March 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm #547153
An extremely varied year in this category with no two performance being similar to one another.March 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm #547155
I may be alone here but Will Smith gets my vote.March 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm #547156
I agree that this is a very diverse category.
Forest Whitaker is freakin phenomenal…in a supporting role.
Leonardo DiCaprio does well with the accent but beyond that is fairly unremarkable. He takes the back seat and lets Djimon Hounsou drive (he really should have been nominated here instead of supporting). A nomination for The Departed would have been more deserved. Matt Damon would have been deserving for that film as well.
Will Smith is actually quite good and clearly put a lot of effort into a performance in a film that didn’t deserve it. He’s a worthy nominee. In hindsight, it’s actually quite surprising that he didn’t Bullock/Lawrence/McConaughey his way to a “throwing a bone to a movie star” win here with this film.
Peter O’Toole is magnificent as the elderly man reflecting on his soon-to-be-over life with increasing sexual urges. He is let down by everything else around him and Michell’s usual bad direction.
But it’s Ryan Gosling’s embodiment of the junkie teacher trying to send one of his students on a better path than he took is magnificent. He really showed everybody that he can act and not just look pretty in chick flicks. The film as a whole is terrific but was too small for him to win with it. Too bad he wasn’t able to get nominated for Lars and the Real Girl.
Would have also loved to see Toby Jones nominated for Infamous or Edward Norton for The Painted Veil.March 30, 2014 at 2:32 pm #547157
Peter O’Toole. 1. A great performance. 2. A career of great performances with 7 nominations without winning. It’s astounding that the academy didn’t take this opportunity to reward him adequately.
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This was such a bland lineup.
Leonardo DiCaprio, despite that great accent, was nominated for the wrong performance.
Forest Whitaker was nominated in the wrong category.
Will Smith was actually quite good in his otherwise weak film.
Ryan Gosling was really good.
Peter O’Toole should’ve won an Oscar for this. It would be his 2nd Oscar in my personal Oscar selections (with a possible 3rd), but I found it to be a strong performance. I do think Gosling and even Smith would have been worthy winners but none of the performances wow-ed me.March 30, 2014 at 9:08 pm #547159
i would make leo win if he was nominated for The Departed insteadMarch 31, 2014 at 7:12 am #547160
If DiCaprio was nominated for The Departed, I would have voted for him but he was great in Blood Diamond just didn’t love that film. So I went with the guy who should have won that Oscar: Peter O’Toole.
The ideal nominees would have been:
1)Peter O’Toole – Venus
2)Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
3)Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happiness
4)Aaron Eckhart – Thank You For Smoking (Such a great perfromance)
5)Ryan Gosling – Half NelsonMarch 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm #547161
—Above great!!! Below could have been skipped nomination day—
Sacha Baron Cohen in BORAT & Patrick Wilson in LITTLE CHILDREN instead please!!!March 31, 2014 at 5:46 pm #547162
I know this makes me worse than Hitler, but I thought Ben Stiller had one of the best performances of 2006 for Night at the Museum. (Let the hate replies ensue)March 31, 2014 at 6:38 pm #547163
There were several great perfs which were overlooked that year. I would have given Ken Watanabe a nomination over Leo but am not sure I’d feel the same if he were nominated for The Departed.March 31, 2014 at 8:29 pm #547164
Peter O’Toole (2002) Honorary Oscar
Forest Whitaker (2006) Best Actor
These two men are in possession of Oscars — with Leo, Will, and Ryan young enough to wait for their turn.April 3, 2014 at 7:56 am #547165
Ulrich Muhe in The Lives of Other beat them all.April 3, 2014 at 1:12 pm #547166
I know this makes me worse than Hitler, but I thought Ben Stiller had one of the best performances of 2006 for Night at the Museum. (Let the hate replies ensue)
I liked that movie as well but he may have had the best comedic performance but no chance at an Oscar for that film. Probably never will win a competative Oscar (basically Steve Martin 2.0)April 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm #547167
I really liked Jonah Hill in the second one.