Sunday, February 7, 2016

Awards-Nazi Award Nominations: Actor

This field wasn't really as big a yawn this year as the Oscar lineup makes it seem... You just have to look for exceptional performances in the right places, and there were surely more than five that I consider worthy. Check out my Best Actor picks after the cut.

PAUL DANO in Love & Mercy
Dano is positively possessed in this role, offering us an empathetic glimpse into the mind of a tortured genius. He has an uncanny ability to remain mystifying without becoming inaccessible.

MICHAEL FASSBENDER in Steve Jobs
Fassbender underlies the role with a rich humanity that belies Jobs' standoffish veneer. I don't know how true it is to the man he's interpreting, but I do know it's a nuanced, mesmerizing performance.

TOM HARDY in Legend
Hardy is literally “Kray Kray”, taking on dual duties as both of East London's notorious gangster twins. He captures the two personalities with calibrated precision and a sly sense of humour.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN in Creed
Jordan continues to prove himself a smart actor, knowing when to keep backstory internalized and how to reveal it in expertly judged emotive bursts. A great deal of Creed rides on his charisma alone.

JACOB TREMBLAY in Room
Precocious, poignant, and remarkably perceptive, young Tremblay does an extraordinary job at conveying a uniquely limited worldview that slowly expands in ways both joyous and painful.

JUST missed:
Géza Röhrig in Son of Saul

Other considerations:
Tom Courtenay in 45 Years
Matt Damon in The Martian
Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies
Ian McKellan in Mr. Holmes

3 comments:

  1. Your list is better than what we ended up with in the actual lineup.

    My list:

    Matt Damon, The Martian
    Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road
    Michael B. Jordan, Creed
    Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
    Jason Segel, The End Of The Tour

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    1. Yes! my lineup would also include Jason Segel (and Jesse too, actually). Such a lovely, poignant duet.

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  2. Very sturdy lineup. Love your comments on Dano (i know it was borderline category fraud but i'm still shocked the Academy snubbed him).

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