Oscar Nominations 2016: Acting Awards

Continued from my previous post, this will consist of my rankings of all the acting nominations. My rankings are related to that person’s performance in context with the film, and not the film itself. I wasn’t overly impressed with most of these, however. When I finish the ‘less important categories’, I’ll do a simple text post ranking all the finished categories.

Best Actor

My Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

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It’s a close one betwee DiCaprio and Damon for me. Although they both played similar roles of ‘someone surviving in isolation’, they were also both very different characters. I gave the edge to DiCaprio simply for a more emotional and involved performance.

2. Matt Damon (The Martian)

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As mentioned above, I thought he was very good though the role was a lot more down to Earth than DiCaprio’s. It’s difficult to make a character like this feel real and likable, but he manages to create a very real person.

3. Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

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I love Fassbender but this whole film was pointless. I got nothing out of his performance except that I kind of liked the accent.

4. Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)

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I’m not really sure why this even got a nomination beyond Cranston having some quirky aspects. Maybe the Trumbo persona was accurate, but again, it did nothing for me.

5. Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

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A terrible performance by a pretty terrible actor. He wasn’t a good fit for the role, he wasn’t passable as a woman, he just seemed to have this blank creepy look on his face the whole time. He brought nothing to the role.

Best Actress

My Winner: Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

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Although a fairly quiet performance, she gave life to Eilis and as mentioned in my previous thread I found the film very relatable and this is partly due to how real and sympathetic Eilis is. She could’ve easily been annoying or whiny, but she has a vulnerability and a strength to her.

2. Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

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I thought Courtenay outshined her, but she gave a decent performance. I found her character very annoying at times and I wasn’t sure if we were meant to be sympathising with her or disliking her.

3. Brie Larson (Room)

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Like the above, I thought she was decent but the character was horrible and I didn’t know why the film seemed to be siding with her. She had good chemistry with Tremblay, but she didn’t quite give the character enough depth leading to muddled character motivations (partly the script’s fault too).

4. Cate Blanchett (Carol)

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I didn’t think much of her performance to be honest. She had no chemistry with Mara, and it felt like a ‘LOOK AT ME GIVE ME AN OSCAR’ type of performance.

5. Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

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How does this woman keep getting lead roles and ACTING NOMINATIONS? She’s a terrible actress, I’ve not liked her in anything. She gets roles that are clearly way out of her league. She isn’t even passable in something as shallow and basic as The Hunger Games, let alone something that requires depth. She has an expressionless pudding face, cannot act her way out of a bucket and has this distant, uninterested look in her eyes.

Best Supporting Actor

My Winner: Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

He was the best thing about the film, I thought he gave the character a hint of mystery and intrigue and made him seem more complex than the film allowed him to be.

2. Tom Hardy (The Revenant)

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I wasn’t particularly impressed with Hardy’s performance or his character, but I suppose he did a good job at being unlikable.

3. Christian Bale (The Big Short)

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A pointless performance and nomination. I love Bale but this is his worst role yet. I don’t get it.

4. Sylvester Stallone (Creed)

This is a bizarre choice as well. Stallone stumbles through his lines and seems completely uninterested.

5. Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

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Again, what? What did he bring to that role? It was just some generic role that could’ve been played by anyone.

Best Supporting Actress

My Winner: Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

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A raw performance that doesn’t hold back. I thought Leigh was a strange choice but she totally embraced the character and easily holds her own next to everyone else.

2. Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

I generally like Vikander in everything, but the script and character and film are so weak she isn’t given much to work with here.

3. Rooney Mara (Carol)

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I don’t know how Blanchett was nominated for Best Actress and Mara only got Supporting, but either way she was fairly average and since she had no chemistry with Blanchett came across as awkward.

4. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

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She gave the character a bit of strength despite it being a throwaway pointless character (and film). But nothing particularly great.

5. Rachel McAdams (Spotlight)

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Why does this get a nomination? She did almost nothing. Like every other character in the film, she was just a generic character that could’ve been played by anyone. I don’t even remember what she did in it now.

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