January 30, 2011

MOVIES: Best of 2010 -- Supporting Actor

The runners-up:
  • Matt Damon, True Grit
  • Guillermo Francella, The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Bob Hoskins, Made in Dagenham
  • Ian McShane, 44 Inch Chest
  • Owen Wilson, How Do You Know
The nominees:
  • Pierce Brosnan, The Ghost Writer -- A lovely portrait of a man led into foolish things by love, who's forced to deal with the realization of how badly he's been played.
  • Andrew Garfield, The Social Network -- A wide-ranging role, and Garfield gets all of the moments right -- giddy optimism, the pain of betrayal, the incredible patience it takes to be Zuckerberg's friend.
  • Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris -- A performance of incredible sweetness, providing a level of emotional grounding that is much needed to balance out Carrey's more manic comedy.
  • Bill Murray, Get Low -- A marvel of quiet restraint and droll humor that was far more interesting than the overpraised performances by the bigger names in the cast.
The winner:
  • Justin Timberlake, The Social Network -- It's a high-energy movie, but the manic jolt that Timberlake's arrival brings is still a welcome change; and its impact on the Eisenberg-Garfield dynamic drives the last part of the movie.

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