Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2018


Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)

Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman)
Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born)
Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Biggest Snub:

Timothy Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

My Overall Thoughts:

This is a year where the eventual winner led the pack the entire way through the awards season.  There were a few rumors that two of the other nominees could surprise since they are both veteran supporting actors and up until the Oscars themselves, there wasn’t much of a question as who had the biggest chance to win.

My Rankings:

Supporting Actor

5. Adam Driver
4. Sam Rockwell
3. Richard E. Grant
2. Sam Elliott
1. Mahershala Ali

Movies

5. ViceBale is mesmerizingly creepy in the title role and gets totally lost in the role. The story works quite well in order to give us a clear picture of how things played out over the course of his rise to power. McKay’s approach to dumbing down the story for the viewer works a bit better here than it did in The Big Short (2016), but something still is missing that would have made this film even more engaging and enjoyable.  Supporting cast work quite well in capturing some of the personalities of characters who are known to everyone due to their exposure in politics.
4. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Interesting premise that works because of the great performances, but something seems missing throughout that could have made this even more interesting. McCarthy and Grant are both superb in this film and both are very deserving of their Oscar nominations for these performances. The characters don’t feel developed enough and if they had been given a much broader and deeper backstory, it might have made it even more enjoyable to watch. McCarthy shows with this film that she is definitely among the comic actors who are able to do even more when given great dramatic roles for them to sink their teeth into. Can’t wait to see what she will do in the future.
3. Green BookInteresting premise that works much better than I had expected it to. I had envisioned a Driving Miss Daisy (1989) for the 21st Century, but they manage to give us some great characters who are developed quite well over the course of the film. Mortensen and Ali are both superb in this film and even though it is quite clear where the story is heading, it’s still quite a pleasure watching them take the journey to that place. The story does a wonderful job transporting us back the the early 1960’s and we get to see how racial relations were viewed both in the North and the South nearly a century after the Emancipation Act. Quite enjoyable, but not one of the very best films of the year.
2. BlacKkKlansmanGreat film that works on numerous levels. The story is so unbelievable yet the fact that it’s based on truth makes it even more powerful. The film is slightly ruined by the epilogue which tuns things too political instead of letting the story itself sink in for what it’s trying to say about America and how things haven’t changed in 150 years, anyone watching it knows that the same is unfortunately true for today but there is no need to try and politicize that notion. Washington is amazing in the lead role and shows that he has what it takes to be a great actor and might even be better one day than his father.
1. A Star Is BornExcellent version of the story that is even better than every other one put to film over the last 80 years. Cooper and Gaga are both superb in these roles and their onscreen chemistry is so enjoyable to watch because it seems so realistic. The music is amazing to listen to and both of the leads have great voices so that enhances the songs and the audiences feelings for everything going on here. There is so much hype about this film right now, and I have to agree that this film is superbly done from numerous perspectives. Cooper has made his vision a reality and this film is right now being seen by many as the film to beat at the various upcoming awards ceremonies including the Oscars. Supporting cast is also great and I loved seeing Clay in a role so very different from what we expect from him. Elliott gives one of his finest performances here too and I really hope he gets some recognition for his wok here when they start announcing nominations. Definitely one of the best films of the years so far and might very well stay on top.

Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Yes and No!  Ali is great in this role, but he doesn’t really feel like a supporting role and is much more of a co-lead.  Personally, I would have given it to Elliott who is amazing in ASIB, but I can’t say that Ali was undeserving at all of this award.

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

One thought on “Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2018

  1. Not sure how I’m supposed to comment here since this is a “did they get it right?” about the Supporting Actors – but you then rank and review the films they’re in. Addressing the first – Timothy Chalamet was an absolutely egregious omission – and might have won had he been nominated. Not sure about Rockwell’s nomination either. He did a nice job – but so did everyone in VICE. Ali – as you pointed out – was NOT a “supporting actor” in Green Book – and I HATE when the Academy permits actors/actresses to slide into categories in which they clearly do NOT belong – because they either think they have a better shot to win OR they don’t want two actors from their movie competing head to head (and probably knocking each other off). But it WAS the category he was nominated in – so you either get amd and withhold a vote or you vote because you think he was “best”. I thought he was terrific. I thought Richard E. Grant was better. And I called Glenn Close NOT winning Best Actress – because she was NOT the Best Actress this year. Olivia Colman was excellent – but she was either a co-lead with Weisz and Stone – or THEY were LEADS and Colman was supporting…

    As to the rest: apparently both Vice and Can You Ever Forgive Me (in your opinion) had “…something missing…” I disagree with you on both counts. I hated The Big Short, but thought VICE was excellent. Forgive Me came in at #3 on my list of Best Films I saw last year. Nothing was missing from either. I would’ve had a hard time choosing between Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy if I had a vote. BlackKklansan was OK – but I never thought Spike made up his mind on the tone between drama and comedy. For me – that final sequence – the real footage of Charlottesville – which you thought misplaced (and BTW – Lee would NOT have made the film without. He even called the mother of the murdered woman to make sure he had her blessing to include it) was more powerful than ANYTHING that came before it. For me, if the entire film had had the impact of the last footage – it would’ve been 5X better.

    Green Book, although not IMO the Best film of the year – was in the top 10. And we agree on A Star Is Born – although I would have it in a dead heat with the Garland/Mason version, I thought Cooper should’ve won Best Actor and Sam Elliott was solid in his role – but was barely in the movie – and I wouldn’t even have nominated him.

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