This list was inspired by a post at Elizabethan. Lilie, the blogger over there, based her list on a bunch of Austen, Gaskell, and Brontë adaptations, while I, for obvious reasons, am doing an all-Dickens list.
Did I miss any categories? If so, add them (with your nominees) in the comments section! And note that these are only from the adaptations I'm familiar with, so feel free to suggest other nominees from whichever adaptations you want for my categories as well.
Click below to find the list, with screencaps and occasional remarks.
Best Evil Smile
While all three of our winners in this category were world-class fainters, Amy moved out in front of the crowd by managing to get her first embrace from the man of her dreams out of it. (So she wasn't awake to enjoy it: minor detail.) Ladies, take note: Unconsciousness has its uses.
How scary can a woman be who can barely even move, you might be asking. But consider this: Her son thought seriously about going to a hotel instead of going home after twenty years away. Now that's scary.
It was hard to pick just one Madame Defarge; all four that I've seen were really good. (I might even say scary good.) However, after some consideration, I picked Crutchley as the one I'd least like to run into in a dark alley. She was just that tiny bit more unhinged than the others.
As I said when I reviewed the film, if I'd been Arthur, I would have had to eat the crust.
Best Longing Gaze
Best Performance by an Animal
It's true that Gonzo is less of an animal and more of a . . . whatever. It's also true that he plays, not a Dickens character, but Dickens himself ("a blue furry Charles Dickens who hangs out with a rat," no less). All the same, it was a very nice performance.