January 12, 2017 at 5:16 am #1201986163
(if a moderator wishes to merge this with an earlier SAG thread, fine, but I searched through page after page and could not find it. So I have started a new thread specifically for order of prefrences)
Best Ensemble Cast
1. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – my criteria for choosing is: which cast was uniformly excellent without exception and enhanced the enjoyment of the movie the most. For me MBTS has the best of these five casts. Affleck, Hedges, Williams, Chandler, Mol, Broderick all deliver incisive terrific professional performances.
2. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC – I would single out Viggo Mortensen and George Mackay but everyone does great work that adds up. I hope some of these youngsters will develop over time and have great careers.
3. HIDDEN FIGURES – this female-led cast all give competent solid performances. I don’t think anyone is actually Oscar-worthy though (or SAG worthy). Henson, Spencer, Monae (my favorite) and Dunst all do solid work.
4. FENCES – i think my problem with this movie (and the play) is that I simply despise the lead character so so so much. I was wearing audibly in the theater since my least favorite type of person – or character – are patriarchal bullies. I think Jovan Adepo is particularly poor here – when I saw James Earl Jones and Courtney B Vance it was a real battle of wills but this movie version isn’t due to the lack of charisma from Adepo. Viola Davis steals the film and is the only character who holds my interest.
5. MOONLIGHT – I know everyone else loves this movie. I find it wildly uneven in all categories including its acting performances. Excellent ones by Ashton Sanders, Janelle Monae and Andre Holland, and some solid work from Mahershala Ali but not such great work from Naomie Harris (so over-rated), Alex Hibbert and Tevan Rhodes (I know I have his name wrong, I can never remember it). Unprofessional performances by several cast members for me makes this an unacceptable winner. (I know it’s the frontrunner; just hoping MBTS wins)
1. EMMA STONE for La La Land – emotional, charming, has great depth, her singing of “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” touched by heart. She has never been a personal favorite and this for me is her real breakthrough.
2. MERYL STREEP for Florence Foster Jenkins – funny yet touching, she has to convince us she doesn’t realize she can’t really sing and is delusional while maintaining our interest in her.
3. AMY ADAMS for Arrival – she gives a “movie star” performance in that she really carries this movie. I didn’t much care for the film but I cared about her. I could be happy with any of these first three winning.
4. NATALIE PORTMAN for Jackie – I like this actress but I didn’t care for her work int his film. She strains for effects, it’s all srufaces without much depth. A few good scenes, yes, but it’s not a sustained performance. I will be disappointed if she wins, which she certainly could. It’s Portman vs. Stone. I am rooting for the latter.
(I have not seen Emily Blunt’s performance)
1. CASEY AFFLECK for Manchester by the Sea – superb, moving, a truly great acting performance. I was totally involved in this man’s story. his rapport with Lucas Hedges was esp. strong, and Michelle Williams as well. Will win and should win.
2. ANDREW GARFIELD for Hacksaw Ridge – I loved his physicality in this performance; he had to display so many different emotions and had to make us believe we were at war during the phenomenal war sequences. Truly remarkable work.
3. RYAN GOSLING for La La Land – so charming and moving, just a wonderful performance, just a fraction behind Garfield for me.
4. VIGGO MORTENSEN for Captain Fantastic – he makes us love a character who would be easy to dislike if an actor didn’t know how to dig for depth of character. These first four are all so worthy of recognition.
5. DENZEL WASHINGTON for Fences – it’s difficult to access his acting since I could not stand his character. I was literally audibly cursing at the screen! I just don’t care for this one.January 12, 2017 at 5:25 am #1201986173
Best Supporting Actress
1. NICOLE KIDMAN for Lion – she moved me deeply. I suppose the role she plays resonates with my own life but I also just think she’s marvelous.
2. VIOLA DAVIS for Fences – her confrontation scene was among the best individual acting scenes of 2016. She steals this movie and is the reason to go and see it imo. I expect her to win and to win the Oscar as well.
3. MICHELLE WILLIAMS for Manchester by the Sea – she was particularly good in the scene outdoors when they meet and make amends. She has about 15 minutes of screen time and she shines.
