Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods
My Overall Thoughts:
This is probably the most divisive category this year because there are two camps as to who the winner should be; is this award meant to be for the best performance of the year or as a posthumous acknowledgement for perhaps the best performance of a recently deceased actor’s career. We’ll have to wait until the Oscars to see what the voters think.
5. Gary Oldman
4. Steven Yeun
3. Chadwick Boseman
2. Riz Ahmed
1. Anthony Hopkins
5. Mank – Powerful biopic that tries to give solid answers to the myths surrounding the making of Citizen Kane (1941). The cast is superb here and Oldman shines in the title role. The production and set pieces of this film are done extremely well and are able to transport us back to the ruthless Hollywood of the 1930’s, warts and all. The choice to film this in black and white helps bring forth the classic feel of the story and also finds a way to ground the story in a long gone era. The biggest problem with this film is its non-linear story that jumps back and forth through time on a whim, yet still helps establish how Mank was able to put all of his ideas together for the epic story of that would be Kane.
4. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Intriguing story that hinges on the amazing dialogue. The characters are slowly developed during the course of the film and we get to see the tension gradually rise in the tone of their voices. The characters are fascinating to listen to due to the various experiences that we learn about their lives. The cast is great and both Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman give powerful performances here. Unfortunately tho, the story itself leaves things a bit too open that causes things to not be as powerful from a storytelling perspective as one might hope for.
3. Minari – Very intriguing film that quite surprised me as to how engaging it was. The cast is great and they truly help us get so involved in the story and characters as things unfold in ways one might expect. The story is able to stay quite captivating throughout and allows for us to feel something that seems both unique and familiar because of the Korean twist on the typical immigrant story that is presented here.
2. Sound of Metal – They do a wonderful job telling this story in a very realistic fashion which helps keep it so enjoyable to watch. The acting is superb and both Riz Ahmed and Paul Raci are amazingly genuine and powerful in their roles. I am not surprised at all that they both have been mentioned quite often in award nomination discussions for their work on this film. They help make the story and characters feel even more powerful and poignant in all that they say or so here.
1. The Father – This is a film that blew me away when I first saw it two weeks ago and have been itching to rewatch ever since because it was so powerful and poignant throughout. After watching this not long ago, I declared that this was my favorite film of 2020 and this rewatch helps reinforce that idea because it is such an incredibly made film. Anthony Hopkins is superb in the lead role and this is one of his very best performances because of the way that the story unfolds.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Absolutely!! There is no question in my mind that AH gave the best performance of the year and I’m quite happy that the Academy voters decided to give him this well deserved award.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!