Tuesday, February 26, 2019

AFT Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

This is the third category of the 12th 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 and drawn from a pool of approximately 200 films. Click here to see previous years of this category.

Honorable mentions:
Barry Keoghan (American Animals), Fabrizio Zacharee Guido (Family), Jason Ritter (The Tale), Robert Forster (What They Had)

Brian Tyree Henry (Widows)
Christopher Plummer (Boundaries)
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Steven Yeun (Burning)
Na-kel Smith (Mid90s)

The winner:
Alessandra Nivola (Disobedience) evoked a lifetime experience of living within orthodox religion to deliver a heartfelt and extremely human performance about dealing with unexpected and unavoidable events.

Other nominees:
Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite) matched the three women at the heart of his film with his genuine glee for treachery and pettiness. Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) was incredibly vulnerable in a role that outwardly projected strength, sharing his true self even when he believed himself to be a contradiction. Daniel Kaluuya (Widows) proved that he can play bad very well, terrifying those around him with his quiet penchant for cruel violence. Simon Russell Beale (The Death of Stalin) was the master operator, so delightfully in control of everything around him until his plans evolved well beyond him.

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