Friday, 3 February 2017

Alternate Best Actor 2016

And the Nominees Were Not:

Andrew Garfield in Silence

Adam Driver in Paterson

Joel Edgerton in Loving

Michael Keaton in The Founder

Chris Pine in Hell or High Water

54 comments:

Louis Morgan said...

I apologize to everyone for the switch but this just felt like the right way to go, and the right line up to go with for the year. All of your predictions though have been saved in supporting.

Luke Higham said...

1. Garfield
2. Keaton
3. Pine
4. Driver
5. Edgerton

Louis: Ratings and thoughts on the rest of the Lead Actor contenders.

mcofra7 said...

1. Garfield
2. Keaton
3. Pine
4. Edgerton
5. Driver

Matt Mustin said...

1. Garfield
2. Pine
3. Keaton
4. Driver
5. Edgerton

Anonymous said...

1. Garfield
2. Keaton
3. Pine
4. Driver
5. Edgerton

Luke Higham said...

Louis: That's alright Louis.
Ratings and Thoughts on:
Christopher Lloyd in I Am Not A Serial Killer
Jack Reynor in Sing Street
Jake Gyllenhaal in Demolition
Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War
Anton Yelchin - Green Room
Crowe/Gosling - The Nice Guys
Ethan Hawke - Born To Be Blue
Tom Hanks - Sully
Julian Dennison - Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Dano/Radcliffe - Swiss Army Man

Deiner said...

I was asked by someone on the other post about my thoughts on the cast of the Witch. Just to make clear, I watched The Witch on May 16th 2016, so it's been a while. And also take into consideration that English is not my first language, so if I make any mistake please be kind ha ha.

Taylor-Joy - 4.5 (Thomasin was a tricky role because whoever was going to play her had to make believable her struggle/doubts with her own faith and also her feelings of unworthiness. I think Taylor-Joy not only portrayed that well but she also brought up enough angst and depth to make Thomasin compelling and memorable enough. I really adored her performance, I might as well bump up her rating.)

Ineson - 4.5 / 5 (The more I think of him the more I like him. His take on the self-righteousness of this man thar keeps contradicting himself is fantastic. His last scenes were particular disturbing and even heartbreaking. And that voice...)

Scrimshaw - 4.5 (Another tricky role because Scrimshaw had to portray the child aspect of Caleb, like being sweet and kind, but also portray his character entrance into adulthood, mostly depicted in his sexual awakening. I think he did that well and the scene of the exorcism was grueling to watch.)

Dickie - 4 (I actually don't remember much from her. I remember liking her take on Katherine's grief and the despair she brought up in those last scenes.)

I don't really remember the two other kids.

Robert MacFarlane said...

1. Garfield
2. Edgerton
3. Pine
4. Driver
5. Keaton

Deiner said...

I've only seen Edgerton from this lineup and he was really good. My predictions:
1. Garfield
2. Driver
3. Keaton
4. Edgerton
5. Pine

Robert MacFarlane said...

I still have to see The Founder and Paterson, but the other three are really good choices to review. Edgerton's performance is probably my win for the year when I realized the other day that all of my favorite scenes from Loving involved him.

Anonymous said...

Louis: This might sound odd, but apparently Cagney was the original choice for Robin Hood, but he walked off set and then Flynn was cast.

Psifonian said...

1. Garfield
2. Keaton
3. Edgerton
4. Driver
5. Pine

Robert MacFarlane said...

I'm sad Hanks isn't getting a review. Sully may not have been the greatest film, but I found his work to be totally wonderful.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Films to watch.
20th Century Women
Love & Friendship
The Light Between Oceans
Free State Of Jones
Eddie The Eagle
High-Rise
Everybody Wants Some!!
Bleed For This
Certain Women
Live By Night
Pete's Dragon
Aquarius
The Accountant
Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk
Passengers
American Honey
Money Monster
The Finest Hours

Charles Heiston said...

