Post by Pittsnogle_Goggins on May 15, 2020 15:37:43 GMT
I don’t think this performance gets talked about enough. He’s my personal Supporting Actor win but it certainly was a stacked year. He does so good at bringing an extra layer to his character and not just playing him as a one-note simpleton. Such an endearing and heartbreaking performance.
Genius level performance - expertly calibrated and that walks right along the line of sad clown/wise fool without tipping over too much into either. The scene where he describes his "girlfriend" from high school is one of the most perfectly acted scenes of the last 25 years in American film specifically.
Probably the best Coen Brothers performance not in a Coen Brothers movie. Agonizingly good stuff, and would've made for a sublime winner in a strong year for the category (not really reflected by the Academy's lineup, but whatever).
Rewatched it recently and he was my biggest takeaway after not having seen it in a couple years. He has such great brotherly chemistry with Paxton and it's really incredible what he does in those quieter moments. As you said, really goes beyond the one-note simpleton role that has been tackled in drastically different ways by others before and since. I really love his two Oscar nominated turns.