Sunday, 1 January 2017

Another Year And Another Official Lineup

Once again my annual predictions for Lead and Supporting Actor at the Oscars.
With lead, as with last year, I'm going with the SAG line up. Which gave me 4 out of the five correctly. This could be a year where they line up perfectly since there is no reason not to believe it, since all of their films have been performing well essentially to back them up. The two obvious alternatives of Tom Hanks, and Joel Edgerton came from films which already had their moment. In both cases it seemed like SAG should have been their boost to keep their momentum going, and it was not. BAFTA should be kept in mind but no one seems like an obvious alternative for the Brits. It is notable that Denzel Washington has never received a BAFTA nomination so him missing out technically should not be a surprise if it happens again. The man I predict will take that spot then would be Andrew Garfield for his other film Silence since you can be double nominated at BAFTA, and Garfield is the only Englishman in contention. Of course barring some random contender like when Andy Serkis got nominated for a film that got released the following year, or they might move Hugh Grant to lead or even Dev Patel. Even in those cases I highly doubt any of those scenarios will transfer to the Oscars, in Garfield's case it is literally impossible. That leaves only one late hitter hanging around, old Michael Keaton for the Founder. I don't see it happening but it could. Everything seems to be right for the main five though, even Mortensen with his film also over performing.
For supporting I cannot choose the SAG five, it just doesn't work that way. This is not 2014 in terms of the amount of supporting contenders, where everything seemed settled with a set five. I actually think this could get shaken up more than even my predictions given that last year seven of the SAG nominees did not carry over, though 2014 there were only three that did not carry over, but still there is likely to be some wiggle room. One of those misses can already be found in Best Actress, but how about the rest? There is no reason to doubt Bridges or Ali, so that leaves the rest. I talked myself into dropping Dev Patel, since I thought at first "hey if they love Lion they ought to include Patel", but there is no reason to assume that. The reason being Patel missed out for Slumdog Millionaire, the clear number one contender that year which Lion is not this year, despite the fact he received both a SAG and a BAFTA nomination. My replacement is early front runner Liam Neeson despite the odd anti-nomination propaganda which is strangely worded around his screentime, which he has more than enough as supporting actor nominees go, rather than the actual quality of his performance. As long as Silence makes its impact with the Academy, as Wolf of Wall Street did so late, I think Neeson could get in. After all Lucas Hedges isn't safe either though, since SAG will embrace younger actors often more frequently than Oscars. Grant also could fall to his film losing steam, but doesn't seem like it will be the case. There are problems though with the other actors hovering around the five. The Nocturnal Animals boys not only are fighting among themselves but their film isn't exactly Academy catnip. Issey Ogata and Ben Foster both have internal competition, though the lack of double nominees could be broken this year, it just is very hard to bet on.

102 comments:

Calvin Law said...

I think you could be completely spot on this year, Louis. Also, yes, it is really bizzare that Washington's not been nominated for a single BAFTA yet. Why'd you reckon that is?

And I agree that Garfield will most likely be double-nominated for his banner year at the BAFTAs. Keaton's probably not happening, Hanks has pretty much lost all momentum, I think Edgerton could get in but unlikely.

For supporting I think it's between Patel, Hedges, and Neeson for the last spot. Grant is safe although losing momentum (some were predicting him to win at one point), and I'd argue Bridges and Ali are locks (and hopefully so, both were great). Here's hoping Foster might manage to slip in.

Also: your thoughts on the cast of Luke Cage? I've heard from even people who dislike the show that Ali is pretty good on it, so I wonder where you stand on his performance. I found him marvellous in Moonlight, and I can't wait to see whether you take to his performance or the film.

Matt Mustin said...

I don't know how Silence is gonna do. I mean, Wolf of Wall Street still had a decent showing at the Globes at least.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

On Washington it is a little strange. Though to be fair the majority of his Academy Award nominations came when BAFTA was a bit more off-beat and had even more of a British bias. Also there were only four nominees in many of those years.

Colter - (He kind of gets away with his sometimes bland corny performance because he's suppose to be a rather corny character. I think he's okay in just being the stoic almost goof ball in a way, but still it's hard to get away with such a hero. I don't think the series quite gets away with it due to the rest of the supporting cast.)

Ali - (The best part of the series which will very much annoy you once one gets going because of what happens to him. He's good though his complex portrayal of a gangster who trying both to be the prototypical gangster, though he conveys this real sense of desperation within it alluding to his past. When we get some of his past he's actually kind of heartbreaking. It is shame though in that it essentially wastes all his efforts and builds him up for no real reason.)

Missick - (Her performance is kind of okay as a whole, but she gets rammed into an often repetitive part. Her character frankly makes too many stupid decisions to the point that it becomes hard for her to really make the role since she tries to play her as smarter than she is written. It's another shame of the show.)

Rossi - (Terrible performance. There's no menace to him, nor is there any sense of cunning. I kept wondering why the phony guy seemed to be so important. He completely wastes I character that needed to be much better portrayed then he was. Rossi always came off as a kid playing dress up throughout the series.)

Harvey - (His performance is absolutely ridiculous. It could have worked I think but it suggests two of the major problems with the series. One being it shifts storylines in a very questionable way making it so he needs to become important very quickly, and that just doesn't work. The other being the tone is all out of wack. Harvey goes for the performance as a villain in a blacksploitation film, but no one else is doing that, though some of the directing choices suggests the series is partially going for that as well, so it doesn't work.)

Dawson - (She's good once again in offering some very traditional support. She honestly elevates a lot of scenes best she can.)

Woodard - (She frankly delivers but the problem is in the writing once again. Woodard does a good job of putting on the face of a politician while creating the sense of the darker edge of someone with a questionable background. The way the character goes though doesn't quite work at a basic level, and she ends too all over the place. Woodard tries her best to connect it all together, but it can't quite work. Of course it doesn't help her most frequent scene partner is Rossi.)

Braga - (Why was she cast in this?)

Matt:

Well it had the easier category to get into, and honestly members could have voted for Wolf into comedy, considering the nature of that category, just assuming it was good and to get DiCaprio there. After all it is not as though it got into screenplay, director or supporting actor.

Calvin Law said...

Shame about Harvey, he was great on Boardwalk Empire.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I thought Harvey was pretty broad on Boardwalk Empire, to be honest.

94dfk1 said...

My Top 10 of 2016. I'm changing it after I watch the Oscar contenders, since the majority of them won't start playing near me until later in January.

1. Hacksaw Ridge
2. Zootopia
3. Captain America: Civil War
4. Hell or High Water
5. 10 Cloverfield Lane
6. Deadpool
7. Captain Fantastic
8. Don't Breathe
9. Rogue One
10. Dr. Strange

Calvin Law said...

'1. Hacksaw Ridge'

Good man.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Well, here's to hoping Ben Foster can replace Dev Patel, as he's a far more sure bet for a 5.
I think Louis is spot on with Lead Actor, but as for Supporting Actor, I feel that Issey Ogata will replace Liam Neeson.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Also, does anyone think that we may get the Best Supporting Actor score somehow? 2014 had a score of 23, and I think that if Foster or one of the Nocturnal Animal guys replaces Patel, there might be a fair chance of beating it.

Calvin Law said...

Hell or High Water (1990s British version directed by Shane Meadows)
Toby: Paddy Considine
Tanner: Robert Carlyle
Marcus: Bob Hoskins
Parker: Lenny Henry

Calvin Law said...

Alternatively, a 2000s version with Considine as Tanner and Toby Kebbell as Toby.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I just finished seeing 99 Homes for the first time, and I liked it in spite of having a few problems with it. Damn, was Garfield robbed of a nomination though.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: After reading your recent post, can I have your ratings and thoughts on Mikkelsen, Larsen, Ranthe and Wedderkopp in The Hunt, after you've finished it.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your top 10 Christmas/holiday themed movies. Mine would be:
1. It's a Wonderful Life
2. Scrooge
3. A Christmas Story
4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
5. Home Alone
6. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
7. The Bishop's Wife
8. Babes in Toyland
9. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
10.Die Hard

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your predictions for Supporting Actress. I think Lead's gonna be Adams, Huppert, Bening, Stone and Portman.

moviefilm said...

