Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2002

Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Chris Cooper (Adaptation.)
Ed Harris (The Hours)
Paul Newman (Road to Perdition)
John C. Reilly (Chicago)
Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can)

Biggest Snub:

Dennis Quaid – Far From Heaven

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year with five great actors getting nominations for somewhat lackluster performances and any of them could win because none stands out among the rest.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Paul Newman
4. Christopher Walken
3. Ed Harris
2. John C. Reilly
1. Chris Cooper


5. ChicagoHated this. Can’t believe it won so many awards. Couldn’t get into this movie at all.
4. Road to PerditionExcellent cast, yet the story drags on too much and instead of dealing with a potentially great father-son film, we end up with an unbalanced gangster film. Too much of the film feels like a regular gangster film and they don’t spend enough time letting us understand and get acquainted with the characters involved. A pretty average gangster movie that had the potential for greatness yet missed its mark.
3. Adaptation.If you like Kaufman’s work, you should like this. It’s a bit far out there for me, but I can see the genius behind the chaos.
2. The Hours Interesting portrait of life and death told in an intriguing way. All 3 leading ladies are superb here,, but I think Moore is the best of the trio.
1. Catch Me If You CanWell made movie. Spielberg once again does a superb job. DiCaprio and Hanks are both great as the leads. Thrilling cat and mouse chase that is based on actual events.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – I guess so!  None of the five nominees gave outstanding performances and of the lot, CC is slightly better than the rest.

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

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2002

  1. Disagree with you here. Most of these films I’ve only seen once- so would have to rewatch Adaptation to see if I’m still underwhelmed by cooper (who was far better in American beauty). Catch Me If You Can is terrific – but IMO – so is Road To Perdition.A dark revenge story of a solid “company man” – Hanks, playing against type as a killer but on type as a terrific father (or trying to be). I thought Newman was perfect as the surrogate father who loved Hanks more than his own warped son (Daniel Craig) and for his final scene alone – beautifully staged at night in the pouring rain – I would have voted for him.


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