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Post by Admin on Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:05 pm

http://www.omaha.com/article/20100305/ENTERTAINMENT/703059921

Published Friday March 5, 2010
Oscar Countdown: No lack of future greats to consider

By Wes Taylor
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

The 2010 Academy Awards take place this Sunday.

Time to start guessing who'll win next year!

Okay, maybe it's a little early.

But it's never too soon to take a look at some of the best unheralded talent in movies: those actors and actresses who have never been nominated and might not be considered A-list (or even well-known), but could stand a chance to take home that golden baldie one day.

So even if you don't know their names quite yet, take note.

The 2011 Oscars are only a year away.

MEN

Jamie Bell: He first made waves as a teen, starring in “Billy Elliot” (2000), but he has proved himself a passionate, charismatic adult in movies like “King Kong” (2005), “Defiance” (2008) and even “Jumper” (2008), showing that a great actor can be engaging even in a terrible movie.

Jeffrey Wright: Long considered among the best of his generation, Wright has made a career of transforming completely for every role, be it as a violent Puerto Rican drug dealer (“Shaft,” 2000), a blues pioneer (“Cadillac Records,” 2008) or the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (“Boycott,” 2001).

Mark Strong: Understated and character-driven, this English actor has had a long string of quietly powerful roles (check him out as Hani in “Body of Lies,” stealing scenes from Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe). He has recently been getting bigger parts, too — he was the main villain in 2009's “Sherlock Holmes” — so look for him in coming blockbusters.

Chiwetel Ejiofor: Long name, serious actor. You might recognize his face from his many supporting roles (“Inside Man,” “American Gangster,” “2012”), but you should also know he might be one of the most skilled actors in the world. For proof, see him in “Redbelt,” “Kinky Boots,” “Children of Men” or on his home turf: the London stage.

Andrew Garfield: Virtually unknown in America, Garfield has made a name in England with a few standout roles, especially as the lead in “Boy A” (2007, award-worthy in itself) and the “Red Riding” trilogy (2009), a dark series following a serial killer in '70s and '80s England. Soon he'll appear in “The Social Network,” a movie about the founding of Facebook. Which, yes, sounds terrible, but give it a chance.

Michael Fassbender: He'll be quite famous quite soon, and he has the chops to back it up: He played English officer Lt. Archie Hicox in “Inglourious Basterds,” starred in the gripping indie “Hunger” in 2008 and wowed critics in the British film “Fish Tank,” all of which have made him a valuable commodity.


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Post by Admin on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:25 pm

http://welcometoclubsilencio.blogspot.com/2010/03/oscars-blind-side.html

Friday, March 5, 2010
Oscar's Blind Side

My two picks for the biggest Blind Side omissions from this year's Oscar ceremony. Sandra Bullock's passing them by, but if she goes below 50 mph, she'll explode!


Best Actor:
Michael Fassbender
(Hunger / Fish Tank)

Responsible for one of the most tantalizing monologues of the year in Hunger, Michael Fassbender is also responsible for the most tantalizing man flesh of the year in Fish Tank. Both equally admirable and award worthy. One film details the horrors inflicted on the body, the other the body's insurmountable pleasures.

Beyond his obvious external beauty though is a masterfully confident performer. Hunger strips Fassbender bare, his body and mind made frail for a cause. The brutal physicality of the role is met with a startling internal grace, turning the sustained single shots into captivating and moving reveals. While wasting away before our eyes, the depths of his character are fully nourished.

Fish Tank then is just as startling, merging that inherent sex object quality with a father figure conflict. His encounters with the young Mia are equal parts erotic and unsettling as we experience her desires for her mom's new boytoy first hand, and yet we feel the detached darkness subtly creep in with each curious glance and questionable touch. Removing someone's shoes has never seemed so layered and lustful. His character's turns could make him horribly villainous, yet Fassbender stirs an inner judgement and disgrace that keeps him from being painted as simplistically. If Michael Fassbender is a sculptural man, he manages to chip away at all the right parts.
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Post by Admin on Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:51 pm

http://blog.nicksflickpicks.com/2010/08/fifties-for-2010-best-actor.html

Monday, August 30, 2010
The Fifties for 2010: Best Actor
Maybe it was just the weekend, but I could sense you all getting a little drowsy over the directors, cinematographers, and screenplays. I figure I ought to throw an acting category your way, although I hope this still means something in a world where Kyra Sedgwick has an Emmy.

Once again, we mostly have 2009 to thank for the bests of 2010 in the U.S., but that's par for the course in the first half of the year for commercial exhibition. And clearly, these perfs were worth waiting for...

