Monday, 22 February 2016

Alternate Best Actor 2015: Results

10. Johnny Depp in Black Mass - Depp returns to form here for an effectively brutal depiction of a vicious mobster.

Best Scene: Whitey tries to explain why he wasn't a rat.
9. Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind - Ben Mendelsohn gives an endearing and moving depiction of a gambler with his work being particularly well amplified by his amazing chemistry with his co-star Ryan Reynolds.

Best Scene: Gerry plays a piano.
8. Michael B. Jordan in Creed - Jordan gives a great portrayal of a man with the passion to find his own path though with the frustrations of a son trying to overcome the shadow of his father.

Best Scene: "I wasn't a mistake"
7. Jason Segel in The End of the Tour - Segel gives a fascinating portrait of David Foster Wallace capturing his personal idiosyncrasies along with his personal philosophy, intelligence, and vulnerabilities.

Best Scene: Lipsky asks Wallace about his depression.
6. Michael Fassbender in Macbeth - Michael Fassbender offers a unique and powerful alternative interpretation of the tragic Scot, as man slowly destroyed by madness from his post traumatic stress.

Best Scene: Macbeth learns of the fate of his wife.
5. Ben Foster in The Program - Foster brings the right out of control vanity and ego to his Lance Armstrong, but still offers just enough sympathy for the man.

Best Scene: Lance says he'll clean up the sport himself. 
4. Jason Bateman in The Gift - Jason Bateman offers one of the most realistic depictions of a bully you'll find in a film, but goes further to still instill this sort of man with a very real humanity.

Best Scene: The final gift.
3. Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes - McKellen offers not only his own effective approach to the well worn character, but also goes deeper to realize the personal difficulties of being such a man in heartbreaking detail.

Best Scene: Mr. Holmes and Ann.
2. Tom Hardy in Legend - Tom Hardy gives two great performances, one appropriately outrageous and entertaining as deranged mad man, and the other appropriately charming and moving as a potentially good man who allows himself to fall down the same path as his brother.

Best Scene: The Krays come to blows. 
1. Jacob Tremblay in Room - Good predictions Luke and Anonymous. This year came down to several performances for me, and it's a great year, despite what perhaps the lead actor nominations might allow one to believe. My choice, the choice that I'm picking, yes right exactly now must be chosen, yes the choice. Well obviously I already chose, but this one was particularly difficult as there was not a single performance that just stood out to me, not in a bad way mind you, but rather I had to choose simply through work that I equally loved. Anyway my choice is the youngest of all the nominees yet his work is no less captivating. Tremblay's work is unassuming yet tremendous, as he carries his film so eloquently depicting a quiet yet so powerful depiction of a boy's tumultuous journey to discover the world.

Best Scene: Preparing to leave the room. 
Overall Rank:
  1. Jacob Tremblay in Room
  2. Tom Hardy in Legend
  3. Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes
  4. Tom Courtenay in 45 Years
  5. Jason Bateman in The Gift
  6. Ben Foster in The Program
  7. Michael Fassbender in Macbeth
  8. Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. Jason Segel in The End of the Tour
  10. Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
  11. Michael B. Jordan in Creed 
  12. Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk
  13. Paul Dano in Love & Mercy
  14. John Cusack in Love & Mercy
  15. Abraham Attah in Beasts of No Nation
  16. Tom Hanks in Bridge of Spies
  17. Tobey Maguire in Pawn Sacrifice 
  18. Ben Mendelsohn in Mississippi Grind
  19. Ryan Reynolds in Mississippi Grind 
  20. Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes
  21. John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
  22. Patrick Wilson in Bone Tomahawk
  23. Joel Edgerton in Black Mass 
  24. Jesse Eisenberg in The End of the Tour
  25. Johnny Depp in Black Mass
  26. Domhnall Gleeson in Ex Machina
  27. Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
  28. Colin Farrell in The Lobster 
  29. Jason Clarke in Everest 
  30. Matt Damon in The Martian 
  31. Sharlto Copley in Chappie
  32. Daniel Craig in Spectre
  33. Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
  34. Michael Fassbender in Slow West
  35. Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation 
  36. Kevin Bacon in Cop Car
  37. Tom Hardy in Child 44
  38. Tom Hiddleston in Crimson Peak
  39. Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service 
  40. Armie Hammer in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  41. Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  42. Paul Rudd in Ant-Man
  43. Robert De Niro in The Intern 
  44. Vin Diesel in Furious 7
  45. Liam Neeson in Run All Night
  46. Richard Madden in Cinderella
  47. Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Secret Service 
  48. Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk 
  49. James Freedson-Jackson in Cop Car
  50. Hays Wellford in Cop Car
  51. Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw
  52. Bill Hader in Trainwreck
  53. Noah Schnapp in The Peanuts Movie
  54. Sean Penn in The Gunman
  55. Kodi Smit-McPhee in Slow West
  56. David Thewlis in Anomalisa
  57. Chris Pratt in Jurassic World 
  58. Joaquin Phoenix in Irrational Man
  59. Michael Caine in Youth 
  60. Chris Hemsworth in The Heart of the Sea
  61. Will Smith in Concussion
  62. Dev Patel in Chappie
  63. Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending
  64. Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
Next Year: 1962 Supporting

