Best and Worst in Film 2014

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Foxcatcher

This was an exceptionally difficult choice between Carell and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash). In any other year it would have been an easy win for Simmons, but Carell gives one of those performances that needs to get some kind of award by law. What Carell does with John du Pont is Heath Ledger-esque. He creates every detail of this character, completely fleshing him out. The movements. The ticks. The way his eyes drift off. The voice is incredible. He makes the audience feel so uncomfortable that you would never believe this was the same guy from The Office or The 40-Year-Old Virgin. It’s the best acting you’ll see all year, and unlike the award bodies I’M PUTTING HIM IN THE CORRECT CATEGORY (See Golden Globes rant).

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
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Daniel Cohen is the hard-boiled Film Editor for the Pop Break. Besides reviews, Daniel writes box office predictions, Gotham reviews and Oscar coverage. He can also be found on the Breakcast. If Daniel was sprayed by Scarecrow’s fear toxin, it would be watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on a non-stop loop.