My Best of 2016 is a series of annual
lists in which I pick the best of the best from 2016 (from Posters to
Directors, from Screenplays to Actors/Actress), all leading up to my
official picks for My Top 10 Films of 2016.
Supporting Actor is always my toughest category. Generally, I have one or two favorites, then a ton of great ones vying for the rest of the spots. This year, the difficulty was the order… there was no one supporting performance that blew me away this year, but there were plenty that came close. What I’m say is… pretty much anyone in my Top 5 could very be in the top spot. Also, far too many great performances just missed the list, so here are 5 Honorable Mentions: Ben Foster in Hell or High Water; Glen Powell in Everybody Wants Some!! (& Hidden Figures); John Hurt in Jackie; Kevin Spacey in Elvis & Nixon; Michael Shannon inNocturnal Animals.
My Top 10 Performances by a Supporting Actor in 2016!
10. Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
This could’ve been a top spot performance, if only the film had given him more. The few moments he is actually given to shine, he does… and brightly.
9. Mykelti Williamson in Fences
Most of the performances in Fences are far too theatrical for the screen. Williamson’s is the only one that works wonders despite still playing to the balcony.
8. Hugo Weaving in Hacksaw Ridge
Weaving brings this man’s burden of life to us with such anger. It hurts.
7. Lucas Hedges in Manchester by the Sea
You mean there’s actually a real-life, flawed, vulnerable human hidden somewhere in all those loud-mouth, pompous, vile assholes I’ve bumped into so many times up in Boston?
6. Jeff Bridges in Hell or High Water
He’s too old for this shit… Jeff Bridges plays jaded and determined better than anyone out there.
5. Jeremy Renner in Arrival
This is Renner’s first great performance since The Hurt Locker.
4. John Goodman in 10 Cloverfield Lane
Terrifying. Unnerving. Disarming. Terrifying.
3. Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash
That Rolling Stones scene, though.
2. Alden Ehrenreich in Hail, Caesar!
I can easily picture the whole “Would that it were so simple” scene being exactly what happened every time a director needed to get a serious line of dialogue out of John Wayne.
And the Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in 2016 is…
1. Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nocturnal Animals
For the most part, Nocturnal Animals lost me with it’s poorly conceived/executed ending, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s performance here makes the it all worth the time and effort. What a disgusting, grimy piece of shit… I loved/hated every second he was on screen.