The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Supporting Actor Winner

Best Supporting Actor Winner

Here we go again, folks! Up next we have the MAJOR Award for the Best Supporting Actor! The actors who didn’t headline the film, but brought their A Game nonetheless!

The nominees are: Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”, Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”, Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”, and Sam Rockwell, “Seven Psychopaths”.

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Click through to see which of these fine supporting actors won this year’s MAJOR Award!

Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”

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To me, there was no supporting actor that added more to the film he was in in 2012 than Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva in the latest Bond movie, “Skyfall”. While he certainly wasn’t afraid to ham it up a bit, his character was so enjoyable and added so much to the film that I’m more than willing to allow charisma to trump craft here.

As an ex-MI6 agent with an ax to grind against M, Silva runs up against Bond, and the two trade-off both as opponents and peers. Silva has much more insight to the life of Bond than he should have, and Bond can take a look across at Silva and see a dark future potential for himself. Of course, Bond is too protective of M to allow any harm to befall her, and the battle between the two commences.

Bardem plays Silva with a flamboyant, smug, imbalanced evil. It’s apparent that his character has gone off of the deep end and has no wish to come back. The only thing he cares about is revenge. But he embraces that instability whole heartedly and has fun with his insanity… as if it’s liberated him from the dreariness of being “good”. He has his moments of menace, and his moments of villainous civility. He also has moments where he appears completely off his rocker, but every moment he’s on-screen, it’s so much fun to watch him.

The others awesome as well, of course. I really hemmed and hawed and almost (alllllmost) gave this award to Leonardo DiCaprio instead, but Calvin Candie was a bit… too evil. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was incredible in a role that was onscreen almost as much as the lead, but at the end of the day, he lost out due to the “entertainment” factor. Tommy Lee Jones was great, and I’m sure he’ll see his share of recognition during this awards season, but he was just doing what he does best… being Tommy grumpy Lee Jones. And Sam Rockwell really lit up seven psychopaths with one of the most deliciously ADHD performances ever, but as funny as he was, I couldn’t see him as better than the others here.

Leg LampJavier_BardemBut none of them added as much to their film as Bardem did. He was an enormous reason that the immensely enjoyable “Skyfall” was so good.

Javier Bardem, the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Best Supporting Actor, 2012.

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53 thoughts on “The 2012 FMR MAJOR Awards: The Best Supporting Actor Winner

  1. Didnt see Skyfall owning to not being a big Bond fan, but no matter how you pick it this year there were some amazing nominees! My vote for the year goes to DiCaprio because even a big part of Waltz’s brilliance is dependant on Leonardo’s complete dedication to his nastiness! I mean if you want to be honest the film wouldnt have nearly the emotional weight that it had without DiCaprio.

    This is the ultimate legacy of a supporting role, the project wouldnt be the same without it.

    • Exactly. And Bardem’s role in Skyfall typifies that as well.

      DiCaprio was awesome too, it was honestly a struggle to choose between the two.

      I can’t believe you didn’t check out Skyfall, though! Bond fan or not, that’s one of the best movies of the year!!

  2. Excellent choice, thank you, and I also agree on what you’re saying about him. You clearly have more sense than the Academy.

  3. Yeah,Ok. I had Tommy Lee but this was a good one for Javier. Liked him more in Skyfall than No Country..He really had to stretch himself. You say he hammed it up, I say he expressed emotions and a wide range at that. The scenes with him nose to nose with Bond were intense. Could have gone badly with some other actor in the part. HE’ll get another Oscar soon, I’m sure.

      • Hmm, why something against No Country? :) I can’t speak for Ray, but I don’t have anything against it, but I also liked Bardem more in Skyfall. Simply a more interesting character, and so more entertaining, more complex, and just, well, fascinating.

    • Yes, it could have gone badly with some other actor in the part… but the part would have been very different with someone else. The part was originally written for Bardem (and thank goodness he agreed to do it), but he also had a lot to do with developing it further from the original draft and creating the character, including the looks and some of the dialogue (according to Mendes), so it would have been very different if someone else had done it.

  4. I absolutely love Bardem and of course I loved “Skyfall”. And, well, I loved him in it. But he wasn’t my choice mainly because I felt he was underused. He doesn’t appear until later in the film and he has great moments. But I didn’t feel like they utilized him as much as they could have. Nevertheless, when he is on screen he is delightfully villainous.

