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!: “Spotlight”

With a resume of modest and economical dramas reflecting on everyday folk, director Thomas McCarthy has taken an unassuming approach to charismatic ensembles like his previous films Win Win and The Station Agent. His newest effort, Spotlight, continues that economy but with a sharper urgency that demands your attention and earns your rage. Expect more than your average true story of journalistic heroism.

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In 2002, The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team (the oldest investigative journalism crew in the country) uncovered cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests within the Boston community and the infrastructure within the church that allowed the abuse to continue. Their findings revealed systemic implications for the global Catholic church and earned them a Pulitzer Prize, not to mention creating a national dialogue that allowed further silenced victims to come forward. Spotlight’s members, as depicted in the film, all connect personally with the case in various ways, but their work is fueled by the silent cycle of abuse perpetuated by those in and outside the church willfully turning a blind eye.

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