Sunday 18 April 2021

Best Supporting Actor 2020

5. Daniel Kaluuya - Judas and the Black Messiah
Well, I can't help myself, but I don't think Kaluuya has enough charisma for this role. People keep telling he's great in it. I know he's probably going to win, but I don't think he deserved the nomination. He's fine in the film, don't get me wrong, but there is nothing special about his performance. In the scenes, where Hampton has his speeches he simply doesn't bring enough energy, charm to the perfomance (Fishback is acting, how he charmed her, but there is nothing in Kaluuya's performance to back it up. She's great in playing something Kaluuya should've had to). And in the rest of the scenes he's just there. Doing fine work. Just fine. 

4. Sascha Baron Cohen - The Trial of the Chicago 7
Cohen is very good in his portayal of Abbie Hoffman. He uses his talents for comedy well enough, while also being great in his more serious moments. Though the role is very expressive, he's still being overshadowed by some of his colleagues (Rylance, Langella). But overall he's very effective in the role... 

3. Leslie Odom Jr. - One Night in Miami
He's definitely co-lead with Kingley Ben-Adir and both of them are giving great performances. Odom Jr. si very effective in the conflicted scenes with Ben-Adir and finds the right balance between stage acting and acting on camera. The only reservation I have is towards his scene, where he sings - he simply doesn't bring enough charm that one. He's great in portraying a person, not that good in impersonating Sam Cooke. But the former is always more important.

2. Lakeith Stanfield - Judas and the Black Messiah
No way he is supporting! Stanfield is the true and only lead of the film and he's great in the role. He brings just the right amount of ambivalency to his performance, while being sympathetic enough for us to care for him. It was not an easy task, but Stanfield nailed it! 

1. Paul Raci - Sound of Metal
Raci's really is a supporitng performance, which makes him my pick for the win. Though sometimes underplaying his part, to his film, he's like seasing to food. Very sophisticated performance, precise in every single moment. I don't think his highlight is his last scene (as many do), but he's great throughout the film,, nevertheless. 

My Nominees:
1. Mark Rylance - The Trial of the Chicago 7
2. Jared Leto - The Little Things
3. Paul Raci - Sound of Metal 
4. Frank Langella - The Trial of the Chicago 7
5. Alan S. Kim - Minari