87 comments:

Matt Mustin said...

DAMN, Tremblay for the win!

Anonymous said...

Well this is suprising, not in a bad way at all actually but still a bit surprising. I'm pretty sad Fassbender isn't in your Top 5, I think he's definitely better than Courtenay (as I said before on this blog, I think he's great but Rampling owned 45 Years). Anyway, you did a great job as usual reviewing them all.

Michael McCarthy said...

And to think it was at one point in doubt that Tremblay would get a review :) I'm really happy with this. I'm also just kinda happy it wasn't Hardy or Fassbender even though they were both excellent, just because that would've been too obvious.

RatedRStar said...

10 Reviews I think
The Cast Of Lawrence Of Arabia
James Stewart - How The West Was Won
Robert Ryan - Billy Budd
Charles Laughton - Advise And Consent
Peter Sellers - Lolita
Richard Attenborough - The Dock Brief
Tatsuya Nakadai - Sanjuro
Lee Marvin - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Terence Stamp - Term Of Trial
Robert Duvall - To Kill A Mockingbird

RatedRStar said...

Ignore The Dock Brief since you did see it.

GM said...

Happy for Tremblay, Courtenay and Bateman <3

Gig Young - That Touch of Mink
Peter Sellers - Lolita
Robert Ryan - Billy Budd
Frank Wolff - Salvatore Giuliano
Tatsuya Nakadai - Sanjuro
Mickey Rooney - Requiem for a Heavyweight
Lee Marvin - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Alex Marqués said...

Woah very happy and surprised to see Tremblay win!

Alex Marqués said...

Not a very good year for Redmayne lol

Calvin Law said...

So happy McKellen is in the top 5. Surprised and love Tremblay's win.

For 1962 supporting my request Robert Duvall in To Kill a Mockingbird obviously and also:

The cast of Lawrence of Arabia (including Anthony Quayle PLEASE)
Peter Sellers in Lolita
Lee Marvin in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thank you for giving Fassbender a five and the four month prediction drought is over. :)

Your rating & thoughts on Sharlto Copley in Chappie and is Fassbender still a 3.5 or is he now a 4 for Slow West.

Luke Higham said...

I'm gonna have to think about my request.

For 62 supporting
Lawrence Of Arabia cast
Sellers
Duvall/Peters
Marvin
Ryan
Nakadai

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Is your Lead actress winner, Theron or Ronan.

Can I have your incredibly early nominee predictions for Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress for next year's Oscars.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: My request is Karl Markovics in The Counterfeiters.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your ranking for all of Tom Hardy's fives.

L Rime said...

I'd put Jason Segel at 2 or 3 but this is a pretty good ranking nonetheless. Man... Tom Hardy was really something in 2015.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: You forgot about Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Last question, Is this the best year for acting in general for you and will you be finishing off Wolf Hall soon.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin, Anonymous and RatedRStar: Do you think we're in a golden era for acting.

Anonymous said...

This has been truly a great year. Hooray for Tremblay's win and for Fassbender getting a 5.
For 1962 Alternate Supporting
Lawrence of Arabia cast
Peter Sellers in Lolita
Robert Duvall and Brock Peters in To Kill A Mockingbird
Lee Marvin in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Robert Ryan in Billy Budd
Louis: My request is Robert Ryan in The Set-Up.
Luke: We sure are in a golden era for acting, my friend.

Luke Higham said...
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Luke Higham said...

If Louis doesn't work on 2007 Lead again, before the end of the year, I'll switch my current request for a 2016 performance.

Anonymous said...

Luke: He has already covered 2007 Lead, oh wait, you mean the bonus rounds?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Yes. :)

Luke Higham said...

Gyllenhaal's a 3 for Southpaw. By far the most disappointing performance of 2015.

Anonymous said...

Luke: So he's going to start with 2007 Bonus Lead?