1. Garfield (This is a dead ringer)
2. Edgerton
3. Driver
4. Keaton
5. Pine

It's okay Louis, This is fine by me.

Michael McCarthy said...

Sad not to see Downey up here, but I got 3 out of 4 of who I wanted.

1. Andrew Garfield
2. Chris Pine
3. Michael Keaton
4. Joel Edgerton
5. Adam Driver

Very easy for me personally to rank, but we'll see how it plays out.

Varun Neermul said...

1.Gardield
2.Driver
3.Edgerton
4.Keaton
5..Pine

jamieteller1610 said...

1. Garfield
2. Edgerton
3. Driver
4. Pine
5. Keaton

I saw The Founder and was pretty underwhelmed all around. Even Keaton wasn't on a par with his work in Birdman or Spotlight.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Give you a few now, and a few later. Also I am watching Taboo, Hardy is great though I have a feeling we've yet to see the real meat of his work since his character still quite the enigma. I am really enjoying the show itself, its not one of those shows I'd immediately recommend to everyone only because I know I'm a mark for the time period, but I do find it rather captivating.

Lloyd - 4.5(Lloyd is extremely creepy in the role with that raspy hollow voice of his that he seems to accentuate all the more in this instance to making it seem not quite human. Lloyd is very effective though in that he does not portray his role as psychopathic, the most intense he becomes is portrayed as a reactionary anger when someone he cares for is threatened. Lloyd though does bring this chilling detachment as his character goes about his task, and he is incredibly menacing in the role despite technically not being physically imposing. I wish the rest of the film was as good as his performance.)

Reynor - 4.5(Well I'm glad he's apparently getting away from the characters that involve reciting legal loopholes to avoid statutory rape charges. Reynor does a great job though in the role in both fulfilling and somewhat subverting the role of the "cool" brother. In that Reynor does have a charm in the energy brings in the role, and the real spirited warmth he finds in the scenes where he encourages his brother. Reynor though is also quite effective though in revealing this innate sadness about the whole act, suggesting quite a bit of regret as well. It's strong work and he contributes so much to making the film's ending work.)

Gyllenhaal - 4.5(I'll admit one of the reasons I did not review Gyllenhaal was because I really did not want to watch Demolition again. Demolition is a terrible film, and frankly he plays a truly obnoxious character. Gyllenhaal though manages to actually bring some emotional truth to the role. He makes sense off his role and does his absolute best to sell the material. In a way it is a futile effort, but credit is due for his attempt. As he does succeeding in effectively realizing this strange emotional crisis of a man trying to come to terms by basically trying to feel the things he expects he should feel. I'll be honest Gyllenhaal seems to understand this idea far better than the director or the writer of the film did.)

Anton Yelchin - Green Room - 4.5(A very effective on the point performance. In the early scenes he makes for a more than likable lead. When things turn dark though Yelchin rather effectively makes the turn around for his character. He makes it less of a guy becoming some sort of vigilante rather portrays it as a man having a mental breakdown that ends up helping him face his enemy. I especially love his "Odin Himself" moment as it exemplifies his mad courage of sorts.)

Crowe/Gosling - The Nice Guys - 4.5(I have to say this is probably the film that has most faded for me throughout 2016, although that is almost entirely through the odd choices tonally by Shane Black in his writing/directing, as well as his choice in plot. In that way it's like a later Thin Man film because I still think it works based on the detectives. Gosling is such an enjoyable klutzy goof while Crowe is such an enjoyable big ole bear. The two of them have great chemistry though and make such effective use of the material at hand. They manage to elevate the film to an enjoyable level even when the other elements don't quite work. They really excel in any comedic task required whether it is Gosling's impeccable physical humor or Crowe's brilliant deadpan reactions.)

Giuseppe Fadda said...

1. Garfield
2. Edgerton
3. Keaton
4. Pine
5. Driver

Calvin Law said...

