Some things about me and these categories:
- I have few real favorites. I think the men easily had a greater year. The women had some fabulous performances, but just a few and, as a whole, cannot compare will all those wonderful leading men.
- Best category: Best Actor, the other ones are less interesting. Each of the male performances in my top 10 could easily be a winner of his own, from no. 1 to no. 10 which is Tahar Rahim and those great runner-ups.
- I’ve made some eccentric, subjective choices like in Supporting Actor, but some obvious ones which I consider brilliant, like the Supporting Actress winner (a strange category, in which I can find moments of greatness AND flaws in all except for the terrific first 2).
I am mentioning again the list of eligible/seen films (60):
Incredible. Simple, but heartbreaking. Likeable. Regular guy. The power of the intense moments. Reliving the war moments.
The face, those eyes! So much with so little dialogue. Underrated. Heartbreaking and moving. Perfect casting.
3. Tom Hardy – Bronson
Unexpected. So much cruelty. Disturbing hotness. 100% dedicated to the character. Deliciously plays around. Fantastic.
Makes an impact. Fit for the film. Subtle. Right casting. Effective macho bullshit. Natural & charming. The camera loves him.
Complicated. Survives the story. Believability. Lived-in performance. Attention grabbing. Knows how to play the victim. Heartbreaking.
6. Colin Firth – A Single Man
7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – (500) Days of Summer
8. Toni Servillo – Il Divo
9. Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes
10. Tahar Rahim – A Prophet
Almost there: George Clooney – Up in the Air, Johnny Depp – Public Enemies, Sharlto Copley – District 9, Joaquin Phoenix – Two Lovers, Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart.
Fascinating. So inside the character. Accomplished. Heartbreaking. Real. The greatness of simplicity. The best.
A star is born. Breath of fresh air. Lightness. Believable. Adorable. Smart, well thought, but so natural.
3. Tilda Swinton – Julia
The experience of acting. Tough. Rough. No vanity. Fun & crazy. Carries an unlikeable character. No excuses.
Diva is back. Sentimental. Easy & effortless. The beauty of simplicity. So cool to like. Fun, but with dramatic twist. Delivers the ending.
Real. Keeps it grounded. Emotional. Heartbreaking. No excuses. In the zone. Natural. Powerful.
6. Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia
7. Meryl Streep – It’s Complicated
8. Zooey Deschanel – (500) Days of Summer
9. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Antichrist
10. Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Almost there: Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones, Abbie Cornish – Bright Star, Penelope Cruz – Broken Embraces, Helen Mirren – The Last Station, Julia Roberts – Duplicity
I am so damn subjective. One scene to kill them all. The crying game. Raw emotions. Incredible talent. Contributes to the mystery.
Great team with Renner. Believable. Always in control of the performance. Emotional twist. Subtle. Likeable.
The performance has balls. Relaxed. Natural. Makes it look easy. No excuses. Great mix of funny and dramatic.
4. Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Heart of the film. Emotional. Relaxed. Believable. Forest scene. His honesty. Intelligence. Acting experience.
Intelligent performance. Calculated. Knows how to play with the camera. Funny. Cruel. Steals the show. Takes advantage of the role.
6. Peter Capaldi – In the Loop
7. Peter Sarsgaard – An Education
8. Alfred Molina – An Education
9. Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
10. Robert Duvall – The Road
Almost there: Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover, Brian Geraghty – The Hurt Locker, Jim Broadbent – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Jim Broadbent – The Young Victoria, Steve Buscemi – The Messenger
One of the best ever. Indescribable. Well calculated. No vanity. Has fun with the monster. Reinvents a character type. Heartbreaking. Brilliant.
Does justice to an all-familiar character. Delicate. Sweet. Extremely likeable. Fierce. Grabs the attention. Shows experience.
3. Melanie Laurent – Inglourious Basterds
Subtle. Brings the acting just in key scenes. Her face. Believable. Knows the character. Likeable. Restaurant scene.
4. Emma Thompson – An Education
A fan. So much with limited screentime. I smiled. I couldn’t get enough. I wanted more. In 3 minutes, I felt like I knew her.
Take it as it is. Subtle. Kind. Not afraid of the camera. The difficult dialogue. The difficult scenes. Natural, free. Confident.
6. Diane Kruger – Inglourious Basterds
7. Marion Cotillard – Nine
8. Edith Scob – Summer Hours
9. Olivia Williams – An Education
10. Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Almost there: Susan Sarandon – The Lovely Bones, Penelope Cruz – Nine, Paula Patton – Precious, Mariah Carey – Precious, Rosamund Pike – An Education.
1. Mo’Nique – Precious
2. Ben Foster – The Messenger
3. Viggo Mortensen – The Road
4. Tom Hardy – Bronson
5. Yolande Moreau – Seraphine
Best Picture: Precious
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker
Best Actor: Ben Foster, for The Messenger
Best Actress: Yolande Moreau, for Seraphine
Best Supporting Actor: Leonard Proxauf, for The White Ribbon
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, for Precious
Best Original Screenplay: Mary and Max
Best Adapted Screenplay: Precious
Best Cinematography: Bright Star
Best Original Score: Up