Supporting Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated (part 1 of 5)
With the Academy Awards for the 2011 film year in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to take a look at one of the event’s most consistently fascinating categories: Best Supporting Actor.
The most interesting story in the category this year isn’t who got nominated, it’s who didn’t. More specifically, Albert Brooks was completely robbed of a nomination for his performance as film producer turned lethal gangster Bernie Rose in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.
As much as I’d like to say I was surprised by this, considering both the quality of performance and Brooks’ slew of nominations from other critical circles, in light of the Academy’s history of overlooking outstanding supporting performances, I simply can’t.
Following is a chronological look at a number of performances richly deserving of a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination.
In some cases, the performances are in films that are very narrow-mindedly considered “not Oscar material” or not even deemed worthy of any kind of critical attention at all, ignoring the basic fact that great acting is where you find it.
In some cases, the performances are overshadowed by attention focused on another performance in the film or another aspect of the film as a whole.
In other cases, much like Albert Brooks in Drive, it’s a matter of pure inexcusable neglect, sometimes of jaw-dropping magnitude.
For further viewing enjoyment, where applicable I’ve also included a list of other outstanding feature film performances by the listed actor that are definitely worth seeking out.
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