Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man)
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.
5. Paul Giamatti
4. William Hurt
3. George Clooney
2. Matt Dillon
1. Jake Gyllenhaal
5. Brokeback Mountain – Doesn’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. Crash – Weak Oscar Best Picture winner, but still pretty good movie that deal with diversity and racial issues in the modern world
3. Cinderella Man – Great 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. Syriana – Good 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 Violence – Excellent 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!