PGCMAs: Best Cameo and Best Villain (2015)

Posted: February 16, 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 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.

Jesper Christensen, Spectre: Many anticipated Mr. White would return in Spectre to connect the Quantum organization with Spectre itself and that is a clever way to link them. More than that though, I genuinely thought it was pretty interesting what the film did with his character.

James Franco, The Night Before: Franco’s character is in some ways the punchline of a joke but his appearance also yields new comedy and its fun when he shows up.

Donald Glover, The Martian: It’s pretty amazing that in such a huge cast, Donald Glover’s brief role still makes an impression. The character shows up as a young scientist working on a way to help bring Mark home and his manic energy is quite comedic.

Channing Tatum, The Hateful Eight: Channing Tatum’s nomination is less to do with his acting (though he’s pretty good) and more to do with Tarantino’s use of him. Simply put, Tatum’s handsome face is put to good use.

?, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: I’ve deliberately censored this name to avoid spoilers, but anyone who has seen The Force Awakens will likely know exactly what this nomination refers to. Suffice it to say, it was a pretty awesome appearance that got me really excited for more Star Wars.

And the winner is…

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?, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Epic moment. Part of me criticized the fact to relegate this character to a mere cameo, but god damn was it a cool scene, a great finale, and a can’t wait to see where things go.

Best Villain

Daisy Domergue, The Hateful Eight: A vile schemer made all the more vile by Jennifer Jason Leigh’s insidious, PGCMA winning performance. What’s interesting is that Domergue hardly engages in anything overtly violent, but she orchestrates everything behind the scenes, and Leigh’s presence makes Domergue hard to forget.

John Fitzgerald, The Revenant: My other winner for a supporting PGCMA, Tom Hardy’s Fitzgerald is terrifying and imposing, but strangely relatable. They say the best villains are the ones which don’t believe themselves to be evil and that’s certainly true for Fitzgerald, who is just trying to survive in a harsh environment.

Old Nick, Room: Though Room eventually turns into a pretty inspiring tale, much of the film is dominated by a dreary and awful person known as Old Nick. He’s a creepy and controlling rapist and the film also does a good job showing just how pathetic this guy is while maintaining his threat.

Kylo Ren, Star Wars: The Force Awakens: One of my biggest concerns going into The Force Awakens was the villains. Blockbusters seem to be messing up the villains more and more lately, but happily Kylo Ren turned out to be a great antagonist. He feels powerful and threatening, but more importantly, he’s actually an interesting character to boot.

Lucille Sharpe, Crimson Peak: An evil and manipulative force who reveals herself to be crueller as the film goes. This character is boosted greatly by Jessica Chastain’s great turn.

And the winner is…

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Old Nick, Room

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The Revenant put up a good fight here, but ultimately I went with Room for the simple reason that I think these people still exist and are terrifying. I don’t know if I’ll ever encounter a John Fitzgerald, but I may encounter an Old Nick. Beyond that, I think the film and actor Sean Bridgers do a great job in the handling of this character.

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