January 22, 2012

MOVIES: Best of 2011 -- Supporting Actor

The runners-up:

  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Seth Rogen, 50/50
  • Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris
  • Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The nominees:

  • Albert Brooks, Drive -- cast against type, Brooks is a revelation as a psychopathic gentleman mobster who mixes courtliness and sadism.
  • Armie Hammer, J. Edgar -- from the twinkly-eyed romantic of the young Tolson to the physical and mental struggles of the older, post-stroke Tolson, Hammer gets the details just right.
  • Patton Oswalt, Young Adult -- a gloriously immature voice of reason whose history of nursing his own wounds makes him uniquely able to call out Charlize Theron's Mavis on her own bullshit.
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners -- a fine performance buried in a sentimental slog of a movie; Plummer's joy and thrill at finally exploring his real identity are contagious.
The winner:

  • Brian Cox, Coriolanus -- the ultimate glad-handed schmoozing politician, trying desperately to pass on his skills to a stiff, unpopular protege before tragedy strikes.

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