I’m doing these way early this year, because of the truncated Oscar schedule. A lot of the time the nominations have already happened by the time these lists go out. Usually I’m using them to fill time between nominations and the second half of the Release Calendar, or before it’s time to start category breakdowns. But we’re in a weird year, so here we are. I barely got to watch a lot of the films more than once before these lists go up. But it’s also not like they really matter all that much outside of some more content.
I will specify what I always need to specify — these are my lists. These are the performances that I personally preferred the best. They do not always line up with what the awards groups and the herd believes. They are literally me going through the list of every film I saw this year and jotting down the performances from each film that I thought were noteworthy and then paring the article down to a list of 15 and then creating some sort of ranking of those 15. So any problems — keep ’em to yourself. I’m only here to talk up the things I liked the best, not to create any sort of objective list. So if you’re butt hurt that this doesn’t match up with the slideshows on the other websites, then stick to the slideshows.
We begin with the male lead performances and what is a pretty standard year for those. They’re really the only group that gets an abundance of choices for each year, because unlike the women, Hollywood actually cares about giving them decent material to work with. I didn’t feel a dearth of options in this, though I’ll also say it didn’t feel as though I was leaving people off I would have otherwise chosen. 15 is the proper cut off point. There wasn’t really anyone else I feel like I’d have included. Though shout out to Paul Walter Hauser in Richard Jewell. That’s one of those ‘born to play’ kinda roles. Also Matthew Rhys in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, who had the trickiest role in the film and got none of the credit for it. And minor shout out to Adam Driver in The Report. He’s getting all the notice for the other movie, but I thought he was better in that one.
Anyway, here are my favorite male lead performances of 2019: (more…)
Pic of the Day: “You know something, you ain’t nothing special. You got no manners, you treat woman like whores and if you ask me you got no chance of being no officer.”