Best Supporting Actor of 2016; My Picks


This is the third category in FANA (Film And Nuance Awards) 2016.

Check out my nominations and winner for Best Actor and Best Actress!! And tell me what ya think! Winner for supporting actor is revealed at the end of the post πŸ™‚

Nominees for Best Supporting Actor

Daniel Radcliffe (Swiss-Army Man)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Shia LaBouef (American Honey)

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe undertakes probably the most absurd role in recent cinema history, perhaps even out-doing the most ridiculous ever. He plays a comatose/zombified being that is slowly being woken up to his senses by lost wanderer Paul Dano. It is a magical and surreal depiction of something I still can’t quite grasp entirely. But maybe that’s the point, we aren’t supposed to understand the madness of the characters and the film. Radcliffe just wants us to enjoy his performance,which was in fact super hilarious and heart-warming.

Dev Patel

Dev Patel plays Saroo Breirley who used Google Earth to track down his family when he lost contact with them when he was a child. I’m so glad that Dev another major role after Slumdog. He’s fantastic in Lion. The frustrating clash of identities and the painful void left by Saroo’s separation from his family shines through in Patel’s performance.

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali plays a role not often seen in cinema but is one that we’ve all come to know at some point in our life. Playing the drug-dealer with a heart, Ali’s character seems contradictory at first. But then we ask ourselves, why is that? In a world where our most natural instinct is to judge people by qualifiers and outward impressions, Mahershala Ali plays Juan so well that the person beneath comes through. It is an empathetic portrayal of the goodness of people and a intimate look at the agony one can have with regards to one’s conflicting identities.

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon plays the fictional cop within one of the main character’s novels. So he’s essentially two levels into fiction; A cop within a novel within a film. But the conviction couldn’t be more real. He’s firm, tough, uncompromising and isn’t leaving without a bang. Stylistically, the meaning behind his character has multiple different interpretations (which I won’t get into because it would be a spoiler). But acting wise, Michael Shannon,himself, adds layers to his character that make his performance a gritty and captivating watch.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf is sort of the wild-card nomination here, I don’t think many consider him one of the best supporting actors of 2016. And though Sasha Lane is really the eyes and soul of American Honey, her co-star Shia LaBeouf adds nuance to her character as well as our appreciation of the film. A conflicted and lost wanderer who’s glib and confidence gives him an air of self-assurance, he’s at the forefront of a group of teenage vagabonds who travel across the country looking to sell magazine subscriptions. But American Honey is also about rural America, poverty, coming-of-age-And Shia LaBeouf (aside from Sasha Lane’s main performance) gives enfleshes those themes from another perspective. It is a stripped-down, dreamy and raw kind of performance which is probably Shia’s best acting performance so far. I hope he continues the good work.

WINNER: Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali’s screentime is by far the least out of the nominees in every best supporting actor award. He’s only there for at most ten to fifteen minutes of Moonlight. But he steals the show in every scene he’s in, he does so much more with far less. I’ve admired his work in House Of Cards where he plays the suave Remy Danton who’s conflicts best define his character. Here, he plays the guy trying to hustle in the world, where conflicts flesh out the more tender, vulnerable and personal side of his character-It connects because we see parts of ourselves in him and come to realize how others might have touched our lives like his character nurtures the protagonist.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. Matt says:

    Oh, yes, I hate to admit it but Shia was SO GREAT in American Honey. Your picks in this category were great.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Thanks Matt! I’m glad you share the same sentiments! Yeah, I thought he would blow it, but it was a surprising performance from Shia. He should do more indies LOL.


  2. If Ali doesn’t win, I’m gonna freak the fuck out.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      His performance spoke toOh I won’t know what I’ll do if he doesn’t win me…imagine if Moonlight doesn’t get anything :O
      It’s so unlikely that Moonlight gets best pic, but somehow I’m still hopelessly hoping it will. Please convince me that there is a path to victory πŸ˜›


  3. FlickBox says:

    I completely agree with you, Ali has done amazing performances this last year with, and Moonlight tops it all.

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    1. jwforeva says:

      Moonlight was great wasn’t it?! :)) Yeah he was so good, and expecially good in Moonlight! I hope he gets the oscar!

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      1. FlickBox says:

        Me too ! πŸ™‚

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  4. Damien Riley says:

    Great choices. On interpretation of Radcliffe’s character is to show even a corpse is kinder as a friend when society produces judgement and evil on an assembly line.


  5. katelon says:

    I’m enjoying this series, thanks.

    I loved Daniel Radcliff’s performance and Dano’s as well. I lived the movie but not the ending.


  6. lostatthecinema says:

    I love that you’ve created your own film awards! What a cool idea! I’d love to do it too in the future but I’m afraid I won’t see enough movies to make it fair – if that makes any sense. There are just so many out there! Anyway, I completely agree that Ali’s performance was mesmerizing.

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    1. Sorry for the ultra late reply 😦 I must have missed it. Thank you :)) Yeah haha I get what you mean, some others watch a ton more than I do too,and I always feel I’m leaving out alot of indie/independent and foreign gems. But it’s your own awards and list, so you should feel proud of it regardless of how many films you’ve seen haha πŸ™‚ Right?! It was short but every scene he was in was just superb. What was your favourite movie of 2016?


      1. Don’t worry about it! My favorite’s a tie between Moonlight and Arrival. They’re hard to compare because I love them for different reasons. Moonlight is a great coming-of-age character study that’s beautifully shot while Arrival’s plot is so creative. I love plots that explore time like that.


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