Davis Awards 2012 - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis

Davis Awards 2012


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Michael Haneke captures the pure essence of love that sustains decade after decade. Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Tringnant are two performers born to act together. Nicholas Jarecki’s first directorial effort is not only superbly executed but he manages to showcase the long-believed idea that Richard Gere is one of our finest actors. Nate Parker and Susan Sarandon also compliment the film beautifully. Ben Affleck brings a tri-fecta of impressive filmmaking and putting his own stamp on this political drama. What makes the work more impressive, is Affleck illuminates a young Clint Eastwood and directs himself to one of his finest performances so far. Tom Hooper captures Broadway magic on the silver screen with this musical adaptation. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Samantha Barks, and Eddie Redmayne all shine bright. Moving, impeccably directed, and utterly enchanting. Steven Spielberg return to form and teamed up with screenwriter Tony Kushner, the two bring together an orchestrated symphony of history and melodic narrative. What makes the film succeed is the talented ensemble including Daniel Day-Lewis, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones.
“A little boy that’s sent to camp by his mother…” “You serious? You think money’s gonna fix this?…” “Argo fuck yourself!” “Can you hear the people sing? – FINALE” Reading of the ballots.
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Animation can still be more than 3D effects, random song inserts, and geared towards children. The Painting pushes the boundaries of animation and easily lands among one of the more original concepts in years. High school was my best time in school and Writer/Director Stephen Chbosky reminded me of the happiest (and saddest) times of my youth. Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller deliver one of the year’s finest turns by any young actor. No other film this year, snuck up, and floored me more than this love letter to one of the finest musicians I’ve never known, Rodriguez. Stylistically gorgeous and beautifully told by director Malik Bendjelloul. The Memphis 3 has been chewed up and spit out by documentaries for years but no other director like Amy Berg and Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, have put so much emphasis and passion behind a concept and idea that may haunt many for years to come. Filmmaking as been elevated to some of the highest levels witnessed in a long time with Kathryn Bigelow’s “true” account about the finding and assassination of Osama bin Laden. Writer Mark Boal may have demonstrated the finest screenplay this decade.
“I’m going to find who painted you…” “I don’t know if I will have the time to write anymore letters because I might be too busy trying to participate. So if this does end up being the last letter I just want you to know that I was in a bad place before I started high school and you helped me.” “A Most Disgusting Song” Interview with Terry Hobbs. “Where do you want to go?”
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Childhood love and innocence captured on an island in the 1960s. Wes Anderson’s most personal and brilliant film to date. Tears, tears, and more tears fill a movie theater while Naomi Watts and Tom Holland dig deep inside to exhibit pure fear. J.A. Bayona also lands as one of most promising directors to watch. Nolan’s finale is a great salute to Batman fans everywhere while still keeping his integrity and clever filmmaking intact. The cop drama gets a needed facelift as Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena turn in career-best performances. Many issues were brought to viewer’s attention in 2012, but The House I Live In takes a fascinating look into our legal system and outs the ugly in big way.
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A story that seems so familiar needs someone unfamiliar to the public to be told correctly. The best directing turn by a Documentarian since Michael Moore in “Bowling for Columbine.” She constructs a chess set full of notable characters yet headlined by one ferocious performance by Jessica Chastain. Her choices during the raid also show her brilliance. Quiet, calm, hardly any music to accompany a devastating story. Haneke handles the message, subject matter, and elderly actors with care. Delivers the best musical to hit screens since “Chicago” and manages to keep this larger than life musical intimate. I believe he had a true handle on the material and should be rewarded handsomely. A fine debut for this writer and delivers a story full of charm, smarts, and endurance. Jarecki brings the best out of Richard Gere, Nate Parker, and Susan Sarandon.
The release. The raid on the compound. Opening scene. “I Dreamed a Dream” Ellen’s final confrontation of Robert.
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Bringing tension overseas. And going three-in-a-row on his directing bats. He’s back, delivering great stories with emotional filmmaking. It takes a lot to decide to write and direct the adaptation of your own book. Chbosky does it like a pro. Capturing the innocence of love and children. Music remained the star with Rodriguez as the God-like vehicle.
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As Pat Jr., Cooper keeps us right at the edge. The evolution of the character makes us unsure if we should be fearing him or feeling sorry for him. It’s Cooper’s finest work. As Lancaster Dodd, Hoffman changes up his intensity that he exemplifies in other works and makes a believer out of all of us. His best performance since “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” Talk about young talent, wiping the floor with any other actor that stands next to him. Lerman delivers the most honest portrayal of the bunch, never breaking face. Constructing a character from scratch is never an easy task. Phoenix orchestrates and runs Freddie Quell like a well-oiled machine. Thumbs forward, mouth crooked, simply marvelous. Georges is in love. Tringnant doesn’t let go of that focus for one second. His slow, fragile walks through the house to rush to his ailing Anne. Wonderful.
“The only way to beat my crazy was by doing something even crazier. Thank you. I love you. I knew it from the moment I saw you. I’m sorry it took me so long to catch up.” “If we meet again, in the next life, you will be my sworn enemy and I will show you no mercy.” “Sam. I know I’m quiet… and, and I should speak more. But if you knew the things that were in my head most of the time, you’d know what I really meant. How, how much we’re alike and, and how we’ve been through things… and you’re not small. You’re beautiful. “ “You’re the bravest girl I’ve ever met. Now stick it back in, it fell out. “ “Things will go on as they have done up until now. They’ll go from bad to worse. Things will go on, and then one day it will all be over.”
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Jackman has never been more aware of his talents and his abilities as an actor. Puts all that charm and charisma that made us fall in love with him over 30 years to go to good use. Embodies the man but more importantly allows his surrounding players to accent his mannerisms and style. One of the great unsung heroes of the year. Tough to love but when you do, you REALLY do. It’s hard to believe Black pulled this out of himself. Flamboyant, classical, and even more impressing.






