Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2012

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Alan Arkin (Argo)
Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) 

Biggest Snub:

Sascha Baron Cohen – Les Miserables

My Overall Thoughts:

This is another great year with 5 very talented nominees but two of the performances stand out high above the rest and it was ultimately between the two of them for the win.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Robert De Niro
4. Tommy Lee Jones
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
2. Alan Arkin
1. Christoph Waltz


5. The MasterInteresting film that shows the effects of war on a soldier as he tries to find his way in the world. Phoenix and Hoffman are both quite powerful here even if the story loses it’s way too often.  The message of the film can be seen from various levels and gets a bit too existential like all of Anderson’s films do.  Unfortunately, things are too morose and this story isn’t cathartic in any way because that would have made this a bit more interesting.
4. Silver Linings PlaybookBetter upon second viewing because the characters are complexly written but in a down-to-Earth way for us to understand them. Cooper, DeNiro, Weaver and Lawrence are both great here and it’s understandable why they would all get nominated because the plot is so character driven. Liked how the plot is interwoven between real events to make it seem even more genuine.
3. LincolnGreat portrayal of Lincoln’s political genius during a difficult period in US history. Day-Lewis is once again amazing in his role and deserves to be alone at the top as the only actor with 3 Best Actor Oscars to his credit.
2. Django UnchainedAnother great film by Tarantino. He once again is able to prove how amazing a storyteller he is. He is the master of mixing genres and the ability to combine both a blacksploitation film and a Western is pure genius. The cast is superbly chosen and Foxx does a wonderful job as the lead but Waltz uses his uncanny ability to steal every scene he is in. He truly deserved his second Oscar for this role. Tarantino once again keeps us interested the entire time and the spoken dialogue of the characters is perfectly written. The music chosen for the soundtrack is great and helps move along the story at a really nice pace. Despite this being a strange kind of revenge film, it works in just about every aspect even better than anyone could have hoped.
1. ArgoVery good movie. Great mix of Hollywood insiders, political intrigue and real life events.Very deserving of winning Best Picture this year.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Waltz once again is able to show his acting talent with this role and was quite deserving of his second S. Actor Oscar for this role. Arkin was a close second.

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

2 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2012

  1. Disagree on your “snub”. I would’ve said John Goodman from “ARGO”. As to the rest – one of rare years where every nominee was a previous winner. I would NOT have gone with Waltz -because essentially he played the same role written by the same writer for which he’d already won for Inglourious Basterds. And BTW – I hated Django and I’m no fan of Tarantino. Of the other nominees – hated The Master (worse than Django – because it was a colossal bore), so skip Hoffman. Any of the other 3 would’ve worked for me.


  2. I’m another who wouldn’t give Waltz the win. He was good, but I’d nominate both DiCaprio and Jackson from the same movie ahead of him. I’d be more than happy with either getting the win. My personal snub is James Franco in Spring Breakers.


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