Anywayz, I might as well finish it. It, like, needs to be. I took some of his manuscripts and tweaked them with my usual awesome bitchery. Ugh, I love me.
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
Definitely one of the strongest years in a while for one of the most consistently underwhelming categories. I really wanted to nominate Max von Sydow, but I couldn't find room for him (read: Paul Dano was way too crazy to kick off). Holbrook was the driving force behind Into the Wild not being horrible, and he was touching in a truly transcendent way. Wilkinson gave a very intriguing (and wonderfully hammy as hell) performance, and Jones was flat-out brilliant.
But do I really need to say who wins? I could make a coin toss pun right now, but I have standards, thank you very much.
Juliette Binoche, Paris, Je T'aime
Romola Garai, Atonement
Vanessa Redgrave, Atonement
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Since I figured segregating limited and cameo performances was a really stupid idea and now they're just add-ons (like Young Actor and Actress), I decided to reintegrate them into the supporting categories. I also ruled Breaking & Entering ineligible for 2007, but La Binoche didn't lose her rightful nom! Place des Victoires was easily my favorite segment of the movie, and she was the best part of it. Margo Martindale can go to HELL. Much to my dismay, though, I had to get rid if Jennifer Garner and Emily Mortimer, which sucks an incredible amount, so I could manage all three Brionys. I always think I was underwhelmed by Ronan's performance, but whenever I edit this category she always jumps for the ceiling. I think it was just her unexpected, psychopathic coldness that delayed my love. Redgrave, on the other hand, blends her decades of experience as an actor, the importance or her segment, and cues from Saoirse (!!!) into arguably the most emotional and masked performance of the year. Then there's Tilda. Reliable, inhuman, exuberantly amazing Tilda.
Of course, though, the winner is Romola Garai. She gave the best performance of 2007, and I've never really been shy about saying that. No one comes close. The staggering emotional depth, the wise and terrified glances. She's a person in transition between the jealous child and the sage-like authoress, and we see Briony's flaws so brightly. And Garai never fails.
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
James McAvoy, Atonement
Ulrich Mühe, The Lives of Others
Gordon Pinsent, Away from Her
McAvoy showed his superb talent through some pretty blazing angst, and yet, I have yet to get over how fucking HOT he looked. Shallow, sure, but it's a great performance, too. Pinsent kept up with his "better half" very equally, and was robbed of the attention she got. Mühe (RIP) was as subtle as one can get (well, he was close), but that just allowed him to show everything right and wrong with what he was doing more thoroughly. And Casey Affleck (who was also seriously great in Gone Baby Gone as well) truly shone through and became 1000x a better actor than his brother with one performance. But no matter how many times I try to give him the award...
...Daniel always beats him mercilessly to death with the Chloe itself. It isn't really a bad thing, though I'd really love to give it to Casey... but I can't. *sigh*
Julie Christie, Away from Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney, The Savages
Wei Tang, Lust, Caution
Carice van Houten, Black Book
Belén Rueda and Ellen Page literally just missed the cut, but I couldn't stand to refuse The Lovely Laura Linney her rightful spot any longer. Tang and van Houten are so awesomely interchangeable. Of course, they're the sexy naked WWII spy things of both movies, but it's really because they're both extremely brilliant and I can't decide which performance is really better. If I lean to one, I lean to the other.
But the ultimate fight that never seems to end - Christie vs. Cotillard - is oddly one-side, because La Marion always seem to win it. Her Piaf is a more defining than Christie's Fiona, and whether it's just an imitation or not, it's one of the most lived-in, breathing and truly felt performances I've ever seen. It's beautiful. But Christie won't back down, so maybe in the future, she'll be the winner. Or maybe I'll just declare it a tie, because that's probably more true than giving it to either of them.
So, there are the Chloes for the best acting of 2007. What do you think?