su-jeong's work, but Scarlett Johansson just missed the cut on my list.