4. OCTAVIA SPENCER for Hidden Figures – solid competent work, I preferred Janelle Monae in this film. She is fine but not esp. remarkable.
5. NAOMIE HARRIS for Moonlight – again, I preferred Janelle Monae in this film too. My problem is that this performance is all surface and lacks depth. She is competent but nothing more. I was not moved nor did I find layers that an actor or an actress can provide when the writing isn’t there.January 12, 2017 at 5:26 am #1201986174
For what I’ve seen I would say
Hidden Figures barley beating Moonlight and Fences in third.
Natalie in first, Adams, Stone Streep. They were all great.
finally, I’ve only seen Denzel and Ryan and I would put Washington in first.January 12, 2017 at 5:33 am #1201986176
Best Supporting Actor
1. LUCAS HEDGES for Mancheste by theSea – the rapport between Affleck and Hedges was mesmerizing. The scene in the hitchen when he goes to the refrigerator and has a panic attack was one of the best acted scenes of 2016. Truly remarkable.
2. DEV PATEL for Lion – a close 2nd place, it’s just fractions. Truly moving and different work from a personal favorite actor of mine. This film resonates with me personally, of course.
3. HUGH GRANT for Florence Foster Jenkins – it’s really a lead performance but he’s very good here. he plays a louse who is also a good guy too. he has good rapport with Meryl.
4. JEFF BRIDGES for hell or High Water – I was bored out of mind watching this movie. Just plain didn’t like it. Bridges did solid competent work but nothing more. Meh.
5. MAHERSALA ALI for Moonlight – what bugs me is that he doesn’t even give the best supporting male performance in this movie: Ashton Sanders does, with Adnre Holland in 2nd place. His performance is very short, only in the first third of the movie, which is fine, quality is more important than quantity yet I never felt moved or that I got to know anything behyond the surface with this character. I will always be flabbbergasted that this performance was the one that got traction. I think Sanders was too real, too honest of a performance, probably hit too raw a nerve. I am hoping Ali does not win, either here or the Oscars, but it won’t be the first or last time I have completely disagreed with awards giving groups.January 12, 2017 at 6:09 am #1201986180
Best Female Actor in a supporting role:
1. Viola Davis
2. Naomie Harris
3. Michelle Williams
4. Nicole Kidman
5. Octavia Spencer
Best Male Actor in a supporting role:
1) Lucas Hedges
2) Dev Patel
3) Mahershala Ali
4) Hugh Grant
5) Jeff BridgesJanuary 12, 2017 at 6:40 am #1201986197
Supporting actress- Davis- Harris- Spencer
Supporting Actor- Ali- Bridges- GrantJanuary 12, 2017 at 7:18 am #1201986210
2. Manchester by the Sea
3. Hidden Figures
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1. Manchester by the sea/ 2. Hidden Figures / 3. Captain Fantastic /4. Moonlight / 5. Fences
1. Casey Affleck / 2. Viggo Mortensen / 3. Ryan Gosling / 4. Andrew Garfield / 5. Denzel Washington
1. Amy Adams / 2. Meryl Streep / 3. Emma Stone / 4. Natalie Portman / 5. Emily Blunt
1. Lucas Hedges / 2. Dev Patel/ 3. Hugh Grant / 4. Mahersala Ali / 5. Jeff Bridges
1. Nicole Kidman / 2. Viola Davis / 3. Michelle Williams / 4. Naomi Harris / 5. Octavia SpencerJanuary 12, 2017 at 9:09 am #1201986305
Personal Preferences (I have yet to see Manchester By The Sea, Captain Fantastic, Jackie, Hacksaw Ridge or Lion)
1. Hidden Figures
3. GrantJanuary 12, 2017 at 9:52 am #1201986337
I can’t understand how someone can watch Hidden Figures and Moonlight and come to the conclusion that Hidden Figures was better, but that’s just me.