Luke: No way Streep misses out of a nomination.

Calvin Law said...

I'd have to concur. Streep will probably get in over Bening (the passion behind her campaign is dissapating) or Huppert.

Luke Higham said...

Sorry guys, I forgot about Streep. She'll get in ahead of Huppert I think.

Anonymous said...

I just realised that if Viggo Mortensen does get nominated, Johnny Depp will be the only person from the 2007 Best Actor lineup never to get nominated again lol.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Dave Bautista.

Luke Higham said...

4 hours to go from seeing Silence. :)

Kevin said...

So I finally finished watching Westworld, and I think I may have a new favourite TV show. The show is just terrific, from its technical aspects to the storytelling and writing and of course the performances. MVP for the cast is tied between Evan Rachel Wood and Anthony Hopkins.

For those who have not watched it yet, I strongly recommend all of you to check it out. And I agree with Louis, so much fun comes from figuring out the mysteries of the show, so please don't spoil the show for yourselves by looking up all those fan theories and stuff online. For those interested, my cast ranking would probably be like this:

1. Evan Rachel Wood/Anthony Hopkins
2. Jeffrey Wright
3. Jimmi Simpson
4. Ed Harris
5. Thandie Newton
6. Louis Herthum (dude should be winning every single guest actor award)
7. James Marsden (suprisingly great considering how bland he was as Cyclops)
8. Sidse Babett Knudsen
9. Clifton Collins Jr (just the way he delivers the word "motherf**ker" alone makes his performance great XD)

Everyone else on the show is pretty good and on point, except Simon Quarterman whose performance is just really one-note and came off as whiny, and Tessa Thompson whose performance is oddly false and sticks out like a sore thumb, especially in scenes with Anthony Hopkins or Sidse Babett Knudsen.

Kevin said...

Louis, what do you think of Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright's award chances for Westworld? Because so far most of the award love seems to be going to Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton (deservingly so), but I just find it strange that the three of them haven't really been receiving much love for their performances, especially given the former two's status as veteran actors.

Also, do you think there's any chance that Louis Herthum will get a guest Emmy nod? Because his performance in the pilot was freaking fantastic.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your top 15 acting moments of the 2000s and the 2010s.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Luke: I know you didn't ask me, but my top 10 would be:
The 2000s
1. The Baptism- There Will Be Blood
2. Ken and Harry at the tower-In Bruges
3. The hospital- The Dark Knight
4. The reveal- The Prestige
5. The Assassination- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
6. Wikus's reaction to Christopher leaving-District 9
7. Jasper's farewell to his wife-Children of Men
8. Ray's breakdown at the park-In Bruges
9. Chuck's last conversation with his wife-Cast Away
10."I've always had a love of numbers"-A Beautiful Mind
2010s
1. Lou's monologue about film production-Nightcrawler
2. "Same rules apply"(the ending)-Filth
3. Turing after his operation- The Imitation Game
4. Breakdown in the rain-Shame
5. Monsieur Gustave apologizes to Zero- The Grand Budapest Hotel
6. Lemon Qualudes-The Wolf Of Wall Street
7. Phillips's breakdown- Captain Phillips
8. The Marquis's Story- The Hateful Eight
9. The Driver confronts Bernie-Drive
10.Riggan's "authentic" theatre performance- Birdman

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

8. *Marquis's Story
10. *I mean Riggan's final performance in the film.
Hon. Mentions-
"Audition"-La La Land
Zuckerberg lashes out against the Winklevosses-The Social Network
"Witness me"-Mad Max:Fury Road
The Ending-Ex Machina
Snape's memories-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Charles Heiston said...

Louis is spot on with the lead actor line-up,

But something seems a tad off with the supporting actor line-up.

BRAZINTERMA Prêmio Fictício said...

