Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2005

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

George Clooney (Syriana)
Matt Dillon (Crash)
Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain)
William Hurt (A History of Violence)

Biggest Snub:

Ian McDiarmid – Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

My Overall Thoughts:

This was quite a weak year for nominees and none of the 5 are that inspirational so it really was anyone’s game since they all stand at a similar level where any could have won.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Paul Giamatti
4. William Hurt
3. George Clooney
2. Matt Dillon
1. Jake Gyllenhaal


5. Brokeback MountainDoesn’t live up to the hype at all. Interesting concept, just doesn’t work on a level that you really can believe they are in love. Disappointing.
4. CrashWeak Oscar Best Picture winner, but still pretty good movie that deal with diversity and racial issues in the modern world
3. Cinderella ManGreat film that the boxing scenes aren’t as important as the message of it all. Crowe is great here and this is probably one f his last great roles over the years. His chemistry with Zellweger isn’t so great, but he still manages to give an inspirational performance about a man who only wants to provide for his family however he can. In some ways, this film tells a story of a boxer who is more of an inspiration to his generation than even Rocky Balboa could be. Howard manages to direct yet another gem here.
2. SyrianaGood plot line, but you need to follow all of the stories very carefully in order to get complete enjoyment from the movie. Great cast especially Clooney and Damon in key roles. Clooney won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this performance eventhough he is the lead.
1. A History of ViolenceExcellent story, great cast, just the right length. Both Mortensen and Hurt are great here.  Does a great job of adding lots of surprises along the way.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Not Really!  Clooney was able to win in this weak year of nominees because his role was more than just supporting but there were other slightly better performances, most notably Gyllenhaal who probably should have won.

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

4 thoughts on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2005

  1. Wow… getting a bit disjointed here (plus your choices for snubs continue to amaze…where are they coming from?) I actually thought this was a pretty good year in this category. Not at all sure why your rankings are of the films they are in – and NOT the actual performances. Someone can give a standout performance in a mediocre movie. That being said – I agree with you on Clooney. I was never sure why he won for this particular role – unless in a year when it was a tight race – his standing and being well liked amongst his fellow actors (and the actors branch is the largest voting branch of the Academy by far) might have helped him edge out the others. I absolutely DISAGREE with you on Brokeback Mountain as a film – I thought it was excellent and DID believe his relationship with Ledger and I agree that Jake should have won.

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    • I rank both – the films and the performances, so I’m confused why you think I only rank the films.

      IM was great as Palpatine and ther’s nothing wrong with having a fantasy pick as a snub (I even recall lots of ads for his nomination in the trades at the time, so its not so far fetched)


      • I realize you rank both – I just felt that after doing this with all the Best Pictures (even though I realize that not all films which have acting nominees in them were also nominated for Best Film) – it seems superfluous to rank the films the nominees appeared in with a critique of THOSE when you’d be better served (IMO) using the critiques to accompany the ranking of the actual actors – rather than to only have a brief agree/disagree at the end which might not include your thoughts on all five nominees.

        As to Mr. McDiarmid – fantasy picks are fine. But again, if you’re going to have a “snub” listing for each year – there are far more deserving snubees. The ONLY acting nomination EVER for a Star Wars film was for Alec Guinness in the original – and as to the ads in the trades – there are ads in the trades for nearly every movie released by a major studio in a given year. Some are contractural, budgeted that way, even if they’re long shots. And once a full page ad is taken out – especially for a big budget film – they tout “For Your Consideration” in nearly every category. Sometimes – the actors pay for their own ads. A vanity thing. I get screeners every season – for the Writers Guild – and I’m always amazed at some of the ones we get – that the studio is delusional enough to think might garner votes for it’s screenplay (recent example – Universal sent us Fast & Furious 7)


  2. I think the main reason Clooney won here is that he was also nominated the same year for directing and co-writing best picture nominee Good Night And Good Luck so they tossed him a bone. Clooney even said something like “Guess this means I won’t win best director” when accepting this award. Similarly, Paul Giamatti was nominated in part because he had been snubbed the previous two years for more deserving performances in American Splendor and Sideways. And I wanted to say I just discovered your site and am enjoying it–great job.

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