PGCMAs: Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor (2015)

Posted: February 12, 2016 by Daniel Simpson (PG Cooper) in PGCMAs

Written by Daniel “PG Cooper” Simpson PGCMA 2015

*The above image represents 2014’s PGCMA Best Director and Best Picture winner; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.

Best Supporting Actress

Joan Allen, Room: She may not have a lot of screen time, but Joan Allen does paint a very real portrait of someone reuniting with a long lost daughter while forming a new bond with a grandson. It isn’t the showiest of performances, but it is moving.

Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak: Jessica Chastain has consistently proven herself to be one of the best actresses of her generation. In Crimson Peak, she gets to stress her theatrical muscles by playing an over the top and insane villain. The character could have been played too broadly, but Chastain rides the line perfectly.

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight: Between Anomalisa and The Hateful Eight, it’s been a pretty big year for Jennifer Jason Leigh. I unfortunately haven’t seen Anomalisa, but her work in The Hateful Eight is pretty damn awesome. She sinks into the role effortlessly and makes Daisy a despicable villain you love to hate and can’t take your eyes off.

Chloe Grace Moretz, Clouds of Sils Maria: A lot of critics and awards bodies have celebrated Kristen Stewart’s supporting role in Clouds of Sils Maria, and while she is good, I found myself more moved by her younger co-star’s work. Moretz has a fairly tough role in that she needs to be something of a mess, someone with genuine ambition, someone supportive, and someone condescending. There are a lot of conflicting traits there, but Moretz is able to walk the line and create an interesting person.

Erica Rivas, Wild Tales: Erica Rivas’ character in Wild Tales is a lot of fun, particularly due to the dramatic shifts in her character. She starts off as a happy bride on her wedding day, then discovers about her new husband’s infidelity and is hurt, and then…I dare not spoil where she goes from there. It’s an insane performance, but Rivas really runs with it and seems to be having a blast.

And the winner is…



Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight


All of these ladies gave really strong performances, but none disappeared into the role quite like Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight. She steals most of her scenes and really turns Daisy into a vile villain.

Best Supporting Actor

Paul Dano, Love and Mercy: Paul Dano can be a bit hit or miss and even when he’s good he has a tendency to be overlooked, but the dude really got to make his mark in Love and Mercy. Playing Brian Wilson during the creation of Pet Sounds, Dano is able to channel a quiet intensity while also showing his deteriorating mental health.

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation: I didn’t love Beasts of No Nation as much as most, but I will agree that Idris Elba was excellent. Playing the leader of a child soldier army, Elba is able to create a threatening presence while still showing to be a charismatic leader. Beneath that, there is a subtle layer of a more pathetic person at the core of the part which comes through well.

Tom Hardy, The Revenant: John Fitzgerald is a tricky a character in that he needs to play a ruthless and brutal villain while also being a relatable, somewhat pathetic guy just trying to survive. It would be easy to emphasize one element over the other, but Tom Hardy is able to evoke both the right amount. Beyond that, the dude really slips into the role and is captivating to watch.

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight: The cast of Spotlight is full of actors giving really strong, understated performances. Mark Ruffalo’s work is probably the biggest performance, but his work is still a solid example of how to build a character through smaller interactions rather than big moments.

Sylvester Stallone, Creed: I was somewhat hesitant about nominating Stallone, given that it is his seventh time playing Rocky Balboa, but man does the guy bring out some heavy emotions. This isn’t the same triumphant spirit we’re used to, but a hurt soul alone. It’s a genuinely moving performance and Stallone avoids leaning too heavily into the melodrama.

And the winner is…



Tom Hardy, The Revenant

the revenant

Most praise for The Revenant has centered on Leonardo DiCaprio, but I’d argue it’s Tom Hardy’s work that really steals the show. He creates a fully formed character in John Fitzgerald, nailing his personality, accent, physicality, and voice. It’s a great performance and a ton of fun to watch.

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