Best Actors of 2015; My Picks

In the build-up to the Oscars, I’m going to be doing my picks for the various categories and tell ya’ll who I think gave the best performances for the year. I want to hear what you think! Agree? Disagree? Voice it out and we can have a debate!

Nominees for the Bear Award:

Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation)

Abraham’s a first time actor. Just let that sink in. Words cannot describe the amount of talent this young man has. Yeah some of you might diss it and say well it’s a child’s emotions and all that…I take none of that. It’s a super affecting and emotional performance from Attah that carries all the weight of violence and violation. I was really moved to tears by his portrayal of a child ripped out from innocence and thrown into a world of harsh realities. A very powerful performance from such a young actor!

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Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Some call it a supporting performance at best. I call it a supporting performance at the very least. Screen time wise, Jacob has at least the same, if not more, time on screen as Brie Larson. And yeah, screen time doesn’t mean everything. And that’s why his performance backs it up. It was absolutely touching. From the moment his first words broke the silence to the various monologues about life to his very frighteningly real emotions of trauma, distress, wonder and sensitivity, Jacob Tremblay has left a deep impression on me.

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Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Leo. Period. Yeah, this guy is no stranger to acting. You can list a whole bunch of awesome performances. But I think this one takes top spot for me. I like Leo when he’s all eloquent and fluent because he can pull off these roles with his own charm and charisma. But The Revenant is the total opposite. And you bet this guy can excel as well. With only a few lines to say, his emotions are elucidated through the rugged and excruciating struggle in silence. Lonely. Left for the dead. Risen from the dead. He shows us all why he’s not just superb but also extremely dedicated and versatile.

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Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Michael’s role is the total opposite of Leo’s. ENDLESS DIALOGUE that just won’t stop…won’t stop…won’t stop…wo…Yeah you get the drift. So to pull off all the dialogue such that it doesn’t bore the audience and irritate us…that’s something Michael Fassbender manages to do. He basically lifted Steve Jobs’ life story with his ferocious and determined attitude, even more so than portrayed by Jobs himself. You really have to admire Fassbender’s nuance in the film as well. Besides being stubborn, he’s also fraught with flaws and regrets that make the man more than just that beacon of innovation that most of us normally associate with. I especially LOVED the moments with his daughter that Fassbender pulled off with such a deep understanding of his character.

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Michael Fassbender (MacBeth)

Yup. You didn’t see this wrongly. I’ve nominated Fassbender twice. That just goes to show how much I liked his portrayal of Shakespeare’s fabled icon MacBeth. With the air of the rightful king, so proud and seeded with lust for power, Fassbender brilliantly captures the complexities of his character; A man whose psychology comes from the divine right of kings. He believes he’s heir to the thrown, and then goes down the moral spiral where he’s being seduced by greed and that he must protect his power at all costs. Fassbender’s Macbeth has a face of sinful lust and a want for power that evokes both our fear and sympathy for the fallen man.

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Shameik Moore (Dope)

He’s the sort of wild card here. But I think he totally deserves to be recognized for his role in Dope. Playing the funky nerd in a rough neighbourhood, Shameik’s character is not just funny but also immediately captures you with his story. His high-school character (Malcolm) is somewhat relatable for us teens, but what makes his performance so special was his flexibility. In a flash, he’s able to show simply with his face, the shift from a light-hearted mood to a serious and grave expression. Along with a fantastic script, Shameik is able to portay a character that’s one of my favourites this year; A character that accepts he’ll never (and can never) be the same again. It is through Malcolm’s own choice that he grows into a person who adapts to his circumstances on his own terms and by his own moral standards. That is what makes Shameik’s character so DAMNED GOOD! But of course, most of it is the work of the actor himself.

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Yes, I left out Eddie Redmayne and Matt Damon. And I haven’t watched Trumbo, so I can’t judge Bryan Cranston.

Nominees once more:

Abraham Attah (Beasts Of No Nation)

Jacob Tremblay (Room)

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Michael Fassbender (MacBeth)

Shameik Moore (Dope)

Winner:

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

Next up are my picks for Best Actress!

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. anag7 says:

    Agreed! Leonardo better win this year!!! He deserves it!

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Yup, it’s written in the stars! He has to!

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  2. Keith says:

    Well done! It’s gotta be Leo this year for sure!

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  3. emmakwall says:

    Amazing list!!! I haven’t seen each performance yet unfortunately but still hold the actors in high regard (like Fassbender!)

    I agree though, this HAS to be Leo’s year?!

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Woo πŸ™‚ Ditto! Leo has been snubbed way too many times, it’s just extremely frustrating. GIVE THAT MAN THE OSCAR!

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  4. I still cannot believe Abraham Attah/Beasts of No Nation is being ignored by the Oscars. I honestly was more moved by Attah’s performance than Tremblay…

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    1. jw says:

      I was honestly extremely impressed with both, can’t say which one I liked better. Maybe Attah a little more cos it was a more complex role. Fully agreed. The Oscars diversity problem comes from the lack of diversity in films themselves and it seems like the academy have a problem with nominating younger/child actors.

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  5. John Charet says:

    My personal choice here would be Michael Fassbender for Macbeth πŸ™‚ Keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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