Thursday, 22 February 2018

Alternate Best Actor 2017: Results

10. Thomas Jane in 1922 - Jane delivers a solid turn in granting a curious yet honest life to his very peculiar character that manages to realize the strange state of the man without devolving into caricature.

Best Scene: A ghastly messenger.
9. Christian Bale in Hostiles - Bale's work here has the raw materials of a great performance yet he is consistently ham strung by the film's underdevelopment of every facet of his character's journey despite Bale's best efforts to sell them as this hardened soldier.

Best Scene: Burying his friend.
8. James Franco in The Disaster Artist - James Franco manages to go a bit further than just providing a hilarious impression of the strange and enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, as he does find enough of a depth within the nearly impenetrable character. 

Best Scene: Too many questions. 
7. Sebastian Stan in I, Tonya - Stan delivers a great performance here as he manages to not hold back in his depiction of the casual cruelty of a insecure man, but at the same time delivers a very funny portrayal of a fool.

Best Scene: News of the attack.
6. Jeremy Renner in Wind River - Renner delivers a brilliant turn here going against the expected approach for his role, and creating a different yet wholly convincing portrayal of a man dealing with his losses and the idea of retribution.

Best Scene: Way to make peace.
5. Robert Pattinson in Good Time - Pattinson gives a truly magnetic turn here that matches the kinetic pace of the film by so effectively realizing this man who will do anything to solve his problems except for the right thing.

Best Scene: The back of a police car.
4. Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver - Song carries this film every step of the way through his incredible performance that manages to begin as an amusing lightly comedic turn that naturally transitions to a heartbreaking portrayal of a man bearing witness to an atrocity.

Best Scene: A different kind of song.
3. Hugh Jackman in Logan - Jackman ends his tenure as Wolverine on a high note far beyond the original expectations of the role. Jackman expands beyond the limits of the past performance to give absolutely heartbreaking portrayal of a man coming to terms with his age and loss, and facing the responsibilities in his place as a "superhero".

Best Scene: So this is what it feels like. 
2. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049 - Gosling delivers a masterful performance in his creation of this exact state of the replicant that seemingly is now more machine than man. His exploration of the extent of this, and the ability to change within this context is realized with such a true poignancy by this flawless performance.

Best Scene: The memory is real. 
1. Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky - Good Predictions Lezlie (x2), Charles (x2), Tahmeed, Omar (x2), Luke, Robert(x2), Nguyễn Ngọc Toàn, and RatedRStar, I will say this is not a clear cut case for me in the slightest as I hold Gosling and Stanton's performances in equally high esteem. It would pains me to deny other one the top spot. On any other day I could side towards Gosling as both of these performances are among the best of the decade. Nonetheless my #1 is Harry Dean Stanton for his swansong performance that couldn't be a more perfect send off for the actor. It is one more chance just to appreciate his one of a kind screen presence and talent with this tender, funny, and incredibly moving portrayal of man coming to terms with his age and mortality. 

