Movie Dearest continues the month long countdown to the Oscars with two of our weekly signature features -- Cinematic Crush and Women We Love -- spotlighting our favorites of this year's acting nominees:
Object of our affection: Tilda Swinton, actress.
- Never one to go for the obvious, she began her film career in a string of Derek Jarman pictures, including Caravaggio, Aria and Edward II.
- However, it was her gender bending (literally) performance in Orlando that really brought her to the attention of world cinema.
- More mainstream projects followed, including The Beach, Vanilla Sky and Constantine, yet she stuck to her roots with such art house fare as Adaptation, Young Adam and The Deep End, receiving a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for the latter, wherein she played a distraught mother trying to save her gay son from being implicated in his lover's murder.
- Is best known for her chilly villainess in the blockbuster fantasy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, a role she'll reprise in this year's sequel, Prince Caspian (considering she died in the first chronicle and wasn't in the original book, we'll have to wait and see how that works out).
- Finally Oscar nominated this year for Michael Clayton (which also just won her a BAFTA); she'll co-star again with George Clooney in Burn After Reading and then join fellow Supporting Actress nominee Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
UPDATE: Swinton tells MTV she has no idea how she got in Prince Caspian.