Next week at the Golden Globe will award the following winners:

- SONG: 'City of Stars' by La La Land
- SCORE: La Land
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Elle
- SCREENPLAY: Kenneth Lonergan by Manchester by the Sea
- DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins by Moonlight
- SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis by Fences
- SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali by Moonlight
- ACTRESS (COMEDY / MUSICAL): Emma Stone by La La Land
- ACTRESS (DRAMA): Isabelle Huppert by Elle
- ACTOR (COMEDY / MUSICAL): Ryan Gosling by La La Land
- ACTOR (DRAMA): Casey Aflleck by Manchester by the Sea
- PICTURE (COMEDY / MUSICAL): La La Land (obviously not even need a presentation)
- PICTURE (DRAMA): Moonlight

This is my bet. And you, what are your bets?

Luke Higham said...

BRAZINTERMA: I completely disagree on Drama Actress, but other than that, your predictions are solid.

Charles Heiston said...

My Golden Globe predictions -
SONG - 'City of Stars' by La La Land
SCORE - La La Land
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Elle
SCREENPLAY - Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
DIRECTOR - Damien Chazelle for La La Land
SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Viola Davis for Fences
SUPPORTING ACTOR - Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
ACTRESS COMEDY - MUSICAL - Emma Stone for La La Land
ACTRESS DRAMA - Natalie Portman for Jackie
ACTOR COMEDY - MUSICAL - Ryan Gosling for La La Land
ACTOR DRAMA - Casey Aflleck for Manchester by the Sea
PICTURE COMEDY - MUSICAL - La La Land
PICTURE DRAMA - Manchester by the Sea

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your rating and thoughts on Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers and Danny Lloyd in The Shining.

Luke Higham said...

Back from Silence. FILM OF THE DECADE. :)

I haven't really got much to add to what Louis said, but Garfield was phenomenal and is a serious contender for Louis' overall win and Ogata & Neeson were both fantastic.

The lack of music really enhanced the experience for me.

Calvin Law said...

All this praise is hyping me up!

94dfk1 said...

Luke: Thoughts on Adam Driver without revealing too much? He's an actor I always keep an eye out for. Also looking forward to Paterson.

Luke Higham said...

94dfk1: He's very good, bordering on great but he's completely sidelined for half of it.

Charles Heiston said...

Luke: Can't wait for Tuesday! When i see Silence, Being a Neeson hater i will not be happy :c

mcofra7 said...

I'm all bummed out, Silence isn't playing in my area

Calvin Law said...

Louis: when Scorsese originally planned Gangs of New York, he'd planned for at first Dan Ackroyd as Amsterdam and John Belushi as Bill the Butcher; then Mel Gibson as Amsterdam, and Willam Dafoe. I think the first could have been interesting, the latter would have been great.

Louis Morgan said...

Tahmeed:

Ogata could get in, but to support my theory a bit look at the Hidden Figures ladies. All the "experts" were predicting Monae not Spencer(the better known acting name) before SAG, the same thing could happen with Neeson/Ogata.

Upbeat holidays I assume.

1. It's a Wonderful Life
2. Scrooge (1951)
3. A Christmas Story
4. Miracle on 34th Street
5. Groundhog Day
6. Planes Trains and Automobiles
7. A Christmas Carol (1984)
8. The Bishop's Wife
9. The Muppets Christmas Carol
10. Home Alone

Luke:

Glad you apparently took to Silence as strongly as I did.

Actress:

Stone
Portman
Huppert
Streep
Adams(though if 20th Century Women gets in at PGA I'll probably switch to Bening)

Supporting Actress:

SAG lineup. It's hard to see any alternative unless they really love Hidden Figures and include Monae as well (something they don't mind doing in supporting actress), or if 20th Century Women makes a splash but it doesn't seem like it is going to at the moment. Mirren might get in at BAFTA, but that's a perfect BAFTA only nod.

Johnson - (Unlike most wrestlers his ring presence was actually able to transfer to the screen. It's hard not to like the Rock. The man just has that charisma that makes him just so likable. I don't think he's exactly proven himself to be that great of an actor, more of technically a serviceable one overall, but he has enough screen presence and charm to make up for it.)

Bautista - (The best wrestler turned actor as an actor. His work as Drax proved his ability not only in comedy but drama as well. Further in Spectre he proved his ability to make a hulking brute feel completely different from Drax yet work all the same. I think he actually could have the potential to branch out more than he already has.)

