Friday, 6 July 2012

Alternate Best Actor 2008: Results

5. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road- DiCaprio certainly tries as hard as he possibly can in the role, but unfortunately his performance never quite comes together in the way the film wants it to.
4. Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino- Eastwood shows his usual strong presence here, and uses his unique individualistic screen persona brilliantly here.
3. Michael Fassbender in Hunger- Fassbender gives a strong performance showing the incredible unshakable drive in his character.
2. Colin Farrell in In Bruges- Farrell proves himself an extremely capable actor here as he creates both a energetically hilarious performance as well as quite a moving portrait of guilt.
1. Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges- This year is quite a terrible year for the academy missing out on such strong work for the over the top mannerisms of Penn and Langella as well as just the extreme blandness of Pitt. They missed out on this great performance by Brendan Gleeson that is a unique very moving portrait of a career killer who is anything but cold blooded, and also to his credit Gleeson is simply hilarious especially due to his chemistry with his co-stars of Farrell and Ralph Fiennes.
Overall Rank:
  1. Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges
  2. Colin Farrell in In Bruges
  3. Johannes Krisch in Revanche 
  4. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York
  5. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
  6. Sam Rockwell in Snow Angels
  7. Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD
  8. Michael Fassbender in Hunger
  9. Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
  10. Joaquin Phoenix in Two Lovers
  11. Chiwetel Ejiofor in Redbelt
  12. Benicio Del Toro in Che 
  13. Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
  14. Song Kang-ho in The Good The Bad The Weird
  15. Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man
  16. Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
  17. Sean Penn in Milk 
  18. Josh Brolin in W.
  19. Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One
  20. Mads Mikkelsen in Flame and Citron
  21. Brian Cox in The Escapist 
  22. Vincent Cassel in Mesrine: Killer Instinct
  23. Thure Lindhardt in Flame and Citron
  24. Kim Yoon-seok in The Chaser
  25. Ben Kingsley in Elegy
  26. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
  27. Ha Jung-woo in The Chaser 
  28. Francois Begaudeau in The Class
  29. Nicholas Tse in Beast Stalker
  30. Michael Angarano in Snow Angels
  31. Michael Fassbender in Eden Lake
  32. Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
  33. Christian Bale in The Dark Knight
  34. Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon 
  35. Dustin Hoffman in Last Chance Harvey
  36. Sam Rockwell in Choke
  37. Don Cheadle in Traitor
  38. Daniel Craig in Defiance
  39. Jason Statham in The Bank Job
  40. Ed Harris in Appaloosa 
  41. Tony Leung in Red Cliff Part 1
  42. David Kross in The Reader 
  43. Kare Hedebrant in Let The Right One In
  44. John C. Reilly in Step Brothers 
  45. Mikael Persbrandt in Everlasting Moments
  46. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road
  47. Liam Neeson in Taken 
  48. Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies 
  49. Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder 
  50. Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda
  51. George Clooney in Burn After Reading 
  52. Ron Perlman in Hellboy 2
  53. Woody Harrelson in Transsiberian
  54. Samuel L. Jackson in Lakeview Terrace
  55. Masahiro Motoki in Departures
  56. Jeremy Northam in Dean Spanley
  57. Tom Cruise in Valkyrie
  58. Sylvester Stallone in Rambo
  59. Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk
  60. Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town
  61. James McAvoy in Wanted 
  62. Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
  63. Toni Servillo in II Divo
  64. James Franco in Pineapple Express 
  65. Jason Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall 
  66. Will Ferrell in Step Brothers
  67. Seth Rogen in Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  68. Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona 
  69. Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express 
  70. Jim Carrey in Yes Man
  71. Asa Butterfield in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 
  72. Jeff Goldblum in Adam Resurrected
  73. Nick Cheung in Beast Stalker
  74. Harrison Ford in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  75. Patrick Wilson in Lakeview Terrace
  76. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  77. Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire  
  78. Gabriel Macht in The Spirit
  79. Mark Wahlberg in The Happening
Next Year: 1947

25 comments:

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Wait... I predicted Gleeson. Do I get to choose a suggestion?

