Friday, January 18, 2013

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Acting Ensemble

Lots of great Ensembles this year, but for me, these five stood out:

Argo
(Affleck, Cranston, Arkin, Goodman, Garber, Donovan, DuVall, McNairy, Cochrane, Denham, Bishe, et. al.)
Every inch an organic ensemble, the acting really pops without overt limelight hogging. Everyone makes the most of divided screen exposure to evoke their characters. Credit Affleck for a selfless central performance that allows his cast to work wonders around him.

The Avengers
(Downey Jr., Evans, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Johansson, Renner, Hiddleston, Jackson, Gregg, et. al.)
The interactions between the characters (who don't always get along) is where The Avengers offers up the most spark. Credit the actors for equitably rising to the occasion of knowing exactly what role to play and never upstaging one another.

Lincoln
(Day-Lewis, Field, Jones, Strathairn, Gordon-Levitt, Spader, Hawkes, Nelson, Haley, Holbrook, et. al.)
The principals are excellent, but none particularly more impressive than the multitude of supporting players who lend this historical drama such accessible voice. The ensemble is a rich who's-who of character actors from which it's hard to select a stand-out.

Les Miserables
(Jackman, Crowe, Hathaway, Redmayne, Tveit, Barks, Seyfried, Cohen, Carter, at. al.)
This starry ensemble is liberated to incorporate levels of expressiveness in their facial ticks and vocal inflections that would go undetected on a Broadway stage, and each one delivers with tremendous, theatrical flare.

Moonrise Kingdom
(Gilman, Hayward, Willis, Norton, Murray, McDormand, Schwartzman, Swinton, Balaban, et. al.)
The cast is a splendid one, replete with tickling performances from the many frazzled players whose search for the missing twosome, and of course from the two young leads themselves, who find ways to layer in authentic emotion through their deadpan line delivery.

Just missed: Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Grey, Silver Linings Playbook

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