Together or separate lists?

Anonymous:

I'm quite sure I've covered them before.

Calvin:

That first set sounds bizarre, I have to assume he was joking. The second though could have worked, but I think they would've been far too close in age.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Separately please.

Seen anything new since Silence.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Haven't seen anything else new.

Well keeping in mind every actor in any given scene:

2000's:

The interrogation of Arthur Leigh Allen - Zodiac
Ken and Harry in the tower - In Bruges
Dogville is slaughtered - Dogville
The Assassination - The Assassination of Jesse James
Baptism - There Will Be Blood
The Audition - Mulholland Drive
Leonard finds "John G" - Memento
The Man Says Goodbye - The Road
Christmas - The Proposition
Margot and Royal's lunch - The Royal Tenenbaums

2010's (nothing from 2016):

Preparing to Leave the room - Room
God's a squirrel - The Revenant
Daisy's proposition - The Hateful Eight
I will take you to Valhalla myself - Mad Max: Fury Road
La Mer - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
First Processing Scene - The Master
The Elevator - Drive
Inside the shelter - Take Shelter
Lou and Nina's dinner - Nightcrawler
The Ending - I Saw the Devil

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Are you gonna up Day-Lewis and possibly Neeson's ratings, whenever the overall's updated.

Louis Morgan said...

Yes to Day-Lewis anyways.

Charles Heiston said...

Louis, Your thoughts and ratings on Ian Petrella in A Christmas Story.

Matt Mustin said...

I watched Hell or High Water. I thought it was great. It reminded me in a strange way of No Country For Old Men, although considerably less bleak than that. The screenplay is terrific, with that final scene in particular being a highlight. Loved it. Pine and Bridges are definitely lead, and I'd say Foster is too, but he's very borderline.

Bridges-5
Pine-4.5
Foster-5

Matt Mustin said...

You know what...thinking about it, I might put Foster in Supporting. But I really don't know. I might have to watch it again, which I wouldn't mind.

Charles Heiston said...

Matt, I've seen the film as well and i consider Foster supporting, But on thin ice.

Matt Mustin said...

Charles: It's a tricky one.

Charles Heiston said...

Matt: Certainly, But what i'm sure of is that it's an extremely strong cast. Sadly Foster will probably get snubbed for about the 4th time.

Matt Mustin said...

Charles: It's especially unfortunate because he can be argued as supporting far more easily than Bridges can.

Charles Heiston said...

Matt: I agree on that.

Louis Morgan said...

Kevin:

Sorry your comments got stuck in the spam folder for some reason. I'm honestly not sure why Hopkins isn't getting in anywhere. I would have expected voters to eat up him doing television. I think he could get in at the Emmys, as well as Wright, but I'm definitely not sure despite both being absolutely deserving.

Louis Herthum does deserve all the guest awards, but they always do a terrible job at choosing in that category. Like when they went with Max von Sydow for Game of Thrones rather than Ian McShane.

Charles:

His performance is perhaps more well used I'd say more than exactly great acting so to speak. In that there are a lot of moments where he's just kind of staring blankly or just yelling randomly, but it all works for Randy's character. His work isn't exactly cohesive so to speak, he just kind of has moments like Bob Clark said "okay now do this" then "now do this", but again it works for the part.

Calvin Law said...

Just re-watched Black Mass and I have to say I'll probably be bumping Depp back into my top 5 for 2015.

Alex Marqués said...

I didn't finish Black Mass, to be honest.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Anyone see the Sherlock season 4 premiere? I thought the sum of its parts were greater than the whole, and the cohesiveness of the episode was lacking. However, there were quite a few terrific scenes to make up for it, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were in top form as usual (the latter giving his best performance on the show since "The Reichenbach Fall")

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis, are you planning on seeing Jackie anytime soon? I actually saw it the same day I saw Fences and it's been sitting remarkable well with me as a film. I'm keeping my eye on Pablo Larrain from now on.

Alex Marqués said...

Michael: which actress would be more deserving of the award in your opinion, Stone or Portman?

Luke Higham said...

Michael: Your ratings and thoughts on Portman and Sarsgaard.

