Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Best of 2007: Supporting Actor

Did anybody, besides John McCain, have a good day yesterday? Lots of winter doldrums and midterm grumpiness in my neck of the woods, which is part of why this tantalizing glimpse of spring did my spirit so much good, and why I also seized the chance, at the price of staying up later than I wanted to, of relishing these five performances. Even running through all the runners-up, any of whom would have been proud additions to my final five, reminded me of how much inspired thesping was made available on movie screens in 2007; for even more evidence, notice how much trouble Mainly Movies had leaving off these honorable mentions when he whittled down his own performance hall of fame for the year. Two of his finalists are two of my runners-up, and one of my other runners-up gets a P.S. mention in Tim's rundown, though he thinks this fellow is a lead (and I can see why that might be right). Also, I only have one of Oscar's anointed five as a near-miss from my own list, and Tim has none. So, three rosters totaling about 30 performances, with only four overlaps? How delicious to have so much excellence from which to choose.

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Anonymous Theo Barry said...

That's a great list, Nick. On another note, I found this cool website that sells hand-made Michael Haneke t-shirts. Among others - I think I saw a Fassbinder one on there! www.jordanmattos.com

4:16 AM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Cal said...

I absoloutely LOVE your write-up of Steve Zahn in Rescue Dawn and totally agree with it. He's responsible for making the escape a cautious reality rather than a glorified adventure.

I don't even remember Dillahunt actually. Maybe if I watch it a second time. Not so keen to do that though.

Really not sure about Lynch. He was good but the main problems I had with the film were surrounding his character. I suppose his aim is to convince though, which in fairness he does well.

2:05 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

i disliked Lynch's work, felt he was underlining too much... when i wanted more ambiguity which the rest of the film was happy to give me.

but regardless i love these writeups. Crazy how supporting actor was suddenly a good category this year.

3:50 PM, January 30, 2008  
Blogger Kamikaze Camel said...

I really liked the inclusion of Lynch, actually. I have him hovering around the 6th position.

But atm in my best supporting actor list I have two from This is England, two from No Country for Old Men and James Marsden, which is odd considering it was a strong year.

Also, I prefered Paul Schneider in Jesse James. But, still, very nice list. Very one-of-a-kind.

9:06 PM, January 30, 2008  
Anonymous steve said...

Great list, as usual. My choices:

Hal Holbrook - Into the Wild
Tony Leung - Lust, Caution
James Marsden - Hairspray
Paul Rudd - Knocked Up
Max von Sydow - Diving Bell...

Has anyone else noticed Marsden's crazy vocal versatility? Singing in 27 Dresses, Hairspray, and Enchanted, he sounds remarkably different each time - effectively transforming his singing voice to suit the characters. Well, he's not really doing great character work in Dresses, but still, I'm impressed.

11:40 PM, January 30, 2008  
Anonymous dennis said...

Completely off-topic, but I was wondering if you written anything regarding Helvetica, Nick? I noticed that you are nearly the sole dissenting response I've seen for it, and would love to read your thoughts, however brief.

3:32 PM, January 31, 2008  

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