Toby Maguire – Seabiscuit
My Overall Thoughts:
This is another year with 5 great performances being nominated, but one was so much more powerful than the others, it’s hard to imagine any other outcome.
4. Ken Watanabe
3. Djimon Hounsou
2. Benicio Del Toro
1. Tim Robbins
5. The Cooler – Feels too much like a Scorsese wannabe film and doesn’t do the genre justice. Macy is the only truly great thing about this film. The plot seems a bit too weird. The characters are completely uneven and the acting is either over the top or non-existent. As great as Macy is, he has little to no chemistry with Bello which is a shame because she is normally a great actress.
4. In America – Does a great job of making the viewer identify with the family and their difficulties. Narration by the young girl really gives an innocent and pure perspective of everything going on.
3. The Last Samurai – Cruise is cast extremely well in this role and we truly believe that he is being tortured on the inside due to his military past. Story is quite reminiscent of other films in the genre yet manages to remain unique based on its main theme staying true to the matter of honor. Gives us a clear view of how the Indian campaign took its toll on soldiers and is quite analogous to modern warfare where soldiers sometimes must follow orders they don’t believe in and question their own honor after having carried out these orders. Gives us very interesting insight into how parts of Japanese customs are observed.
2. 21 Grams – Very interesting film that looks at a very complex situation in a non-linear yet fascinating way. The cast is superb with Watts, Penn and Del Toro giving excellent performances. This film needs to be watched very carefully in order to try and catch everything because it jumps around so much in time and if one isn’t paying attention, they might miss some key points in the story. The message of the film is quite powerful and works on numerous levels.
1. Mystic River – Amazingly done by Eastwood, who is one of the best directors around. Excellent performances and storylinethat works really well and manages to keep things gripping and thrilling the entire time.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! Robbins is superb in this film and was quite deserving of winning because he gives the most powerful performance of the nominees. Del Toro comes quite close also with his performance, but TR was clearly the best.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!