Ryan Gosling – The Believer
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another so-so year of nominees. The best (and most emotional) role of the year by Wilkinson unfortunately had no chance of winning, so they ended up going with the flow and rewarding an actor who playe da role completely against type quite well, even if it was a bit disturbing.
5. Will Smith
4. Sean Penn
3. Denzel Washington
2. Russell Crowe
1. Tom Wilkinson
5. Ali – Nice biopic that comes across as being a bit too choppy for it’s own good. Smith is good here, but no where near great.
4. I Am Sam – Very good premise but I felt that the story felt too juvenile and simplistic. Penn is very good here but his character’s inflections are way too reminiscent of Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man (1988) and Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994).
3.Training Day – Interesting and gripping story of undercover police work and how it affects those on assignment. Washington is excellent here and was deserving of his best actor Oscar for this role. Movie isn’t perfect but still enjoyable.
2. A Beautiful Mind – Good movie. Not the Best movie of the year, but close. Contains many elements that Oscar voters love.
1. In the Bedroom –Interesting study in the human psyche and how it is affected by tragedy. Is a bit slow at certain points, but still worth waiting it out.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – yes and No! I think that Denzel does a nice job in TD, and it is a very different type of role for him than usual, but the performances by both Crowe and Wilkinson are more powerful IMHO. Wilkinson wasn’t going to win despite his great performance and Crowe is a good actor, but after winning the previous year, there was no way that he was gonna be able to get back to back awards because he isn’t a spectacular actor.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!