Best Scene: "You smile." 
Overall Ranking:
  1. Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
  2. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
  3. Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread
  4. Hugh Jackman in Logan
  5. Song Kang-ho in A Taxi Driver
  6. Robert Pattinson in Good Time
  7. Jeremy Renner in Wind River
  8. Sebastian Stan in I, Tonya
  9. Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
  10. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Shot Caller 
  11. Ethan Hawke in Maudie
  12. James Franco in The Disaster Artist
  13. Liev Schreiber in Chuck
  14. Jake Gyllenhaal in Stronger 
  15. Steve Carell in Battle of the Sexes
  16. Laurence Fishburne in Last Flag Flying
  17. Tom Cruise in American Made
  18. James McAvoy in Split
  19. Joel Edgerton in It Comes at Night
  20. Chris Pine in Wonder Woman
  21. Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  22. Christian Bale in Hostiles 
  23. Sam Elliott in The Hero
  24. Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
  25. Steve Carell in Last Flag Flying
  26. Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name
  27. Andy Serkis in War for the Planet of the Apes
  28. Michael Fassbender in Alien Covenant
  29. Levi Miller in Better Watch Out
  30. Thomas Jane in 1922
  31. Robert Redford in Our Souls At Night
  32. James McAvoy in Atomic Blonde
  33. Vince Vaughn in Brawl in Cell Block 99 
  34. Kyle Mooney in Brigsby Bear
  35. Brian Cox in Churchill
  36. Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok
  37. Shawn Yue in Mad World 
  38. Kevin Harrison Jr. in It Comes at Night
  39. Dave Franco in The Disaster Artist
  40. Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner
  41. Claes Bang in The Square
  42. Rajkummar Rao in Trapped
  43. Domhnall Gleeson in Goodbye Christopher Robin
  44. Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express
  45. Ben Whishaw in Paddington 2
  46. Tom Holland in Spider-man: Homecoming
  47. Ben Stiller in The Meyerowitz Stories 
  48. Colin Farrell in The Beguiled
  49. Ross Lynch in My Friend Dahmer
  50. Douglas Booth in Loving Vincent
  51. Adam Driver in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  52. Jacob Tremblay in Wonder 
  53. Ben Mendelsohn in Una
  54. Ansel Elgort in Baby Driver
  55. Adam Driver in Logan Lucky
  56. Traci Letts in The Lovers
  57. Josh O'Connor in God's Own Country
  58. Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z
  59. Adam Sandler in The Meyerowitz Stories
  60. Ewan McGregor in T2
  61. Ben Stiller in Brad's Status 
  62. Jaeden Lieberher in The Book of Henry
  63. Dan Stevens in The Man Who Invented Christmas
  64. Will Arnett in The Lego Batman Movie
  65. Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 2
  66. Fares Fares in The Nile Hilton Incident
  67. Cosmo Jarvis in Lady Macbeth
  68. Josh Gad in Marshall
  69. Colin Farrell in The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  70. Anthony Gonzalez in Coco 
  71. Elijah Wood in I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  72. Chadwick Boseman in Marshall
  73. Andrew Garfield in Breathe
  74. Channing Tatum in Logan Lucky
  75. Dan Stevens in Beauty and the Beast 
  76. Bryan Cranston in Last Flag Flying
  77. Nahuel Perez Biscayart in BPM
  78. Géza Morcsányi in On Body and Soul
  79. John Cho in Columbus  
  80. Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick 
  81. Jackie Chan in The Foreigner 
  82. Keith Stanfield in Death Note
  83. Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  84. Michael Caine in Going in Style
  85. Alan Arkin in Going in Style 
  86. Jason Sudeikis in Colossal
  87. Joel Edgerton in Bright
  88. Sam Claflin in My Cousin Rachel
  89. Arnaud Valois in BPM
  90. Aleksey Rozin in Loveless
  91. Will Tilston in Goodbye Christopher Robin
  92. Noah Jupe in Suburbicon 
  93. Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman
  94. Tom Hanks in The Post
  95. Matt Damon in Downsizing 
  96. Will Smith in Bright
  97. Liam Neeson in Mark Felt
  98. Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  99. Javier Bardem in Mother!
  100. Morgan Freeman in Going in Style
  101. Vin Diesel in Fast 8
  102. Luke Evans in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
  103. Justin Timberlake in Wonder Wheel
  104. Matt Damon in Suburbicon
  105. Ben Affleck in Justice League 
  106. Tom Hiddleston in Kong: Skull Island 
  107. Michael Fassbender in The Snowman
  108. Jason Segel in The Discovery
  109. Ali Fazal in Victoria & Abdul
  110. Brad Pitt in War Machine
  111. Mark Wahlberg in All The Money in the World 
  112. Nat Wolff in Death Note
Next Year: I'm taking a break until the Oscars, but the next year after that will be 2008 lead.

80 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is 4 winning requests for 2008 lead anyway so its not like there needs to be too many suggestions.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: You left out Hawke and my request is Jim Broadbent in Topsy Turvy.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Thoughts on the rest of the performances you've seen and your last 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2 and 1.5.

Your Updated Female Top Tens with ratings and other 4+ Honourable mentions.

Luke Higham said...

I'm really surprised to see Coster-Waldau in 10th and so glad Jackman came 4th. :)

Luke Higham said...

PSH - Synecdoche, New York
Mikkelsen - Flame & Citron
Yoon-Seok - The Chaser
Joaquin Phoenix - Two Lovers
Johannes Krisch - Revanche

Others for consideration:
Vincent Cassel - Mesrine
Kåre Hedebrant - Let The Right One In
Song Kang-Ho - The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Leung/Kaneshiro - Red Cliff
Harrelson - Transsiberian
Fassbender - Eden Lake

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: Nicholas Tse is Supporting.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: In the meantime, along with The Death Of Stalin, could you re-watch Mean Streets for De Niro's possible upgrade.

