Did anybody possibly imagine that the supporting actor race this year would be so completely dull and toothless as this? Perhaps, but I dearly hope nobody wanted it. Remember last year when we had Christian Bale's career best as an extreme druggie, John Hawkes' belated arrival, Jeremy Renner's heavy edge accomplice to Ben Affleck, and Mark Ruffalo being just plain awesome. Since when did the Academy just lose those cool points? The closest thing they have this year is Nick Nolte, who is perhaps the only one who really should be here, but the one who just made it in under the wire.
There's no debating that it's Christopher Plummer's to win. Don't get me wrong, because it's a nice performance, but I'm the one who was so much more impressed with the much smaller name Mary Page Keller's performance in "Beginners". I haven't yet, and am not liable to soon see either "Extremely Loud" or "My Week with Marilyn", but I've seen enough of an indication from the trailers to know that I'm not having it for either of the performances in this race. And then there is Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill... I can't. I just can't.
WILL WIN: Christopher Plummer ("Beginners")
SHOULD WIN: Nick Nolte ("Warrior")
SHOULD REALLY WIN: Jared Harris ("Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows")
SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE: Albert Brooks ("Drive")
PERSONAL RANKING: 1. Nick Nolte ("Warrior")
2. Christopher Plummer ("Beginners")
3. Jonah Hill ("Moneyball")
4. Kenneth Branagh ("My Week with Marilyn")
5. Max von Sydow ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close")