PG Cooper: Supporting Awards (2010)

Posted: January 11, 2011 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

The supporting awards. These are the awards for supporting performances, and breakthrough performances. I don’t think I really need to explain these awards too much, so I’ll just jump into it.

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Fighter – I was really surprised with Amy Adams in this. I knew her mostly as the innocent and somewhat fragile nun in Doubt. Here though, she almost commands the screen and has a lot of power. She manages to play this sexy bombshell, but not without a brain.

Marion Cotilard, Inception – It’s kinda difficult to describe Cotilard’s character. She is someone we sympathize  to an extent, which is saying something considering technically she isn’t real. But she’s also someone we’re fearful of. Cotilard manages to be tragic and menacing.

Melissa Leo, The Fighter – Another from The Fighter. Melissa Leo does a great job as Micky’s mom, controlling his life. Yet despite this, you don’t really hate her character. Sure, she’s definitely an obstacle for Micky, but she isn’t doing what she’s doing to be malicious. She seems to genuinely want to help Micky, and is doing it the only way she knows how.

Blake Lively, The Town – If you take a look at Lively’s filmography, you can’t really tell she’d be a pretty good actress. But she did a really good job her in a small, but ultimately very memorable role. She plays Doug’s ex-girlfriend and sister to Jem. Watching her, we see how vulnerable and pathetic she is. It’s sad, especially considering she has a 19-month old daughter. Her performance is so good, you almost lose sight of what a potential problem she is.

Chloe Moertz, Kick Ass – Who would have thought the most interesting and most badass character in a super hero film would be an eleven year old girl. Moertz managed to pull it off as the violent yet lovable Hit-Girl. Moertz pulls off both the vigilante, but also the little girl aspect of the character. This is a very memorable performance reminiscent of Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional.

And The Winner Is…


Cotilard did not initially jump out at me as a winner of this award. But the more I thought about it, the more impressed I was with her. She doesn’t have nearly as much screen time as some of the other actors, but she brings so much to the film with the time she has.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Fighter – The best thing about The Fighter was easily Christian Bale. Bale plays Dicky Eklund, former boxer and drug addict. Bale is a very sad character that we can’t help but pity, but also a character with some great comedic moments. Despite his problems, Bale manages to win the audience over in this brilliant performance.

Pierce Brosnan, The Ghost Writer – There’s nothing in this performance that’s a real stretch for Brosnan, but it’s still a very entertaining and charismatic performance. Brosnan plays Adam Lang has someone charming, but also threatening and mysterious. You never truly know what his motives are, but you never feel safe around him all the same.

Matt Damon, True Grit – I wasn’t sure about Damon going into True Grit, but I completely fell in love with his performance. La Boeuf is egotistical, but he`s still a righteous character, and Damon completely sinks into the role. Even more impressive for me was the day before I saw True Grit, I watched Invictus. Seeing Damon play two completely different characters back-to-back really  solidifies what a great performance this is.

Andrew Garfield, The Social Network – A lot of eyes went into The Social Network with intent to judge Garfield seeing as he`ll be playing Spider-Man. I don`t know about others, but Garfield really impressed me. He`s the moral weight of the story and the reason the audience is ultimately emotionally invested in the story. A very strong performance despite being a lot less showy than the other performances here.

Jeremy Renner, The Town – Since 2007, a villain has had the best supporting performance of the year (Javier Bardem, Heath Ledger, and Christoph Waltz). Renner attempts to keep that tend going for one more year with his striking performance has Jem in The Town. Jem is scary and menacing, but not without depth and motivation. Renner was mesmerized me in 2009 with his performance in The Hurt Locker, and he did it again with The Town.

And The Winner Is…

Christian Bale, The Fighter

I really loved all five performances and would have been satisfied with any of them taking this award. That said, this is definitely Bale`s award. More so than the other actors, Bale really pushed and transformed himself into someone else to bring this performance to life.

Best Breakthrough Performance

This one I think I should explain. A breakthrough performance is any performance that either is: A. the actor’s first real performance, or B. the actor’s first time breaking from their usual work.

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network – Before The Social Network, people were ready to write off Jesse Eisenberg as just another Michael Cera. And now the actor has serious Oscar buzz. Known for his awkward characters in comedic films, (Adventureland, Zombieland) here Eisenberg plays the computer genius founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg. He’s also efficient, calculating, and to an extent ruthless. Eisenberg also gives the character a hint of heart which comes through subtlety now and then.

Patrick Fabian, The Last Exorcism – Fabian has several years of TV experience, but The Last Exorcism is his only film credit. Fabian plays the lead character and most of the film rests on his very inexperienced shoulders. Surprisingly, Fabian rises to the challenge with a charismatic and interesting performance has reverend Cotton Marcus. I hope this role leads to more film roles for Mr. Fabian.

Mila Kunis, Black Swan – Kunis isn’t a bad actress, but she’s never done anything significant or compelling. She’s mostly known for her character on “That 70’s Show” and the voice of Meg in “Family Guy”. On film, nothing memorable…nothing until now that is. Kunis is an enigma in the film, we don’t know what she truly wants and we don’t know if we can trust her. Kunis is good at being someone kind, but not without an edge of danger. Hopefully Kunis continues to have quality roles after this.

Chloe Moretz, Kick AssWhile she’s had a few supporting roles in the past, it was this year that Moretz really exploded. She’s had two performances this year that have been praised especially, Kick Ass and Let Me In. While she was equally good in Let Me In, it was Kick Ass that really good her attention. I’ve already discussed this performance to death and there’s really not much more to say. I figure I should note that Moretz will likely continue to be in quality films this year as she’ll be in Martin Scorsese’s next film.

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit – I underestimated Steinfeld before I saw True Grit. People would ask me about it, and I’d talk about how Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon were in it, and also how some girl no one has heard of before was gonna be in it. Brushing of Steinfeld so easily was definitely a mistake as she completely blew me away. Steinfeld plays a character that would be tough for anybody, let alone someone so inexperienced. But Steinfeld doesn’t need to use her inexperience as a clutch, this is a damn good performance on any and all levels.

And The Winner Is…

Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

This was close between Steinfeld and Eisenberg. From a performance stand point, I’d say they’re about equal. So why Steinfeld you may ask? Well, unlike Eisenberg, Steinfeld was a complete unknown with virtually no acting experience. On top of that, Eisenberg was surrounded by younger actors who, like him, were trying to prove themselves. Steinfeld had to go head-to-head with seasoned veterans like Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. To match actors like that is a massive achievement for anybody.

  1. rofl says:

    No Joseph Levitt?

  2. 5plitreel says:

    Great post. Totally agree with Bale, not so much with Steinfeld, I didn’t get her character at all.

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