Folks, it’s that time of year again. The greatest and most sacred of annual events is upon us, the ultimate expression of ostentatious refinement. More hyperbole.
The Oscar nominations for 2016 films have been released, and there is a whole lot of good, a little bad, and La La Land, to no one’s surprise. But who has time to sort through it all?! You’re busy, you don’t have time to form opinions on films you haven’t even seen! Don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.
So please enjoy Part 2 of the One Ticket Please Official Guide to the 89th Oscars: Best Actor. Reviews linked in red, with more to come!
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Do they deserve to win: Let’s answer this in two ways. First: I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve heard that his performance is a great, truly dramatic performance. Second: He has been sued for sexual harassment by former co-workers, and both cases were settled out of court, so we’ll likely never know all the facts. Regardless, individuals who committed sexual harassment should not be given platforms or laurels, particularly when they have not made apologies, amends, or even acknowledgments of any sort. So…no, not really, he does not deserve to win. The awards are meaningless, but the public acclaim and live platform are not.
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Do they deserve to win: Nope. Listen, AG tries really hard. He’s great in Social Network, and gave it his best shot in Spider-Man. Everything I’ve seen him in, AG seems like he’s trying to win an Oscar, it’s the absolute best of his ability. And Hacksaw is no exception, he gives it his all. And yet, it comes off…funny. And it shouldn’t, this is a very dramatic narrative. Instead, he seems like he’s doing Forrest Gump, but without humor. I’m not sure it’s his fault, as much as it is the writing behind his character, but nonetheless, the win should not go here.
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Do they deserve to win: It’s one of his best performances, though not as challenging as Drive, or as comedic as The Nice Guys. So…no. It’s a great showing by Gosling, but not the best of the year.
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Do they deserve to win: Couldn’t tell you, haven’t seen it, but Viggo is usually amazing so I would believe he deserves it!
Denzel Washington, Fences
Do they deserve to win: Yep. This one of Denzel’s best performances, if not the best. He’s complicated, terrifying, vulnerable, emotional, and loving. He’s a person, and one of the most relatable characters I’ve seen on screen. He absolutely deserves it.