The Oscars are coming at the end of the month, and this year has been a good year for geeks with Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian getting major nominations including Best Picture Nominations. However the Oscars still do not fully appreciate the geeky genres of science fiction, fantasy, comic book movies, and horror. Critics and award shows frequently consider these movie genres as “lesser” genres, but Nerd Crave wants to show some love for the best movies and performances from geek movies this year. Here are the top 5 performances by supporting actors and supporting actresses in geek movies last year!
Best Supporting Actor:
5. Oscar Isaac, Ex Machina:
Ex Machina was one of the most original and powerful movies of the year, and this is due in part to Oscar Isaac’s billionaire scientist character, Nathan Bateman. Isaac’s portrayal of Bateman is slick, surprising, and at times odd in the best possible ways.
4. Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
It is tough to be a Star Wars villain because it is impossible to follow in the footsteps of possibly the greatest movie villain of all time, Darth Vader. Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren may not be as powerful of a villain as the man he worships, but Ren is a very interesting character. Kylo is completely unhinged and his craziness and anger creates some of The Force Awakens’ funniest and scariest moments.
3. Joel Edgerton, The Gift:
Joel Edgerton made his directorial debut in 2015 with his horror-thriller, The Gift. It hard to create anything in this genre nowadays that feels fresh and original, but Edgerton was able to put his own twist on it and come out with something great. The highlights of the movie has to be Edgerton’s unbelievably creepy and weird character, Gordo Mosely, who terrorizes Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall throughout the film.
2. Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service:
The world never realized how badly they wanted to see Colin Firth brutally kill dozens of people until Kingsman showed us the light. Colin Firth’s Harry Hart has some traits in common with his previous roles, including Firth’s effortless charm and typical uptight demeanor. However, Kingsman allows Firth to break from his mold and create one of his most complete roles to date. It may surprise some viewers that Firth is making a comeback in the Kingsman sequel, but no one is disappointed.
1. Hugh Keays-Byrne, Mad Max: Fury Road:
Of all the villains that starred in films last year, none of them left as big of an impact as Hugh Keays-Byrne’s Immortan Joe. The Mad Max villain was grotesque, intimidating, and pure evil. It was a blessing that Keays-Byrne was able to return to the Mad Max franchise with Fury Road.
Best Supporting Actress:
5. Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Abby Lee, Courney Eaton, Mad Max: Fury Road:
Immortan Joe’s wives may have needed rescuing in Fury Road, but they were much more than damsels in distress. These five actresses all had moments to shine and kick ass in Mad Max. Max may be the protagonist of the story, but Fury Road is all about the ladies.
4. Deanna Dunagan, The Visit:
After so many failures, many believed that M. Night Shyamalan would never have a hit movie again, but he surprised critics and fans alike last year with The Visit. The movie was fun, scary, and of course, there was a twist. Playing the creepy grandma, Deanna Dunagan was genuinely terrifying and a delight to watch.
3. Jessica Chastain, Crimson Peak:
There may be ghosts in Crimson Peak, but the most evil being in the movie is Jessica Chastain’s Lady Lucille Sharpe. Chastain is ice cold in Guillermo Del Toro’s latest film, and she eats up every scene she is in, further proving that Chastain is the master of sophisticated evil.
Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man:
Besides Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is very lacking when it comes to strong female characters. However, Evangeline Lilly could soon be everyone’s favorite female Avenger. Lilly’s Hope Van Dyne was smart, funny, and could kick ass. We have yet seen her in her Wasp costume, but get ready for her to jump into a lead role in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018.
1. Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina:
Not only is Alicia Vikander’s performance in Ex Machina the best supporting performance in any geek culture movie this year, it may also be the best performance in any movie period. Vikander’s role as Ava, a robot with artificial intelligence, is acted subtly and with a great deal of nuance. Ava intrigues the audience as much as she fascinates Domnhall Gleeson’s protagonist making it impossible to take your eyes off her any time she is on screen. Ex Machina made Alicia Vikander a star, and she deserves all the praise and accolades she has received this year.
Stay tuned for the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture awards!