Anonymous said...

I would save Death of Stalin for the Bonus rounds

Luke Higham said...

Lezlie: 2 correct predictions means 2 requests.

Luke Higham said...

Anonymous: I don't mind if he saves it, since we do need contenders for later on.

Lezlie said...

Uhm, how does this work, two sets of correct predictions means two requests, or one just the same?

In any case, would you be willing to review Taika Waititi in What We Do In the Shadows? I'd completely understand if not, and in that case, I'll pick something else, but I'm curious about your opinions on the film and the main cast.

Also, I see 2008 is already pretty packed. But if you still take requests for it, I'd ask for Song Kang-Ho for The Good, the Bad and the Weird. If I get to have two requests that is, if not, disregard this part :)

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your updated top ten Male Leading and Supporting performances of the 2010s decade.

Also, your updated top ten Ryan Gosling moments, and is it his career best.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Also, Jackman being 4th made my day :).

Mitchell Murray said...

You know, it was a pretty strong year all things considered. The top 5 have two legends, two genre performances and one terrific off kilter choice. And even the bottom 5 is mostly 2's, and with actors that have been fine otherwise.

As for 2008, I don't know if the performances need to completely fresh from the list or not, but I'll give my two cents, assuming they haven't been given a score yet:

Josh Brolin (W) or Benecio Del Toro (Che)

Luke Higham said...

Oh Yeah, I forgot Brolin in W.

Calvin Law said...

Lezlie: you get two requests :) And happy to see someone request Song, that was who I was going to go for.

Stanton in the win makes my day, we pretty much have the same wins across the acting categories Louis. And I guess I really should see Shot Caller but it just looks so...meh from the trailers. Though I'd have the added benefit of never having seen Waldau in anything besides, um, Oblivion.

Calvin Law said...

And I'm glad Hawke nearly cracked the top 10.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I request Brendan Fraser in The Quiet American for 2002 Supporting Actor. Also, you forgot to list Stanfield in Death Note on either rankings.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: For the My Nominations page, you wrote 2016 instead of 2017 for Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread and Song Kang-Ho has 2 noms. (Memories Of Murder and A Taxi Driver)

Luke Higham said...

Louis: James Franco is not on the label tags.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your top 10 actors with the most commanding presence.

John Smith said...

Louis, thoughts and ratings on Rajumar Rao in 'Trapped'. Very surprised you saw it (I would recommend Newton since he gives a much better performance in that film).

Your thoughts on the film itself would also be appreciated (:

RatedRStar said...

The Death Of Stalin is pretty damn enjoyable and interesting lol, Id say the only performance I thought was weak, although intentionally so was Jeffrey Tambor and that might change on a repeated viewing.

Charles H said...

I feel like there could be 10 for 2008

PSH - Synecdoche, New York
Mikkelsen - Flame & Citron
Yoon-Seok - The Chaser
Joaquin Phoenix - Two Lovers
Toni Servillo - Il Divo
Kåre Hedebrant - Let The Right One In
Song Kang-Ho - The Good, The Bad, The Weird
Leung/Kaneshiro - Red Cliff
Harrelson - Transsiberian
Fassbender - Eden Lake

Luke Higham said...

And Servillo in Il Divo.

Charles: I think Louis will only do a 5 lineup and review any other performance/s that he would give a five to a la Brandauer.

Anonymous said...

louis: What do you think is the best scene from each of the lead and supporting actress nominees?

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: You really consider Adam Driver lead in The Last Jedi? That never even crossed my mind.

Calvin Law said...

I'm most surprised by Cosmo Jarvis if I'm honest. I can kind of see why Driver would be co-lead, especially in the second half of the film.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: Even if he did do 10, I wouldn't vote for Harrelson and Fassbender. They both seem likely to get 4s. I'd go with Krisch and Brolin.

Charles H said...

Luke: Yeah i would say the same.

Louis: My request is Michael Shannon in Bug.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Michael Shannon in Bug is 2007 by your rules.

Luke Higham said...

Charles: I'd vote for Cassel instead of Leung/Kaneshiro. RatedRStar has the latter in Supporting and I'm more interested in Mesrine, which some have called the French Scarface.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on Dave Bautista in Blade Runner 2049.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your thoughts on The Death Of Stalin and the cast. I see that it's your #4 of 2017. If you're saving anyone, could you review them between now and the oscars instead of the bonus round.

