Friday, 2 May 2014

Alternate Best Actor 2009: Results

5. Nicolas Cage in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - Nicolas Cage is at his mad best here giving a wildly entertaining depiction of the corrupt and drug addicted bad Lieutenant.

Best Scene: The Lieutenant watches the soul dance.
4. Sam Rockwell in Moon - Rockwell gives two great performances here and creates a genuine moving depiction of two men who have more in common than they would like.

Best Scene: Old Sam tells New Sam to go instead.
3. Tom Hardy in Bronson - Hardy gives an amazing and incredibly magnetic performance that brings to life his very strange and violent character in a compelling fashion.

Best Scene: Bronson's "performance" in regards to the sanitarium.
2. Sharlto Copley in District 9- Sharlto Copley gives one of the greatest feature debut performances of all time in his complex, poignant and surprisingly believable depiction of the transformation from a bureaucrat to a half alien freedom fighter.

Best Scene: Wickus is used as a guinea pig by his own company.
1. Viggo Mortensen in The Road- This was a great year for leading performances and it is real shame that the academy could not be bothered to drift out of traditional baity fair to recognize any of these performances. Although I loved all five of these performances the one that left the most lasting impact on me was Mortensen's performance. He gives his best performance with his heartbreaking and almost painfully realistic portrayal of a single man trying to save his son in the horrible conditions of a post-apocalyptic world.

Best Scene: The man says goodbye to the boy.
Overall Rank:
  1. Viggo Mortensen in The Road
  2. Sharlto Copley in District 9
  3. Tom Hardy in Bronson
  4. Sam Rockwell in Moon
  5. Nicolas Cage in Bad Lieutenant
  6. Ben Foster in The Messenger
  7. Michael Stuhlbarg in A Serious Man
  8. Michael Sheen in The Damned United
  9. Colin Firth in A Single Man
  10. Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart
  11. Matt Damon in The Informant!
  12. Michael Caine in Harry Brown
  13. Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers
  14. Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Road
  15. Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes
  16. Tony Leung Ka-fai in Bodyguards and Assassins
  17. Johnny Depp in Public Enemies
  18. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 500 Days of Summer
  19. Russell Crowe in State of Play
  20. Ed Asner in UP
  21. Zachary Quinto in Star Trek
  22. Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland
  23. Chris Pine in Star Trek
  24. Chiwetel Ejiofor in 2012
  25. Daniel Day-Lewis in Nine
  26. Adam Sandler in Funny People
  27. Daniel Radcliffe in The Half-Blood Prince
  28. Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins Wolverine
  29. Morgan Freeman in Invictus
  30. James McAvoy in The Last Station
  31. Tobey Maguire in Brothers
  32. Colin Hanks in The Great Buck Howard
  33. Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol
  34. Mark Wahlberg in The Lovely Bones
  35. Seth Rogen in Funny People
  36. George Clooney in Up in The Air 
  37. John Cusack in 2012 
  38. Zac Efron in Me and Orson Welles
  39. Sam Worthington in Avatar
Next Year: 2009 Supporting


luke higham said...

Louis: Ratings & Thoughts on
Michael Caine in Harry Brown
Russell Crowe in State of Play
Ed Asner in UP
Pine & Quinto in Star Trek
Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland
Ejiofor & Cusack in 2012
Hugh Jackman in Origins: Wolverine
Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol
Mark Wahlberg in The Lovely Bones

Suggestions for 09' Supporting
Michael Fassbender in Inglourious Basterds & Fish Tank ( Please review both)
Peter Capaldi in In The Loop
Jackie Earle Haley & Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Watchmen ( Both Reviewed in One Post)
Nicholas Tse in Bodyguards & Assassins
Woody Harrelson in Zombieland

luke higham said...

Louis: In the My nominations page, You accidentally put Rockwell at 3 instead of 4.

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RatedRStar said...

Nicholas Tse - Bodyguards And Assassins (One Of My Winning Requests)
Michael Fassbender - Inglorious Basterds
Michael Fassbender - Fish Tank
Christian Mckay - Me And Orson Welles
Peter Capaldi - In The Loop

Connor Olen said...

In the My Nominations page, you left out Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker

Suggestions for '09 Supporting

Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Christian McKay, Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina, An Education
Kodi-Smitt McPhee, The Road
Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia

Anonymous said...

What did you make to The Damned United, Louis?.

luke higham said...

Connor: Jeremy Renner has only been in one top ten, which was for The Hurt Locker in the Overall Rankings for '08.

Kevin said...

Michael Fassbender - Inglorious Basterds
Michael Fassbender - Fish Tank
Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Watchmen
Peter Capaldi - In The Loop
James Gandolfini - In The Loop
Jackie Earle Haley - Watchmen

Psifonian said...

It's Viggo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Watchmen. All I gotta say.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

Peter Capaldi in In the Loop
James Gandolfini in Where the Wild Things Are
Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Watchmen
Michael Fassbender in Fish Tank

Michael McCarthy said...

Michael Fassbender-Fish Tank & Inglourious Basterds
Jackie Earle Haley & Jeffrey Dean Morgan-Watchmen
Peter Capaldi & Tom Hollander- In the Loop (Really liked Capaldi but personally thought Hollander was funnier)
Peter Sarsgaard-An Education
Zach Galifianakis-The Hangover (Say what you want but in the first movie I think he created a very entertaining, likable and unique character. I think he deserves a review just as much as John Candy did for PT&A.)

Maciej said...

Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles
Jeff Bridges - The Men who Stare at Goats
Kevin Spacey - The Men who Stare at Goats
Jackie Earle Haley - Watchmen
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Watchmen

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

I just want to say I'd rank Wahlberg last. I like him, but he was awful in the already awful Lovely Bones.

Lezlie said...

Please, review Woody Harrelson in Zombieland, if possible :D Dnag I should've had requested it last time.

Michael Patison said...

Peter Capaldi in In the Loop
Michael Fassbender in Fish Tank
Michael Fassbender in Inglourious Basterds
Leonard Proxauf in The White Ribbon
Peter Sarsgaard in An Education
Nicholas Tse in Bodyguards and Assassins

Zack Galifianakis in The Hangover
James Gandolfini in In the Loop
Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen
Woody Harrelson in Zombieland
Tom Hollander in In the Loop
Christian McKay in Me and Orson Welles
Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Watchmen
David O'Hara in Jack Said
Stanley Tucci in Julie & Julia

luke higham said...

Michael Patison: What were your thoughts on
Un Prophete
The White Ribbon

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

So, anyone else see and hate Amazing Spider-Man 2 as much as me?

luke higham said...

Koook160: What were your thoughts on it.

koook160 (Robert MacFarlane) said...

It's fucking awful. At least Spider-Man 3 was laughably bad. This one is infuriating. I actually feel like it wasted my time. The plot is nonsensical, characters are horribly written, and the acting outside of Garfield, Stone, and (to a lesser extent) Scott and Field are pretty bad.

Michael Patison said...

Luke: I actually have seen neither. I've heard great things about Proxauf which is why I recommended him. The White Ribbon is pretty much at the top of my foreign language films to watch list if Kurosawa and Bergman movies are removed. I do want to see The Prophet, but I'm not nearly as intent upon seeing it.

Michael Patison said...

Louis, I'm trying to watch The Entertainer for a class of mine. Where have you watched it in the past?

Louis Morgan said...

Caine - 4(Caine carries the film more than admirably showing that he's still got plenty of that intensity he used so well in Get Carter)

Crowe - 3(He does a solid enough job here, it's not one of his very best but he's good)

Asner - 3(A good bit of voice work balancing well the heavy drama involving the oldman's past and the more comedic moments that follow)

Quinto - 3(What made Leonard Nimoy performance work so well in the original Star Trek was that he actually played the unemotional character in honestly a dead pan comedic fashion. Quinto takes the more standard approach in this regard but he still does a far more than adequate job in following Nimoy's footsteps)

Pine - 3(Shatner is a bit tricky to follow for obvious reasons, and Pine probably did well not to really try to copy him in any way. He's good though bringing the right energy and charisma needed for Kirk)

Eisenberg - 3(He's enjoyable enough here even though I definitely feel that he was overshadowed by his co-star throughout)

Cusack - 2(Cusack's got some bad material to begin with, but I honestly I really don't care for him in roles like this)

Ejiofor - 3(In terms of the material Ejiofor's in the same boat as Cusack, but though he's far from great he does his best to try to add some weight to the proceeding)

Jackman - 2.5(The film is extra terrible but one thing I'll give Jackman's Wolverine is that's he's very consistent in the part)

Carrey - 2(The two ghosts that speak come off as terribly annoying and really damage the power of the story. I really hated his Scrooge which was far too over the top. Also when you get right down to it is just a bad Alastair Sim imitation, and if you're going to imitate a Scrooge don't imitate the master)

Wahlberg - 2(He does try but unfortunately he fails to overcome the shortcomings of the film making his character's grief never achieve the right poignancy, and the attempts at humor, so poorly place by Jackson, are embarrassing)

Anonymous: I thought the Damned United was a pretty good subversion of the usual sports movie, and Hooper does a better job of directing than with either of his Oscar nominated works.

Michael Patison: A local station where I live actually plays it it every so often.

Anonymous said...

Didn't understand how you could rank Tobey Maguire below Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers! Maguire gave such a brilliant performance, whereas Gyllenhaal did nothing!

Louis Morgan said...

Gyllenhaal has far less of a character, but I thought he did more with it.