Oscars 2016: Best Supporting Actor

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in his Oscar nominated role in Creed, Creed, Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa, Rocky, Michael B. Jordan, Oscars, Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Trueheartgal

The Oscars are just a week away and I could not be more excited. I am going to be blogging about them this week and offering my humble opinions on the top categories. The Best Supporting Actor category includes the following nominees this year:


Christian Bale, The Big Short

Tom Hardy, The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

It seems to be universally agreed upon that Sylvester Stallone is a shoo-in for this award. I saw Creed the other night and I honestly don’t know why Stallone was even nominated other than it seems people think he should be awarded for his lifetime of mostly bad, poorly acted, mostly violent and oftentimes stupid movies. I was simply not impressed, I am sorry to say.

The other performances are all fantastic for different reasons.

Christian Bale playing drums in the Oscar nominated movie, The Big Short, Christian Bale, The Big Short, Oscars, Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor, Oscar Nominees

Christian Bale plays Stanford neurosurgeon, turned hedge-fund manager, Michael Burry, one of the first people to recognize the looming crash and invest in the subprime mortgages. This role calls for Bale to do the vast majority of his acting alone in a room, and he is terrific. He brings so much energy and intelligence to the role. Burry himself claims he has Aspergers and Bale plays it well, he kept me riveted.

Tom hardy as John Fitzgerald in the Oscar nominated movie, The Revenant. Tom Hardy, The Revenant, Oscars, Academy Awards, Oscar nominees, Best Supporting Actor, Trueheartgal

Tom Hardy plays John Fitzgerald, who, along with Leonard DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass, are among a band of fur-trappers and hunters who are basically stripping the land of wildlife for profit in 1820’s Missouri. After Glass is attacked by a bear and hanging on to life as a shredded human, Fitzgerald volunteers to stay behind, along with Glass’ half-Pawnee son as the rest of the band go get help.  Fitzgerald does some very bad things in order to survive, and I believed in each of his brutal decisions. Hardy brought a vicious, fierce energy to Fitzgerald, and while he often mumbled too much, I loved his performance.

Mark Ruffalo in the Oscar nominated movie Spotlight. Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight, Oscars, Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Trueheartgal

As part of the “Spotlight” investigative team of the Boston Globe, Mark Ruffalo portrays Michael Rezendes, a lapsed Boston Catholic whose marriage is on the rocks. The Globe’s new editor is not from Boston, and he tasks the team with looking into a story about the shady manner the Boston Archdiocese handled abuse cases. Buffalo’s portrait starts out as a dogged reporter, and he ascends into near hysteria as he begins understanding the magnitude of the corruption in the church – his church. While emotional, Ruffalo’s performance always remains real.

Mark Rylance in his Oscar nominated performance in Bridge of Spies, Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies, Tom Hanks, Oscars, Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor nominee, Best-Supporting-Actor, Trueheartgal

Rudolf Abel, portrayed by Mark Rylance, was a spy caught by American authorities and sent to trial. Today’s American Everyman – Tom Hanks – portrays James Donovan, the insurance attorney assigned to his case by his firm chairman. Donovan is expected to put up a farce of a defense so the spy is convicted without denying him a trial. Donovan decides to actually defend the man, and in the course of their attorney/client relationship, Abel proves himself to be a quiet, wise man who understands both what Donovan is doing for him, and what will await him if he is returned to Russia. Rylance’s performance is very understated but the heft of his position is never in question.


Who would I pick? First of all, I would have included Idris Elba’s explosive and magnetic performance in Beasts of No Nation, and I would’ve somehow wedged in Jacob Tremblay’s unaffected and sublime performance in Room. Neither of these films would’ve been possible without these actors in my opinion.

But, given the current crop of nominees, I would give the award to……. Tom Hardy. He’s also in one of my surprise favorite movies of the year – Mad Max: Fury Road, but while he plays the title character, Charlize Theron and the women carry the film.

Now – who would you select? Did you see the films? Let me know what you thought!

Nest up: Oscars: Best Supporting Actress.

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6 responses to “Oscars 2016: Best Supporting Actor”

  1. avatar Janice Wald says:

    Hi Ligeia,
    Are you an entertainment blogger?
    I saw Creed and the Big Short. Christian Bales stole the movie. I hope he wins, at much as I love Sly S.
    Thanks again for your visit to my site yesterday and your kind words. You said you need help on “all this”. That’s what I do. I help bloggers. I am having a big blog party on Saturday. Perhaps you’ll consider dropping by.

  2. avatar Gailya Brown says:

    I agree with you that Stallone will probably win, for sentimental reasons, not the quality of the acting. Maybe that’s the easy way out because I honestly can’t choose from among the other four. Tom Hardy is a chameleon who seems to be brilliant in every role. And he was the perfect antagonist to DeCaprio’s Glass. But, in many ways, Mark Ruffalo was the heart of “Spotlight”. Christian Bale was completely convincing as the brilliant, focused hedge fund manager who sticks to his guns when everyone is telling him he’s crazy. And Mark Rylance delivered such a quiet, deeply layered performance, I felt a deep empathy for his Soviet spy.

    I guess if I had to choose, it would be Christian Bale. But I can’t choose.

  3. Hi Janice – I’m not an entertainment blogger, but I am a movie fanatic. I love the Oscars and everything about them – the award shows running up to the big day, the fashion, the show, the history, all of it.

  4. Hi Gailya – I am with you – I could defend selecting any of the four nominees other than Stallone. I loved Christian Bale’s performance, and I think he is one of our great actors. He completely melts into a character. I loved him in American Hustle and the Fighter. He’s simply incredible. Oh no… now you’ve got me waffling my choice!

  5. avatar Elizabeth DeMotte says:

    Well, I know who I WOULDN’T pick for Best Actor — Matt Damon! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Matt Damon, I was hooked ever since The Talented Mr. Ripley. But in The Martian he plays simply an affable fellow in an unreal situation. I admit my opinion is colored by how much I was underwhelmed by the movie. It’s a fantastical premise, and we can suspend belief for the sake of entertainment, but the inconsistencies were stacked just too high, e.g. the door of his living quarters is blown off and he seals it with just a sheet of plastic and duct tape — this, in an environment of searing sand/wind storms that stranded him there in the first place? Oh, and another sheet of plastic filled in for the top of his rocketship when he left the planet. Huh? And the stereotypical characters, like the evil NASA boss and ditzy PR lady. All in all, I was checking my watch about an hour into it…

  6. I have to agree with you Elizabeth. I think Damon is great, but this was not a Best Actor performance in my book.