Calvin Law said...

I didn't love The Death of Stalin. It's funny and sobering in its depiction of the historical period but I never thought it cohered the two sides perfectly. Good film, but I definitely wouldn't rank it above Three Billboards and Tonya, the latter which I think coheres the two sides far better.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

4 - Driver (Logan Lucky)
3.5 - Garfield
3 - Edgerton (Bright)
2.5 - Diesel
2 - Segel
1.5 - Wahlberg

Bautista - (It's memorable work for even a few minutes and just is further proof that his work in Guardians is no fluke he's a genuine acting talent. His whole portrayal of his interactions with Gosling are incredible as he speaks to him he shows in his eyes the sense that he understands he is about to die yet is accepting of this. The one moment of solace though is in Bautista's brilliant moment of mentioning the miracle, where he portrays this glimmer of hope in this knowledge even in death. I hope Bautista keeps getting roles like this.)

Lynch - 4(This is an effective portrayal of a somewhat distant portrayal, though fitting I suppose, of this burgeoning sociopath. Lynch is effective in realizing this off-putting combination as he brings out this behavior that could just be of an extroverted teenager yet there is just something truly odd in the way he presented such a obsessed focus on basically the innards of things. Lynch doesn't overplay this showing that perhaps he could have gone either way in bringing some genuine emotion within the mental difficulty as shows this pent up intensity of someone who doesn't know who to reach out to or how to do it.)

Fares - 3.5(This is a fine performance even if the film I found extremely dull and uninspired. Fares though is more than decent in portraying the characters general malaise in the life of just going from bribe to bribe that slowly seems to gain purpose as the film goes on. The film oddly doesn't focus on this transition enough, which could have been powerful, however Fares is effective in the margins we do see.)

I'll give you the updated actresses once I re-watch Phantom Thread.

Lezlie:

You get two requests.

Calvin:

Shot Caller isn't very good, and I'll admit I didn't review Coster-Waldau because I didn't feel like watching the film again.

I found Jarvis is on the border becomes lead as the second half proceeds and we are given as much of his reactions towards her actions as the actions themselves.

Anonymous:

George C. Scott
Gene Hackman
Toshiro Mifune
Daniel Day-Lewis
Robert Shaw
John Wayne
Harrison Ford
Russell Crowe
Robert Duvall
Clint Eastwood

John Smith:

Rao - 4(Well to cover both the film and his performance this is a decent though not great one man show. Rao does a fine job in the role that is largely silent and just mainly there to portray exact physical and mental exasperation of the situation. He successfully portrays every moment of time in his portrayal capturing the every moment of being stuck in the room, but also every moment of hopelessness or hope. It's a good performance. The film itself has some great moments, the raining, the actual escape scene, but largely is a bit too repetitive while not engaging enough in its various situations in the attempt to escape to make up for the lack of character development.)

Anonymous:

Lead:

McDormand - Speaking with Dixon about the evidence.
Robbie - Olympics breakdown
Streep - Making the decision
Ronan - Final argument with her mother.
Hawkins - Musical Number

Supporting:

Manville - Picking a fight
Janney - Wanting to see her face.
Metcalf - Final argument with Lady Bird.
Spencer - Confrontation with Strickland.
Blige - I guess when she comes to help Mulligan.

Matt:

Well either he and Ridley are lead or no one is, as their story is given the most emphasis and strongest perspective to each. Although that comes in part because that was the one of the few parts of the film that I found at all compelling.

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Oh I loved The Death of Stalin, I mean give me something with some interesting historical basis you already have my attention, and put Michael Palin in a film again, I'm sold. I love the way it takes such an extreme satirical and plays it so brilliantly, I felt. I'd probably say this was the best written film of 2017, and should've that BAFTA. It reminded me of Dr. Strangelove and The Great Dictator as it managed to give a wholly comedic approach to some pitch black material, which would just be too cruel unless it was granted a certain level of absurdity. I think the masterstroke was in having the ensemble all act the way they do, which by playing it with a purposeful lack of authenticity though with a certain different type of conviction that realized all these personalities though in a very distinct way in this world of backstabbing. I found the film perfectly captured that unique tone to create the best type of political satire.

Saving Palin, Isaacs, Beale, and Buscemi for a review that will be written before the Oscars.

