PG Cooper: Best Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, and Cameo (2012)

Posted: January 21, 2013 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

PGCMA 2012

*The above image represents 2011’s PGCMA Best Picture winner; Drive.

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, The Master– Amy Adams usually plays decent people. Maybe they’re aggressive, maybe they’re shy, but at their core they usually have decent values. She needs to bring that decency to her role in The Master, but she also needs to have an underlying maliciousness.

Judi Dench, Skyfall– I’ve always loved Judi Dench in the Bond films, and Skyfall is her best take on M. She needs to portray M in a vulnerable way, both physically and psychologically. This isn’t the type of performance that usually gets award consideration, but Dench is so good and has been so good for so long that she’s earned it.

Sally Field, Lincoln– Given what I’d heard about her performance, I expected Sally Field to be in Lincoln more than she was. Even with the limited time she has, Field makes a big impression thanks to a spitfire personality and some moving moments.

Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises– A lot of people I know were skeptical of Hathaway’s performance in The Dark Knight Rises. Personally, I always had faith and she really delivered. Hathaway brings the perfect amounts of sex appeal, intelligence, and underlying tragedy.

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables– It was a good year for Anne Hathaway. Easily the best thing about Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway manages to be extremely powerful in a very brief amount of time. Her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” is one of the most striking scenes of 2012 in film.

And The Winner Is…

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Amy Adams, The Master

the-master-poster1This is probably my most controversial choice so far since everyone and their grandma has declared Anne Hathaway’s performance in Les Miserables to be the winner. Great as Hathaway is, I’m ultimately more impressed by Amy Adams work. Adams needs to subtlety develop a powerful presence during the runtime. She needs to do this in small ways since the spotlight is never directly shining on her. She has the added challenge of competing with Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She more than succeeds and in the process gives the best performance of any supporting actress in 2012.

Best Supporting Actor

Javier Bardem, Skyfall– The PGCMA winner for Best Villain, Bardem is charismatic, funny, charming, diabolical, evil, and fascinating. Great performance.

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook– After years of giving mediocre performances, Robert De Niro finally returned to form with Silver Linings Playbook. His performance is very powerful and leads to some very emotional moments. His work doesn’t rival a Travis Bickle or a Jake La Motta, but it’s still top-notch acting from a master of his craft. Welcome back, Mr. De Niro.

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master– Hoffman has been a recurring actor in the works of Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s always been good, but it’s with The Master that Anderson has given Philip Seymour Hoffman a real chance to shine. His performance is extremely charismatic and there’s a lot of enigma surrounding his character.

Samuel Jackson, Django Unchained– A lot of people, myself included, came out of Django Unchained praising the work of Di Caprio and Waltz. But as time has gone by, it’s Sam Jackson’s performance that has really stuck with me. He’s a character with layers, one who the audience assumes is a simpleton before Jackson reveals a far more sinister side.

Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom– Norton as played characters who ranged from cool to neurotic, but he’s never played a dork like his character in Moonrise Kingdom. His character is a ridiculous person who places too much emphasis on the importance of his cub scout job. It’s a hilarious portrayal, but Norton also brings an amount of sadness and depth to the role as well as having a small arc.

And The Winner Is…

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Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

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All of the nominated performances were great, but I can’t deny Hoffman’s engrossing work in The Master. His character, Lancaster Dodd, is endlessly fascinating and Hoffman’s performance really brings him to life. Hoffman also works extremely well with the other actors and provides some of the strongest scenes in any film all year.

Best Cameo

Linda Bright Clay, Seven PsychopathsSeven Psychopaths is a tonally unbalanced film, but I found actress Linda Bright Clay’s work very dramatic for a brief moment. Her acting experience is limited, but she was great here.

Johnny Depp, 21 Jump Street– Everyone expected a Johnny Depp cameo in 21 Jump Street and the scene really delivered. I don’t want to spoil the scene, so I’ll just say Depp’s appearance is surprising, clever, and most of all, hilarious.

Ray Liotta, Killing Them Softly– Liotta has a pivotal role in the film, but one with very little screen time. But with his time, Liotta makes his character very likable and sympathetic.

Andy Serkis, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey– I’ve always loved Serkis’ performance as Gollum, and it was great to see his full unhinged lunacy return for a brief moment in The Hobbit, which is also the best part of the movie.

Harry Dean Stanton, The Avengers– I just really like Harry Dean Stanton. He’s awesome.

And The Winner Is…

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Andy Serkis, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

o-THE-HOBBIT-POSTER-570I want to reiterate; I don’t like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I think the film is incredibly underwhelming, a major disappointment, and it annoys me that I’m giving it an award. That said, I can’t deny that for ten minutes I loved the film and I owe that to Andy Serkis.

Comments
  1. htschuyler says:

    Amy Adams acting ability really shined in that scene where she gave Philip Seymour Hoffman a handjob in the bathroom…

  2. r361n4 says:

    Some love for The Master, I’m going to be seeing that this week since I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who hasn’t at this point, lol. I do love Amy Adams though, super excited to see her in Man of Steel

  3. Very happy to see the performances in The Master recognized. Two of the best of the year, indeed.

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