Here we go, here we go, here we go!
The 2011 FMR MAJOR Award for Best Actor!
These five actors all gave a great performance in 2011… just did a really great job in their roles. Of course, only one can be selected as the winner.
The Nominees are: George Clooney, “The Descendants”, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50”, Ryan Gosling, “Drive”, Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”, and Andy Serkis, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.
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GEORGE CLOONEY – “THE DESCENDANTS”
No offense to the others in this field this year, but this award was practically a lock from the moment I left the theatre.
I don’t know if it actually was or not, but this role felt as if it were tailor-made for Clooney. As if Payne had him in mind before even creating the character, and then customized the dialogue and plot and the character of Matt King to work to Clooney’s strengths.
George Clooney is a very charismatic person. He’s likeable. Which is so important to the role of Matt King. You LIKE him. Clooney is central to your connection here. You really feel for what he’s going through (his character’s wife has been in a severe boating accident), and this helps the movie establish its stakes. “The Descendants” also takes great advantage of his comedic abilities, giving him several very funny scenes.
And of course, there’s his relationship with his girls. Its obvious he’s a parent who loves them both, but he’s “the backup parent” to steal a line from the movie. He’s befuddled at times. Not quite sure how to work things out or what to do, only knowing that he wants to do right by his daughters.
But more than anything, “The Descendants” gives him a chance to showcase his range. For a while I thought he wasn’t going to be able to get up over the hill, so to speak, but he did. He was just saving it. He choked me up more than anyone else in any movie I saw this year. It was really something we’ve never seen out of him.
This was a movie that brought out the best in him. Matt King was a great role, he got to be funny, and sad, the “everyguy”, the family man. He’s very expressive, and is able to elicit a ton of symapthy and/or empathy for his character from the audience. It was a great movie, and it owes a lot to him.
All the other actors were great as well. Gordon-Levitt brought a great humanity to Adam and his ordeal in 50/50. Gosling was Steve McQueen reincarnate in “Drive”, just quiet and cool and confident. So great. Brad Pitt’s quick wit was on full display as Billy Beane, but he also got to flesh him out as a character instead of playing a one-note wisecracker. And Serkis didn’t just get to mimic a chimpanzee for a whole movie, he got to play a learning, growing, emotive chimpanzee. And he really made it happen.
But Clooney was the King this year. And I have to give him his due.
Let me have it people, I know a lot of you were rooting for some of the other guys… Gosling, JGL, Serkis… How about those of you who saw the Descendants, did you think Clooney is deserving of a MAJOR Award? Let me hear it boys and girls, the floor is yours!! :D