Monday, 20 January 2014

Best Supporting Actor 2013: Results

5. Bradley Cooper in American Hustle- Cooper both underplays and overplays his performance. He is often overshadowed by his co-stars, yet when he tries to be flamboyant he randomly overacts wildly.

Best Scene: Richie is taken off the case.
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club- Jared Leto gives a moving performance with just the right amount of flamboyance, even if I would say he is slightly overshadowed by his co-star.

Best Scene: Rayon visits his father.
3. Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street- Hill gives a fine performance throughout his film offering the right humor within his grotesque character, but leaving enough nuance in there to avoid becoming only a caricature. 

Best Scene: Lemmon Quaaludes.
2. Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave - Fassbender gives a vicious depiction of his character's brutality, but he as well gives compelling portrayal of the attitude of the day to day slave owner.

Best Scene: The whipping scene.
1. Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips- Well this year for me came down to the two villains, and what I love about both Abdi and Fassbender's performance is although they are both very effectively in depicting their character's behavior but they also find what is behind this behavior. Barkhad Abdi, even though it is his film debut, gives a very assured performance in which he makes a dangerous villain, but as well a moving portrayal of a desperate man.

Best Scene: "Maybe in America Irish"


Matt Mustin said...

Was Abdi close to winning, or was it easy to choose Fassbender?

Psifonian said...

Fassbender really didn't age well with me. It's a good bit of work but he really doesn't bring the character beyond the two-dimensionality on the page. It's not his fault, but he still remains a cipher.

Abdi, in contrast, took a character that would normally be a one-note villain and made him heartbreakingly sympathetic and terrifying, all at once. He was like a refugee from a Shakespearean tragedy.

Louis Morgan said...

Matt: It was very close.

Psifonian: Well I disagree, in that I thought Fassbender also achieved what Abdi achieved although through a different route as there was no way Epps could be sympathetic.

Michael McCarthy said...

How close was Leto to getting a 5?

Louis Morgan said...

He was right on the edge.

Mark said...

When are you going to release the overall supporting actor rankings, Louis?

Louis Morgan said...

After I do lead.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: It doesn't really matter to me if fassbender doesn't win a competitive award as long as he has one either way. Same with Dicaprio.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Who are your possible alternatives.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I hate to say it, but I sort of agree with Psifonian. I'd give Fassbender more credit, but Abdi has stuck with me more.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke: Unlike lead, the choices are not so obvious.

dinasztie said...

I'm not that much of a fan of Fassbender. My favorite is Jared Leto and nobody comes close. A beautiful, haunting performance for the ages that steals the movie from its lead. However, my runner-up is also Abdi. :)

Scott Gingold said...

1. Abdi, 5
2. Leto, 5
3. Cooper, 3.5
Fassbender, Not seen
Hill, Not seen