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Helena Howard in Madeline's Madeline for Best Actress
Alright, I know this one may be a bit of stretch, we only have seven spots in the line-up and this is an insanely good year for the category. That, and Madeline's Madeline isn't the most popular film, which, is understandable ... it's clearly something that alienates a lot of its viewers, and I can see why. But at the very lest one thing there should be (and seems to be) a consensus on about it is Helena Howard's breathtaking debut performance. The film demands of her to go to some pretty outlandish places, and the extent to which she pulls it off is just staggering. I've mentioned it several times before, but her "improv" scene towards the end in which she imitates her mother is simply one of the most powerful bits of acting I've seen in a good long time. She is just sensational, and certainly more than worthy of any and all consideration.
Oh, come, come be my waitress and serve me tonight
Best Actress is ALREADY loaded with great turns for me (and I'm missing all of The Favourites), but having just seen Game Night, Rachel McAdams is bloody brilliant in it and maaaay top my ballot atm.
You better have room for Jesse Plemons.
I actually wasn't floored by him. He was funny enough, but he had a simple shtick. McAdams got so much attention from me because of the loopy energy she brought to the role and her chemistry with Jason Bateman. This movie reminds me of Zombieland (high praise from me) in the sense that it doesn't go for big, hilarious gags but instead makes all of the little bits of character comedy work. A big part of that love for the film came in small moments: like Annie's defeat after trying to insult Brooks's penis, or using her nose to keep her phone from dimming.
Oh, and the script is glorious too. "I cheated at the game of life. And The Game of Life."
And I don’t have a whole lot of *specific* FYC’s - or at least none I’m not confident wont be included, but if I can make one big appeal...
FYC: TIM BLAKE NELSON BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR for THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
As the first segment of the movie, he has a lot to set up, and he’s the perfect (and best) representation for the movie. That behind this elegant dressed, carefree, charismatic demeanor, there’s a much crueler and violent nature buried underneath that glorified romanticism. He’s the embodiment of the idea that even if your story lives on, you won’t, and that persistence and arrogance may only get you killed faster. And beyond the thematics, Nelson is so perfectly cast, carrying himself with this distinctive swagger and a nonchalant optimism, like some warped version of the classic “guitar medley by the campfire” wanderer, and that attitude and larger than life cheeriness leads to some gut-busting fits of laughter. He casts such a shadow over the rest of the movie, that it does suffer a bit because he isn’t in it.
So please lend him some support. I will be sad if he doesn’t get in.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Apr 9, 2019 6:45:43 GMT
seconding the mentions by pendragon & DeepArcher ! I just watched The Guilty today and despite its flaws, it definitely deserves consideration for Jakob Cedergren's tour-de-force performance of the film's only onscreen character in a single setting (the film rests on his shoulders literally), and the editing and sound which were also exceptional and also did a lot of heavy-lifting to keep the film watchable and fresh.
And Crazy Rich Asians is just delightful. Would love for it to make ensemble and costumes at least