The Ultimate Walt Disney Company Performances Bracket -- Round Six, Day One
Who's ready for some tough choices?
Come one! Come all! That’s what young Giselle is shouting out the window of the New York apartment she’s currently located within, because it’s time for us to kick off the Elite Eight of the Ultimate Walt Disney Company Performances bracket. Yes, friends, though we started the new year with 256 seeds in this bracket, we’re down to just eight great performances, including a good chunk of voice performances.
But just one performance can win it all — first, we have to get to the Final Four, which means that you’ll have to start making some very, very tough choices. Now, two points of housekeeping before we continue. One: we are now down to just one matchup per day, which means your vote matters even more than before (OK, fine, it matters the same, but now it means you have just one selection to make in each daily newsletter). Two: because I will be on a brief vacation starting this Sunday, we will be pausing the bracket just a bit. After the Elite Eight round wraps up on Saturday, the Final Four will take a pause until Wednesday, March 15. The ides of March! Starring Ryan Gosling! (But not really!)
Anyway. Enough talk. Time to vote!
(16) Pat Carroll, The Little Mermaid vs. (2) Amy Adams, Enchanted: Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but this picture of the late Pat Carroll is not a hint as to who I would vote for. Now, I think she was excellent as Ursula. I do. I wouldn’t have voted her this far in the bracket, though. As noted in the last round, if it was up to me, this would be a battle between Tim Curry as Long John Silver and Amy Adams as Giselle. That…well, that would be a tough choice.
This is not. Amy Adams is brilliant beyond compare in Enchanted, in one of the deftest, most precise, and most important comic performances of the 21st century. When we talk about how comic performances don’t get enough love at the Oscars, we are (or we should be) talking about performances like this one. Amy Adams is doing Julie Andrews-in-Mary Poppins-level work here, and the latter won an Oscar. (And she’s up for a vote tomorrow, as she should be.) Vote for Adams.