PGCMAs: Best Cameo and Best Villain (2014)

Posted: February 9, 2015 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” SimpsonPGCMA 2014*The above image represents 2013’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

Best Cameo

Most people define cameos as a famous actor or character making a very brief appearance, which is usually only one scene at the most. My definition is a bit more flexible. The described appearances still count, but I’m mostly looking at any actor or actress who provides a memorable turn in a role which is not quite substantial enough to be a supporting role.

Lindsay Duncan, Birdman: Critic Tabatha Dickinson is barely in Birdman, but in two short scenes Lindsay Duncan turns her into a very hateable villain. She’s out to destroy Riggan Thomson, and is able to pry on his insecurities with just a few words.

Anna Paquin, X-Men: Days of Future Past: I put Paquin’s name down, but really, this represents all of the cameos during a certain section of the film and what they mean, Paquin’s name was just the least-spoilery. Without giving away too much, I’ll only say this was a very powerful moment for fans.

Allison Pill, Snowpiercer: Snowpiercer had a lot of over the top turns and while many didn’t work for me, this brief role certainly did. Pill plays a teacher to the children of the train and is scene instilling them with ridiculous propaganda and values. She’s way over the top, but the classroom setting makes it feel very appropriate.

Seth Rogen, 22 Jump Street: 22 Jump Street had a lot of cameos, but this gag involving a cast replacement was far and away my favourite. It’s a simple but effective joke which is alluded to nicely after it occurs.

Uma Thurman, Nymphomaniac: Many of Nymphomaniac’s roles were so brief they qualified for this role, but I ultimately decided Thurman’s brief turn was the best and most important. She plays a woman whose husband has been having an affair with Joe. The devastation this causes to the family comes to the forefront in this raw scene which also shows the consequences of Joe’s actions.

And the winner is…

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Some of the other cameos may have called for stronger acting, but none of the nominated scenes were as pleasing or memorable as this one. For fans, this felt like a thank you, a sort of reward for sticking with the series through the highs and lows. It’s just a really strong moment that any fan of the series can’t help but be affected by.

Best Villain

Adrien Brody, The Grand Budapest Hotel: You don’t typically expect to see straight up villains in Wes Anderson films, but Adrien Brody’s Dimitri is an evil schemer hell bent on stopping Gustav and retrieving the “Boy with Apple” painting. He’s a very entertaining character and Brody’s delivery of the profane lines gets some of the films biggest laughs.

Gene Jones, The Sacrament: Gene Jones has had some semi-noteworthy roles, but this turn as the leader of a Jonestown-esque cult is something of a revelation. Jones is very charismatic and father-like, as the role requires, but he’s also very menacing and his presence looms large over the film.

Toby Kebbell, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Koba was established as a potentially shady character in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which set the stage nicely for his full-on villainous turn. Much of the first half sees Koba developing as a character and getting a sense of his philosophy, where as in the second half he becomes full on ruthless. He’s a very scary villain and a blast to watch.

Sebastien Stan, Captain America: The Winter Soldier: One of the biggest weaknesses of the MCU has been their inability to make good villains. Sebastien Stan’s Winter Soldier is among the select few. He doesn’t say much, but he’s a threatening presence that is frequently able to go toe to toe with Captain America. Whenever he comes on screen, you know that shit’s on.

Ray Winstone, Noah: I really don’t know anything about Tubal-Cain’s role in the Bible, but he makes for a strong antagonist in Noah. He’s a very driven and almost barbaric character, traits Ray Winstone brings out well. He becomes an even greater villain in the film’s second half when he starts manipulating Noah’s son.

And the winner is…

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This is clearly Tony Kebbell’s award. Koba is a villain who excels in all areas. He’s physically intimidating, a brilliant tactician, ruthless, and he’s a fully fleshed out character. He’s far and away the most complete villain nominated and he’s fun to watch too.

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