    • But it made sense he first appeared in the middle of the film – the audience sees him the first time when Bond does, and I think it works perfectly that way, and his introduction was quite simply amazing – one of my fave scenes ever, in fact. I certainly wouldn’t have minded seeing even more of him after that, but it was fine as it was, IMO.

    • Mmmmm. I dunno Keith. I think they did the “Dont Show The Shark Too Early” bit… which I liked, and then when he finally came onscreen, it was a great reveal followed by some other great scenes. You know? He was a well played piece on the board, I thought.

  5. Man, I’m not sure if he’s who I would have picked because there were some other good ones, but I still agree. That confrontation scene was sooo intense! This year was definitely a year for villains, that’s for sure. Man, I can’t wait to see Skyfall again once it comes out on dvd. Such a great film and Bardem was definitely a big part of that. Also loved the death scene towards the end, another great one.

    • I know, I’m actually jonesing for that blu ray. Cant wait to get it! :D

      It was a great year, there’s no doubt. Not sure who you’d have prefered, but I’m sure you couldnt go wrong with Hoffman, DiCaprio, Waltz,Jones… any number of great performances this year.

      I had to go this way, though. It was way too much fun to watch, for me.

      • heh heh.. In terms of supporting actors this year in general I’m kind of hoping for De Niro at the oscars. Probable DiCapprio from this list though, considering oscar also snubbed him :( I figured you would be going with him though. :)

      • Yeah, sorry. Honestly it was really close. I even went back to the nominees thread and read what everyone had to say about both of them. Lol

        I didn’t think De Niro was THAT good this year (as evidenced by him not being included here), but he stands a decent chance at the Oscars due to being who he is, I bet.

  6. Really Javier Bardem?!?!? So..Over-rated!! For me anyway!! I thought he played a so-so villain! At times he was good weird villain..then he was a beyond freaky/weird/bizarre villain that I just grew bored of and eventually started to negatively HATE HIM!!!!!!!!

    Tommy Lee Jones SHOULD HAVE WON IN MY OPINON AND HE COULD WIN FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR TOO AT THE OSCAR’S IF HE COULD!!!!!!!!

  7. Oh! Sorry!:(
    I am just showing too much excitement for the Oscar Awards season upcoming at the end of February!!! Why do we have to wait this long?!?!? I can’t take it!!! Though, I am non-reluctantly willing to be patience and show patience until the Oscar season is coming!!!
    Sorry again!!
    I will do better!!!

  8. Great pick. I loved his character in Skyfall. It’s the mixture of his character’s smarts and charisma that made this a GREAT Bond super villain.

    Poor Leo DiCaprio. First snubbed by the Oscars and now at Fog’s. Can’t this guy get a break?!? LOL

    • Welllllll… He’ll have plenty more chances I’m sure. Maybe one day I’ll make it up to him with a career win for some crappy movie nobody likes just like the Oscars do with career wins LOL. :D

      Meanwhile Skyfall!! :D

      Thank you for your support Jen, rock on!

  9. Fantastic choice ;-)
    Bardem was strong throughout esp. the “faceplate” scene – wow. Great Bond villain; good pick. :-)

  10. Great choice man, this was one of my favourite performances of the year. If anything, I wanted more Silva in Skyfall! I thought (was hoping that) he might get an Oscar nom but alas no. Bardem certainly has a knack for playing the unhinged!

  11. I would have liked Tommy Lee Jones but I can’t complain about picking Javier. He’s one of the best and creepiest Bond villians ever. Great choice.

  12. Heh, I should have known you were going with Bardem based on your passionate argument in the last post. I’m still in Hoffman’s camp for this award, but I will agree that Bardem made a damn good villain.

  13. Best Bond villain in recent memory. I wish he’d be racking up some awards for Silva. Glad you had Rockwell as a nominee too. Another underrated performance of 2012.

    • Thanks Nick, Rockwell was definitely awesome, too. I had to give him whatever kind of credit I could you know?

      But Bardem is pretty much one of the best Bond villains of all time! I had to give him the crown!

    • LOL :D

      Ahhh, good times, good times.

      I will say it was pretty close, buddy. I was on the fence for quite a while. I even went back to the nominee thread and counted “votes” at one point.

      But in the end, I fgiured, hey. Playing favorites is a bonus of doing all of this. ;)

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