nom: supporting actor

Gaslight (1943). Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane.

One of the best finds in doing this project has been discovering Charles Boyer. He’s charming and creepy, kind and malicious - his range as an actor is genuinely a pleasure to encounter and an honest rarity. He’s so foreboding in this, but keeps his edge of charm which really props Ingrid Bergman’s equally wonderful performance as a woman losing her grip. It’s a terrific film. 8.5/10.

The Quiet Man (1952). A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

This is a very, very dated romance, ripe with stoic men and pretty relaxed feelings towards abuse. John Wayne isn’t a great actor at teh best of times, and is especially miscast in this movie that requires a greater range than brooding and shooting. Maureen O’Hara is, as always, a total delight though, and the cinematography, score and art department is generally beautiful. 6/10.

Incredible. Ellen, I love you. To my fellow nominees, I’m so proud to share this journey with you. I’m in awe and have so much respect for you all. To the Academy, thank you.

In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl, who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother, and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you. Thank you mom for teaching me how to dream.

To my brother Shannon, the best big brother in the world, thank you so much for sharing this insane and amazing adventure that is 30 Seconds to Mars and for being my best friend. I love you. Thank you.

To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here. And as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight. And this is incredibly special as well because there’s so many people that helped me get here and I just want to say thank you…

This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love. Tonight I stand here in front of the world with you and for you. Thank you and good night.
—Jared Leto, Oscar Winner for Best Supporting Actor


Top 10 Supporting Actor Performances Of 2013

1. James Franco, Spring Breakers
2. Jake Gyllenhaal, Prisoners
3. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
4. Ryan Gosling, The Place Beyond The Pines
5. Jonah Hill, The Wolf Of Wall Street
6. Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
7. Paul Dano, Prisoners
8. James Gandolfini, Enough Said
9. Ben Foster, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
10. Dwayne Johnson, Pain & Gain

UPDATED: Dwayne Johnson moved up to #10 while Casey Affleck(Out Of The Furnace) dropped out of my Top 10.


I feel like to post about Charlie’s supporting actor. And my favorite one is Albert Austin, the character man. He was also a member of Fred Karno along with Charlie in 1910. His first appearance in Chaplin’s film is The Floorwalker (1916). Then played supporting roles in more than 20 film. 

So, what’s your favorite Albert Austin performance? Or who’s your favorite Chaplin’s suporting actor?

As for me, Albert Austin’s face in The Pawnshop (1916) and A Dog’s Life (1918) is unforgetable :))

Jared Leto

  • Said cute things about his mom and almost cried because he loves her so much ok
  • Brought attention to world issues that the media is ignoring
  • Dedicated his award to the “36 mil. people with AIDS”
  • and to anyone “whose ever felt injustice because of who they are and who they love”

Yet he is being scrutinized because he didnt blatantly thank the person who his character was based on, in this one speech, when hes done it in others?

When Matthew thanked himself and didnt mention AIDS at all you’re scrutinizing Jared Leto?


The Best of 2014: Supporting Actor

The Best of 2014 is a series of annual lists in which I pick the best of the best from 2014 (from Posters to Directors, from Screenplays to Actors/Actress), all leading up to my official picks for My Top 10 Films of 2014.

Normally, this is the toughest category for me, as there’s usually a war going on among contenders for a spot here. This year… not so tough. Sad, really.

My Top 10 Supporting Actors of 2014!

10. Adrien Brody in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Such a slimy, devious cartoon character of a villain.

9. Ben Mendelsohn in Starred Up

Mendelsohn plays a brutal man who’s at once softened and hardened by the arrival of his son to the prison he calls home, and does so with such a vicious drive of paternal instinct.

8. Martin Short in Inherent Vice

The most ‘out there’ character of the year. If he had been in three or four more scenes, he’d also be at the top of this list. So crazy. So good.

7. Takamasa Ishihara in Unbroken

Ishihara plays this man with an uncomfortable cockiness that’s as delusional as it is dangerous.

6. Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher

He’s the only character in this film with as much mental strength as physical. Ruffalo brings the internal struggle to life with uncomfortable clarity. (His 'on camera’ interview is the single best moment this film has to offer.)

5. Edward Norton in Birdman

All actors are a little crazy. The more talented they are, the crazier. That’s one of the themes here, and Edward Norton personifies that theme hilariously.

4. Willem Dafoe in The Grand Budapest Hotel

As far as henchmen go, he’s the best I’ve encountered in quite some time. He’s also the funniest.

3. Ethan Hawke in Boyhood

Richard Linklater is the king of the slacker mentality. Ethan Hawke embodies perfectly what that slacker mentality looks like when put into the shoes of a father.

2. Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice

What?!? What?!? Does this performance even really exist?!? What?!?

And the Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in 2014 is…

1. J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

“There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'Good Job’.”


-Timothy Patrick Boyer.

Next Up: Lead Actress

More of The Best of 2014…