Best Supporting Performances of 2012

Best Supporting Actress

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5. Amy Adams in The Master-Simultaneously being the sweet innocent Adams we’ve come to know and a strong woman who has the ability to manipulate and gain power, Adams certainly played it up perfectly in Anderson’s The Master.

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4. Rosemary Dewitt in Your Sister’s Sister-In a film that is essentially people talking for an hour and a half, Dewitt puts forth a wonderful performance.

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3. Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises-There is a moment early on in The Dark Knight Rises where Hathaway changes from innocent girl to the sly troublemaking cat that she is that was absolutely fantastic. I was worried about her as Catwoman, but she really was the best part of the film.

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2. Emily Blunt in Looper-Blunt’s character enters the film as a change of pace (and place) and nails it as a broken, optimistic woman who believes that she can be the difference.

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1. Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables-The popular pick and she really did put up a tour-de-force performance even if it was for only like 15 minutes. The film died once she did and really I am a sucker for “I Dreamed a Dream”.

Honorable mention: Judy Dench in Skyfall

Best Supporting Actor

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5. Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty-Clarke puts forth a great performance as someone complacent in torture, making you like him, while also despising him.

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4. Michael Pena in End of Watch-Jake Gyllenhaal and Pena absolutely make End of Watch a film worth watching, with their interactions as partners in the LAPD. They care for each other, their work, yet are certainly not perfect.

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3. Phillip Seymour Hoffman in The Master-Barely a supporting actor, but since everyone else has been putting him here, I will too. Hoffman basically does what he always does when he gets a role where he must be a powerful brute. Transitioning from gentle to charismatic to outrageous, he is great, as always.

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2. Javier Bardem in Skyfall-Heath Ledger started something great with the work he put in for The Dark Knight, he began a trend of great character actors getting placed into big blockbuster franchise roles, elevating each film’s capability (as we saw with Tom Hiddleston in The Avengers and later this year Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek). Bardem may pull a lot of tricks out of Ledger’s bag as the creepy, crazy, intelligent villain, but he does it in a powerful way, becoming almost sympathetic at times.

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1. Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained-DiCaprio turned a new leaf in his career here as a Southern plantation owner. Talk about charismatic and creepy, DiCaprio nails them both with full force. He enters Tarantino’s cartoonish villain with all he has, making him the most terrifying, memorable supporting performance of the year.

Honorable Mentions: Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, Bruce Willis in Moonrise Kingdom, Tom Hiddleston in Deep Blue Sea, Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained, Mark Duplass in Your Sister’s Sister

Top Ten Actresses of 2010

This year the women absolutely dominated the men when it comes to acting performances. There were so many great tour-de-force acting jobs done by the women. Most have come from foreign or small budget films not well seen the public, but they are sure missing out.

10. Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right-Moore is great as one of the mothers of a dysfunctional family who is trying to figure out how to raise her kids up, keep her marriage going, and meet all her needs, though I felt the movie fell flat her (and Bening’s) performance certainly did not.

9. Emma Stone in Easy A-Stone is charming, funny, and cute and takes control as the lead character of this teen comedy. Her character is in nearly every scene and she brings the entire thing to life.

8. Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine-Williams’ character is stone silent. Her biggest weapon is that she doesn’t say anything at all. In a film about the deconstruction of a marriage, Williams is wonderful as a woman whose heart has turned cold and has become detached from her childish husband and her daughter.

7.  Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit-Steinfeld is a year younger than her character Mattie Ross is, but she shows so much maturity in her debut role. She is tough, occasionally feisty and dominates most of the action in a cast that includes Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.

6. Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone-I am pretty sure that if I ever had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Lawrence I would assume the person I was meeting was going to be this tough, quiet girl willing to kill squirrels to provide for her siblings. That’s how memorable her performance was to me. Only time will tell if Lawrence will be able to grow into a diverse actress able to tackle any role, but for now I am perfectly content with her just as she is.

5. Natalie Portman in Black Swan-Portman is the most acclaimed actress of the year and she certainly deserves every bit of praise that she has gotten. Her commitment to the role is only echoed by the intensity that her character shows to becoming the black swan.

4. Tilda Swinton in I Am Love-No other actress worked harder to prepare for a role than Swinton in I Am Love. Swinton (a British actress) learned to speak Italian for her role as the matriarch in a powerful Italian family. But not only did she learn to speak Italian, she learned to speak it with a Russian accent (her character was born in Russia, but moved to Italy). Even if Swinton was an Italian speaker, her performance would stand alone.

3. Hye-Ja Kim in Mother-You don’t want to mess with this woman. Kim (who is supposedly is known for playing a motherly figure in South Korean television) shows just how far a mother’s love can push a woman. There were many great mothers in cinema this year, but Kim tops them all.

2. Noomi Rapace in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-Rapace has one of the most complex and interesting characters of the past decade in Lisbeth Salander and she absolutely encapsulates her in every moment. Salander is filled with so much angst, hurt, and pain, but as her relationship with Mikael grows we begin to see these layers peel back and her all that has been done wrong to her begins a healing process.

1. Greta Gerwing in Greenberg-Maybe it’s just the fact that Ben Stiller’s character is so despicable, but I was absolutely drawn to Gerwig’s performance. She is like a bright light shining throughout the entire film and really the only highlight of it for me. She was the most believable character I saw all year. It isn’t wild or out there in anyway, but subtle and someone I can imagine actually existing in real life.

Honorable Mentions: Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Birgit Minichmayr in Everyone Else, Rebecca Hall in The Town, Katie Jarvis in Fish Tank