Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LowRes 2010 Movie Awards: The Actors, Part 1

The 2010 LowRes Movie Awards: 30 Amazing Moments / Best Trailers / Best Techs (Visual) / Best Techs (Audio) / Screenplays + Director / Breakthrough + Ensemble + Cameo / Supporting Actor + Actress / Lead Actor + Actress / Top 10 Films

Armie Hammer - The Social Network
Tom Hardy - Inception
Josh Hutcherson - The Kids Are All Right
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Emma Stone - Easy A
Miles Teller - Rabbit Hole

Had to expand this field to six so I could accommodate just how many actors gave performances that promise huge things to come. As it stands, I still had to leave out people like Hailee Steinfeld or Katie Jarvis or Tahir Raheem. I'm probably stretching the most with Emma Stone, since she's been fairly mainstream, what with Superbad and Zombieland and such. But the reaction to her in Easy A was like few reactions I've seen; it's a starmaking performance. I expect Miles Teller and Josh Hutcherson to be fighting over soulful-beyond-his-years roles for the next few years, while Tom Hardy and Armie Hammer will probably jostle for their share of roles as well. None of that is as important as the fact that those parts they'll all be scrambling for will benefit from performers who brought it so hard this year.

Domhall Gleeson - Never Let Me Go
Christopher Lloyd - Piranha 3D
Anna Lise Phillips - Animal Kingdom
Winona Ryder - Black Swan
Imelda Staunton - Another Year

I fully acknowledge that I lifted the idea for this category entirely from Nathaniel Rogers, who's been looking at micro-mini performances for years now. These are the performances that are too brief to compete with proper supporting actors but who nevertheless lit the screen on fire in their fleeting time on screen. I almost can't talk about what made Winona Ryder so fantastic in Black Swan, except to say that she kept appearing like the Candyman, always looking exactly like she does above. I spent about an hour after seeing Animal Kingdom trying to find out the name of the actress who played the lawyer near the end of the film. Again, spoilers keep me from spelling her whole role out, but in a movie full of slippery manipulators, hers might've been the most impressive. Christopher Lloyd may not have done more than channel his Doc Brown enthusiasm, but CHANNEL IT HE DID. Domhall Gleeson -- son of Brendan -- was heartbreaking enough in his one scene (with Andrea Riseborough, who you'll recall I love) that I managed to single it out over almost every other heartbreaking moment in that heartbreaking movie.


Another Year: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, Oliver Maltman, Peter Wight, David Bradley, Karina Fernandez, Phil Davis, Imelda Staunton, Michele Austin, and Martin Savage.

The Fighter: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams, Jack McGee, Mickey O'Keefe, Melissa McMeekin, Bianca Hunter, Erica McDermott, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Kate O'Brien, and Jenna Lamia.

Never Let Me Go: Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keria Knightley, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Domhall Gleeson, Andrea Riseborough, Nathalie Richard, Ella Purnell, Izzy Meikle-Small, and Charlie Rowe.

Please Give: Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Sarah Steele, Ann Guilbert, Lois Smith, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Josh Pais, and Rebecca Budig.

True Grit: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Dakin Matthews, Paul Rae, Domhall Gleeson, Elizabeth Marvel, Jarlath Conroy, and Candyce Hinkle.


Drew said...

Wow. I was going to suggest Anna Lise Phillips for Film Experience's cameos category. I'm surprised someone else thought of her. I saw her do some of the best acting I've ever seen in a play in Melbourne, and then couldn't believe just how unrecognisable she was in Animal Kingdom.

Joe Reid said...

Really, the role was SO small, but she made such an impression on me. Really hoping she gets a lot more work in stuff I can see.