Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Best Actor 2015

And the Nominees Are:

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

Matt Damon in The Martian

Bryan Cranston in Trumbo

53 comments:

Luke Higham said...

1. Damon
2. DiCaprio
3. Fassbender
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne (Calvin, he's coming dead last)

Anonymous said...

1. DiCaprio
2. Damon
3. Fassbender
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne

My ranking:
1. Fassbender - 4.5 (yes, really)
2. Damon - 4.5
3. Redmayne - 2.5

Louis I'm so sad Blanchett is not even in your Top 10 for Carol :( I mean I think she's just so brilliant, as much as I liked Mulligan in Suffragette or Daisy Ridley in Star Wars (and I did, a lot) I don't think they come close to Blanchett. My Female Top 10 would be:
1. Cate Blanchett, Carol - 5
2. Rooney Mara, Carol - 5
3. Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn - 5
4. Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years - 5
5. Emily Blunt, Sicario - 4.5
6. Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road - 4.5
7. Carey Mulligan, Far From the Madding Crowd - 4.5
8. Brie Larson, Room - 4.5
9. Carey Mulligan, Suffragette - 4.5
10. Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl - 4

GM said...

1. DiCaprio
2. Damon
3. Cranston
4. Fassbender
5. Redmayne

Amazed Charlize is your new winner o/

Psifonian said...

1. DiCaprio
2. Cranston
3. Fassbender
4. Damon
5. Everyone else
6. Redmayne

Robert MacFarlane said...

1. DiCaprio
2. Damon
3. Fassbender
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne

Calvin Law said...

Luke: Lol but of course :)

1. Damon
2. DiCaprio
3. Fassbender
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Apart from the 9 performances that are most certain to be reviewed for the alternates, who do you think will get that remaining slot.

Tremblay
Depp
Edgerton
Russell
Hanks
Dano & Cusack

Michael McCarthy said...

1. Leonardo DiCaprio
2. Matt Damon
3. Michael Fassbender
4. Bryan Cranston
5. Eddie Redmayne

I think DiCaprio's getting a solid 4.5 based on how much Louis liked the film, I can't see any reason he'd get a 5 though, I'd give him a solid 4.
Damon was probably my favorite but Louis said that the film hasn't stayed with him as much as he thought, so I'm thinking strong 4 or soft 4.5.
From what Louis said about the film Fassbender is probably getting a solid 4, which I'd buy.
Cranston I think is a 3.5 but could be as low as a 3, due to the shortcomings of the script as well as his generally theatrical manner.
Redmayne's probably a 2.

Robert MacFarlane said...

This lineup. THIS FUCKING LINEUP.

Luke Higham said...

Robert: Are you gonna wait for Macbeth to come out on DVD/Blu-Ray.

Alex Marqués said...

1.DiCaprio
2.Damon
3.Fassbender
4.Cranston
5.Redmayne

Anonymous said...

1. DiCaprio
2. Damon
3. Fassbender
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne
Louis: What are your ratings and thoughts on:
James Cagney in The Public Enemy
Lionel Barrymore in You Can't Take It With You
Walter Huston in Abraham Lincoln and Yankee Doodle Dandy
Vincent Price in Leave Her to Heaven
Laird Cregar in The Black Swan

RatedRStar said...

Louis I think its time for your punishment =D.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Has Tom Hardy overtaken Ben Foster as your favourite actor under 40.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Michael B. Jordan wants Tom Hardy as his opponent for Creed 2.

mcofra7 said...

Taking a chance here:

1. Fassbender
2. DiCaprio
3. Damon
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne

Michael Patison said...

1. Matt Damon
2. Leonardo DiCaprio
3. Michael Fassbender
4. Bryan Cranston
5. Eddie Redmayne

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

I'm quite sure I covered most of those, in Huston's case for Yankee Doodle Dandy I reviewed him since he was Oscar nominated.

Price - (He has nothing to sink his teeth into in Leave Her to Heaven, he does well with what he has, but the film doesn't allow him to do anything)

Cregar - 4(As usual a nice colorful work from Cregar that perfectly matches the grand style for Henry Morgan. He creates quite the fascinating figure in every scene he is in, and an entertaining one as well, frankly the film should have just been about him. I'd say he steals every scene, but that's not exactly difficult when his most frequent screen partner is Tyrone Power)

Luke:

Yes, though incidentally I watched the Program, but don't take that as the reason why.

Not sure if that would be the best project for Hardy. Seems like going back to Warrior and I prefer Hardy doing something new every time.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on The Program and ratings and thoughts on the cast.

Foster was really good, though I wanted the film to be longer.

RatedRStar said...

Louis: My winning request surprisingly actually came close to being Oscar nominated with a SAG and a Globe nom, um I reckon you ll think of it as a garbage film from a garbage actor but we will see.

Hayden Christensen - Life As A House

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And better directed.

Alex Marqués said...

Are you planning to review Foster for the alternate nominations? By the way I like him a lot but I think he deserves to be in better movies in general.

Michael Patison said...

Luke: Have you been keeping track of Louis's female top 10s whenever you ask him for them? If so, could I get them from you? What would be the best way to do that so we don't clog up the comments section?

Robert MacFarlane said...

RatedRStar: NO.

RatedRStar said...