Jessica Chastain

Zero Dark Thirty

Emayatzy Corinealdi

Middle of Nowhere

Emmanuelle Riva


Naomi Watts

The Impossible

Michelle Williams

Take this Waltz

As Maya, Chastain taps into the female operative with effortless ease. She carries the entire film on her shoulders and a big component of the film’s success is thanks to what she accomplishes. What an authentic, raw, real performance. As Ruby, Corinealdi delivers one of the best performances of the year. What makes this citation even more impressive, is that I almost missed this film. Chalk this citation as a win for independent cinema. Talk about giving yourself to your craft. Riva bares more than her soul as Anne. As the through line for our tale of love and loss, Riva manages to not only break our hearts, but performs the role with such little dialogue. A tender turn. I can’t even imagine how Watts started to prepare for her role as the mother Maria. Watts digs deep and puts herself in the forefront of cinematic emotion. It’s her best performance to date. Margot is very unlikable. You can even argue she’s downright loathsome and represents many of the things I’ve hated about past relationships. Williams embraces her despite being completely aware of the rotten core.
“Where do you want to go?” “I’m trying my best Ma.” “Help…Help…Help…Help…” “Thank you” “I’d like to see you there, on this date, at… 2PM. Eastern Standard time. August 5th, 2040, I’d like to kiss you. Until then, I’m married. But after 35 years of being faithful to my husband I think I’ll have earned one kiss from you.“

Nina Hoss


Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom

Jennifer Lawrence

The Hunger Games

Mary Elizabeth Winstead


Julie Delpy

2 Days in New York

Subtle, profound, and not at all coy about being the sole guardian of this slow German film. Beautiful, talented, and makes Suzy feel authentic and like any other young teenager we’ve ever known. While many will throw her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” as her crowning work, her turn as Katniss had both fury and heart. As the alcoholic Kate, Winstead showed a glimpse of a promising actress that if given the opportunity can surprise us in more ways than one. Delpy seems to shine when she’s speaking her own words. I would have never thought in a million years that if teamed up with the great Chris Rock, these two could create magic.






Garrett Hedlund

On the Road

Dwight Henry

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Michael Pena

End of Watch

Eddie Redmayne

Les Miserables

Sam Rockwell

Seven Psychopaths

As Dean Moriarty, Hedlund’s charisma and abilities as an actor overflows in the most special ways. Examining a character full of self-destruction wears on his soul in the most effective manner. Henry never stops. Wink brings the viewer on a narrative roller coaster of despair, love, and ending with probably the most tear-jerking and emotional goodbyes in years. Pena was the unsung hero of “Crash” almost 8 years ago. In this borderline (some will say clear) lead role, Pena taps into a contemporary wing-man role and not only brings drama but laughs and chuckles. I’d be lying if I said that I always believed in the power of Eddie Redmayne. As Marius, Redmayne’s voice talents are the star but what he achieves in “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is simply marvelous. For years, Rockwell has shown promise and consistency. As the eccentric Billy, Rockwell steals the spotlight from Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken delivering one of his best turns yet.
Final scene. “I think of Dean Moriarty” “I’m your daddy and its my job to make sure you don’t die.” “She said can you live without her? And if the answer’s yes, man up and forget her. Don’t string her along. Think about it. I did.” “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” “You forgot about the flare gun you fuckin’ idiot!”