Louis-Do de Lencquesaing for The Father of My Children, who looms as large in death as in life, not by acting overly grand, but by capturing the rising, tragic tide of an almost mundane anguish;

Lars Eidinger for Everyone Else, for nursing his regrets as a hen guards its eggs, and quietly goading his girlfriend to fall out of love, even when he acts silly or tender;

Michael Fassbender for Fish Tank, for wearing the character as close to his skin as a pair of tight jeans, keeping you seduced and at sea even when all arrows point one way;

Tahar Rahim for A Prophet, less because he sustains a mighty arc from fledgling to kingpin than because he's so assured, he never flaunts the scale of that evolution; and

Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right, for the undisguised duels of shyness and smugness he radiates around "his" kids, admiring them while relishing how they make him feel cooler.

I know some people will justifiably consider Fassbender's and Ruffalo's to be supporting roles. Still, most readers know by now that, under the Hannibal Lecter Rule, I'm usually inclined to promote roles that are completely pivotal to the feelings and ideas of their movies into the lead category, even when they have slightly less screen time than other "leads" in the film. I do grasp that these are borderline cases, but I can't imagine even a one-line synposis of either Fish Tank or Kids that doesn't incorporate Connor or Paul. Though it helps that I write such long sentences!

Honestly, I didn't have much trouble arriving at these five, but a few honorable mentions anyway, most strongly to Cyril Descours, a young guy who brought edgy, spontaneous, charismatic life to the character who begins Accomplices as an unidentified corpse. It's spry work that augurs well for the young actor. Ewan McGregor may not redefine the art in The Ghost Writer but he reminds us what an underrated stalwart he is: a pre-eminently skilled audience surrogate, even when he's making eccentric errors in judgment, and a dab hand at playing peevish incredulity without getting ornery. Speaking of ornery, Ben Stiller does well by the lead role in Greenberg, even if the hairpin turns in Roger's temper exceed his grasp just a bit. It's my favorite kind of part to see him play, even if Joan Rivers's witheringly terse dismissal of him hangs implacably over his head. Joining him in the category of hard-working and ideally cast actors whom I can't quite love, Tom Hanks shows again in Toy Story 3 what a marvelous creation Woody is—very possibly his crowning achievement.

Labels: Best Actor, Fifties, International, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Fassbender

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Post by Admin on Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:18 pm

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Our 20 Favorite Films of 2010 [Pre-Oscar Season]
Posted on 31 August 2010 by TFS Staff in

We did it last year and now its time again. With awards season gearing up, here at TFS we have come up with 20 of our favorite films of the year. For all the naysayers saying the year has been disappointing, I challenge anyone to watch the following and stand by that statement. These are films that have had at least a limited US release in 2010. No order, just 20 films that are more than worth your time. Check them out below and let us know what you’ve enjoyed the most this year.

Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)

Michael Fassbender has been delivering terrific performance after terrific performance (he even managed to look good in that disaster Jonah Hex). But the real star of Fish Tank is newcomer Katie Jarvis. It’s her first performance, and a triumphant one at that. Both Jarvis and Fassbender characters easily could have come off despicable, and yet they both couldn’t be more sympathetic and understanding. Fish Tank is a realistic and hopeful coming-of-age tale that’s both beautifully acted and directed. - Jack G.
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http://www.indiewire.com/article/for_your_consideration_10_underdog_actors/#

For Your Consideration: 10 Underdog Actors
by Peter Knegt

Last week, this column decided to take a two part break from the dominant Oscar-related dish to profile 10 deserving “underdog actresses” from this year’s batch of films. Avoiding performances that have been routinely making prediction lists, the group included some that have definite (but long) shots at awards traction, like “I Am Love”‘s Tilda Swinton and “Animal Kingdom”‘s Jacki Weaver, to a few that sadly have no chance whatsoever, like “Let Me In”‘s Chloe Moretz or “Everyone Else”‘s Brigit Minichmayr. This second part works in a similar vein, except this time it takes a look at the boys club.

While there’s definitely a few good men locked into both male acting categories this year, from James Franco and Colin Firth in lead to Geoffrey Rush and Mark Ruffalo in supporting (check out an updated weekly prediction chart here), there’s most certainly wiggle room. It’s the same wiggle room that brought performances from tiny films like “Half Nelson” (Ryan Gosling), “The Messenger” (Woody Harrelson), and “The Visitor” (Richard Jenkins) into the mix in recent years, all of whom few would have predicted in mid-October. So perhaps one or two of the following guys will end up in the running.