Louis Morgan said...

The contest is for the exact ranking of the five not just the winner.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Damn, I was one off! If I had switched Farrell and Fassbender, I would have won.

dshultz said...

Ah, man, naahhh. Not to Fassy? Oh well, at least it went to one of the micks. Man, I thought the academy loved to reward actors for stepping out of their comfort zone and all that stuff, like Farrell, or never before recognized veterans like Gleeson, or previously complete unknowns, especially young ones, like Fassy.

Anyways, I am please if not thrilled by the results.

RatedRStar said...

1947 is an odd choice lol as I cant think of anyone from that year =).

RatedRStar said...

I can think of lots for 46 lol just cant think of any for 47, perhaps Mitchum in Out Of The Past but thats all I remember.

Oscargrouching said...

I hope you do 1989 .

joe burns said...

I'm siurprised, I thought Farrell had it in the bag, but I guess Gleason edged him out!!

Oscargrouching said...

Do you put Heath Ledger in Leading ? I know ppl who do . He is Supporting .

Louis Morgan said...

No, in fact I do no know if I would even consider Christian Bale leading, which is why I did not list him.

RatedRStar said...

Jean Marais for La Belle et la Bete was technically 1947 for USA release date.

Louis Morgan said...

For the record I am going to go by first non film festival release.

Oscargrouching said...

Really this sound crazy but I think the real lead in TDK was Harvey Dent , lol , So guys I'm back with my reviews , sorry about the wait !

Anonymous said...

I think Bale's leading. What did you think of him? Oh, also, when you get to '89, do you think you could review Jack Nicholson in Batman?

Oscargrouching said...

I will Soon be reviewing all the Batman's and Superman's and others on my page !

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous: I liked Bale as Batman and I think he is best serious portrayal of the character. I particularly like his Bruce Wayne, and I really don't have a problem with the voice for the most part. I do think if he had cut out the voice with his final confrontation at the very end it would have been quite powerful though.

Also I certainly will keep Nicholson in mind for that year.

Anonymous said...

I agree with pretty much everything you said about Bale.

Oscargrouching said...

I amit Bale is a great Batman/Bruce Wayne but the voice is over the top sometimes .

Michael Patison said...

Louis: Why is Renner ranked on your list? Is it because it was released in Italy in 2008? Also, I couldn't agree more about the Academy's utter futility in picking its nominees this year, though I must admit that their choices are in line with nominations in past years. Did Bale not make your ranking of this year or is he somebody like Judd Nelson whom you would review later if you were to return to this year?

Everybody Else: He is doing 1947 next because I was one of a few people to predict 1985 correctly and that's the year I chose, something I did mainly because I couldn't think of a year and wanted to hear what Louis thought of Mitchum in Out of the Past.

Louis, again: For 1947, my submissions for consideration are:
Richard Attenborough in Brighton Rock
Charlie Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux
Rex Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past
Robert Young in Crossfire

Louis Morgan said...

Yes I put Renner here because its first non festival release came in 2008.

Bale I did not put there because I am still not sure if I would consider him lead because the Dark Knight is quite close to being an ensemble film.

Anonymous said...

Have you watched Elegy. i think Ben Kingsley's performance in that film is quite good, and I really love his scenes with Patricia Clarkson. I was just curious because I didn't notice him on your list.

Louis Morgan said...

No but I was thinking he would be one I would review for another round of five.

Michael Patison said...

Jared Leto in Chapter 27 would also be a good performance to watch and rank.

daffyphack said...

No Synecdoche, NY?

TParker said...

Song Kang-ho deserves a mention as Tae-goo in 'The Good, the Bad, the Weird' as well. Although a big goofball, Tae-goo has moments of being philosophical and even intimidating.