November 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm #166102
Quite an exceptional category, I would say. But my vote would have to go to Joaquin Phoenix with Bradley Cooper at a close second. Although, I did like the way DDL became Abraham Lincoln was undeniably astounding and I loved how he was able to carry Lincoln (which I didn’t particularly care for). But, I’m all about spreading the wealth.
How about you, folks? Who would your vote be from this list?November 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm #166104
Bradley Cooper was my choice with Hugh Jackman as a very close second. Was Daniel Day Lewis good in Lincoln? Of course, he’s Daniel Day Lewis, he’s practicly flawless. But Cooper was in a lot of raunchy comedies before Playbook and really didn’t get a chance to shine his true skills off. What he did in Playbook was amazing. Jackman carried a huge role that is one of the most demanding in musical theater and did it very well. As for the other two, I’m not a big fan of The Master but Phoenix did a good job. I have no idea why Denzel Washington got nominated for Flight. That role could have been played by anyone that’s how much acting went into that role. I wish Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), John Hawkes (The Sessions), or Jack Black (Bernie) were nominated insteadNovember 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm #166105
I haven’t seen The Master, but I loved all the other nominees. DDL’s work was brilliant as usual, but Cooper and Jackman’s performances left a bigger impression on me. They don’t get those chances to show their chops as often as DDL. So my ballot would look something like this:
1. Bradley Cooper
2. Hugh Jackman
3. Daniel Day-Lewis
4. Denzel WashingtonNovember 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm #166106
I’m clearly in the minority, but my vote goes to Denzel Washington. I thought he was fantastic, one of his best performances, if not his best performance.November 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm #166107
1. Denzel Washington
2. Joaquin Phoenix
3. Daniel Day-Lewis
4. Hugh Jackman
5. Bradley Cooper (stole John Hawkes nomination)November 22, 2014 at 11:50 pm #166108
I think it’s insanity that Joaquin Phoenix was not the absolute frontrunner from beginning to end. If only The Master wasn’t so divisive…
That being said, Cooper is a very, very close second.
For some reason, I never see this “magic” that people always refer to when they’re talking about DDL. Is he a good actor? Of course. He’s even a great one. I’d say he totally deserves his first two Oscars. But I feel like people go a bit overboard with their praise for him.November 23, 2014 at 12:26 am #166109
Joaquin Phoenix gives one of the greatest film performances in history. He was complex, dark, twisted, charming and very scary. It proves how he is one of the greatest living actors, and the fact that he doesn’t have an Oscar yet is very sad. He needs to win soon, and I wish it were for Inherent Vice
Hugh Jackman was in a terrible movie, but he was good. I wouldn’t give him the win. Denzel Washington was good, but it wasnt’ an Oscar-worthy performance. Bradley Cooper was amazing in Silver Linings Playbook, but a win so early on would deter him from doing the great work he is now. Daniel Day-Lewis may just be the greatest living actor, but Lincoln was boring and overrated, and it was nothing compared to There Will Be Blood.
01. Joaquin Phoenix
02. Bradley Cooper
03. Daniel Day-Lewis
04. Denzel Washington
05. Hugh JackmanNovember 23, 2014 at 1:13 am #166110
2012 was one of those rare years the Academy got it right. It’s actually one of my favorite wins of all time. Daniel Day-Lewis was top notch and deserved every award he received for the underrated gem Lincoln.
It made up for that boring winner the year before.November 23, 2014 at 6:34 am #166111
1. Daniel Day-Lewis – Possibly his best performance imo. Really showed his range and captured a warmth and grace I hadn’t seen from him before.
2. Denzel Washington – Strong, strong stuff, and demonstrates just how absurdly effortless it is for him to play on that level even if he doesn’t always choose roles as tough as this.
3. Hugh Jackman – Starts to drop off pretty drastically after Denzel, but Hugh did well at getting just the right balance of cinematic and theatrical for his performance. Not sure the show had to be made into a movie to begin with, but if it did I’m glad he was Valjean.
4. Joaquin Phoenix – The processing scene is great, but beyond that it’s just way too affected and tick-y a performance for my tastes.
5. Bradley Cooper – I get why he was nominated, and I don’t object too strongly. Still, kind of a shame he had to get in over much more interesting work.
My own lineup would be:
Denis Lavant in Holy Motors
Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
Thure Lindhardt in Keep the Lights On
Logan Lerman in The Perks of Being a WallflowerNovember 23, 2014 at 6:56 am #166112
5. Denzel Washington
4. Bradley Cooper
3. Daniel Day-Lewis
2. Hught Jackman
1. Joaquin PhoenixNovember 23, 2014 at 7:39 am #166113
Phoenix / Washington / Day-Lewis / Cooper / Jackman
The last three would be deleted from my personal list for the husband in Amour, the lead in Holy Motors, and John Hawkes for The Sessions.November 23, 2014 at 7:42 am #166114
2. Day Lewis
5. WashingtonNovember 23, 2014 at 11:30 am #166115
Joaquin Phoenix gave one of the most original and distinctive performances in recent years, but I still think I have to go with Daniel Day-Lewis. His performance is a brilliant combination of classical and method acting, and he does wonders with the demanding dialogue (and so does Tommy Lee Jones). Bradley Cooper had the right balance of energy and restraint in SLP, without lapsing into sentimentality where it might seem tempting. Denzel Washington was strong but not altogether surprising until near the end of Flight, while I found Jackman to be a near-disaster in Les Mis; his voice is often nasal and whiny, with an awful wobbly vibrato, and in a musical like this singing and acting are not separable to the extent that would allow him to get away with it. It doesn’t help that his character becomes more and more boring as the film progresses.November 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm #166116
Trintignant should have won for Amour. Wonderful performance.