Thursday, 25 April 2013

Alternate Best Actor 2001: Results

5. Jack Nicholson in The Pledge- I have to say that my winner was easy to choose I had a hard time deciding the order of the rest as I like all of them. I hate to have to put Nicholson here as I really like his quiet downplayed work here a great deal even if the film botches his characterization somewhat by rushing things.
4. Ryan Gosling in The Believer- Gosling gives a performance better than his film gives a fascinating portrayal of a man made by his inconsistencies.
3. Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge!- The film gave me a headache, but McGregor managed to clear it up through his passionate charming portrayal that belts his character's blunt feelings on love no matter how stupid they may be.
2. Billy Bob Thornton in The Man Who Wasn't There- Thornton is all about his distinct characterization here which is a wonderfully deadpan performance that manages to bring us into his character's story, even when his character would just rather go back to cutting hair.
1. Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums- Well my second favorite actor does it again with his winning turn here as the patriarch of the title family. He is a devilish delight in his comedic scenes, but as well quite moving and believable as his character slowly becomes a better man.
Overall Rank:
  1. Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums
  2. Tom Wilkinson in In The Bedroom
  3. Billy Bob Thornton in The Man Who Wasn't There
  4. Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge!
  5. Ryan Gosling in The Believer
  6. Jack Nicholson in The Pledge
  7. Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind
  8. Jake Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko
  9. Ethan Hawke in Training Day
  10. Billy Bob Thornton in Monster's Ball
  11. Ray Winstone in Sexy Beast
  12. Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  13. Jim Broadbent in Iris
  14. Elijah Wood in The Fellowship of the Ring
  15. Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal in Y Tu Mama Tambien
  16. Diego Luna in Y Tu Mama Tambien
  17. Billy Bob Thornton in Bandits
  18. Jude Law in Enemy At the Gates 
  19. Ben Stiller in Zoolander
  20. Tom Cruise in Vanilla Sky
  21. Bruce Willis in Bandits 
  22. Denzel Washington in Training Day
  23. Yosuke Kubozuka in Go
  24. John Goodman in Monster's Inc 
  25. Brad Pitt in Ocean's Eleven
  26. George Clooney in Ocean's Eleven
  27. Mike Myers in Shrek 
  28. Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale
  29. John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance
  30. Hugh Jackman in Swordfish
  31. Sam Neill in Jurassic Park 3 
  32. Paul Dano in L.I.E 
  33. John Travolta in Swordfish
  34. Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 2
  35. Chris Tucker in Rush Hour 2
  36. Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  37. Mark Wahlberg in The Planet of the Apes
  38. Billy Crystal in Monster's Inc
  39. Johnny Depp in From Hell
  40. Alec Baldwin in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  41. Ryan Phillippe in Antitrust
  42. Orlando Jones in Evolution
  43. David Duchovny in Evolution
  44. Will Smith in Ali
  45. Woody Allen in The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
  46. Brendan Frasier in The Mummy Returns
  47. David Spade in Joe Dirt
  48. Sean Penn in I Am Sam
Next Year: 2001 Supporting

22 comments:

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Brian Cox in L.I.E. is the only one I can think of.

Anonymous said...

Suggestions:
Steve Buscemi in Ghost World
Viggo Mortensen in The Fellowship of the Ring
Alan Rickman in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Heath Ledger in Monster's Ball
Mickey Rourke in The Pledge (short scene, but a great one)

Michael Patison said...

For 2001 Supporting:
Alan Arkin as Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
Steve Buscemi in Ghost World
Ed Harris in A Beautiful Mind
Jude Law in A.I. Artificial Intelligence

That's really my only solid suggestions. Some others might be:
Black Hawk Down cast member
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone cast member (sort of a joke, sort of not)
Brian Cox in L.I.E.
The Fellowship of the Ring cast member
The Man Who Wasn't There cast member
Heath Ledger in Monster's Ball
The Royal Tenenbaums cast member

I'd also recommend Lagaan. It's an Indian Hindi-language epic that's really, really long, but is excellent and has some really good male work, particularly by Aamir Khan as the lead and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in a supporting role.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

A critic friend of mine swears by Moni Moshonov in A Late Marriage. He told me that even a non-Hebrew speaker can tell the clever use of dialects in his performance.

RatedRStar said...

Sean Bean - The Fellowship Of The Ring
Viggo Mortensen - The Fellowship Of The Ring
Ed Harris - A Beautiful Mind
Brian Cox - L.I.E
John Lone - Rush Hour 2

RatedRStar said...

haha XD I have to ask Louis, what did u love so much about Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan in Rush Hour 2 (and has John Lone got 1.5) star for it as well like they seem to.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Y'know, as much as I dislike the performances he has listed below Penn... Penn still should be bottom. "Full retard" indeed.

RatedRStar said...

I would give Tucker 5 stars definately =D.

Louis Morgan said...

Koook: You know what? Your right. I was being much to kind with my placement.

RatedRStar said...

so what did you like about Chan and Tucker, and is ther any point suggesting John Lone if they scored so low lol.

Louis Morgan said...

Well despite being weak on characterization Chan usually does have some sort of charm in his performances, and unlike so many I have never found Chris Tucker to be that annoying, well except in the Fifth Element.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I love how you listed Baldwin in FF. I'm a huge fan of those games, and even I didn't have the heart to watch it.

Michael Patison said...

Did you enjoy Monster's Inc.? I personally really like the movie, and while I don't by any means think any of the voice performances were brilliant, I really don't think Billy Crystal was that bad.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Yeah, me neither. Though I would certainly rank Meyers higher than you did. After all these years, I still love Shrek.

RatedRStar said...

I really hated Final Fantasy SW, I liked Final Fantasy Advent Children more.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Advent Children was no prize either. Shameless fanservice at best. If only Square gave a shit about FF6.

Louis Morgan said...

Michael: I think its okay.

RatedRStar said...

I agree about FF6, Kefka is one truly great villain, the most heartbreaking moment for me in that is when Celes trys to commit suicide, truly heartbreaking =(.

Kefka and Kuja (from IX) would be my favorite two Final Fantasy villains

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

@RatedRStar: I always get teary eyed with that scene too. I actually saved Cid in one playthrough. I should have let him die, considering the story loses impact because of that. FF6 is also one of two games where I actually find its huge cast of characters all endearing (the other is Persona 4).

RatedRStar said...

@koook160 I always wanted to play Persona 4, I watched a bit of the animated show (I like the murder mystery plot about it) What did you make of FFIX (my personal fave) and its characters, plus added bonus, in my opinion, the first ever transexual main Villain XD lol

Vincent said...

Have you seen Artificial Intelligence: A.I.? Haley Joel Osment isn't in your line-up, but I thought he was amazing in that film.

Anonymous said...

What? How is Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! better in any way than Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind?