2012 Year in Review: Best Female Movie Performances
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Mirren, of course, is a powerhouse whose bona fides as a leading lady are long since established. But in Hitchcock, she demonstrates that she can command the screen even when she’s playing a character who’s meant to be second to another. Portraying Alfred Hitchcock’s wife and partner, Alma, Mirren exudes gruff resilience at Hitchcock’s many flirtations, before delivering one of the great speeches of 2012, which makes sure he – and we – do not forget her.