Considine - 4(A great one scene wonder for the film in portraying such hilarious unease and complete fear from his bizarre duty that he must quickly perform. I love his brief way of trying to fix everything with that all that terrific false bluster of his "do not disobey me". Considine is incredibly entertaining in such limited screentime to the point I probably could've watched a whole film of the man running a Soviet radio station.)

Friend - 4(I found him to be incredibly funny here in portraying just the sheer intensity of this "angry young man" but without any real purpose. He brings it up to eleven in the right way he projects a man who thinks he's going to made some grand statement and is just a proper lunatic instead. I must denote my particular affection for the awkwardness of everything he does in the scene of Stalin's autopsy.)

Kurylenko - 3.5(She brings the right sort of alternate voice in her scenes in portraying the right type of one note of just a sheer venomous hatred that she does not at all hide in every single interaction she has.)

Riseborough - 4.5(Well I'm glad she gave this performance since I have not been too impressed by her other previous performances. I loved this turn though as she gives the closest performance to a truly dramatic, yet even she cleverly subverts that in her approach to be wholly dramatic ends up comedic given her certain lines. She brings such a great constant intensity that matches her onscreen brother's though with a touch more sanity towards it. Her moments though cut through so well as she delivers her lines without false pretense as she asks reasonable questions which bounce off so well against the large arrays of liars who struggle with such questions.)

Tambor - 3.5(He's essentially just doing Oscar Bluth, with just a touch more ambition, but it is once again a funny display of such a wholly pathetic sort.)

Loved all the bit players as well who all fit into their brief little parts so well in creating this satirical version of the Soviet Union.

Calvin Law said...

Didn't you love Riseborough in Birdman Louis?

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

I was referring to her rather abysmal work in Nocturnal Animals and her somewhat underwhelming performance in Battle of the Sexes.

Anonymous said...

Louis what would be your top five individual original score pieces from 2017?

Louis Morgan said...

Tahmeed:

Gosling:

1. The Elevator - Drive
2. The Memory is Real - Blade Runner 2049
3. Finding the Horse - Blade Runner 2049
4. Taking the Bullet - Drive
5. Snow - Blade Runner 2049
6. Learning the truth - Blade Runner 2049
7. Real Human Being - Drive
8. Showdown with Bernie - Drive
9. Baseline failure - Blade Runner 2049
10. Opening - Blade Runner 2049

and yes.

Lead:

1. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
2. Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
3. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
4. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
5. Andrew Garfield in Silence
6. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
7. Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
8. James McAvoy in Filth
9. Ryan Gosling in Drive
10. Choi Min-Sik in I Saw the Devil

Supporting:

1. Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths
2. Ben Foster in Hell or High Water
3. Tom Hardy in The Revenant
4. Mark Strong in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max: Fury Road
6. Sylvester Stallone in Creed
7. Sam Neill in Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8. Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
9. Richard Jenkins in Bone Tomahawk
10. Issey Ogata in Silence

Anonymous:

1. "House of Woodcock" - Phantom Thread
2. "For the Hungry Boy" - Phantom Thread
3. "Phantom Thread" - Phantom Thread
4. "Supermarine" - Dunkirk
5. "Endless Superstition" - Phantom Thread

Bryan L said...

Louis: Your 11-20 acting moments for Gosling?

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: What are your thoughts on the song "The Pure and the Damned" from Good Time?

Louis Morgan said...

Bryan:

11. Dinner - La La Land
12. Hotel Room - Drive
13. Calling Nino - Drive
14. Given a Name - Blade Runner 2049
15. What a waste of a Lovely Night - La La Land
16. Baseline test - Blade Runner 2049
17. Dean leaves - Blue Valentine
18. 80's tribute Band - La La Land
19. Stall antics - The Nice Guys
20. Meeting Deckard - Blade Runner 2049

Louis Morgan said...

Matt:

It's a pretty fascinating song and I'd say it is kind of fitting to central theme of Good Time of the bad actions with good intentions. In this song that is this unusual combination of more beautiful ballad style overtures, though with darkly interruptions, a la colder Johnny Cash songs. The sort non-structure of the song works in this way as well in that there's like this idea of a wonderful song within a purposefully broken structure that shouldn't work, but it does in this strange song.

Charles H said...

I love seeing Gosling twice in that top 10. One of the greatest working today.

I'm looking forward to The Death of Stalin reviews, since Palin and Buscemi are masters of comedy.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Your 11-20 male leading and supporting performances of the decade.

