Wednesday, January 20, 2010

AFT Awards: Best Limited Performance – Male

This is the twentieth category of the 3rd Annual AFT Film Awards to be announced. The AFT Awards are my own personal choices for the best in film of each year and the best in television of each season. The AFT Film Awards include the traditional Oscar categories and a number of additional specific honors. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them. Click here to see previous years of this category. Due to a surplus of nominees this year, I’ve decided to split it into two categories, male and female.

The winner:
Denis Menochet (Inglourious Basterds) was the less showy one in the terrifying first scene where his dairy farmer is interrogated about hiding Jews, but his stoic face said so much.

Other nominees:
Eric Bana (Funny People) kept his Australian accent for once in an American film and enhanced this otherwise troubled and unfunny comedy. Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker) necessarily had to go in the first few minutes, but his bomb diffuser was just as intense and emotive as his replacement. J.K. Simmons (Up in the Air), a Jason Reitman regular, stood out as the most moving fired employee to talk back about the people who axed him. Christian Camargo (The Hurt Locker) was calm and kind in the face of danger, though perhaps a bit too trusting.

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