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm pleased to see Bateman and Courtenay in the top 5.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: He mentioned before that he would start off with 2012, then hopefully Pre-1928. I honestly don't mind if 2007 doesn't come this year, because I want 2005 and 2003 before then.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: If I were to switch my request, It'll somewhat likely be a Fassbender performance. He has another busy year, though I doubt that he's gonna get an Oscar nomination.

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Luke Higham said...

My predictions for Louis' 2016 overall winners.
Picture: Silence
Director: Scorsese/Gibson
Actor: Andrew Garfield in Silence or Michael Keaton in The Founder
Actress: Rebecca Hall in Christine or Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch
Supporting Actor: Liam Neeson in Silence
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh in LBJ

Robert MacFarlane said...

Stop it, Luke. It's February.

Luke Higham said...

Robert: Very Well.

Luke Higham said...

Robert: I know you get easily irritated, so I'm sorry. I did it out of boredom.

And have you seen The Witch yet.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm seeing it Wednesday. And I'm sorry too, but I already get annoyed when Oscar "pundits" make year-in-advance predictions. This Oscar season isn't even over until Sunday.

Luke Higham said...

Robert: :)

Calvin Law said...

As Louis said before though, I certainly think Neeson is the Leonardo DiCaprio of this upcoming awards season.

Luke: Hm it certainly is a great time for acting but I would say the golden era was still the late 1950's to early 1960's.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: Hopefully, he wouldn't be divisive as DiCaprio.

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Um I suppose it is a Golden Era for acting.

Michael Keaton said...

Hey thought that DiCaprio will be in the top five of the Overall Rank. I hope this is a mistake of Louis Morgan and reclassique it as he did with Jeff Daniels (1993), Brendan Gleeson (1998) and Tom Cruise (2004).

Robert MacFarlane said...

Not sure if you're the real Michael Keaton or not, but I respectfully disagree. If anything I'm hoping DiCaprio drops out of the top 10 and pushes Jordan in.

Deiner said...

I'm so happy with your choice, Tremblay was fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Robert: I'm quite sure he's not the real Keaton.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: Just realised funnily enough all your #3's this year (McKellen, Mara, Stallone, Vikander) are my wins. Coincidence much? :)

Calvin Law said...

How do we all think The Disaster Artist will pan out? Personally I think if they handle it well it could be a wonderful experience.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: I hope it's good and it would be quite pleasing for me if Franco gave his best performance yet, playing an actor/director who gave one of the most entertainingly bad performances of all-time.

Anonymous said...

The Disaster Artist can probably be entertaining enough.

Anonymous said...

I strongly believe that Wiseau was once a criminal in an Eastern European country.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Actually, I'll change my current request to Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre.

Anonymous said...

Luke: Is Fassbender Co lead or supporting?

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: I think he's only just Co-Lead.

Calvin Law said...

He's lead but you can make a strong argument for supporting. He's a very good Rochester, although my personal favourite is Toby Stephens (though Fassbender did everything he could with the character within the film's limited running time).

Calvin Law said...

Good request though Luke, because the film is very good overall.

Anonymous said...

Calvin: Have you seen Man of the West yet?

Anonymous said...

Louis: What are your thoughts on Jeremy Irons, James Woods, Raul Julia, Mickey Rourke and William Hurt as actors?

Michael Patison said...

What was Russell's rating again?

Luke Higham said...

Michael Patison: 4.5

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Can you remember a little while ago you asked what my bonus choices would be for 2010, 2012 and 2013 I believe? if you do, could you please possibly find them as I have completely forgotten where they are on the blog?

Luke Higham said...

2010
Jim Broadbent - Another Year
Ryan Reynolds - Buried
Michael Douglas - Solitary Man
Riz Ahmed - Four Lions
Nicholas Tse - The Stool Pigeon
You forgot about Mads Mikkelsen in Valhalla Rising.

2012 (You only suggested Tse and Wan from The Bullet Vanishes. My suggestions though are Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair and The Hunt, Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio, Tom Courtenay in Quartet, Terence Stamp in Song For Marion and Matthias Schoenaerts in Rust And Bone)

2013
Nick Cheung - Unbeatable
Lee Kang Sheng - Stray Dogs
Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now
Ethan Hawke - Before Midnight
Xavier Dolan - Tom At The Farm

2014
Tom Hiddleston - Only Lovers Left Alive
Dan Stevens - The Guest
Christophe Paou - Stranger By The Lake
Jesse Eisenberg - Night Moves
Huang Bo - Dearest

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Thanks =)

Alex Marqués said...

I'm interested in knowing about Louis' opinion on The Guest.

Luke Higham said...