Nate Parker


James Spader


Tom Wilkinson

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Christoph Waltz

Django Unchained

Irrfan Kahn

Life of Pi

Parker is Hollywood’s best kept secret holding his own against Richard Gere and Tim Roth beautifully. While Tommy Lee Jones is reaping the benefits of Lincoln’s supporting players, Spader manages laughs and scene stealing for just a few moments. Tom Wilkinson is the heart and soul of John Madden’s film. Why Wilkinson went unnoticed all season is beyond my comprehension. Waltz once again, steals a Tarantino film right from under him. Not as divine as Hans Landa, but Dr. King Schultz is just as invigorating. Where much of the cast and the screenwriter do their best, it’s Irrfan Kahn that maximizes on his role and gives his finest moments to date.






Doona Bae

Cloud Atlas

Anne Hathaway

Les Miserables

Kelly Reilly


Susan Sarandon


Kerry Washington

Django Unchained

Whatever you think or loathe or love about Cloud Atlas, there is no denying Doona Bae not only steals the film but becomes one of the breakout stars of the year. As Fantine, Hathaway goes under a transformation of weight loss, deglam, and an impeccable singing voice. In 20 minutes of screen time, her spirit lives on in the film for the entire experience. Yes Denzel was incredible but Kelly Reilly utilizes her talents to make due with the unfinished character that writer John Latins created. She’s the crutch of the film for the audience rest on as we see the ugly of an alcoholic pilot. Like Laura Linney in Mystic River, Sarandon sprinkles her greatness all over Arbitrage and in the final moments, pounces on Richard Gere and the audience and gives her best work in years. There are many who have many problems with Broomhilda von Shaft as the character. I’m not rewarding the writing, I’m rewarding the bravery and expression Washington exhibits in her near mute role as Django’s wife.
“Our lives are not our own, we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” “I Dreamed a Dream” “Heroin addicts who use needles tend to die.” “Then you’re gonna need a warm coat.” “Because you’re scarin’ me.”

Helen Hunt

The Sessions

Ann Dowd


Amy Adams

The Master

Kristen Stewart

On the Road

Shirley MacLaine


Hunt bares more than her clothes, she bares her soul and makes an A-typical story feel simply original. Dowd lives in her role as Sandra. Sandra feels real, an everyday person, the Mom next door who thinks she’s a hero. That’s Dowd’s achievement. As Hoffman and Phoenix dance, Adams holds her own. She changes it up, gets dirty, and actually emerges as the driving force of this “different” type of movie. Stewart goes back to her roots, having that promise she made to us years ago in Into the Wild become utterly fulfilled. Congratulations Ms. Stewart, I’m very proud. Black hits his performance out of the park but much of it is because he has a great screen partner like Shirley MacLaine to bounce off of. At her young age, she’s still got it.






Nicholas Jarecki


David Ayer

End of Watch

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Moonrise Kingdom

Jean-Francois Laguionie, Anik Leray

The Painting (Le Tableau)

Mark Boal

Zero Dark Thirty

The film is smart, sleek, and expertly written like Jarecki was a pro. It’s the best cop movie in years. Even when it’s not about filming, it still feels original. Wes Anderson captures young childhood love so exquisitely. It’s the most profound and mature concept for an animated film in years. Talk about doing your research. Boal lays everything out for the whole world to see.
“You are my partner! You Work for me! That’s right. You work for me! Everybody works for me! “Sometimes, I don’t even know when you’re kidding. I need to know when you’re kidding.” “I don’t know…I want go on adventures I think–not get stuck in one place. How about you?” “I’m going to find who painted you…” “When’s the last time you saw Bin Laden?”

Michael Haneke


Paul Thomas Anderson

The Master

John Latins


Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild


Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

He keeps the lovers real, in pain, and very relatable. Complex, layered, and authentic motivations and characters. Though not perfect, it’s the best character study of the year. MacFarlane continues to prove talent as he now starts his conquer on the cinematic world. The heartwarming story of the season most people forgot about.


