Best Ensemble Cast:
- Cloud Atlas
- Django Unchained
- Moonrise Kingdom
- Anna Karenina
- Les Misérables
I kinda hated Les Misérables, but I won’t deny that the cast are great. Anna Karenina may be only appreciated for its technical aspect, but the cast are actually bringing their A-game too. The story in Moonrise Kingdom may focus on its two young actors, but the older supporting actors work very great rounding up Wes Anderson’s film. Django Unchained may only get noticed for its four characters, but if you look closely this film actually has a strong ensemble cast. Cloud Atlas is totally a paid off collaboration between its ensemble cast with the three directors.
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
For playing a drifter who is so frustrating to watch.
Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)
For playing so many characters in one film and nails each one of them giving acting a whole new definition.
Anders Danielsen Lie (Oslo, August 31st)
For playing a thirty-something and a drug addict with such commitment.
Jack Black (Bernie)
For giving a performance that can be called as one of 2012’s delightful surprises.
Matthias Schonenaerts (Rust and Bone)
For playing an emotional man and single dad with such tension but still with some apathy.
Best Supporting Actor:
Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
For playing a charismatic leader that can lure and manipulate the audience.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
For playing a cheerful and sadistic plantation owner that is hard to take your eyes off.
Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly)
For stealing my attention during the movie even when we have a movie star like Brad Pitt as the lead in the film.
Jude Law (Anna Karenina)
For giving me chills with his words even when he speaks in the softest way.
Samuel L. Jackson (Django Uchained)
For being the most despicable character I have seen in a movie for a long time.
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
For breaking my heart with her authentic portrayal of an elder woman and wife whose physical condition is getting worse.
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
For being the shining gold in this flawed drama and the only thing in the film I want to stay on-screen.
Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina)
For giving a fresh portrayal of the classic Tolstoy’s anti-heroine.
Michelle Williams (Take This Waltz)
For conveying so much emotion during the two scenes set to The Buggles’ Video Killed the Radio Star (and more obviously).
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
For giving a melancholic and delicate performance as a woman who is so attached to a man she loves.
Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
For giving it all.
Amy Adams (The Master)
For giving a haunting supporting performance despite always staying in the background.
Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)
For giving a fearless and fun performance with so many memorable scenes.
Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas)
For giving the most emotional performance in the film.
Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice)
For that puke scene.
Best Duo Performance:
- Jean-Louis Trintignant/Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
- Mattheus Schoenaerts/Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone
- Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
- Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Pena in End of Watch
- Suraj Sharma/CGI Richard Parker in Life of Pi
In Amour, Trintignant and Riva make a believable couple as if they have been married for years and now entering a devastating final years. Meanwhile in Rust and Bone, Schoenaerts and Cotillard are united by tragedy where one needs the other to live. Cooper and Lawrence make an electric couple where both are equally emotionally damaged. End of Watch wouldn’t work that much if it wasn’t because a perfect pairing of Gyllenhaal and Pena where they also make a dynamic cop buddies. I don’t think you could pass watching Life of Pi if you didn’t care for Pi (Sharma) and Richard Parker because they are the main attraction in the film, and Sharma along with awesome CGI tiger create this bond that the audience care for until the end of the movie.