Notable Roles: All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine, Paddington
Best Role: I absolutely adore her work in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, but her silent strength in The Shape of Water wins out.
Notable Roles: Blood Simple, Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous, North Country, Olive Kitteridge
Best Role: It’s hard to think of a time that McDormand was anything less than stellar. Ultimately, her best work remains Fargo’s Marge Gunderson.
Notable Roles: Neighbours, The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus, Suicide Squad
Best Role: Her work in The Wolf of Wall Street was an announcement of arrival, but her work in I, Tonya is a statement that says, “I’m here, and I’m not fucking around.”
Notable Roles: Atonement, The Lovely Bones, Hanna, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Brooklyn
Best Role: Ronan is so good at making us believe she is the character she’s playing, which makes choosing her best role so hard. Briony from Atonement is close, but Lady Bird wins the day. For now.
Notable Roles: Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, Adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt
Best Role: As I say seemingly every year, you could list damn near any Streep performance as her best. But I’m still stuck on her quiet work in The Deer Hunter. I mean, those eyes.
Notable Roles: Homeland, Lady Bird, Hostiles
Best Role: Call Me By Your Name, certainly. But something tells me we’ve just been given a taste of what Chalamet has to offer.
Notable Roles: My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, Lincoln
Best Role: I say There Will Be Blood, but hell, take your pick.
Notable Roles: Skins, Black Mirror, Sicario
Best Role: Get Out, no question.
Notable Roles: Sid and Nancy, JFK, Dracula, True Romance, Leon, The Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Best Role: Christ, who’s to say? I have to stick with his chilling and ruthless turn in The Contender. Watch it now if you haven’t seen it.
Notable Roles: Glory, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, Training Day, American Gangster, Flight
Best Role: Malcolm X, always.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Notable Roles: Other than a few amusing cameos as herself, nothing of mention.
Best Role: Mudbound.
Notable Roles: The Ice Storm, 10 Things I Hate About You, Juno, Away We Go, The Help, Masters of Sex, Mom
Best Role: Movie: American Beauty, TV: The West Wing. It’s hard to believe this is Janney’s first Oscar nomination.
Notable Roles: Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Mr. Turner, Maleficent
Best Role: Painstakingly difficult to call. Right now, I have to stick with her heartbreaking turn in Mike Leigh’s Another Year.
Notable Roles: Uncle Buck, JFK, Leaving Las Vegas, Scream 2, Horace and Pete, The Big Bang Theory
Best Role: Movie: Lady Bird, TV: Roseanne. But holy shit, her monologue in Horace and Pete was something else.
Notable Roles: Bad Santa, Coach Carter, The Help, Snowpiercer, Hidden Figures
Best Role: Fruitvale Station remains her finest work. It’s so odd to me that her performance in that film is rarely discussed.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Notable Roles: Platoon, Wild at Heart, The English Patient, Affliction, Shadow of a Vampire, Auto Focus, Antichrist
Best Role: The Last Temptation of Christ, but this is not an easy call. Dafoe is always great.
Notable Roles: Cheers, White Men Can’t Jump, The People vs. Larry Flynt, No Country for Old Men, The Messenger
Best Role: Film: Natural Born Killers, TV: True Detective. I love that Harrelson is getting offered great roles again.
Notable Roles: Six Feet Under, North Country, Burn After Reading, Let Me In, Killing Them Softly
Best Role: His star making turn in The Visitor. What quiet empathy he put into his character.
Notable Roles: The Sound of Music, Syriana, The New World, Beginners, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Role: Mike Wallace in The Insider. Not an easy choice, but every time I watch that film, I am so taken with Plummer’s effortless charm and subtle power.
Notable Roles: The Green Mile, Heist, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Matchstick Men, Snow Angels, Moon
Best Role: This is insanely difficult. A few years ago, I chose Matchstick Men, but today I’m going with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. That was the role that turned Sam Rockwell into Sam Rockwell.
You May Also Like