Tag: best supporting actor

2020 Oscars Challenge: [37] “The Irishman” — Ten Nominations

What a year it is when we’re talking about a Martin Scorsese film being “unlikely” to win Best Picture. Top that off with a film that’s garnering ten nominations, at least as far as my projections, is “unlikely” to win all ten. I expect “The Irishman” to be completely shut out this year and that’s absolutely bonkers when you think of how prestigious Scorsese is. But it just goes to show you what kind of year we’ve had for movies.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [29] “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” — Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Brad Pitt holds the front-runner spot in Best Actor in a Supporting Role, having been sweeping the season. However, when reading how some of the Academy voters were voting, Tom Hanks name was coming up a lot. The fact that he’s playing an actual historic figure and such a beloved one on top of that, this could designate a possible upset. My bets are still on no, but if there is an upset, it will likely be Hanks.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [8] “The Two Popes” — Three Nominations

“The Two Popes” has no chance of winning Best Adapted Screenplay. “Jojo Rabbit” has been winning all the major awards, making it the current frontrunner, while “Little Women” and “The Irishman” both have better claims to a win.

2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

“A STAR IS BORN”Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor Director: Bradley CooperProducers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos LanthimosWriters: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamaraCinematography: Robbie RyanEditor: Yorgos MavropsaridisComposer: Komeil S. HosseiniDistributor: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: November 23, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 120 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When rock star Jackson Maine meets struggling singer Ally, he is impressed by her talent and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [33] “A Star Is Born” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

“VICE”Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick Director: Adam McKayProducers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Kevin J. Messick, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKayWriter: Adam McKayCinematography: Greig FraserEditor: Hank CorwinComposer: Nicholas BritellDistributor: Annapurna PicturesRelease Date: December 25, 2018Budget: $60 millionRun-time: 132 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dick Cheney rises from humble beginnings to the heights of politics, serving in cabinet positions, in the White … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [32] “Vice” – Eight Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

“GREEN BOOK”Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga Director: Peter FarrellyProducers: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick VallelongaWriters: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter FarrellyCinematography: Sean PorterEditor: Patrick J. Don VitoComposer: Kris BowersDistributors: Universal PicturesRelease Date: November 16, 2018Budget: $23 millionRun-time: 130 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Dr. Donald Shirley, an accomplished concert pianist, hires Italian-American bouncer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Green Book” – Five Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

“BLACKkKLANSMAN”Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee Director: Spike LeeProducers: Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike LeeWriters: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike LeeBased On: “Black Klansman” by Ron StallworthCinematography: Chayse IrvinEditor: Barry Alexander BrownComposer: Terence BlanchardDistributor: Focus FeaturesRelease Date: August 10, 2018Budget: $15 millionRun-time: 135 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the early … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [16] “BlacKkKlansman” – Six Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant,Nicole Holofcener, & Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle HellerProducers: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, and David YarnellWriters: Nicole Holofcener and Jeff WhittyBased On: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” by Lee IsraelCinematography: Brandon TrostEditor: Anne McCabeComposer: Nate HellerDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: October 19, 2018Run-time: 107 minutes MELISSA McCARTHY CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: As Lee Israel, Melissa McCarthy plays a biographer … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [3] “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” – Three Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

“THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Director & Writer: Martin McDonagh Producers: Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh Cinematography: Ben Davis Editor: Jon Gregory Composer: Carter Burwell Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: November 10, 2017 Run-time: 115 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Several months after the rape and murder of her teenage daughter, Mildred Hayes is so furious that … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [41] “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 7 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

“THE SHAPE OF WATER” Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Director: Guillermo del Toro Producers: Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale Cinematography: Dan Laustsen Editor: Sidney Wolinsky Composer: Alexandre Desplat Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Release Date: December 1, 2017 Run-time: 123 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1962, janitor Elisa Esposito works at a classified government laboratory that tests new technology to help defeat the … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [39] “The Shape Of Water” – 13 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [2] “The Florida Project” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

WILLEM DAFOE “The Florida Project” Director: Sean Baker Producers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, & Shih-Ching Tsou Writers: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch Cinematography: Alexis Zabe Editor: Sean Baker Distributors: A24 Release Date: October 6, 2017 Run-time: 109 minutes CHARACTER SYNOPSIS: Willem Dafoe portrays Bobby Hicks, the brusque yet warm-hearted manager of a budget motel who often finds … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [2] “The Florida Project” – Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Rest In Peace, Martin Landau: (1928-2017)

