Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Action Movies Of The 21st Century So Far Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Richard Linklater Frontrunner To Direct 'The Rosie Project' Starring Jennifer Lawrence Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence Just For Laughs: 'The Big Lebowski' Live Read With Michael Fassbender & Jennifer Lawrence All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More All The Songs In 'Paper Towns' Including Bon Iver, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More "A Living Hell": 'The Revenant' Is Reportedly $35 Million Over Budget, A Producer Exited The Movie, And More The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie "It Was A Clusterfuck From Day One": 5 Things About Neill Blomkamp's Failed 'Halo' Movie

For Your Consideration: 5 Supporting Performances That Deserve Oscar Nods

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist December 19, 2012 at 1:01PM

As of Monday, Oscar ballots have been sent out, online voting (for the first time ever) is underway, and the endgame of the 2012 awards season approaches. And thanks to the cottage industry of awards predictions and precursors, the narrative is already in place. If you've been talked up as an Oscar contender for the last several months, if you've already been anointed by critics groups or the Golden Globes, then you're seriously in the race. If not, then you should probably make other plans for that Sunday in February.
25

Matthew Macfayden Anna Karenina
Matthew Macfadyen - "Anna Karenina"
Too divisive to get Academy traction in anything except craft categories, "Anna Karenina" is positively stuffed with performances that could have made it to this feature: Domhnall Gleeson as the lovelorn Levin, Alicia Vikander as the pure, lovely Kitty, Jude Law giving one of his very best turns as Anna's cuckolded husband. But for us, the pick of the bunch is a somewhat unlikely one, Matthew Macfadyen, as Anna's brother Oblonsky. Reuniting with his "Pride & Prejudice" director Joe Wright in an entirely different kind of role, Macfadyen is something of a revelation; buried underneath a walrus moustache, he's a boisterous, vibrant man of enormous appetites, and Macfadyen positively relishes the chance to seize a man with so much carpe diem (particularly when put in contrast with the brooding, repressed Mr. Darcy). Oblonsky's kind of a shit, unapologetically and repeatedly cheating on his doting wife (Kelly Macdonald), but Macfadyen's so endearing in the role that you can't help but like him. Which helps when it comes to the end; his final appearance, after his sister's suicide, is heartbreaking, a beautifully simple and silent bit of acting from the performer, showing a man who has always been so broad and vivacious suddenly subdued and broken. The complete lack of awards buzz for Macfadyen has killed whatever slim chance might have originally existed, but he's certainly worth a second look.

Emily Blunt, Looper
Emily Blunt - "Looper"
However smart and moving it is, Rian Johnson's "Looper" always faced an uphill struggle for awards recognition, although fortunately it's looking increasingly likely to pick up an Original Screenplay nomination. But given that the best performance of the film doesn't appear until midway through the picture, one suspects that its chances of picking up a nomination are pretty much nil. Which is a shame, because in a year where she delivered four strong performances (also including "Your Sister's Sister," "Salmon Fishing In the Yemen," "The Five-Year Engagement"), "Looper" was Emily Blunt's finest hour, and in a film full of pleasures small and large, the actress might have been the best thing about it. Entirely absent from the first half of the film, the British actress turns up as Young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) stumbles across the farm on which the film's last act is almost entirely set. Her character, Sara, cares for her young son Cid (Pierce Gagnon), and Blunt (with pitch-perfect American accent) is great at showing the fierce love for her child that leaves her entirely willing to blow Joe's head off as it comes to it. But it's also a far more complex character than that, and Blunt deftly shows the other sides of Sara -- the remains of the irresponsible party girl she once was, the sexually frustrated young woman out in the boondocks, the parent without a rulebook to a child who scares the living shit out of her. It's a great part, and a great peformance from an actress who's increasingly demonstrating that she's capable of anything.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower Ezra Miller Logan Lerman
Ezra Miller - "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
One of the year's most pleasant surprises turned out to be "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," an on-the-surface unpromising-looking coming-of-age tale that proved to be honest, authentic and emotionally charged in all the right ways. And in a cast full of further surprises (strong turns from Emma Watson and Nina Dobrev, a revelatory leading role for the heretofore-unregarded, by us at least, Logan Lerman), perhaps the best came from Ezra Miller. The cheek-bones-tastic Miller first made an impression in 2008's "Afterschool," and hammered home his talent as the infuriating, sociopathic title character in Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin." But both were fairly brooding, tough roles, and Miller took a total about-face to play Patrick, the openly gay outcast (and step-brother of Watson's Sam), who takes Charlie (Lerman) under his wing at high school. Virtually the anti-Kevin, Patrick might be an attention-seeker, but he does so as the class clown, and does it to conceal his secret heartbreak -- his jockish boyfriend Brad isn't out, and eventually humiliates him, rather than lose face with his friends. Miller's both incredibly winning at the more upbeat side of the character (it's a version of the gay best friend archetype we actually recognize from real life, rather than from other movies), but sells the broken-heartedness, the step-sibling bond with Watson, and the general sense of being on the wrong side of the cool kids beautifully. It's the sweetest and most empathetic he's ever been, and seems to point the way to all kinds of possibilities for Miller in future. And can we have a Slut & The Falcon spinoff, please?

Your ideas? Sound off below. Follow all our 2012 For Your Consideration pieces here.
 

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards, Oscars, Matthew Macfayden, Brit Marling, Ezra Miller, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Emily Blunt, For Your Consideration


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates