27 Days of Oscar, Day 18: Actor and supporting actor; BAFTA posters

Things are getting very exciting as we are only 9 days away from the big ceremony. 
I finished up the foreign film category a few days ago with “Ida.”  Hoping to get those thoughts on the films out later today or tomorrow.  I also watched “The Theory of Everything” as well as “Mr. Turner.”  The next three days are going to consist of a bit of binge watching because I’m hoping very much to spend next week only watching one film a day.  As well as the shorts of course.

As much as I hope to watch "Cake" and "Snowpiercer" for the sake of my top 10 films and performances is, the reality is that it is simply not possible.  So there they go, by the wayside.  Sorry Aniston.

I mentioned here that I was struggling getting a copy of “Glen Campbell, I’ll Be Me,” so I called the producers of the film and explained my situation and that it was the only nominated film to which I did not have access.  They were awesome and shipped me a copy yesterday.  Now there will be no excuse not to see all the nominated films.

As I mentioned last time I am going to start getting into individual categories as I see all of the nominees.  Last start with the male actors.

Actor in a leading role
Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher"
Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper"
Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game"
Michael Keaton in "Birdman"
Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything"

For a long time everyone was saying this was Michael Keaton's year.  And it certainly has been the year of his "comeback."  This kind of reminds me of when Mickey Rourke was nominated.  It was the perfect role and the perfect time.  But Sean Penn won the Oscar.  I have similar feelings to the ones I had back then.  I would have been happy had either of them won.  And if Eddie Redmayne, who is wonderful in "The Theory of Everything" wins, as I currently expect him to, I will be happy, perhaps even a little happier to be honest.  Both performance are full of truth, but what Redmayne does is not just a complete physical transformation.  Even in the beginning he is Stephen Hawking.  Just as he did in "Les Miserables" he oozes raw emotion, and in this case often simply with the move of a finger, and eyebrow and most importantly the eyes.  We truly see into his soul.

My biggest issue will be if Bradley Cooper somehow pulls an Adrien Brody and splits the vote.  I for one think Brody deserved that Oscar.  And as much as I love Cooper, he does not.  Not this time.

Both Carrell and Cumberbatch are great in their roles.  But they are going to have to settle for the nominations.  I have always loved both of them, and I really can't wait to see what Carrell does next.  Perhaps without a prosthetic nose.

Actor in a supporting role
Robert Duvall in "The Judge"
Ethan Hawke in "Boyhood"
Edward Norton in "Birdman"
Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher"
J.K. Simmons in "Whiplash"

I feel that this is a ridiculously strong category.  If I was voting I might have a hard time, to be honest.  Mark Ruffalo is so fantastic in "Foxcatcher."  He has always been one of my favorite actors every since "You Can Count on Me," and he has gotten better and better.  He doesn't do anything over the top or showy in this performance, but it has haunted me ever since.  Simmons on the other hand gives the perfect Simmons performance.  Bombast and heart.  Not ooey gooey heart.  But heart nonetheless.  I think Duvall is fantastic in "The Judge," but he has had his time (and I HATE when people say that kind of stuff).  I can't wait for Hawke to win an Oscar one day, but not this year.  I have a weird feeling that if "Birdman" somehow starts to sweep, Norton could sneak in.  But that really isn't going to happen right?  

Finally, I am not sure if you all saw these wonderful posters for films nominated for Best Picture at the BAFTAS.  I had forgotten about them until I had a friend point out the incredible “Boyhood” poster to me.  Enjoy!


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