Christian Bale The Fighter
John Hawkes Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner The Town
Mark Ruffalo The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech
WHO WE THINK WILL WIN
Jessica: Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech
Alison: Geoffrey Rush The King’s Speech
WHO WE WANT TO WIN
Jessica: I have seen all of these movies and think each of these men gave great performances, truly. If I had to pick a favorite, I guess it would be Jeremy Renner in The Town (I had to sit and think about that for about 10 minutes before making a decision). My first instinct was to pick Christian Bale. He was great in The Fighter, but in the end, I opted for Mr. Renner. He was so believable as the thuggish best friend and bank robbing boss that I think I just kind of assumed that was close to what Jeremy Renner, himself, must be like. Then I remembered that I’ve seen him in interviews where he seems perfectly charming and not at all like he might have kidnapped someone. If you haven’t seen The Town, rent it. It’s the most underrated film of the year.
Alison: My first reaction was “Oh definitely Christian Bale in The Fighter.” He disappeared into that role, like he does with pretty much every role. He’s got to be one of the most intense and dedicated actors in Hollywood. But then my memory started working (my brain is slow sometimes) and I remembered watching Geoffrey Rush’s excellent performance in The King’s Speech. And then I couldn’t decide, so I’m calling a tie, because I really loved both performances equally.
Tags: academy awards, best actor in a supporting role, best supporting actor, Christian Bale, geoffrey rush, Jeremy Renner, john hawkes, mark ruffalo, oscars, the fighter, the kids are all right, the king's speech, The Town, Winter's Bone