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Apr 12, 2011

Ladies of the 90s Tournament - Round 1: Nicole Kidman (4) vs. Jennifer Connelly (5)

Previous results: Batgirl tossed Sydney Prescott to the curb, 20-12. And now, I present you with the final matchup of the first round, which pits the last of two entrants that also appeared in the 80s tourney (Connelly). Can she slash her way through both decades? Click here to view the updated full bracket.

Nicole Kidman


Comments: Interesting that the 90s perfectly bookended the one thing that defined Kidman entering the decade: her relationship with Tom Cruise. She got her big break co-starring opposite him in Days of Thunder, and were married in late 1990, only to be divorced just over 10 years later in 2001, not long after co-starring again with him in the psychosexual thriller Eyes Wide Shut. In between, she went from being merely known as the spouse of a marquee movie star to carving out a niche for herself in independent films and action films alike (and thankfully eschewing plastic surgery until later in her career).
90s Highlights: Days of Thunder, To Die For, The Portrait of a Lady, Batman Forever, Eyes Wide Shut


Jennifer Connelly


Comments: Though she has never been at the top of the A list, Connelly transitioned well from 80s (and early 90s) lust object to "serious" actress in the mid 90s, going from fare such as The Hot Spot (note to self: see The Hot Spot) to more thoughtful fare, such as Higher Learning and Dark City.
90s Highlights: Career Opportunities, Higher Learning, Dark City, The Rocketeer



10 people have chosen wisely: on "Ladies of the 90s Tournament - Round 1: Nicole Kidman (4) vs. Jennifer Connelly (5)"

DJ Heinlein said...

Aw, geez! This one is a no brainer.

Fletch said...

Really? In which direction? (Obviously, I disagree, and the early votes tend to confirm my thinking.)

Jack L said...

Kidman should win this one for Eyes Wide Shut alone...

Nic Cage said...

Nicole does have a better resume, but...mechanical horses win this one for me.

Jennifer gets hotter the older she gets too, she is amazing!

Nick said...

I have no idea... and I actually don't really care on this one. But because you said I always vote for the younger one, I went Connelly just for the hell of it.

Castor said...

Nicole Kidman... pre-surgeries.

DJ Heinlein said...

There are a couple of Kidman films that prove she knows how to jump right into the meaty roles, but Connelly is very easy on the eyes.

Kaiderman said...

I am gay for Connelly. And her kid is named Kai so I will off Paul Bettany, make her mine and call our son Jr.

Red said...

If this was 00's match-up, I think it would be Kidman in a no-brainer. I ended up reluctantly voting for her anyway. If Requiem had come out one year earlier, I'd be singing a different tune.

Fletch said...

I feel bad for Connelly. She might be a great actress, but I've never cared for Kidman much one way or another, even if she is striking. She's like a robot.

And thanks for the FB plugging, Red!

Kai, will EIC be okay with Bettany in that case?