I have a new feature starting out this week at The LAMB. It’s going to be a celebration of national and international holidays (like Christmas and Easter) through film. The first subject is Australia Day, with the post going up on January 26 to celebrate Australia through Australian cinema.
All the details are over at The LAMB.
Today, we’re looking at male leading and supporting roles from all walks of film. I believe the relative instability of Best Actor nominations at the big awards groups adds some credence to the quality of acting this year. No one was predicting Christian Bale for American Hustle, but he somehow out maneuvered Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All is Lost), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), and Forest Whitaker (The Butler) among many other potentially worthy nominees to get in the race at the last possible moment.
But you all know by now those aren’t my picks. I’m not being a contrarian just for the sake of going against consensus. I’m recognizing the best performances in the films I saw regardless of budget, genre, or accessibility. VOD and theatrical releases both apply and I even count voice acting in my awards.