Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
as: Robert Ford

Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
as: Anton Chigurh

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
as: Gust Avrakotos

Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
as: Ron Franz

Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
as: Arthur Edens

With the exception of the hammy grandiose performance given by Philip Seymour Hoffman this is a solid list. Of course it's Javier Bardem's fierce, frighteningly scary turn in No Country that's on top-- as well it should be. It's one of those performances that deserves to be in front of the pack. If there's an upset (which would be most likely the biggest shock of the night) it will be Hal Holbrook, which would be fine, since he's quite moving in Into the Wild, but c'mon-- Anton Chigurh is the ultimate badass. I'm especially glad for Affleck's nomination, even though he's really the lead in Jesse James, but category fraud is never going away. I want to know, however, why Jason Bateman (Juno) and Bruce Greenwood (I'm Not There) have been this entire award season. It's not right.

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