Robert: What you mean by "no"

Luke Higham said...

Michael: I keep a record of Louis' 5s and 4.5s on Google Docs, though if you want me to find his top 5/10s, I'll certainly do that for you. :)

Louis Morgan said...

RatedRStar:

And yes I did see the spreadsheet.

Luke:

The Program was actually a weird example. Quite often a biopic can be problematic because its too much of a lionization, this was the exact opposite. The film hated Armstrong too much, but I do feel that.....nope I'm saving Foster.

O'Dowd - 3.5(He was quite good in portraying just a honest sheer disbelief and disgust as he deals with all things Armstrong. I actually wish there had been more scenes between he and Foster, or the ones that were there had gone on longer. There was something to be had in the intensity of the moments, but the film decided against it. What's worse is the film just kind of drops him despite it seeming like he was a central character originally)

Canet - 1(He was just awful. There was definitely something that could have been had as a sleazy opportunists, but Canet instead decided to act as though Ferrari was some sort of mad scientist.)

Plemons - 3(Plemons seems always good and as usual in his 2015 roles he's not given a lot to do, but he does well with what he has. Though it's fairly thin he manages to give some genuine emotion to his character's arc despite how rushed it is)

Luke Higham said...

Michael: If you just want the link, I'll post it for you.

RatedRStar said...

Louis: What you reckon? also I will change my winning request lol ill let you know later.

RatedRStar said...

I will say keep Christensen in mind though he could be 5 out of 5 quality as Robert agreed =D.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: If there are any Lead performances, that are no longer saved, then can I have your ratings and thoughts on them, because I'm confident you'll end up saving Fassbender as well for Macbeth.

Anonymous said...

Louis: How close do you think Wallach ever was to get an Oscar nomination?

Matt Mustin said...

Christ, I don't know about this. I have a feeling you're not too crazy about any of them, except maybe DiCaprio, but even then, I'm not sure. I'll say:

1.DiCaprio
2.Damon
3.Fassbender
4.Cranston
5.Redmaybe

*Very* safe prediction, there. Not gonna take any risks on this one.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Louis is more than likely more positive on this lineup than I am. Then again, most people are.

Luke Higham said...

Robert: I hardly think he's gonna like Redmayne an awful lot more than you.

RatedRStar said...

1. Leonardo DiCaprio
2. Matt Damon
3. Michael Fassbender
4. Bryan Cranston
5. Eddie Redmayne

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: May I have those rankings, that I asked for earlier. :)

Louis Morgan said...

RatedRStar:

I'm fine with that choice.

Luke:

I'll decide when I construct the lineup.

Anonymous:

He probably was somewhere near the nomination for Baby Doll, he very could have been sixth.

Anonymous said...

Louis do you think Kirsten Dunst would deserve an Emmy for Fargo? Because I've just finished the season and oh my god she was phenomenal. Out of the supporting males, who was your favorite? Also, what did you think Rachel Keller?

mcofra7 said...

Robert: I'm not too happy with the lineup either. I've only seen Damon, DiCaprio, and Fassbender, but none of them were particular noteworthy in my book.

Calvin Law said...

Watching Spotlight and I have to say Ruffalo is making an impression, not in a great way, but I don't find him as bad as most of you seem to have.

On the other hand, D'Arcy James, McAdams and Schrieber are really standing out for me thus far.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I hope you like Tucci. :)

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

She'd be very deserving. Out of the supporting actors, counting the whole season, I think I'd go with Bokeem Woodbine, if I had to choose. Though I do want to give a special mention to Angus Sampson who I don't think has gotten enough mention in regards to the season.

I really liked Keller performance as well, that's pretty much what I would say almost about every performer in the scene. She managed to capture a certain air headed quality with her work, but underlined it well with a much more incisive quality suggesting her motivations run deeper then just a teenager acting out.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: When do you plan on watching Macbeth and finishing off Wolf Hall.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: I assure you, it's the last time I'm gonna ask that question. :)

omar! said...


1. Leonardo DiCaprio
2. Matt Damon
3. Michael Fassbender
4. Bryan Cranston
5. Eddie Redmayne

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Soon for both.

Anonymous said...

Louis: What are your top 10 worst Best Actor winners?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous:
George Arliss in Disraeli (1930)
Denzel Washington in Training Day (2001)
Sean Penn in Mystic River (2003)
Sean Penn in Milk (2008)
Wallace Beery in The Champ (1932)
Yul Brynner in The King and I (1956)
Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941)
Spencer Tracy in Captains Courageous (1937)
Roberto Benigni in Life is Beautiful (1998)
Jamie Foxx in Ray (2004)

Robin Kazan said...

5-Redmayne
4-Damon
3-Cranston
2-Fassbender

Come on Louis (Morgan)? It has no mystery. DiCaprio and end story. He even won the Overall Rank the year. Go in, speak the truth ...

Robson Nakazato said...

1-DiCaprio
2-Cranston
3-Fassbender
4-Damon
5-Redmayne (where is Johnny Depp or Michael Caine?)

tahmeed chowdhury said...

1) DiCaprio
2) Damon
3) Fassbender
4) Cranston
5) Redmayne

Matt St.Clair said...

My rankings:

1. Damon
2. Fassbender
3. DiCaprio
4. Cranston
5. Redmayne