The ceremony is drawing near, I’m days away from announcing a date and while I would have liked to have given it a bit more time between the announcement and the date itself my suspect ability to stay on schedule has meant I need to quicken things up. But the date is close!

If you’re just catching up you can check out my nominations for genres here and here as well as my production nominations here. Now let’s get into it!

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A cast in a film is one solid unit made up for several independently working but interlocking performances that come together to make the final product the strongest it can possibly be. In a way the overall performance of a cast is the best representation to the quality of the film produced; if a whole cast puts in a bad showing then more often than not the problem stems from elsewhere in the film. However, in defence a bad performance can be attributed to a single actor and when that happens it too is detrimental to the quality of the film; if there’s a weak link in the mechanism the whole machine can break down. But when the engine is firing on all cylinders the results can be marvelous, and these eight films have shown their engines are well-oiled and running smoothly.

Best Ever Cast

Birdman

Boyhood

FuryThe Grand Budapest Hotel

Inherent Vice

Selma

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St. Vincent

The Theory Of Everything

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A film is like a two hour car ride. The driver is the lead performer, the one constant throughout, and you are a passenger witnessing an emotional journey and experiencing the highs and the lows. Whether it is a slow ride on a smooth stretch or fast-paced and offroad the driver dictates speed and terrain, taking you on an adventure. All you’ve got to do is strap yourself in and hold on, and these twelve actors and actresses lead us all on one hell of a thrilling ride.

Best Ever Lead Actor

Steve Carell as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

FOXCATCHER

Benedict Cumberpatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberpatch

Brendan Gleeson as Father James in Calvary

Brendan Gleeson

Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in Selma

SELMA

Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything

Eddie Redmayne

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Best Ever Lead Actress

Jennifer Aniston as Claire Simmons in Cake

Jennifer Aniston

Marion Collitard as Sandra Bya in Two Days, One Night

Marion Collitard

Essie Davis as Amelia in The Babadook

Essie Davis

Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking in The Theory Of Everything

Felicity Jones

Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howard in Still Alice

Julianne Moore

Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida Lebenstein / Anna in Ida

Agata Trzebuchowska

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If the lead performer is the pilot then surely the supporting performer is their co-pilot. Just like you they too are witness to their journey but while you are powerless to intervene their actions can change proceedings for better or worse.

In ways a supporting actor or actress has a tougher job. Some are so prevalent they’re sharing the load with their lead counterparts while others need to have an effect with very little screen-time, maybe even just one scene. At some points they even take over the load bearing themselves but regardless of the specifics of their role their position in the film is help raise it to greater heights. Here’s another twelve men and women whose performances helped lift their films far higher than what was ever expected of them.

Best Ever Supporting Actor

Chris O’Dowd as Jack Brennan in Calvary

Chris O'Dowd

John Goodman as Frank in The Gambler

John Goodman

Ethan Hawke as Mason Evans Sr. in Boyhood

Ethan Hawke

Edward Norton as Mike Shiner in Birdman

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Andy Serkis as Caesar in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Andy Serkis

J.K Simmons as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash

J.K Simmons

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Best Ever Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette as Olivia Evans in Boyhood

Patricia Arquette

Jessica Chastain as Anna Morales in A Most Violent Year

Jessica Chastin

Laura Dern as Barbara “Bobbi” Grey in Wild

Laura Dern

Emma Stone as Samantha Thomson in Birdman

Emma Stone

Tilda Swinton as Mason in Snowpiercer

Tilda Swinton

Naomi Watts as Daka Paramova in St. Vincent

Naomi Watts

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But before you can drive the car or the fly the plane you need to get your licence. In order to carry the film you first need to hone your craft and build yourself up. Some struggle at first but come good in time and others as just born ready. While it remains to be seen whether they can successfully carry a film as pilot or co-pilot these six young budding stars have shown they have more than enough potential to lead us on an amazing journey.

Best Ever Young Actor or Actress

Ellar Coltrane as Mason Evans Jr. in Boyhood

Ellar Coltrane

Mackenzie Foy as Murphy “Murphy” Cooper in Interstellar

Mackenzie Foy

Jaeden Lieberher as Oliver Brontstein in St. Vincent

Jaeden Lieberher

Tony Revolori as Zero Moustafa in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tony Revolori

Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie Bennett in Annie

Quvenzhane Wallis

Noah Wiseman as Samuel in The Babadook

Noah Wiseman

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I’m getting excited folks because the day is drawing near, bearing some unforeseen circumstances of course. All that’s left to announce are Best Ever Director and the big one: Best Ever Film. They will be here tomorrow, and I can promise that because it involves very little work so I should get it done. But it’s me so who knows? Until then stay tuned and enjoy!

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