Another year of television and film is in the books, which means it's award season and high time the best and brightest stars of the silver and small screens are honored for their work. This year’s season kicks off with the Screen Actors Guild awards and Playboy.com has decided to play along, offering not only our picks, but yours and those of esteemed in-house film critic Stephen Rebello. Last week we covered the most outstanding cast; this week, the most outstanding actors and actresses in a supporting role.
The Nominees: Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh: Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week With Marilyn." "Branagh's role as Sir Laurence Olivier, a frustrated director coping with Marilyn Munroe at the height of her stardom, is spot-on. His calm but clearly exasperated demeanor with the her excessive demands, random disappearances and seeming ineptitude for anything acting related, shines as a grounding counterpoint to Michelle Williams flighty performance as America's darling."
Armie Hammer: Clyde Tolson in "J.Edgar." "Aside from the notable chemistry DiCaprio holds with his on-screen mother, Armie Hammer’s role compliments DiCaprio perfectly as Hoover’s right hand man and confidante at the FBI and, as the film suggests with discretion, his lover." - Stephen Rebello. Read the full review.
Jonah Hill: Peter Brand in "Moneyball." "But it’s more a graceful, poetic, beautifully acted character study of people getting second and third chances to do over what they’ve muffed the first time around. With an award nomination caliber performance from Pitt and terrific work from Jonah Hill, Moneyball is one of the year’s classier movies." -Stephen Rebello. Read the full review.
Nick Nolte: Paddy Conlon in "Warrior." "Nolte, his golden boy movie past and looks savaged by decades of hard living, gives an achingly sad performance—even when the script sidelines him." -Stephen Rebello. Read the full review.
Christopher Plummer: Hal in "Beginners." "Plummer delivers an energizing performance as a father, a widower and a late in life, openly homosexual man in a relationship with a much younger partner. The on-screen chemistry with his son (Ewan McGregor) is phenomenal, as they both come to terms with Hal Feilds' (Plummer) new life and the terminal cancer that threatens to end it."
The Nominees: Actress in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo: Peppy in "The Artist." "The film stars Jean Dujardin as a dashing, cocky, aging film idol who befriends an ambitious young beauty (Bérénice Bejo) whose gimlet eyes are fixed on stardom. Despite warnings from the studio boss (John Goodman, in Wallace Beery mode) about the advent of sound, the matinee idol stubbornly refuses to test for talking pictures and, while the protégée’s career skyrockets through the early ‘30s, his career tragically implodes." - Stephen Rebello. Read the full review.
Jessica Chastain: Celia Foote in "The Help." "She is from the country, way out in the country, and she just doesn't know how things work in Jackson. She doesn't know where the lines are drawn. At least, that's what her help thinks. But eventually, the lines are blurred and they become just two people, and an unlikely friendship becomes an alliance that will change both women for the rest of their lives." -IMDB. Read the full review.
Melissa McCarthy: Megan in "Bridesmaids." "Kristen Wiig dishes up the standout comic performance of the year so far and—believe it—she’s got serious competition from a couple of her castmates, particularly from McCarthy, who is a fearless, terrifying hoot as a plus-sized woman with a libido to match." -Stephen Rebello. Read the full review.
Janet McTeer: Hubert Page in "Albert Nobbs." "Glenn Close is matched by Janet McTeer’s extraordinary turn as a house painter and jack-of-all-trades who is also masquerading as man but, unlike the self-denying Albert, living happily and committedly in secret with another woman." -Stephen Rebello
Octavia Spencer: Minny Jackson in "The Help." "The two main reasons to see it—and to be powerfully stirred and affected by it—are the transcendent performances of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer as maids whose lives and struggles are, unlike many of the movie's female characters, multi-dimensional, relatable and believable." -Stephen Rebello. Read the full review.
And the winners are...
Reader's Choice: Jonah Hill, Melissa McCarthy.
Playboy.com's Choice: Christopher Plummer, Janet McTeer.
Stephen Rebello's Choice: Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer.
Think we got it wrong? Let us know who you think the most deserving men and women are for supporting roles in the polls below.
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