Best Male Performance

Started by MacGuffin, March 06, 2010, 02:08:36 AM

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Best Male Performance: Sharlto Copley in DISTRICT 9


Nicolas Cage - "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"
Sharlto Copley - "District 9"
Matt Damon - "The Informant"
Joaquin Phoenix - "Two Lovers"
Sam Rockwell - "Moon"
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I was hoping against odds that Joaquin Phoenix would win this, but I'm happy with Sharlto Copley. In some sense, he was given a perfect vehicle to have a great performance because his character goes through a full transformation and Copley has to struggle through a whole host of different situations. The editing in the film made for a manic story, but it also made for an over sized acting challenge because the new situations facing his character are changing how his character perceives the world. It's a fascinating performance since at the beginning his character is a vessel to the order, but the film is a thorough breakdown of that artificiality.

Often times when a film is about a character making changes, it only shows some steps of the transformation. I watched The Godfather recently again and was impressed when Al Pacino's Michael Corleone started to flirt with joining the mob by doing the restaurant killing, but there was a severe transformation only available offscreen after he came back from Italy and intigrated himself as the Don. The Michael Corleone who watches his new wife die by a car bomb and the one who approaches Kay after a couple years are distinctly different. The film wants you to assume the death hollowed out his emotions, but he repressed his feelings for over a year before going back to Kay. There is major development in that process, but yet that kind of time span difference is commonly accepted in great roles.

I give credit to District 9 for trying to fully exhibit the transformation and I reward Sharlto Copley for making every step believable. It's especially great considering he had little acting experience beforehand.


Maybe there should be a Best Debut Performance because yeah, he's fucking really great in this, but Nic Cage's performance in BLPOCNO is legendary.


^^^ yeah, nic cage was awesome and voted for him, although i had the feeling sharlto would win this.