filmmixtape’s Best Supporting Actor of 2015

Rolling right along with my votes for Best Supporting Actor…

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Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation

  • Much has been made of the terrifying impact of his guerrilla warfare commandant, but the most masterful moments of the performance are as he loses dominance over his child soldiers – the impotence with which he clings to his his blind warpath lingers after the chills.

Oscar Isaac – Ex Machina

  • Isaac turns the a reclusive, proselytizing scientist on the page into a study of intellectual, broski misogyny. He’s the embodiment of the film: mysterious, elusive, sexual, and just this side of bonkers. Bonus points for cutting up that fucking dance floor. (More here!)

Michael Keaton – Spotlight

  • His Robby Robinson stears the Spotlight team, but Keaton is the ensemble’s beacon. Much of the film’s ability to go deeper than procedural relies on Keaton’s arc of guilt over his own role in the systemic disregard to the victims depicted. He doesn’t just ace it, he’s the film’s rageful center. (More here!)

Jason Mitchell – Straight Outta Compton

  • As his Eazy-E’s emerges as a major talent, we sense the breakthrough of a future superstar in Mitchell. His intense and passionate portrayal rises above the film’s greatest-hits approach and becomes its emotional core. Emotionally varied and heartbreaking.

Sylvester Stallone – Creed

  • Stallone seizes every opportunity here to illuminate new, unexpected sides to a cinema icon, clearly energized by director Ryan Coogler’s honest approach to the legacy. To Stallone’s (and Coogler’s) further credit, this Rocky Balboa would be just as clearly defined and complete without a franchise preceding it.

The Almost-Made-Its and The Winner after the jump…

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In Review!: “Beasts of No Nation”

While building his reputation as a modern master and innovator, Cary Fukunaga has been a intriguing filmmaking presence by consistently surprising us in his choice in material. Debuting with the immigrant drama Sin Nombre, he followed that up with a literary adaptation of Jane Eyre that went beyond our expectations and conventions of contemporary costume drama. Not to be pinned down by genre alone, he shook the way we watch serialized television with HBO’s celebrated first season of True Detective. Fukunaga keeps changing his own game with wildly different material, but also working across different formats.

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Now, he brings not only another in a line of stories unique to his filmography, but he’s again working in a unique presentation format: the theatrical/Netflix hybrid brutal African war tome and Beasts of No Nation.

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