1. Moonlight / 2. Manchester by the sea / 3. Captain Fantastic / 4. Fences / 5. Hidden Figures
1. Denzel Washington / 2. Viggo Mortensen / 3. Casey Affleck / 4. Ryan Gosling / 5. Andrew Garfield (what a bad selection)
1. Natalie Portman / 2. Amy Adams / 3. Emma Stone / 4. Emily Blunt / 5. Meryl Streep
1. Mahersala Ali / 2. Jeff Bridges / 3. Hugh Grant / 4. Dev Patel / 5. Lucas Hedges (none of these should be nominated)
1. Viola Davis / 2. Naomie Harris / 3. Nicole Kidman / 4. Michelle Williams / 5. Octavia SpencerJanuary 12, 2017 at 10:26 am #1201986371
In terms of ensemble performances, Hidden Figures cast all deliver and the interactions are exceptional more so than Moonlight…Even though the subject matter of Moonlight is most important, Hidden Figures should and will win.
1. Natalie Portman
1. Denzel Washington
2. Viggo Mortensen
1. Mahershala Ali
2. Dev Patel
1. Viola Davis
2. Octavia SpencerJanuary 12, 2017 at 10:27 am #1201986372
Best Ensemble Cast
2. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
3. HIDDEN FIGURES
4. CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
1. EMMA STONE for La La Land
2. MERYL STREEP for Florence Foster Jenkins
3. EMILY BLUNT for The Girl no the Train
4. NATALIE PORTMAN for Jackie
5. AMY ADAMS for Arrival
1. CASEY AFFLECK for Manchester by the Sea
2. VIGGO MORTENSEN for Captain Fantastic
3. RYAN GOSLING for La La Land
4. ANDREW GARFIELD for Hacksaw Ridge
5. DENZEL WASHINGTON for Fences
Best Actress in a supporting role:
1. VIOLA DAVIS for Fences
2. NAOMIE HARRIS for Moonlight
3. MICHELLE WILLIAMS for Manchester By the Sea
4. NICOLE KIDMAN for Lion
5. OCTAVIA SPENCER for Hidden Figures
Best Actor in a supporting role
1. LUCAS HEDGES for Manchester By the Sea
2. MAHERSHALA ALI for Moonlight
3. JEFF BRIDGES for Hell or High Water
4. DEV PATEL for Lion
5. HUGH GRANT for Florence Foster JenkinsJanuary 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm #1201986474
2. Captain Fantastic
3. Manchester by the Sea
4. Hidden Figures
1. Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
2. Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
3. Ryan Gosling, La La Land
4. Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
5. Denzel Washington, Fences
1. Natalie Portman, Jackie
2. Amy Adams, Arrival
3. Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
4. Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
5. Emma Stone, La La Land
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Dev Patel, Lion
2. Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
3. Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
4. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
5. Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
2. Nicole Kidman, Lion
3. Naomie Harris, Moonlight
4. Viola Davis, Fences
5. Octavia Spencer, Hidden FiguresJanuary 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm #1201986508
- Hidden Figures
- Manchester by the Sea
- Captain Fantastic
- Denzel Washington
- Casey Affleck
- Viggo Mortensen
- Andrew Garfield
- Ryan Gosling
- Natalie Portman
- Meryl Streep
- Amy Adams
- Emily Blunt
- Emma Stone
- Dev Patel
- Hugh Grant
- Mahershala Ali
- Jeff Bridges
- Lucas Hedges
January 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm #1201986514
- Viola Davis
- Naomie Harris
- Nicole Kidman
- Michelle Williams
- Octavia Spencer
Here are my choices…
2. Hidden Figures
4. Manchester by the Sea
5. Captain Fantastic
1. Denzel Washington, Fences
2. Casey Affleck, Mancehester by the Sea
3. Ryan Gosling, LaLa Land
4. Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
5. Viggo Mortenson, Captain Fantastic
1. Emma Stone, LaLa Land
2. Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
3. Amy Adams, Arrival
4. Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
5. Natalie Portman, Jackie
1. Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
2. Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
3. Dev Patel, Lion
4. Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
5. Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
1. Viola Davis, Fences
2. Naomie Harris, Moonlight
3. Nicole Kidman, Lion
4. Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
5. Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
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