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October 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm #196436
Forget the supporting/lead designations, I’m curious to know what MALE film performance is the best you’ve seen so far of 2015? Sound off!October 27, 2015 at 3:50 pm #196438
I’d honestly probably say Andrew Garfield in 99 Homes. But male performances have generally left something to be desired this year.
Some others I liked are Paul Dano in Love & Mercy, Jason Segal in The End of the Tour and Géza Röhrig in Son of Saul. By Academy-qualifying release you can include Jack O’Connell in ‘71 and Gaspard Ulliel in Saint Laurent.October 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm #196439
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs. BY FAR. As of now.October 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm #196440
As of now John Cusack for “Love & Mercy”October 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm #196441
As of right now, Matt Damon in The Martian. I just loved how he maintains his sense of humor and humility in the face of peril. By the time the movie was over, I just wanted to hug him.
I also love Benicio Del Toro in Sicario and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina who are a close second and third respectively as of now.October 27, 2015 at 5:34 pm #196442
Garfield/Shannon in 99 Homes definitely are up there but Alexander Skarsgard really blew me away in Diary of a Teenage Girl. He really showed me he has many more sides to him than a somewhat campy vampire. Such a raw and heartbreaking performanceOctober 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm #196443
So far the male performances that have really stuck with me this year are Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg in ‘The End of the Tour’, Benicio Del Toro in ‘Sicario’, Oscar Isaac in ‘Ex Machina’, Jason Mitchell in ‘Straight Outta Compton’, and Michael Fassbender and Jeff Daniels in ‘Steve Jobs’. Forced to narrow it down, it’s between Fassy and Segel.October 27, 2015 at 6:28 pm #196444
I admittedly haven’t seen much, but at this point I’d probably say Jacob Tremblay in Room. I’m so glad the film is doing as well as it is because it means he might actually get the recognition he deserves (even though he really should be in leading)October 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm #196445
My favorite performances so far have been Jake Gyllenhal in ‘Southpaw’, Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’, Thomas Mann in ‘Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl’, and Joel Egerton in ‘The Gift’
If I had to pick the BEST of my bunch, I’d have to go with Gyllenhal just because it was a dynamic and different performance from him. Shame the film wasn’t received better by critics or else I’d place him in contention for a Oscar nom.October 27, 2015 at 7:43 pm #196446
Like the female performances, there are a lot of male performances I still have to see. So far, my biggest standout is Sam Elliott in Grandma. I was hoping Lily Tomlin could stay on everyone’s radar so that voters would by default notice Elliott (see: Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern for Wild, Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart, and so forth), but it seems even she is losing steam. He pulled a Dame Judi, Viola Davis, Beatrice Straight, and took a tiny bit of material and made it gold, not because it was written that way, but because of what he did with it.October 28, 2015 at 3:45 am #196447
Still to see some of the top tier contenders, but from what I have seen there are two that stand out most to me, for very different reasons.
Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
I’m often not a fan of ‘child actors’, because there often isn’t that emotional complexity in their performances, but Attah is sensational. It is such a harrowing film to watch at times, and Attah is emotionally relentless and captivating to watch. Simply stunning.
Tom Hardy – Legend
Oh how I wish he could be recognised for each individual role he has in this film. He balances the two roles so brilliantly. The split screen and dual performance never becomes a gimmick. He ranges from the brutality of the violence of the Krays, to their sheer hilarity effortlessly. I’m gutted this performance isn’t being talked about more. Ideally, he would be getting Leading recognition for Reggie, and Supporting nominations for Ronnie.October 28, 2015 at 5:45 am #196448
(so far) my nominees would be:
Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Ian McKellen – Mr. Holmes
Shameik Moore – Dope
October 28, 2015 at 7:51 am #196450
It is still early but for me its very close between Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Depp (Black Mass). I haven’t watched Beasts of No Nation yet though and I’ve always loved Elba so I have a feeling he might take over my number 1.October 28, 2015 at 8:40 am #196451
The actor who has astonished me is Jacob Tremblay in Room – I wasn’t expecting such an amazing, dare I say it MATURE performance from an 8 year old playing a 5 year old (: Most little boys are totally annoying or cloying in movies; not so with this youngster.
I was also totally taken off guard by Jeff Daniels in Steve Jobs. I wasn’t expecting anything except a routine perfunctory performance and instead was treated to an acting tour-de-force.
I suspect they will be ineligible for Oscar consideration but I was amazed by Guillaume Canet’s performance as a cop who is also a serial killer in Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart (France; 2014) and for the funniest performance of the year: Christian Claver in Bad (Serial) Weddings (also the funniest movie I saw all year!) (France; 2014) I wish Bad (Serial) Weddings would get Golden Globe nominations in the Comedy/Musical categories (the actress who plays the mother was also hilarious but I can never remember her name)…
John Cusack and Paul Dano were unexpected surprises in the phenomenal acting sweepstakes for me. Love & Mercy was superb (:
So my pick (so far) is Jacob Tremblay for Room (: