Aisling, Baykali and Sam are featured in Collider’s ‘best of the year’ by Matt Goldberg.
As 2019 winds to a close, we’ve had yet another great year of movies. If anyone tells you, “Movies aren’t good anymore,” all they’re telling you is, “I don’t watch many movies.” And beyond the movies themselves we were treated to a host of terrific performances, direction, characters, and more. When it comes time for the Oscar nominations to be announced on January 13th, there will be lots of arguing over snubs and surprises, and rightly so. Narrowing down my personal list was quite a task this year, and I’m sure you’ll disagree with some of these choices. However, I hope that if there’s a choice on here you haven’t seen, you’ll seek out the movie.
Please note that all runners up are listed in alphabetical order.
Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson / Red in Us
- Aisling Franciosi as Clare in The Nightingale
- Scarlett Johansson as Nicole Barber in Marriage Story
- Florence Pugh as Dani in Midsommar
- Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy
Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
- Alan Alda as Bert Spitz in Marriage Story
- Timothee Chalamet as Laurie in Little Women
- Baykali Ganambarr as Billy in The Nightingale
- Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino in The Irishman
Hawkins in The Nightingale (Sam Claflin)
- Capitalism, Parasite
- Financial Instruments, The Landromat
- Roger Ailes, Bombshell
- Sensei, The Art of Self-Defense
Sam Claflin is so recognizably terrifying in The Nightingale that I fear I’ll never be able to like him in another role ever again. In Jennifer Kent’s latest film, he is the personification of white male nationalism and the destruction it wreaks. There’s nothing good about Hawkins, but he is disturbingly human in how he feels entitled to a promotion and will take whatever he wants in order to get it. What makes Sam Claflin’s performance so smart is that he doesn’t try to add anything seductive to it. He doesn’t try to win you to Hawkins side like he’s the hero of his own story. He acts entirely in his own self-interest with no need for sympathy because he knows the world belongs to men like him. It’s chilling.