Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2009


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Matt Damon (Invictus)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Biggest Snub:

Quinton Aaron – The Blind Side

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a great year with some very talented actors nominated in this category, but only two had any kind of chance of winning nd between them one was able to give such a stellar performance that it was pretty much a lock as to who would take home Gold.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Matt Damon
4. Christopher Plummer
3. Woody Harrelson
2. Stanley Tucci
1. Christoph Waltz

Movies

5. The Last StationPretty boring film that moves at a snails pace without doing much along the way. Plummer is the best thing about this film and despite his Best Supporting Oscar Nomination, he manages to mumble his way through the pretty incoherent script which takes away from any kind of impact this film might have.  The way that the commune is portrayed makes it seem as if Tolstoy and his followers found a new way of life but things are just too strange and awkward throughout that this isn’t an enjoyable film.
4. Invictus –  This story shows how sport can be used in more ways than just to have fun. The ideas shown here by Mandela are quite amazing to watch because we can see how much opposition he received while on his quest to unifying his country. Freeman and Damon are both great here, but the accents were a bit off kilting to listen to. They showed a bit too much of the games played which was a bit disconcerting since I don’t quite understand the rules of the game of Rugby. Another Eastwood directorial masterpiece that puts all the pieces together quite well. Great story, cinematography, characters and most of all music make this even more enjoyable to watch.
3. The MessengerInteresting idea that shows the hardships individuals must face when being required to notify loved ones of a soldier’s death during combat. Foster is great in the lead but Harrelson steals every scene he is in as his partner. He was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Oscars for this powerful role. The story itself is quite simple yet they manage to show the various complexities of it all.
2. The Lovely BonesGreat film that takes a very interesting premise and presents it so well.  The complexities of the way that the story is told work so well from a visual perspective because we get to see both planes of existence simultaneously.  Ronan is superb in the lead role and is able to carry the story and sympathy of her character so well throughout. The supporting cast also do a great job helping us to fully understand the story.  Tucci is the obvious standout as the creepy neighbor who tries to keep a low profile so that no one will discover his secret.  He was very deserving of Oscar, Globes, BAFTA and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actor for this role but lost all to Christoph Waltz’s performance in Inglorious Basterds (2009).
1. Inglourious BasterdsQuintessential Tarantino film. Great dialogue. Interesting plot and storyline. Waltz is superb in this and was very deserving of his Oscar for this role. The revisionist history aspects work quite well throughout.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely!  Waltz is superb in this role and really brought him to the forefront of Hollywood with this performance.  Tucci is the best of the rest, but the gap between the two of them is so vast that no one else ever had a chance.

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