Varun Neermul said...

Travolta is going full ham in American Crime Story hahaha

Charles Heiston said...

Louis, Well that's unfortunate, I thought the character of Randy stole the film.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your ratings for the rest of The Age Of Innocence cast.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your updated Top 20 Directors ranking.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: And your ratings for Hartnett, McGregor, Shepard and Bana in Black Hawk Down.

94dfk1 said...

Thoughts on Sharlto Copley for the Joker in Suicide Squad instead of Leto, anyone? He can play deranged as good as anyone but I don't really know how he fares with accents, since a South African-accented Joker would be a little odd.

Charles Heiston said...
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Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Susan Blu as Transmutate and Lee Tockar as Ravage in Beast Wars.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your top ten Star Wars Compositions.

Mine are:
Main Theme - IV
The Force - IV
Imperial March - V
The Throne Room - IV
Duel Of The Fates - I
The Final Duel/A Jedi's Fury - VI
The Emperor's theme - VI
Victory Celebration - VI (1997)
The Immolation Scene - III
Anakin's Betrayal - III

Calvin Law said...

Tahmeed:I'll be waiting till the whole season comes out to watch them all haha.

Luke Higham said...

Calvin: When do you plan on watching Silence.

Charles Heiston said...

I'll be watching Silence tomorrow, If only Ebert was still here.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: Being a huge fan of Scorsese, as well as his religious films, Ebert would've given it an easy 4 stars. :)

Charles Heiston said...

Luke: No doubt about it. Easy 4.

Varun Neermul said...

Louis and everyone else. Do any of you prefer the Fargo series more then the movie?

I prefer the series (Still think that movie is amazing)

Matt Mustin said...

Okay, so on further deliberation, I have decided that Ben Foster is supporting in Hell or High Water and my reasoning for that is the fact that in the only scene where he's not viewed from Chris Pine's perspective he's actually seen from Jeff Bridges' perspective.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your ratings for Mazzello, Richards and Peck in Jurassic Park.

Calvin Law said...

Luke: This Saturday, most likely.

Varun: the series is great but the movie is untouchable in my opinion. Love them all though.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Which 10 potential casting decisions that never materialised annoyed you the most.

My #1 is Terence Stamp in Barry Lyndon.

Calvin Law said...

He's actually okay with accents outside of his horrendous ScottISH accent in Malificent. I think he'd have gone along similar lines as Leto, so not necessarily better, maybe a bit more entertaining.

Charles Heiston said...

Varun: The movie more, But the series is great.

Michael McCarthy said...

Alex:

I'd be happy with either, but I'm leaning towards Portman just because the intimacy of Larrain's direction, along with other things, presented Portman with the greater challenge.

Luke:

Portman: 5 (Portman's initial characterization is very well calculated in just how luminous it is, from the voice to the doe-eyed smile she gives in her White House home video scenes she's just effortlessly charming. The majority of the film though Jackie's slow breakdown following the assassination, and Portman is incredibly powerful in every moment of the journey. Her performance is in perfect tandem with Larrain's direction in creating this live wire of a film as from the very first scenes after the assassination she does a fantastic job of balancing the palatable shock she is working through with the way Jackie is very consciously trying to keep it together. Portman has this incredible volcanic energy throughout her performance suggesting how close Jackie is to losing it at every moment and whenever she does have an outburst it's exceptionally well-earned. Finally there are her equally excellent scenes during the interview, where Portman shows us that Jackie is past her shock and volatility and moved on to a deep, bitter grief. It's astonishing work that genuinely shook me for a while by the time the film had ended.)

Sarsgaard; 4 (Bordering on higher. Sarsgaard has the proper command as RFK in the initial scenes where he seems to be the only one truly able to keep his head. He has the appropriate firmness with his subordinates and those he sees as subordinate, and is especially memorable in the scene where he orders LBJ to sit down. He also does very well though in portraying a certain degree of tenderness with his sister-in-law, who he is always trying to comfort. He nails his last big scene where we get to see how much his political aspirations for his family mean to him, and is great in creating the despair caused by his dashed hopes that almost makes him lose his cool.)

