|"Get your hands off my Fisti Award!"|
Things are slowly coming together for the publication of the 1998 Fisti Awards. I don't know why, but I've just been so busy and slow moving on these, despite the fact that they are wrapped up (all films have been seen and all ballots are finalized). So, moving on, let's talk about the Supporting Roles. These are two of my favorite Supporting ballots of the 90's and two of my favorite wins in the complete Fisti Awards database so far. There was such range this year and so many wonderful ensembles that finalizing these ballots were difficult. I also ran into a lot of category confusion (is it a pure ensemble? are they all supporting? is this category fraud?) and I wound up making some last minute judgement calls and category shifts to finalize these ballots.
They are posted on the Awards Page, but let's post them here too and talk about them for a minute.
I absolutely LOVE Joan Allen, but this is her crowning moment in cinema. It's a perfect performance because it really finds so many layers of depth in such subtle inflections. I had so many changes in this ballot though. Moore and Collette were in my top five for a LONG time, and there was a spell where Collette was my winner, but then I saw some things, in particular The Last Days of Disco, and things changed. I did consider placing Sevigny here, for The Last Days of Disco, and she was in my top five (and my runner-up) but I ultimately placed her in Leading to make room for Campbell, who really deserved this nomination.
About six months ago my ballot consisted of Michael Caine, Steven Dorff, Bill Murray, Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Wilkinson and I was completely in love with it. Michael Caine was my hands down winner for an astonishing performance in an otherwise mediocre film (Little Voice) and quite frankly was the winner for that final song, which is still my favorite 'moment' of acting in the whole of 1998. But then I saw two films and they changed everything. Happiness and The Celebration are such astonishing ensembles with such depth that I found myself in a complete conundrum. I wound up weeding out and coming up with six performances I just could not snub...but thankfully Caine was borderline Lead and so with a small bump, I didn't need to snub him at all!
I'll have the Lead categories up later, maybe this week, maybe not. I'll be trying. Until then, dish on these nominees/performances and the ones you love/hate, the ones I snubbed, what you think of Oscar's ballots (as you can see, I preferred other members of the same ensembles that Oscar actually nominated), and while Paltrow missed my Supporting ballot, we can talk about how incredible 1998 was for her...or we can save that discussion for her DOUBLE NOMINATION in Lead.
Oh yes, I went there.