Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Best of 2012 - Supporting Actor

Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty
For being as matter of fact about his character as the movie is.
For  fastidiously driving the plot forward while giving us his character's struggle, ambition and determination,
For the most un-showy performance of the year.

Samuel L Jackson in Django Unchained
For boldly taking on the most un-PC movie character in recent movie history.
For a lively full throttle performance that kept viewers guessing.
For being best in show.

Jude Law in Anna Karenina
For giving us a haunting portrait of weary resignation and dogged duty that cannot abide.
For embracing Karenin's passionless ordinariness while making him sympathetic.

Matthew McConaughey in Magic Mike
For being the warmest mot lived in performance in a movie full of them.
For finally melding his public persona into a memorable "star" performance.

Ezra Miller in Perks of Being a Wallflower
For taking on  the stock eccentric sidekick role and making it so much more
For an open honest portrait of first love with all its hope, confusion and despair.

In addition to these performances, I thought Tommy Lee Jones was terrific in Lincoln and Phillip Seymour Hoffman subtle and affecting in The Master.

What are your favorite supporting actors of the year? Did you enjoy any of these performances?

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