POLL: Who deserves it? — BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Posted by · 3:40 pm · February 15th, 2009

I think we all know how this will turn out, so a Sunday is as good a day as any.  Let us know in the sidebar poll.




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  • 1 2-15-2009 at 3:59 pm

    Joel said...

    Heath Ledger will win. And he will deserve it. His performance was groundbreaking, terrifying, brilliant, and unconventional. Everyone talks of upsets, but it won’t happen. Trust me.

  • 2 2-15-2009 at 4:21 pm

    Mike E. said...

    Heath has been blown way out of proportion, but he’ll win regardless. I voted for Brolin.

  • 3 2-15-2009 at 5:06 pm

    Douglas said...

    If Heath wasnt there who do you think would deserve to win?
    I would in that case like to see Robert Downey Jr. kinda like Kevin Kline in “A Fish Called Wanda” – a comedy performance achknowledged!

  • 4 2-15-2009 at 5:24 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Not even my hardon for contrarianism can overcome the simple truth that Ledger genuinely is the best in this category.

  • 5 2-15-2009 at 5:40 pm

    Ephemeral said...

    Robert Downey Jr! He’s terrific in Tropic Thunder!

    I wished Eddie Marsan was nominated. He was my favorite Supporting Actor performance of the year!

  • 6 2-15-2009 at 6:04 pm

    Mike said...

    The strong showing for Shannon is great to see.

  • 7 2-15-2009 at 6:20 pm

    Zac said...

    Just like in the Supporting Actress category, I’ve seen 4 of the 5 nominess (MS of RR being the odd man out, but I’ll rectify that this week), but I know that Heath Ledger is the one to beat in this category. A legendary performance that will be remembered as long as movies are around.

  • 8 2-15-2009 at 6:32 pm

    Glenn said...

    Even if I didn’t think he was the best, out of those contenders I’d have no one else I’d want to vote for. Hoffman was excellent, but I have him on my lead actor roster, I thought Hirsch and Franco were more impressive than Brolin, Downey was good but I personally wouldn’t have nominated him, and Shannon… well, I’m not a fan.

    My five contenders are Ledger, Hirsch, Franco, Pitt (for “Burn After Reading”) and Steve le Marquand, an Aussie actor for “Men’s Group”.

  • 9 2-15-2009 at 6:47 pm

    PJ said...

    Ledger, most definitely. Tossup between Brolin and Shannon for second place.

  • 10 2-15-2009 at 8:16 pm

    Chris said...

    Heath Ledger deserves to win, and he will win. He’s won the Globe, BAFTA and SAG, along with all those other critics awards. Same thing happened with Daniel Day-Lewis last year, and he won, as expected.

    My second choice, however, would probably be Josh Brolin in Milk. Michael Shannon was good for those, what, 5 minutes he was on screen? I don’t know, I’d have to see more than 5 minutes in order to say that they were truly the best supporting performance of the entire year. I personally thought James Franco and Emile Hirsch were better than Michael Shannon.

  • 11 2-15-2009 at 9:42 pm

    NYLA said...

    The Heath thing is way overblown. I voted for Shannon b/c he was the best part of an under-rated film. Second choice would be PSH, then Brolin, then Ledger.

  • 12 2-16-2009 at 5:50 am

    John Foote said...

    Guy made some great points about screen writing recently — consider this — there was nothing in the script of ‘The Dark Knight” to guide Ledger in his performance, he and director Nolan made those decisions — everything I have read and been told, Ledger showed up on the set with that voice and that walk — where does that kind of genius come from?? Nicholson played the same role in a different kind of movie but didn’t touch the depth of madness Ledger did — when the script comes to the actor it is a blueprint, and after a chat with director (sometimes) they make their decisions as to how to play the role, at which point the director makes decisions as to whether or not it works for where they are going with the film — what Ledger did was astonishing, and I agree with one of the writers, that this performance will be discussed for as long as there are movies — as great as the film was, and it was something else, Ledger elevated to a greater height — one of the great performances of all time, and certainly the best of the year. This business about it being overblown or because he is dead pisses me off because it’s foolish and displays a great lack of knowledge about the art of acting. Ledger was enormously gifted, watch ‘Brokeback Mountain” (amazing work) and then ‘TDL” and try to link the characters…you cannot…did the guy have limitless range??

  • 13 2-16-2009 at 6:35 am

    RichardA said...

    Can I argue that it’s not really a supporting role. It’s more like another lead role in the same movie. In fact some have argued about putting it for a lead nods.

    Going with whaever definition in my head of what “supporting” means, I’d go with Michael Shannon.

  • 14 2-16-2009 at 6:40 am

    Rockmocha said...

    What a joke. One of the great performances of all time? Hilarious. You should take up writing farcical comedy. I just hope you aren’t some sort of acting coach because I really didn’t see anything there that was beyond the scope of the character. Any respectable actor would have jumped at the chance to lose himself in the Joker. What could a real actor do in that role given the way he was drawn?

  • 15 2-16-2009 at 6:56 am

    Ryan said...

    We know what the result would be, so you should’ve left out Heath’s name and see who people would have supported if Heath wasn’t nominated.

    Would’ve been a more interesting and illuminating poll.

  • 16 2-16-2009 at 8:15 am

    Kokushi said...

    Heath Ledger and john foote is 100% right, his performance wasnt in CGI, right? he was facking amazing.

  • 17 2-16-2009 at 9:07 am

    Edgar of West Hollywood said...

    I wish it was James Franco for MILK but I will settle for Josh Brolin. I strongly think that Heath will win though.

  • 18 2-16-2009 at 9:48 am

    Scott Ward said...

    Rockmocha, you need to find a new interest, because you certainly don’t know very much about movies. Do you honestly think that the role could have been done that well by anyone else? You didn’t see anything beyond the scope of his character? That makes no sense at all.

  • 19 2-16-2009 at 1:28 pm

    Erick O. said...

    It’s dismaying to see the gay community voting for anything with the word “Milk” that comes after it. I love Josh Brolin, and actually thought his work in Grindhouse/W was underrated, but he does not deserve one vote.