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Chris Terrio


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Political thrillers are like puddy in my hand. Pure tension. Of all the aspects of Bernie, Linklater and Hollandsworth create dialogue that’s genuinely abstract. Song is words and these words are beautiful. Lincoln comes together in a special way because Kushner lets the story be the star. Teenagers of the 90s are sketched out eagerly and masterfully by the author of one of the best books ever.
“This is the best bad plan we have, sir.” “Well, Bernie was so nice, so accommodating, so willing to keep from hurting other people’s feelings, he just couldn’t tell anybody to piss off.” “Red/Black” “It’s time for me to go. But I would rather stay.” “In this moment, we are infinite”

Jose Rivera

On the Road

John August


Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers

The Grey

Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ben Lewin

The Sessions

Perhaps the best interpretation we could get from one of the finest pieces of literature. A great homage to the monster genre. In the frigid cold, the story never feels like that. You are hooked, and feel the hot tension from our blood thirsty friends. Hushpuppy and Wink are two of my word idols of the year. They speak from the heart. Pleasant, sweet, and straight forward. The way a script and story should be.


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Les MiserablesHugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone, Isabelle Allen LincolnDaniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, Lee Pace, Hal Holbrook, Jackie Earle Haley, Tim Blake Nelson, Jared Harris, Joseph Cross Moonrise KingdomJared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton Seven PsychopathsColin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish, Tim Waits, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Pitt Silver Linings PlaybookBradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker
Everyone is doing their job, showcasing not only great vocals but doing an outstanding job of being in the moment of the scene. Incredible. While Daniel Day-Lewis is reaping the benefits of Oscar, everyone around is just as worthy bringing heart and laughs. Kids, narrator, older adulterous parents coming together in a comedic brilliance. Playing up the “we don’t know how to write a movie,” brings these talents to their highest peaks. Anyone who has problems with the film can’t deny everyone showed up to work bringing the A-game.
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Jessica Chastain moves from character actor to character actor allowing all of them to shine in their own ways. While Affleck, Arkin, and Goodman received the goods, our actors playing the hostages round out this outstanding cast. Nolan assembled a great cast to end one of the best superhero trilogies of all-time. British royalty that manages laughs and to feel fresh, young, and innovative. They’re the freaking Avengers.  What’s more reason than that?
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Alex DiGerlando – Beasts of the Southern Wild Simon Bowles – Hyde Park on Hudson Eugenio Caballero – The Impossible Eve Stewart– Les Miserables Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T. Frank– Lincoln
The Bathtub. FDR’s house. The tsunami aftermath. The barricade. Lincoln’s chambers.
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The stage. Suzy’s house. The department store that Freddy works. After the fall. The castle.
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The camp fire. “On my Own” The opening title sequence Laying on the top of theship. The whole movie.
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The raid. Maria’s recollection at the end. Fighting silhouettes. In the court room when truth is revealed about indiscretions. Over taking the plane.
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Jacqueline Durran – Anna Karenina Dinah Collin – Hyde Park on Hudson Paco Delgado – Les Miserables Joanna Johnston – Lincoln Colleen Atwood – Snow White & the Huntsman
Anna’s dresses. Eleanor’s gown. Javert’s uniform Mary Todd Lincoln’s evening wear. Anything that the Queen models.
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Freddie’s store get up. Calvin’s dinner attire. Robert and Young Rufus. Effie’s dress at the reading of the names. Hester at the bar.
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William Goldenberg – Argo Lee Smith – The Dark Knight Rises Chris Dickens – Les Miserables Billy McMillin – West of Memphis Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg – Zero Dark Thirty
Escape from the airport Batman vs. Bane Red/Black Release of the Memphis 3 Writing on the window 100 days.
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Everyone finishing the painting Car wreck Any scene driving in the car. Plane crash. Flashback to Aunt Helen.
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Nurse Noakes Effie Trinket Maria Jean Valjean Teenagers of the 90s are sketched out eagerly and masterfully by the author of one of the best books ever.
The Cabin in the Woods Hyde Park on Hudson The Grey Snow White & the Huntsman Looper
All the dead people. Franklin D. Roosevelt Ottway Ravenna Joe.
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The final battle. The Bat Plane. Every song sang. The train fight. The helicopter ride.
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The tsunami The river of colors. The airplane crash. Jack Frost skating about. The whale rising.
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The Incredible Hulk. The final explosion. Plane crash. The tsunami. Richard Parker.
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Ted. The ice track. Sonmi-351 trying to cross the bridge. The battle. Time traveling.
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Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tywker – Cloud Atlas Danny Elfman – Frankenweenie Mychael Danna – Life of Pi Pascal Le Pennec – The Painting Alexandre Desplat – Rise of the Guardians
The Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra The funeral. I’m Ready Now End credits. Jamie believes.
Alexandre Desplat – Argo Fernando VelazquezThe Impossible Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises Jonny Greenwood – The Master Jeremy Sams– Hyde Park on Hudson
Cleared Iranian airspace. He looked so happy. The fire rises. Time hole A Special Relationship
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Django Unchained – “Ancora Qui” Django Unchained – “Freedom” Django Unchained – “Who Did That to You?” Skyfall – “Skyfall” This Is 40 – “Dull Tool”
Subtle and powerful. Anthony Hamilton can blow. John Legend is one of the great talents of our generation. Adele continues to take over the world. Fiona Apple has still got it.
Searching for Sugar Man – “A Most Disgusting Song” Frankenweenie – “Strange Love” Life of Pi – “Pi’s Lullaby” Django Unchained – “Django Theme” Flight – “Gimme Shelter”