1. Garfield
2. Edgerton
3. Pine
4. Keaton
5. Driver

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Are you saving Downey Jr, Radcliffe and Dano for the bonus rounds? If not, I'd like to hear your rating and thoughts on them.

1. Garfield
2. Pine
3. Edgerton
4. Driver
5. Keaton

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Sorry, didn't notice Luke's above comment. Give them at your convenience :)

Anonymous said...

garfield easily

Mitchell Murray said...

5) Pine
4) Edgerton
3) Keaton
2) Garfield
1) Driver

94dfk1 said...

1) Garfield
2) Pine
3) Driver
4) Edgerton
5) Keaton

Lezlie said...

1. Garfield
2. Keaton
3. Pine
4. Edgerton
5. Driver

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Everyone: What are the "guilty pleasure" TV shows that you watch, which you would never admit to most people?


*Deep breath* *EXHALES*
One Tree Hill (first 4 seasons)

omar said...

1. Garfield
2. Keaton
3. Edgerton
4. Pine
5. Driver

Alex Marqués said...

1. Garfield
2. Pine
3. Edgerton
4. Keaton
5. Driver

Alex Marqués said...

From the ones I've seen, Pine was very good, and Edgerton and Garfield were brilliant.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

I've only seen Pine and Garfield, loved both.

Maciej said...

1.Garfield
2.Pine
3.Keaton
4.Edgerton
5.Driver

Grady Tripp said...

Just curious, Louis: where do you see all these films, and how are you able to make all those screenshots?

moviefilm said...

1) Andrew Garfield
2) Adam Driver
3) Joel Edgerton
4) Chris Pine
5) Michael Keaton

RatedRStar said...

Some people were a little upset that Garfield finished last out of the legendary 2016 lineup, but he will finish top here for Silence so I am sure that we will all be happy with Garfields position in the end, and it will be between him and Viggo for the overall.

I also think Garfield will finish 6th for Hacksaw Ridge, the other four here I all see getting strong 4.5 ratings

1. Garfield
2. Pine
3. Edgerton
4. Keaton
5. Driver


Luke Higham said...

4. Edgerton
5. Driver

My rating predictions

Garfield - 5
Driver - 4.5
Edgerton - 5
Keaton - 5
Pine - 5

Downey Jr. - 5
Hawke - 4.5
Dennison - 4.5/5
Hanks - 4.5
Dano/Radcliffe - 4.5/5

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: You're forgetting about Jeff Bridges in Hell Or High Water.

Calvin Law said...

Wild guess for top 10:

1. Garfield
2. Bridges
3. Mortensen
4. Washington
5. Gosling
6. Affleck
7. Edgerton
8. Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
9. Pine
10. Keaton

RatedRStar said...

I did forget about Bridges, Garfield 7th then, I think Garfield will finish higher than Edgerton, Louis didnt seem to like Loving as much as most.

Calvin Law said...

RatedRStar: True, true.

Louis: thoughts and rating on Hart Bochner in Die Hard?

RatedRStar said...

I think Louis gave Negga a 4.5 so I reckon that Edgerton would also get a 4.5 =D since I didnt think that either of them overshadowed the other, I thought they worked well in unison.

RatedRStar said...

Calvin: I think the words "he was a right little shit" =D would describe Bochner perfectly in Die Hard lol.

Calvin Law said...

RatedRStar: Hahaha he really was, that grin is timeless.

Prediction for supporting top 10:

1. Neeson
2. Foster
3. Kubozuk
4. Neill
5. Ogata
6. Skarsgard
7. Ali
8. Asano
9. Lewis
10. Lloyd

Robert MacFarlane said...

@RatedRStar: I actually thought Edgerton overshadowed Negga.

Alex Marqués said...

I agree, Edgerton was the MVP for me.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: I agree with Robert & Alex, I've re-watched Loving and Edgerton's work has had a more profound impact on me.

Calvin Law said...

