The 2011 FMR MAJOR Awards: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Here are your nominees for Best Supporting Actor… with a limited amount of screentime, these guys made the most of what they were given and left you talking about THEM when you left the picture.

They’re the guys who “Stole the Show”.

Click through and check out the candidates for the 2011 FMR MAJOR Award for Best Supporting Actor!


Albert Brooks – “Drive” I certainly wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me prior to this that Albert Brooks could be a bad ass. But after seeing drive, I’m convinced. The man’s got a mean streak in him. This was an awesome performance – totally playing against type. _____________________________________________________________________

Robert Forster – “The Descendants” Not a lot of screen time. Yet his scenes were some of the highlights of the movie. The very definition of “Supporting Actor”. Funny, angry and bereft with grief. Helped the movie hit the funniest and saddest notes both. Great contributions.


Paul Giamatti – “The Ides of March” What do you think Giamatti’s IQ is? 150? 160? You know he’s smarter than everyone on screen everytime he’s In a movie… And “The Ides of March” is no exception. He plays the chess game of politics like a master here, and you’ll believe he could.


Nick Nolte – “Warrior” Nolte plays the father of two brothers who battle it out in MMA cage fight. He’s a recovering alcoholic, trying hard to reconnect with his sons, even though neither one of them will forgive him for the man he used to be. It’s a great role for him, and he added a lot to this movie. ______________________________________________________________________

Christopher Plummer – “Beginners” Plummer plays the father of Ewan McGregor’s character in Beginners. He comes out of the closet at age 75, only to discover shortly thereafter that he has terminal cancer. There is a LOT to work with there, and Plummer makes the most of it all.


Well, there you have it folks! The five guys who “Stole the Show” the most this year. The script didnt call for them to be constantly in the scene, but afterwords when people were talking about the movie, they were getting as much attention as the leads!

So what do you think? Did I “snub” anyone? Who do you think did the best job in a supporting role in 2011? Let me hear it, I’m willing to talk about it, but you’re not changing my mind carefully weighing everyone’s input as I make my decisions!


21 thoughts on “The 2011 FMR MAJOR Awards: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

  1. Of the two I’ve seen (“Drive” and “Ides-“) it would have to be Brooks. Giamatti hardly broke stride with this one and probably filmed it in one day. Any time you get Phil Hoffman and Paul Giamatti together it’s a night at the oscars. Brooks’ years of therapy finally paid off big time.

  2. Of these my favorites were Plummer and Nolte. Since I haven’t seen enough Brooks’ films to be familiar with his “type”, I personally wasn’t as impressed with him. Not that he’s bad in any sense. I just think that if he’d been doing things other than comedy all these years, that this performance on its own wouldn’t have stuck out so much for people.

    • Its a valid point. I think we’ll have more discussions on this once I can lay my cards on the table without ruining the “Stretch this out for two weeks and create suspense and fun and hype” element.

      Until then, I’ll just say I’m glad you support my call on Nolte. He picked up a SAG nom… I thought he was great.

    • Mmmmnnn nnngh…

      (that’s me kind of mumbling…)

      I dunno. I mean, yes he was great, that movie was awesome, I just dont know. It’s not a great sign that he never even crossed my mind when putting this together. I dont want to call him forgettable or anything. Maybe just his performance got a little lost in all the fireworks there? Not sure.

  3. Oh man, that’s a strong group you’ve got there. I haven’t seen Warrior yet, but I definitely agree with the other four selections. All signs point to Plummer right now, and he would likely be my choice as well.

    • He was good, yeah.

      I recommend “Warrior”. I was surpsied by it (hence its nomination for “Most Surprising”) I mean, there’s a lot of very cliche sports movie stuff, but then there’s some really good acting at times. Tom Hardy was incredible…

  4. Both Christopher Plummer and Albert Brooks were superb, with Windig Refn managing to tap into a dark, dark side of Brooks that most people hadn’t seen before. In terms of other great supporting performances this year: Tom Hardy was excellent in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (as was Benedict Cumberbatch), Laurence Fishburne put in his best film performance in decades in Soderbergh’s Contagion, whilst Viggo Mortensen was sublime as Freud in A Dangerous Method. I’d also give small mentions for the almost cameo appearances of John Lithgow in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Kiefer Sutherland in the godawful Melancholia. Sutherland was the only bright spot in a truly atrocious film from von Trier (the trier).

    • Lots of havent seens there for me Rohan. TTSS is NOT for lack of trying though. I had heard bad things about Melancholia, so I stayed away. Thanks for reinforcing that. I’ll get around to “Dangerous Method” sooner or later Im sure

      As to Fishburne, yeah… he would have been good. You’re right, he was good in that. Very understated. Not underplayed… just… just right. LOL

  5. I’ve only seen Drive and Ides of March out of those two. Paul Giamatti always seems to irrationally annoy me whenever I see him in a film! Not sure if it’s just the characters he plays or my irrational mind. BOTH!

    I think I’m going to go for Andy Serkis’ work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Oh and John Lithgow. Without those two men, ROTPOTA wouldn’t have had any heart.

    • Yes. Your dislike for Giamatti IS irrational, because he is awesome. Your feelings do not compute.

      You know? LOL… I guess you MIGHT have a point on Serkis. But I wouldnt really consider that a SUPPORTING role, would you? 😉

  6. Nolte for sure!!

    Tom Hiddleston in Thor, Anthony Mackie in The Adjustment Bureau, and Jude Law in Contagion.

    They have my votes! another great list! Man, I can’t wait to see the culmination of it all.

  7. Glad you are giving Albert Brooks some love. He is a bit of a forgotten man with the award bodies. I think Christopher Plummer was the best this year. He was incredible in Beginners.

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