Specialty categories to come.

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Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

    Testing comments.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/102770354308851478090 Mark Johnson

    Glad to see Arbitrage getting recognition somewhere. I don’t think it will crack my top 10, but it is a good choice regardless.

  • Jack

    Interesting you have Hoffman as a lead actor. Nonetheless great choices!

  • brace

    glad to see Arbitrage, The Painting and End Of Watch (though among the runner-ups) on some list. I like most of your choices but I just can’t agree that Moonrise Kingdom is better than The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore.

  • Steve Glansberg

    Cool to see Hoffman in a lead actor slot. Also nice to see Jack Black get a mention.

  • Jonas A

    Really glad to see Matthias Schoenaerts get some recognition. I wonder if you’ve seen Bullhead last year?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      It sucks that Cotillard reaped all the benefits because he was the best part of the film.

      • Jonas A

        It sucks that Cotillard reaped all the benefits because he was the best part of the film.

        Exactly my thoughts. Stupid that Cotillard will likely end up with a nomination and he won’t.. Although he probably would’ve never been able to get nominated even if he was better known in Hollywood, because this year’s male actors race is simply too strong… But overall it’s one of my favorite performances of the year and he sure is in my top 5 actor slots. Just as last year with Bullhead in which I believed he gave the best performance male performance of the year. He kind of reminded me of a young Robert de Niro (in Raging Bull) in that one.

  • http://jamiesplace.wordpress.com Jamie

    Best Actor – That is Hugh Jackman and the scene that proves it – The opening look with all its vengeance towards Javert and “Who Am I” sung into the mirror and the death scene … almost too many to name. He blows all the other so called actors and that includes DDL out of the water.

  • Ronny

    So happy to see the love for Perks and especially Lerman. If it was any other year, he would be a serious contender for a nom

  • UBourgeois

    Aaaah, this only makes me more upset that I missed on Middle of Nowhere. Any idea how we plebians could see it now?

  • brace

    about Cotillard getting all the attention but Schoenaerts nothing: well, it’s the same with Riva and Trintignant. but that’s because of lack of strong female contenders from Hollywood movies. not just this year but every year – the best actor category is more crowded than actress because there are no good roles for women in Hollywood.

  • koook160 (Robert MacFarlane)

    Clay, I must admit, I’m more impressed by this batch of nominees than any others you’ve done. It’s so gloriously idiosyncratic. I can even forgive Les Mis with the great Lead Actor Line-up you have. Kudos.

  • Divya

    If Joaquin Phoenix does get nominated for Best Leading Actor next Thursday (and I’m fully counting on it), I completely expect Hugh Jackman to miss out. He may have given his best shot for portraying Jean Valjean, but it is by NO means, one of the five performances of the year for leading actors. Besides, I don’t think the Academy itself regards him to be a serious actor. As such, most of his ‘big’ achievements have been on stage, whereas on screen he is better known as a comic book superhero, and nothing more.

  • brace

    the best awards in the season so far !!!!!!

  • Nigel

    I whole-heartedly agree with Eddie’s inclusion in the Best Actor category…….He should at least have gotten a BAFTA.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Rachel Weisz in the Runners Up section. She’s also another one I was hoping to pop up at the BAFTAs.

    Otheriwse, solid list.

  • Kel D

    Interesting that you say that Arbitrage showcases Richard Gere as a great actor and you don’t even nominate him…