Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 2016

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)
Denzel Washington (Fences)

Biggest Snub:

Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool (2016)

My Overall Thoughts:

This was a great year where 4 of the 5 nominees were from Best Picture Nominees and each are quite powerful performances.

My Rankings:

Acting Performances

  • 5. Ryan Gosling
  • 4. Viggo Mortensen
  • 3. Andrew Garfield
  • 2. Denzel Washington
  • 1. Casey Affleck


  • 5. Captain Fantastic – Interesting premise that feels like it goes on a bit too much. Mortensen is great as the patriarch of this family who shun the ways of society. It’s nice to see the way that the family is book smart, but still lack real “normal” human interactions and how that affects them on their journey. Story is filled with anachronisms the whole way through and it’s interesting to discover what the family really knows and understands while on their quest. Liked the way that this film deals with diverse ways of parenting which gives it the ability to be seen as a lesson in parenting as opposed to just a film about an eccentric family trying to cope with society.
  • 4. La La Land – Amazing modern musical that really manages to capture the look and feel of musicals of old. Excellent songs that are immediately catchy and get you hooked so easily. The production is superbly managed and it all fits together so well. The one minor problem is the story itself isn’t as magical as we perceive musicals to be but the message of the film is extremely clear. Stone and Gosling are great together and have lots of fun chemistry. Look for this film to amass lots and lots of awards come Oscar night despite it not being the best film of the year.
  • 3. Fences – Great dialogue driven film that is able to says so much just by the way the characters act and react to everything around them. This film’s ability to rely only on dialogue makes it so interesting to listen to because the scenery doesn’t change much, just the way the characters talk and feel about everything going on around them. Gives us a great impression of how black families felt during the 1950’s and how their think evolved over the different time periods this film takes place in. It is quite enjoyable watching Washington, Davis and Adepo interact on screen.
  • 2. Hacksaw Ridge – Very inspirational film because it shows how one man who sticks to his beliefs can still make a difference when very one around him only want to take lives. Doss does so many things in this film that go against the norm yet still shows convictions on his sleeve no matter what happens along the way. The war scenes are extremely graphic and visceral yet allow us to get a clear picture of the true meaning of ‘War is Hell’. Gibson proves once again how adept a director he can be and gives us a layered story that shows signs of hope when everything is surrounded by bloodshed and hate. Garfield is amazing in the lead role and shows us how great an actor he can be especially when his character must remain true to himself no matter the cost. One of the best films of 2016 while also being one of the best war films in a long time.
  • 1. Manchester by the Sea – Affleck is superb here and I really doubt anyone else could have been able to bring the emotional depth of this character to the screen as well as he does. The story is written and planned so well by Writer-Director Lonnegan that it is able to creep into our minds and effect us so much mainly because it seems so realistic. Loved the way that we are privy to most of the conversations but not all which gives us a bit of distance for the most intimate and emotional conversations. Definitely deserved it’s two Oscars and remains my favorite film of 2016.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Affleck does wonders with this role and was very deserving of this award over all of the other nominees.

Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!

6 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Actor – Oscars 2016

  1. Still working on my own awards for ’16, but I’m okay with the Affleck win. He was very good, even though I didn’t love the movie. I will say that I’m sure Gosling and Garfield won’t be getting noms from me. Both are fine, but I wasn’t especially moved by either. In Gosling’s case, again, he was fine, just not Best Actor material for me. For Garfield, I might be penalizing him for my thoughts on the movie, but I hated it. His character was just far too perfect for me and rendered the film an exercise in flag-waving hero worship.

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  2. As good as Affleck was (though I didn’t like the movie itself much), I still think Denzel should have won. He already has an Oscar, so I can understand picking Affleck, but his role in Fences was a cut above the rest.


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