Louis Morgan said...

Michael:

I haven't had the chance since the film hasn't come near me yet. I very much want to though.

Luke:

Pryce - 3
Leonard - 2
Gough - 2.5
Grant - 2.5
Margolyes - 3.5

Of all time? Hasn't changed since I last gave it.

Hartnett - 3
McGregor - 3.5
Shepard - 3
Bana - 3
Mazzello - 3.5
Richards - 3.5
Peck - 3.5

I think I'll just agree with those Star Wars choices, great picks.

Casting choices:

1. Eli Wallach in Duck You Sucker
2. James Mason in The Paper Chase
3. Mel Gibson in The Untouchables
4. Robert Redford in Barry Lyndon
5. Winona Ryder in Godfather Part III (To be spared of Sophia Coppola)
6. Any of the other choices for Diaz's role in Gangs of New York
7. Steve McQueen in Sorcerer
8. Jon Voight in The Shining (There would have been an actual arc)
9. Peter O'Toole in Ryan's Daughter
10. Orson Welles in Richard III (Though Richardson certainly delivered)

Honorable mention:

Toshiro Mifune in the Karate Kid(since I do like Morita)

94dk1:

I'll concur with Calvin's sentiments.

Anonymous:

Blue - (Simple though affecting work to be sure.)

Tockar - (Fulfills the role to be sure though I don't think it makes too much of an impact.)

Varun:

Only on season 1 I'd say the movie, though with the 2nd season I'd say the show.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: How long until the next review.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Since Blade, Ghost Rider and Moon Knight are being adapted for television, who would you like to see in those three respective roles?

Calvin Law said...

I'd give a personal shoutout to Corey Hawkins for Blade.

Anonymous said...

Luke: He proppbly is spending time with his friends and family, I'ts the holiday season (:

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: That's what I thought he was doing between the Wong and Day-Lewis reviews, but there's no harm in asking anyway. :)

Charles Heiston said...

Louis, What are your top 10 Western movie performances?

Robert MacFarlane said...

I just saw Lion. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think Patel might be my Best Actor win at the moment.

Michael McCarthy said...

...Really?

RatedRStar said...

Robert McFarlane: It is ur choice sir =)

I recently watched the 1925 Phantom Of The Opera and of course it was great, it got me thinking who the second best film Phantom would be out of the other film versions.

Luke Higham said...

We must all respect each other's choices, no matter how much we dislike them.

RatedRStar: He's easily the best on film.

Rains is very good, I actually quite like Butler, but I do have reservations about him as well. On stage, Michael Crawford and Ramin Karimloo.

Luke Higham said...

*Chaney's easily the best on film.

RatedRStar said...

Herbert Lom is the one I am very curious about and yet I havent seen it, only the PhantomReviewers video on it, I think I mentioned it to Louis a long time ago since he is a very interesting choice to play it, as well as that it is a Hammer film, and it is a 1962 film as well and 1962 might one of the only years that when I hear the name I think amazingg. =D.

Charles Heiston said...

Robert: Cool, I haven't seen Lion yet, But seeing Silence tonight. And i thought Patel was supporting for Lion.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Okay, maybe not win, but Patel is definitely in my top 5. Even with issues I had with the second half of Lion, he delivered in every moment. I was not expecting such a mature and emotional performance from him at all.

@Charles: Patel is so obvious category fraud it's kind of infuriating. Weinstein just can't help himself when it comes to that stuff.

Giuseppe Fadda said...

@Robert: what did you think of Kidman?

Robert MacFarlane said...

@Giuseppe: She's great, though those wigs were a tad distracting.

Michael McCarthy said...

I think Robert knows I would never genuinely try to invalidate his opinion, I'm just kind of surprised. I thought Patel was good, but I think there have been so many more interesting performances this year.

Louis Morgan said...

Charles:

I'm quite sure I made a list fairly recently.

Ray Marcus said...

Hi, Louis. What are your thought of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Michael Shannon in "Nocturnal Animals"?

Louis Morgan said...

Ray:

I may be giving them full reviews in the future.

Anonymous said...

I feel really stupid, but what does SAG mean?