Sunday, February 04, 2007

Best of 2006: Lead Actor



For once, I came up with a list that, in some plausible version of reality, could have been Oscar's as well: two of my nominees are shared with AMPAS, two others have a People's Choice pedigree that Oscar might have noticed if he weren't so snobby, and the fifth was hamstrung by an overshadowing castmate and a ridiculous, cynical mismarketing as a "supporting" performer. (Did Jodie Foster "support" Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, and I missed it?)

If you don't believe the merits of my list, check out Nathaniel's (as you no doubt already have), and ask yourself: could we both be so wrong?

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4 Comments:

Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

Bravo. and not just because we agree ;) Love the write up of McAvoy in particular. How did people miss this performance? I scratch my head.

i liked almost everyone in the Departed but had difficulty singling them out but i will keep this nod to Damon in mind next time I watch it.

6:15 AM, February 04, 2007  
Anonymous S.G. said...

Ulrich Muhe's performance in The Lives of Others pretty much blows all of these out of the water, in my opinion.

12:35 PM, February 11, 2007  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

Since The Lives of Others doesn't open commercially in the States until this month, I'll be counting it as a 2007 release. I'm anxious to see the movie, though—at a preview screening tomorrow night, in fact. Thanks for the tip-off.

1:05 PM, February 11, 2007  
Anonymous S.G. said...

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on it. Like Scott Foundas, I am alarmed by this film, however good its performances.

5:26 PM, February 11, 2007  

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