Forget the Oscars. I always find myself saying that early on in the month of January, right before the official nominations are announced, knowing full well that it's a popularity contest that many great actors are never going to breach. Then when it comes time for the show, I plunk down with my list of selections I'm hoping will win and I feed into that crap all over again. I might not be bucking the trend of using what's popular versus what's more substantial this week (or any week, really) but this feels like a far more fun category to play around with.
Kristen Bell & Odette Yustman
Since I became a stupid sucker for Kristen Bell (I blame all of you who kept telling me how good "Veronica Mars" was and my ending up agreeing with that sentiment), I've been paying for admission to her movies. WHEN IN ROME at least had a modicum of charm while YOU AGAIN was a clunker no matter how much star power it was rolling in. Too tame to generate more than momentary pauses to remark on just how adorable Odette Yustman was (on top of being hot), the predictable kissing and making up scenes couldn't have steamed up a hand mirror. But given your own time to think about what you would have done with these two actresses, I'm sure the home movies would have been awesome.
Emma Stone & Amanda Bynes
Stepping up the hotness factor by a huge leap (although I remember posting a Hot or Not on Bynes back when this flick was released and someone commenting on how weird her face looked in it - and therefore being unable to look past that when I saw the movie) and piling on a ton more funny than the first movie I've got here, EASY A was that little film that on-set shots of Bynes poured out of at the time of filming but no one foresaw would be the sleeper money maker that it became. Stone solidified herself as being the Next Big Thing, and more impressively becoming one of the few females who can draw an audience based on her name power alone. That and Bynes - weird face or not - is still one funny bitch, even with a small and somewhat thankless role.
Natalie Portman & Mila Kunis
I still haven't seen BLACK SWAN yet. But if I were to overlook the Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis (the oversaturation of buzz around their sex scene killed a large part of my desire to rush out to see the film immediately, not that I had a large hankering in the first place), you'd surely finish me off. I can't honestly see what the attraction would be in watching two emaciated women going at it, as beautiful as their faces might be. Call me crazy, but ballerinas look like the type of women who would break a hip if you spread their legs to go Poseidon on them. Not hot. Seeing the girl who formerly was nothing more than the whiny chick on "That '70's Show" prove to everyone who has been dismissing her acting talent for so many years that she can rightfully be opposite of the established Portman? Now that's sexy.
Which of these 2010 rivalries was the hottest for you?