MARTIN LANDAU June 20, 1928 – July 15, 2017 (age 89) Cause of Death: Unexpected complications Martin Landau had a career that spanned five decades, with most of his success happening 30 plus years into his career. He would get his feature film start in Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest and then his television start in regular roles on series like Mission: Impossible and … Read More Rest In Peace, Martin Landau: (1928-2017)

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [42] “The Big Short” – 5 nominations

“THE BIG SHORT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner // Directed by Adam McKay // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 28th, 2016 // Stream //  0 films – 1 day //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Supporting Actor

MARK RYLANCE “Bridge Of Spies” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: As Rudolf Abel, Mark Rylance plays an undercover KGB agent stationed in the U.S. who is apprehended and tried for espionage. Whether you’re Tom Hanks or someone unknown, being in a Steven Spielberg film will likely catapult your career, not just because there’s tons of eyes on a Spielberg piece, but because he’s an except director. Mark … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – Best Supporting Actor

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spotlight” – 6 nominations

“SPOTLIGHT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar // Directed by Tom McCarthy // // Dated Viewed: Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  5 films – 5 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Creed” – Best Supporting Actor

SYLVESTER STALLONE “Creed” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa, a former heavyweight champion who is persuaded to come out of retirement to train the son of his late best friend. Forty years after his groundbreaking turn as Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone returns to star in Ryan Coogler’s (“Fruitvale Station”) passion project, “Creed,” which passes the torch in the most honorable of ways. Playing … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [28] “Creed” – Best Supporting Actor

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [31] “Bridge Of Spies” – 6 nominations

“BRIDGE OF SPIES” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt, and Kristie Macosko Krieger // Directed by Steven Spielberg // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 // DVD //  11 films – 15 days //

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Supporting Actor

TOM HARDY “The Revenant” OscarsⓇ Nominated Role: As John Fitzgerald, Tom Hardy plays an early 19th-century trapper who goes against orders and abandons a gravely injured comrade in the wilderness. Believe it or not, this is Tom Hardy’s first time being nominated for an Academy Award. And if he continue the trajectory he is on with his career, this will definitely not be his last. … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – Best Supporting Actor

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [5] “The Revenant” – 12 nominations

“THE REVENANT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon //Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu // // Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 17th, 2016 // LAEMMLE NOHO 7 //  37 films – 43 days //

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Wolf Of Wall Street – Five Nominations

Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff Martin Scorsese is no stranger to the Best Picture category and with “The Wolf Of Wall Street” becoming one of his best films in an illustrious career, it’s no question that it deserves all the recognition that it’s receiving. Yes, the film is not about nice people and most of the main characters are … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [40] The Wolf Of Wall Street – Five Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas “12 Years A Slave” is the film that will be remembered from 2013. It does matter if this wins or “Gravity” wins or even “American Hustle”. What matters is that this film explored the nature of history and of slavery unlike any film before its time, from a black director who makes an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [36] 12 Years A Slave – Nine Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [21] Dallas Buyers Club – Six Nominations

Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter With likely two acting awards coming from the film, “Dallas Buyers Club” is a forced to be reckoned with. Even without a Best Directing nomination, the film likely lands into the top 5 with chances of the winning the Oscar for Best Picture. And even though it is entirely unlikely that it will win, this film will not go … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [21] Dallas Buyers Club – Six Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon There are three big contenders in the Best Picture category this year: “Gravity”, “12 Years A Slave”, and “American Hustle”. Now, “Gravity” and “12 Years A Slave” are the odds-on favorites to win, both vying for the Best Directing category and leaving David O. Russell out of the mix, but the steam that is building … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [20] American Hustle – Ten Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [16] Captain Phillips – Six Nominations

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca What a competitive year. One of the biggest upsets when nominations were announced was the missing nomination for Tom Hanks as Captain Phillips. Almost anyone, including myself, would agree. His leadership role in the film topped only by his emotional breakdown at the end of the film leaves the audience in a state not that much … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [16] Captain Phillips – Six Nominations

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For Your Consideration 2013: Mud

Will he go from being under-appreciated to having two nominations this year? I might be pulling for it. Matthew McConaughey is a force to be reckoned with and delivering two absolutely astounding performances this year, we’ll not only see him in the critics’ awards circle, but I have a feeling we’ll see his name, not just once, but possibly twice in up for contention. … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Mud

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

DJANGO UNCHAINED BEST PICTURE Despite Roger Ebert placing this film high on the films to win Best Picture, “Django Unchained” doesn’t have much of a chance. If we think “Argo” is a tough call due to the lack of a Best Directing nomination, “Django” must be placed below that. Meaning it will have defy even more than “Argo” to win. That being said, it … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [28] Django Unchained – Five Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [24] The Master – Three Nominations

THE MASTER BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE Nominated Role: Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, an alcoholic World War II veteran who turns for help to the founder of a controversial group known as The Cause. As much as Joaquin Phoenix has fallen off the deep end as of late, with the whole mock-umentary debacle that hovered over our lives for almost a year, … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [24] The Master – Three Nominations

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK BEST PICTURE The Oscars are never easy to predict. Sure, some categories are easier than others. There are locks, safe bets, and poor choices in all categories, but it always come down to a hand full of nominees that makes predicting hard. Following the Toronto International Film Festival and the People’s Choice Award win for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Roger Ebert predicted … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [20] Silver Linings Playbook – Eight Nominations

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [24] My Week With Marilyn & 2 Acting Noms

[22 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[18 DAYS TO OSCARS] Playing a well-known historical figure is tough. Especially one as well-known as Marilyn Monroe. The difficulty comes in being compared to that figure and never quite adding up to what people expect from that role. Marilyn was never nominated for an Academy Award, so Michelle Williams being nominated playing Monroe is quite the accomplishment and … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [24] My Week With Marilyn & 2 Acting Noms

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [11] Beginners & Christopher Plummer

[35 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] By now, if Christopher Plummer winning for his performance in “Beginners” isn’t a sure thing, I don’t know what is. Not only did Plummer win the Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor, but as of last night, he also won the Screen Actors Guild award in the same category. With Albert Brooks being snubbed … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [11] Beginners & Christopher Plummer

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [1] Warrior & Nick Nolte

[45 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[34 DAYS TO OSCARS] My first reaction to Nick Nolte being nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, based on his recent body of work and having not viewed “Warrior” yet, was distaste. Not that I completely dislike Nolte, but “Warrior” didn’t stand out to me as award-worthy. Perhaps I was also bitter about Albert Brooks not gaining … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [1] Warrior & Nick Nolte

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Way”

Written, directed, and starring Emilio Estevez, “The Way” is being considered in all categories including BEST PICTURE Produced by David Alexanian and Emilio Estevez BEST DIRECTOR Emilio Estevez BEST ACTOR Martin Sheen BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Emilio Estevez James Nesbitt Yorick van Wageningen BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Deborah Kara Unger BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Juan Miguel Azpiroz BEST FILM EDITING Raúl Dávalos BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Emilio Estevez BEST … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Way”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Warrior”

The Mixed Martial Arts equivalent of “The Fighter” from last year, the only thing saving “Warrior” is headliner Tom Hardy (“Bronson” and “Inception”). There has also been tons of buzz surrounding Nick Nolte’s supporting role, but this year’s Best Supporting Actor category is probably the toughest to get into (with George Clooney, Christopher Plummer, Colin Firth, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but more on that … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Warrior”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Beginners”

Having recently viewed “Beginners”, I am strongly behind this film getting some nominations at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Among the directing and writing considerations, I would also love to see Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, and Melanie Laurent all get nominations. Also, the Original Score definitely deserves some honoring. If you click the link provided for the Focus Features page, the score loops on … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Beginners”

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2011 Oscars Challenge: The King’s Speech

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The King’s Speech” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Town

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Town” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Fighter

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Fighter” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Winter’s Bone

2011 Oscar Challenge: “Winter’s Bone” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Kids Are All Right

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Kids are All Right” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Last Station

THE LAST STATION Up For: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role This film deserves the story that preceded it. A friend of mine and I decided to see this film at a 9:55pm showing on a Tuesday night. Upon purchasing our tickets and getting concessions, we walked to the numbered theater that … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Last Station

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Lovely Bones

THE LOVELY BONES Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Did you happen to notice that this film was only nominated for one thing? There was a reason for that. This film was bad, through and through. Yet the one, somewhat shining light of the film was the utter creepiness of Stanley Tucci as the neighborhood killer. I often felt … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Lovely Bones

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Messenger

THE MESSENGER Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Occasionally, the Oscar Challenge has helped shine a light on films that, for some reason or another, are glazed over by the local theaters and publicity as a whole. The Messenger was one of those films. Without much knowledge going into The Messenger … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Messenger

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Invictus

INVICTUS Up For: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Invictus started off the night of the triple header at the Safari theater. As the longest film of the night, we planned on getting it out of the way. Invictus did not disappoint. Morgan Freeman was a solid choice for Leading Actor. Put … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Invictus

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Inglourious Basterds

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Best Achievement in Directing Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Cinematography Best Achievement in Editing Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nothing like eight Oscar nominations to tell you how great this film is. Quentin Tarantino … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Inglourious Basterds