I thought they were both great, but I'm going to rewatch it tomorrow in cinemas so we'll see.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Downey - 4.5(I will admit on re-watch his performance's impact diminished ever so slightly, but only ever so slightly. However this is still the reprise I was waiting for him, after his fairly tired take on Stark in Age of Ultron. This was Downey back in top form as he successfully actually brought his character to a new place in his development. We get a bit of that usually snark, which he delivers well as usual, but he actually downplays it a bit here. He instead focuses on essentially a maturation of Stark in a way, and is particularly effective in portraying his character's realization of the collateral damage. Downey offers a real nuance, and passion that actually give a clear understanding of Iron Man's side. He's quite great in the scene where confronts Cap, in just speaking terms, by so honestly revealing Stark's frustrations as he shows the way that Cap's attitude to him seems like he's barely even hearing him. Then there is his final scene where he is actually rather heartbreaking, delivering that needed emotional impact in the pivotal revelation scene.)

Hawke - 4.5(The biopic is perhaps a bit too straight forward in most ways but Hawke really does give a strong performance. Special credit is particularly deserved for the singing scenes as he not only delivers in a unique way, he also just shows the passion of the performance so well. The rest of the time we get the scenes we expect in this sort of musical biopic. Hawke though gives every moment the credence that need through his moving depiction of the bit of a mess that Chet Baker is. He underlines it all with this certain insecurity alluding to the man's very awkward place within the jazz community.)

Hanks - 4.5(Although Sully is a film in search of actual dramatic material outside of the event itself, Hanks is on point, as he's been fairly consistently for these last couple of years. Hanks though gives a particularly realistic portrayal of Sully. In that he gives us a very straight forward man who really never gets too upset, and just remains consistent that he's doing his job, no more no less. Hanks though doesn't use this as an excuse to keep the man at a distance. He does take us into the man's degree of stress he face from the event, and his confusion in regards to what to make of it all. Hanks carries the right kind of low key passion that is fitting to this sort of man as he explains his actions in clear detail. It is very strong performance even if I wish was in a more interesting film.)

Dano/Radcliffe - 4.5(Although I felt the premise already fell apart near the end on initial viewing, it kind of collapsed on re-watch for me. It's just a good one and done, but then still not quite the whole thing. That's nothing against Dano and Radcliffe who are both very good in their roles. Dano is continuing to be one of the most intriguing actors around, here as technically the less "weird of the two" yet he manages to so well convey the real desperation that lives in his character. Radcliffe on the otherhand is fascinating in just the oddness of his whole thing from his method of staying "Dead" in face, even as he does emote in face and voice. That accent in particular is quite something as it just seems the right thing for a dead corpse. The two have striking chemistry though with Radcliffe's strange optimism that plays well against the intensity of Dano's painful pessimism. The two are quite something together, even if I didn't find everything they had to do all that interesting.)

Ask me about Dennison in Neill's review.

GradyTripp:

Usually in theater. And the power of the snipping tool in regards to screenshots.

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

Bochner - 3.5(He's a hoot being just a great 80's sleaze ball. "Hans Baby" he's really a lot of fun by just playing into so much that you know the guy is just filled with cocaine and crystal Pepsi at all times.)

Luke Higham said...

'Dano's one of the most intriguing actors around' Completely agree Louis, though if you want to see brilliant work from him, Please check out BBC's War & Peace. That Mini-Series is what made me have a crush on him in the first place.

Deiner said...

Tahmed: Scream Queens ha ha

BRAZINTERMA Prêmio Fictício said...

5 - Keaton
4 - Edgerton
3 - Driver
2 - Garfield
1 - Pine

BRAZINTERMA Prêmio Fictício said...

My bet for Overall Rank:

10 - Denzel Washington in Fences
9 - Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys
8 - Adam Driver in Paterson
7 - Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool
6 - Josh Brolin in Hail, Caesar!
5 - Andrew Garfield in Silence
4 - Dave Johns in I, Daniel Blake
3 - Chris Pine in Hell or High Water
2 - Shahab Hosseini in The Salesman
1 - Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic (WINS again!)