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