Commentators should once again keep in mind that the list purposely does not include work that is looking like a good bet for a nomination, even if it’s from an indie film, and that it only includes films currently scheduled to be released during the 2010 eligibility period (like Craig Roberts in “Submarine” or Bruce Greenwood in “Meek’s Cutoff,” for example). With that said, here are ten underdog actors for your consideration:

Michael Fassbender in “Fish Tank” (best supporting actor)
Like “The Ghost Writer,” Andrea Arnold’s gem “Fish Tank” gets the full-service treatment here with Michael Fassbender following last week’s mention of Katie Jarvis and Kierston Wareing. Surely and sadly to go unnoticed come Oscar time, “Fish Tank” - which follows a troubled teen (Jarvis) as her boozy mother (Wareing) gets a new boyfriend (Fassbender) - came out very early this year and already drew some awards buzz in its native UK last awards season (it was released earlier there). Fassbender’s work certainly aided in the acclaim. Without spoiling anything, the actor pulled off an almost disturbingly sexy performance, and continued to show quite the range after his entirely different work in “Hunger” and “Inglourious Basterds.” Fassbender is sure to get recognized in big ways sooner or later, but it’s a shame if it won’t happen for “Fish Tank.”
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Post by Admin on Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:34 pm

http://filmexperience.blogspot.com/2010/10/true-hooks-for-oscar-grit-about.html

Friday, October 15, 2010
True Hooks For Oscar Grit. About Supporting Actor...
I'm updating the Oscar categories as you read [index] but today I'd like to talk specifically about the supporting category. Can the Coen Bros western True Grit figure in?

Supporting Actor
The excitement-boosting second trailer for True Grit gives us a good look at both Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. I had hoped that we'd get a good look at the always under-appreciated and under-used Barry Pepper [sigh] but if the trailer is any indication, you may blink and miss him in the finished movie.

Lately Oscar voters have been on a villainous bender in the Supporting Actor category. There are many reasons for this the first being who the hell would deny Ledger in '07, Bardem in '08 and Waltz in '09? But aside from a great quality performance -- nut usually the deciding factor -- Oscar has always enjoyed a good stock role, particularly in the Supporting categories. Are they in the mood for The Sidekick, The Villain, The Wisened Old Man/Mentor, The Sad Sack, or The Eccentric Weirdo?

Maybe I should chart out the last decade?

You're welcome!

Obviously Geoffrey Rush is good to go this year for The King's Speech. Even if he weren't a beloved awards-magnetized actor, he's all these things they love (mentor, weirdo, arguable co-lead).

When they're not rewarding those stock roles and tropes, they're rewarding lead players they've fraudulently shoehorned to the 'lesser' category or certain types of performers that might crossover into any of these categories but might not: The Ham, The Overdue Giant or The Guy Who Happens To Be Having a Great Year (And This is The Film We Decided To Honor Him For).

But before anyone says "these are basic fictional tropes, of course they're rewarded" remember that not every "type" is rewarded. Oscar generally has no time for The Cocksure Young Upstart or The Longsuffering Boyfriend [Tangent: They love Longsuffering Girlfriends but no patient if exasperated men. Imagine if the sexes in Erin Brockovich were reversed. Wouldn't Erin Eckhardt -- ha! -- have been looking at a Supporting Actress nomination for co-starring in Aaron Brockovich]. They're not even all that crazy about The Loving/Proud Father or The Beautiful Loser or the Sexy "Interloper"/Seducer... this is probably why Michael Fassbender couldn't get any attention for Fish Tank despite great reviews and this is why I worry about Mark Ruffalo though everyone else seems assured of his nomination for The Kids Are All Right. He doesn't fit it any vague category that they regularly flock to and what's more he doesn't have an accent, a disease, a drinking problem or anything else to sell, showmanship wise. His character is just this fully articulated human and that type of brilliance is sometimes a tough sell.

In other words: Where's the hook? He'll need help from his 'trouper who is overdue for attention' status. But then, Sam Rockwell (Conviction) wants those votes himself and he's got the showier character.

So I was thinking of True Grit and the way it fits into the mouthy sidekick and the charismatic villain categories (Damon and Brolin respectively) and how The Social Network doesn't really even though it also has two star hopefuls in play. You can definitely call Justin Timberlake a charismatic villain (Oscar's favorite type) but can you really call Garfield a "sidekick?"... he's not mouthy or wisecracking, and part of the conflict is that he's really not interest in being a sidekick. He wants the co-leading role that he keeps getting turned down for. He's just kind of this guy who is losing control of the monster he helped create. And yet he's not really a pitiable sadsack either. This is all a long way of saying that Oscar likes characters to fall a little more to the extreme side of the personality spectrum. Garfield, like Ruffalo, is just beautifully examining a somewhat normal guy in an extraordinary situation. No hooks.

So, good luck to both. Or maybe you think they won't need luck. Do tell...
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