Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2013 Fisti Awards: Supporting Performances


First, I just want to say that finding a non-pornographic gif of Lea Seydoux was nearly impossible.

Moving on.

So, it's time to explore the Supporting categories for the Fisti Awards.  I had very different reactions to each of these categories.  In Supporting Actress, I had a clear top three who I absolutely loved, and then a rotation of about six or seven performances that I liked but didn't really LOVE in the same way.  It was hard to decide which ones to nominate because I wasn't wholly passionate about them.  They are all very good performances, so it's not like I hate my nominees, but it was a very different feeling than finalizing Supporting Actor, where I struggled to narrow my list of twelve down.  In fact, narrowing the list to twelve was hard enough.

The category was bursting with exceptional performances.

So, let's just take a crack at this:



For me, the winner was clear.  Seydoux gives my third favorite performance of the year (my #1 and #2 are both in Lead Actress) and she clearly was leagues ahead of anyone else on the ballot.  Dever and Johansson were both extraordinary though.  Dever gave one of those 'take note, the star is born' type performances, and Johansson gave one of those 'I'm back' type performances; both extremely different and yet boiling over with brilliance.  

For yet another year, Sally Hawkins is right outside the top five (she was #7 back in 2008).

But let's get into a category a little richer, at least in my eyes...


First, as you'll see at the bottom of my ballot, had I considered Michael Polley's performance in Stories We Tell eligible, he would have won.  He was just EVERYTHING in that film, but he wasn't acting.  Even though many of the scenes in the film were reenactments, he wasn't in any of those (or at least not many).  His best moments were the ones where he was just talking about his life.  I honestly want to have a cup of coffee with this guy and just listen to him talk to me.  So much charisma, so much natural charm.


But alas, he doesn't qualify for the ballot.

So then came the task of finding a top five.  This was brutal.  I want to be clear that everyone in my top ten, at one point, was my actual winner of this award.  That is how much I actually love all of these performances.  In fact, finding a winner among my final five was equally difficult, because I would have given it to any of my top three in a heartbeat, and really a case could be made for all five of them.  They are all so different, so committed, so full of life.

I'm as surprised as the rest of you that I actually agree with Oscar, especially considering how much I dislike the film itself, but Leto was a revelation.  Complete transformation that felt as authentic as possible, despite the land of cliches he lived in.  You couldn't detect the actor one bit, just Rayon.  

But tomorrow I may wish that I had given the award to Pilou Asbaek (who is probably borderline Lead, to be honest).

So what do you think?  Who did I snub?  Which performances that I love do you either love as well, or hate?  Who do you nominate?

12 comments:

  1. Interesting picks. I particularly liked that you listed Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill in This is the End.

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    1. Jonah Hill came close to snagging a double nomination. I debated it. He was my favorite part of This is the End...such a hilarious dissection of his own persona, and shamelessly fearless, which I completely respected.

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  2. So right about the gif search. Jesus is there a lot of porn on tumblr these days. And not good porn either.

    I liked Seydoux performance as much as I thought her character was a pretentious bitch. Sarah Paulson for 12YaS is my win, though, with Hill winning supporting male, nice to see him included here! Goode was marvelous too.

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    1. I kind of hated Paulson's performance, but I found everyone outside of Nyong'o and Ejiofor to be painfully 'accurate' and just hard to watch.

      Seydoux was so much more than a bitch though. The progression of her character and the relationship itself was so accurate, so universally moving.

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    2. I don't know, for me she started as awful and pretentious and just ended as an ultra bitch.

      I hate those hoighty-toighty wannabe artists, I kept hoping she would choke on that oyster :)

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    3. I won't argue she wasn't pretentious or a bitch, since those types of people exist, but the way she handled it was, in my eyes, essential to the progression of the film. I mean, if she hadn't built this character the presented Adele with this other life to such a remarkably 'felt' degree, that moment between them, at the cafe, wouldn't have been so achingly poignant.

      Yeah, there were moments where I absolutely hated her, but I never once doubted Adele's absolute longing for her either.

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  3. Ooh, these are BRILLIANT! I love that you ended up giving it to Leto, and I'm glad Thomas Bo Larson made the cut, as I really wanted to nominate him. Thrilled to see Gomez at #8 as well. She made the top 10! :) I still need to see A Hijacking (and I wasn't as high on Johansson in Don Jon), but I love these performances! I really snubbed a lot of them.

    Poor Sally. I thought for sure she was still in your top 5. :(

    Random question: I know you don't list them, but do you give Best Picture to the producers? (I do.) Just wondering because I randomly noticed that Tom Hanks would actually be a Fisti winner for producing Where the Wild Things Are if that's the case. :)

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    1. I have this lazy streak where I don't bother to look up the producers, but technically they would all win Fistis if I took the time to find out who they were.

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    2. Ha, that's awesome! I almost feel like I should look them up and credit them, but then I'd want to do it for every category. The techs just have too many people to bother. Oh well. It's always interesting to see which people actually show up as producers. For instance, we both technically nominate Tobey Maguire for producing 25th Hour.

      Once I finish posting my ballots from 1930-present, I'm considering doing a post with every Best Picture lineup and the credited producers. I'd include some stats and trivia too, but that'd be a few months away.

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    3. That's an awesome idea! I can't wait till you post it.

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  4. I love the Larson and Asbaek picks. Hill is funny but isn't doing anything revelatory or different from anything else he's ever done. Goode was mostly fine and charismatic, but quite frankly, the scenes at the end of the film when Uncle Charlie "regresses" were some of the most cringe-worthy, horrendously acted moments I've seen all year. The less said about Jared Leto the better.

    Also, much love to Seydoux, Sumner, and Dever.

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    1. I think that comedy is something that is so sorely overlooked. Hill is effortless. It's more than mere comedy. He completely molds a character, with backstory, acidic greed and shreds of actual caring that shine through at the right moments. He also completely takes on the physicality of the role, which is needed to sell the film itself.

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