Mitchell Murray said...

To be honest, I'm surprised Viggo Mortensen didn't make the top 10.

Nguyễn Ngọc Toàn said...

Mitchell Murray: If you mean Mortensen performance in The Road, then it will never make it to the top 20 since it was in 2009 :))

Robert MacFarlane said...

If I had to do Best Actor:

1. Michael Shannon in Take Shelter
2. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
3. Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
4. Oscar Isaac in A Most Violent Year
5. Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
6. Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
7. David Oyelowo in Selma
8. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
9. Jason Bateman in The Gift
10. Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel

As for Supporting Actor

1. Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
2. Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
3. Sylvester Stallone in Creed
4. Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
5. Mark Strong in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
6. Armie Hammer in The Social Network
7. Mark Hamill in The Last Jedi
8. Sebastian Stan in I, Tonya
9. Albert Brooks in Drive
10. Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips


Aw hell, I’ll throw in Actress and Supporting Actress

1. Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night
2. Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
3. Bel Powley in The Diary of a Teenage Girl
4. Daisy Ridley in The Force Awakens
5. Keira Knightley in Begin Again
6. Natalie Portman in Jackie
7. Annette Bening in 20th Century Women
8. Amy Adams in Arrival
9. Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
10. Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine


1. Greta Gerwig in 20th Century Women
2. Allison Williams in Get Out
3. Marion Cotillard in Inception
4. Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
5. Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year
6. Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
7. Lupita Nyong’o in Queen of Katwe
8. Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow
9. Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049
10. Elizabeth Banks in Love and Mercy

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

For me, Best Actor would be:
1. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
2. Andrew Garfield in Silence
3. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
4. Ryan Gosling in Drive
5. James McAvoy in Filth
6. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
7. Hugh Jackman in Logan
8. Choi Min-Sik in I Saw the Devil
9. Lee Byung-Hun in I Saw the Devil
10.Michael Shannon in Take Shelter

I still haven't seen Lucky, and The Master is in a dire need of a rewatch for me.

Supporting Actor
1. Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths (I love that he's Louis's #1 now as well)
2. Ben Foster in Hell or High Water
3. Yosuke Kubozuka in Silence
4. Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max Fury Road
5. JK Simmons in Whiplash
6. Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
7. Patrick Stewart in Logan
8. Liam Neeson in Silence
9. Albert Brooks in Drive
10.Sam Neill in Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Calvin Law said...

Lucky is nigh impossible to find. I'll always count my blessings for having been able to see it at a press screening since it's never coming to cinemas or even DVD where I'm at.

Has anyone seen A Fantastic Woman?

Luke Higham said...

Mute's Reviews are terrible.

Luke Higham said...

And my #1 Lead of the decade is still Mikkelsen in The Hunt.

Omar Franini said...

Louis: since my last request last year i've 8 predictions, are my reqeusts still valid?

Calvin: I did, and it's in my top 10, and Vega is terrific, an easy 5 for me.

Luke Higham said...

Omar: Yes.

Calvin Law said...

Louis: your thoughts on 'Non Nobis and Te Deum' scene from Branagh's Henry V.

Techno said...

Louis
What are your winnings from 2017?

Mitchell Murray said...

My mistake on Mortensen. And great lists Robert.

RatedRStar said...

Louis: JUST SACK PAT =D, all have I to say about my winning request.

Colm Meaney - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Orson Welles in Chimes At Midnight and Toshiro Mifune in Samurai Assassin are not listed on the my nominations page.

And Alec Guinness in The Man In The White Suit is still listed in 8th place and 4th for The Lavender Hill Mob/Loses to Alastair Sim.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: To add to your Supporting ranking:
Hugh Bonneville in Paddington 2.

Bryan L said...

I'll give mine.

1. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
2. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner: 2049
3. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
4. Michael Keaton in Birdman
5. Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
6. Ryan Gosling in Drive
7. Leonardo Dicaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
8. Andrew Garfield in Silence
9. James McAvoy in Filth
10. Tom Hardy in Legend

Just missed:
Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis
Hugh Jackman in Logan
Joaquin Phoenix in The Master (Need a rewatch)

Bryan L said...

Louis: Your cast and director for a 2010s Leaving Las Vegas? I'd like to see Jake Gyllenhaal would do with the character of Ben.

Calvin Law said...

James Jordan just for the lols.

