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Diva/Mensch pair for Nov 29, 2023

The Best Actress winner for 2000 was Julia Roberts for Erin Brockovich. That performance was a beguiling mixture of diva and mensch so instead I'm going to focus on two other Best Acrtess nominees that year:

Diva: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream

Mensch: Laura Linney, You Can Count On Me

Burstyn's performance is showy and impressive, Linney's is delicate understated. Even the clips I chose highlight the diva/mensch duality - - Bursytn is having her solo moment whereas Linney is being the best partner to her co-star, doing more reacting than acting.

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