Predicted ratings. I'll exclude the HK performances for now.
Broadbent - 4
Reynolds - 4.5
Douglas - 4
Ahmed - 4
Mikkelsen (Valhalla Rising) - 4.5/5, (A Royal Affair) - 4.5, (The Hunt) - 5
Jones - 4.5
Courtenay - 4.5
Stamp - 4/4.5
Schoenaerts - 4
Teller - 3.5
Hawke - 4.5
Dolan - 4
Hiddleston - 4.5
Stevens - 4/4.5
Paou - 3.5/4
Eisenberg - 4.5
Bo - 3.5

Michael Patison said...

For 1962:
Lawrence of Arabia cast
Robert Duvall in To Kill a Mockingbird
Tatsuya Nakadai in Sanjuro
somebody from Advise & Consent
Lee Marvin in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Peter Sellers in Lolita
Robert Ryan in Billy Budd

RatedRStar said...

Luke: I probably wont suggest Bo or Paou now if im honest, I think there are better options out there.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: Who would you go with now.

RatedRStar said...

Luke: I dont know, just not those 2 lol.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar:
Jack O'Connell in '71
Antoine-Olivier Pilon in Mommy

RatedRStar said...

I am curious about Mommy, I may have to see it first because it could be good or bad, Xavier Dolans films seem to have that effect.

Anonymous said...

RatedRStar: Have you finished 1939 Bonus Lead and Supporting?

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

I'll be generous and give Fassbender a 4.

Copley -(The only part of the film that worked in the slightest. His motion capture and voice really effectively captured the maturation of his robot extremely well, and managed to derive an honest warmth out of the mechanical creature. It's a shame about the rest of the film, but he is good and I hope in the future he gets more non-villain roles)

Theron.

1. The Revenant
2. Bronson
3. Legend
4. Locke
5. Mad Max: Fury Road

As for the year's placement overall it was a great year, but really there's certain years were I really haven't seen enough. I finished Wolf Hall, I also watched Show Me a Hero.

Calvin:

Unfortunately not based on Franco's apparent track record as a director. I was hoping he would have placed himself as Greg Sestero, and gotten a less comically inclined actor to play Wiseau. I would have loved to see say maybe Gary Oldman as Wiseau, as it's going to be very difficult not to be just a parody, I mean it's hard enough for the man himself if you see him even out of the film.

Anonymous:

Jeremy Irons - (Had one of the most impeccable runs for an actor during the 80's and I don't know if enough people remember how much range he showed during that time. He proved himself to be one of all time greats though it is a shame he seemed to get pigeonholed hole in bland standard roles or just as the villain. He could be good in these roles too, but a devoted Irons is something to behold. That is, I'll say it again, why I'm certainly looking forward to Batman V Superman since Irons looks he's not phoning it in)

James Woods - (Ah this seems to be a theme as once again Woods is someone I wish would have a great role to make a comeback with. His 80's run was also pretty impeccable proving himself to be one of the most magnetic performers, with this sort of a style all his own that seemed to be frequently the case for the actors who broke out during the 80's)

Raul Julia - (Break off the theme and it is such a shame why. Julia is one of the most underrated actors of all time, and it's so unfortunate that he has to join the ranks of Laird Cregar, John Cazale, and Louis Wolheim. He was such a talented performer that never phoned in a performance even with downright terrible material. Any man who gave the performance he gave in Street Fighter, despite being Street Fighter, deserves some recognition.)

Mickey Rourke - (A consummate scene stealer when ever he chose to be, or still chooses to be as Sin City wasn't that long ago. Rourke will always be the star that never quite happened but should have by the quality of his work before his career went off the rails. To his credit his talent shone through again as he went right back to be great again when he had the chance, but unfortunately fell off even faster than last time)

William Hurt - (Yet another impeccable run for the 80's with his crown jewel being his Oscar winning turn. Although I can see the blandness so many define him as in his lesser roles, that's never the case when the material is there. Hurt as with the four other actors listed here had a presence that really was all his own, and such a considerable talent that perhaps peaked too early, but what a peak it was)

Anonymous said...

Louis: Just one premake question: Your cast and director for Saving Private Ryan in the 40's?

Calvin Law said...

William Wellman's going to be director without a doubt. Agree about Oldman, that would've been great.

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: Did you ever give ratings and thoughts on the rest of the cast of Chappie?

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Saving Private Ryan (1940's yep Wellman)

Captain Miller: Humphrey Bogart
Sergeant Horvath: William Bendix
Private Reiben: William Holden
Private Ryan: Montgomery Clift
Private Jackson: Ralph Meeker
Private Mellish: Jack Klugman
Private Carpazo: Ernest Borgnine
Wade: Marlon Brando
Upham: Tim Holt

Louis Morgan said...

