Craig Roberts – The Fundamentals of Caring
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year where 3 of the 5 nominees are more focused in the film than being just supporting roles, yet they were still delegated to this category. All 5 tho do great jobs in these roles and were deserving nominees for their performances even if not necessarily in this particular category.
5. Jeff Bridges
4. Dev Patel
3. Michael Shannon
2. Mahershala Ali
1. Lucas Hedges
5. Nocturnal Animals – The premise here seems much better than it really is. The acting is great, but the triple layered story loses focus too often and lacks real form. The story jumps around too much between the narratives and loses a lot of its impact because of it. The best narrative is the story within the story and it’s unfortunate that the film just isn’t solely about that story itself.
4. Moonlight – Not as amazing as most people claim. The three stories help to give us a better view of his evolving and cyclical life, but the effectiveness of each stories wanes as we watch it all unfold. The first segment is the best and most powerful and I wish they would have just stayed with that story for the whole film. Ali is great and things might have been even more enjoyable had the film focused more on him.
3. Lion – Very emotional film that takes us on a journey of discovery. Great way that they split the film into two distinct parts that help us understand the character and how complicated his life and memories have become. Patel is great as the older version of the main character yet it’s fun to watch Pawar portray the character as a child. I started to well up with tears at the end because this film is such an emotional roller coaster ride. Kidman does a great job in a supporting role.
2. Hell or High Water – Very clever and interesting drama that is played out as a slow thriller. Every step is carefully planned out in the storyline and they leave us little breadcrumbs along the way in order for us to find our way back to connect the dots. Great cast. Pine and Foster are great as the brothers and Bridges and Birmingham have great chemistry as partners who try and insult one another all the time showing their true affection and partnership. Not the best movie of the year, but one that is developed exceptionally well.
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? – Yes and No! I think Hedges does an amazing job in MotS and would have been a very deserving winner, but I can also understand how and why MA could have won instead especially since Moonlight (2016) was a dark horse candidate which managed to win Best Picture over the presumed winner La La Land (2016)
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!