jason robards won this oscar back to back, seventy-seven and seventy-eight, for his roles in all the president’s men and julia. then christopher walken (LOVE! but then, who doesn’t?) in the deer hunter.
winners in the eighties: melvyn douglas (WHO?? i looked at his film credits and still don’t know who the fuck he is) in being there; timothy hutton in ordinary people; john gielgud in arthur; louis gosset jr. in an officer and a gentleman (HATE that movie); jack nicholson in terms of endearment (i feel like he was probably just playing himself, but okay, sure, why not?); hain s. ngor in the killing fields; don ameche in cocoon; michael caine in hannah and her sisters; sean connery (also LOVE, but again, who doesn’t?) in the untouchables; and kevin kline in a fish called wanda. i saw two of those.
supporting actor roles i favor from that decade: harrison ford in empire strikes back; sean penn in fast times at ridgemont high; alan ruck in ferris bueller’s day off; mandy patinkin in the princess bride; and tom skerritt in steel magnolias. of course, i don’t know that i could say any of these are oscar worthy, but then…
the nineties: denzel washington (blech) in glory; joe pesci in goodfellas; jack palance in city slickers; gene hackman in unforgiven; tommy lee jones in the fugitive; martin landau in ed wood; kevin spacey in the usual suspects; cuba gooding jr. in jerry maguire (WTF?); robin williams in good will hunting; and james coburn in affliction. i saw four of’m.
supporting actor roles i favor from that decade: alan rickman in robin hood: prince of thieves; val kilmer in tombstone; joe pesci in with honors.
the two thousands: michael caine in the cider house rules; benicio del toro in traffic; jim broadbent in iris; chris cooper in adaptation; tim robbins in mystic river; morgan freeman in million dollar baby; george clooney in syriana (over paul giamatti in cinderella man. i call bullshit); alan arkin in little miss sunshine; javier bardem in no country for old men; and heath ledger in the dark knight (YES). i saw four of’m.
supporting actor roles i favor from that decade: tom wilkinson in dedication.
this decade: christoph waltz in inglorious basterds (YES); christian bale in the fighter; christopher plummer in the beginners; christoph waltz in django unchained; jared leto in dallas buyer’s club; j.k. simmons in whiplash; and mark rylance in bridge of spies. i’ve seen one of’m.
supporting actor roles i favor from this decade: bill nighy in about time; sharlto copley in the a-team; sam rockwell in the way way back; and hugo weaving in hacksaw ridge.
which brings us to the nominees:
|mahershala ali in moonlight|
|jeff bridges in hell or high water|
|lucas hedges in manchester by the sea|
|dev patel in lion|