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!
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
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
Benedict Cumberpatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game
Brendan Gleeson as Father James in Calvary
Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King in Selma
Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything
Best Ever Lead Actress
Jennifer Aniston as Claire Simmons in Cake
Marion Collitard as Sandra Bya in Two Days, One Night
Essie Davis as Amelia in The Babadook
Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking in The Theory Of Everything
Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howard in Still Alice
Agata Trzebuchowska as Ida Lebenstein / Anna in Ida
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
John Goodman as Frank in The Gambler
Ethan Hawke as Mason Evans Sr. in Boyhood
Edward Norton as Mike Shiner in Birdman
Andy Serkis as Caesar in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
J.K Simmons as Terence Fletcher in Whiplash
Best Ever Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette as Olivia Evans in Boyhood
Jessica Chastain as Anna Morales in A Most Violent Year
Laura Dern as Barbara “Bobbi” Grey in Wild
Emma Stone as Samantha Thomson in Birdman
Tilda Swinton as Mason in Snowpiercer
Naomi Watts as Daka Paramova in St. Vincent
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
Mackenzie Foy as Murphy “Murphy” Cooper in Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher as Oliver Brontstein in St. Vincent
Tony Revolori as Zero Moustafa in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhane Wallis as Annie Bennett in Annie
Noah Wiseman as Samuel in The Babadook
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!