Matt:

No I did not, but here's the quick low down. Jackman is way overcooked, and after seeing Wagner Moura's great performance in Narcos I'm going to say that Neil Blomkamp either sends actors in the wrong direction or does not stop them if they're going that way. Visser and Ninja are great examples of when a musician turned actor can go very very wrong. Dev Patel is doing his usual shtick that's not very interesting, and Sigourney Weaver is wasted.

Anonymous said...

Louis: I think Irons could be a great Boris Karloff. Wouldn't you agree?

Robert MacFarlane said...

Apparently Jackman, who as far as I can tell has never gotten into any real behind the scenes drama, hated Ninja so much that he was pissed the entire shoot. Might be why he overacted.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Yes I would.

Robert:

That makes a lot of sense as he seems ticked off the whole time.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: thoughts on Rylance, Lewis, Foy and Charity Wakefield in Wolf Hall, and Oscar Isaac in Show Me a Hero.

Calvin Law said...

Although leave off Rylance and Isaac if you think brief thoughts won't do them justice.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Thank you for that, as I did not know even where to begin with those two.

Lewis - (I really liked his performance as I felt we almost got to see what Robert Shaw would have done with Henry if he got more than two scenes to work with the part. Lewis really surprised me here as he brings that larger than life presence needed for the part, but never shies away from the certain petulance that defines the man equally. He has the powerful magnetism one would expect from a King yet brings it with the right emotional volatility that rightly suggests why his reign had so many upheavals. Lewis managed to weave through the various sides brilliantly to give the needed complexity to Henry. He very well could be my favorite performance as Henry, that I've seen.)

Foy - (I'll admit I had to ponder on this performance as bit in that I did not want to be completely blinded by her absolutely amazing performance in the last episode particularly her heart wrenching depiction of the execution scene. I pondered though that I did not find she exactly had the allure you'd expect from Anne Boleyn but thinking over the series there is not a scene that would stress that side of her since we never see her out of Cromwell's perspective. Instead we see here as the power player where Foy brings the right sly cunning in her work as she carries this surface gentleness that she undercuts with a devious incisiveness in even the most seemingly innocuous words. Again though what I found most stunning was her depiction of her fall from grace, which I found astonishing, especially as she managed to make Anne so sympathetic even when her character up until that point had been anything but.)

Wakefield - (I liked her performance particularly her chemistry with Rylance, but she did not leave too much of an impact overall for me. Solid work though in dignified just kind of the very awkward place she has in the proceedings, particularly within her own family.)

Calvin Law said...

Agree about Lewis and Foy. What about Jessica Raine?

Also regarding Tarantino's next film what are you hoping for? I've heard that it's going to be one of an Australian crime caper, a 1930s gang thriller or an Exorcist style horror. Personally I want the latter.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Raine - (I loved her performance as she was a truly great, well pardon my francais, a bitch. She was terrific in just having just the perfect vile tongue, as everything about her carried at the very least some passive aggressive element behind it. It was wonderful as she founds someone whose basically found her only way to stand out within her world. I love that she did not feel one note though by any means suggesting where her general hostility came from, and having some fantastic moments where she subtly alluded to her character's vulnerability such as when Anne basically tells her she's old)

The third as well I'd love to see Tarantino tackle horror, especially with a possible Morricone score to back him up.

mcofra7 said...

As much as I hate to say this (as I enjoyed much of his earlier stuff), I'm not looking forward to another Tarantino film.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm in the weird position of being mixed-to-positive on Hateful Eight, because not a single person I know matches me on that point. The reactions have either been extremely positive, extremely negative, or mixed-to-negative.

Michael McCarthy said...

I'd argue Quentin Tarantino's directing style is similar to the acting style of McConaughey or Clint Eastwood, in that he never seems to be trying to reinvent himself, but continues to explore new territory within all of his characteristic traits.

mcofra7 said...

I found the Hateful Eight to have some very effective scenes ( especially Bruce Dern's last scene) but I found the violence was more emotionally charged and disturbing than a film like Reservoir Dogs

Michael Keaton said...


All right everyone has their own opinion and we must always respect the decisions of others.

My Top 5 Overall Rank by 2015 are:
1 - Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant & Jacob Tremblay in Room (TIE Winners)
2 - Tom Hardy in Legend
3 - Tom Courtenay in 45 Years
4 - Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes
5 - Michael Fassbender in Macbeth