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. Michael Fassbender in Hunger
  4. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
  5. Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker
  6. Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino
  7. Jean-Claude Van Damme in JCVD
  8. Benicio Del Toro in Che
  9. Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man
  10. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Doubt
  11. Richard Jenkins in The Visitor
  12. Brian Cox in The Escapist
  13. Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
  14. Christian Bale in The Dark Knight
  15. Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon
  16. Daniel Craig in Defiance
  17. Jason Statham in The Bank Job
  18. Ed Harris in Appaloosa
  19. Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road 
  20. Liam Neeson in Taken
  21. Leonardo DiCaprio in Body of Lies 
  22. Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder
  23. Ron Perlman in Hellboy 2
  24. Tom Cruise in Valkyrie
  25. Sylvester Stallone in Rambo
  26. Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk
  27. Ricky Gervais in Ghost Town
  28. George Clooney in Burn After Reading 
  29. James McAvoy in Wanted
  30. Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  31. Harrison Ford in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  32. Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon
  33. Sean Penn in Milk
  34. Masahiro Motoki in Departures
  35. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  36. Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire 
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.