Calvin Law said...

But yeah, Gyllenhaal would be perfect. Colin Farrell could be great too.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Rating and thoughts on Ann Dvorak in G Men and Jean Arthur in Public Enemy Number One.

Michael McCarthy said...

I got to watch The Death of Stalin last night, and I definitely enjoyed the hell out of most of it. I'm not yet totally sure how I feel about the last few scenes, where it gets very dramatic very fast, but at the very least I can say I found it quite impactful. I'm looking forward to the review.

Calvin Law said...

My personal top 10 of the decade in S. Actor:

1. Sylvester Stallone, Creed
2. Mark Strong, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Christopher Walken, Seven Psychopaths
4. Nicolas Hoult, Mad Max Fury Road
5. Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
6. Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards
7. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
8. Yosuke Kubozaka, Silence
9. Will Poulter, Detroit
10. Sam Neill, Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Louis Morgan said...

Omar:

Yes

Calvin:

It is one of the best scenes in his version in capturing the sheer wear of the battle, as he reveals the cost not only just in the grim and dirt he brings from the sequence, but also that exhaustion in his own performance. The sort of purely cinematic moment of the song is absolutely beautifully realized in showing the victory of the British but with the clear sense of the wounds of the war. It stands particularly interesting in contrast to the other versions as Branagh more closely focuses upon these darker sides of the battle than the Hollow Crown version or Olivier's version(fittingly since it was in part a rallying cry for WWII film).

Techno:

See my response to Luke on that matter.

Bryan:

Leaving Las Vegas directed by Lenny Abrahamson:

Ben: Jake Gyllenhaal
Sera: Kirsten Dunst
Yuri: Vincent Cassel

Anonymous:

Dvorak - 3.5(She manages to give a fairly dynamic performance here which fairly rare for the time in such a small role. She manages though to actually convey more to the situation than portraying the one note wife victim, or one note jilted lover either. She captures a greater complexity in performance that provides much more of a balance in the role creating a far more interesting character than would have provided by most performers at the time.)

Arthur - 3.5(Her performance rises above her rather terrible co-star to actually give a pretty decent portrayal of the conflict in her character. In what is actually a bit out of her comfort zone she actually does do rather in creating a chemistry of sorts on her own to suggest the romance, while bringing the right palatable bitterness later on.)

Michael McCarthy said...

Louis: Now that you've rewatched most of the "important" films from 2017, could I get your updated 11-20 favorites? I figure IT may have been knocked down a couple pegs at least.

Louis Morgan said...

Michael:

11. American Made...no wait it's my best picture winner now.

Alright all kidding aside:

11. Good Time
12. Logan
13. Loving Vincent
14. A Taxi Driver
15. Detroit
16. Get Out
17. Thor Ragnarok
18. The Disaster Artist
19. Lady Bird
20. Baby Driver

Anonymous said...

Louis: Would Sylvester Stallone be your choice for Terry in a 70s On the Waterfront?

Also, your top ten actors who are great at portraying unassuming men

Charles H said...

My updated top 10 lead, and it could change easily.

1. Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
2. Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049
3. Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
4. Ryan Gosling in Drive
5. Choi Min-Sik in I Saw the Devil
6. Andrew Garfield in Silence
7. Joaquin Phoeonix in The Master
8. James McAvoy in Filth
9. Harry Dean Stanton in Lucky
10. Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor

Matt Mustin said...

Louis: What are your thoughts on Marisa Tomei's guest appearance on Seinfeld?

John Smith said...

Top 10 Performances Of The Decade (Male)

1.Joaquin Phoenix/The Master
2.Mads Mikkelsen/The Hunt
3.Choi Min Sik AND Lee Byung-hun/I Saw The Devil
4.Mcavoy/Filth
5.Gosling/Blue Valentine&Drive
6.Adam Driver/Pattson
7.Kevin Vaz/Play
8.Pattinson/Good Time
9.Oldman/Tinker Tailor Soilder Spy
10.Garfield/Silence

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your Top 10 Mark Strong acting moments?

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Could I have your ratings and thoughts on Ryunosuke Kamiki and Mone Kamishiraishi's voice acting performances in Your Name.

Louis Morgan said...

I did originally answer all of your questions, but I got hit up with a "conflicting edits" which lost my long response, so I'm currently annoyed. I'll get to them sometime on the next post.

Matt Montada said...

Your lowest 5 & 4.5?