The list of outstanding support actors each year usually includes several comical sidekicks and a group of concerned parents. But this year, a villain of flamboyant children's film and a masterly parody have added variety to the mix.
Here is our selection of the top 10 actors who stole scenes in smaller roles, arranged in alphabetical order.
Awkwafina, "Rich and crazy Asians"
This is an exceptional year for Awkwafina, who appeared in two of the greatest summer movies – "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Ocean's Eight" – before becoming the second American actress of Asian origin to present "Saturday Night Live". The rapper-actress Peik Lin Goh in the romantic comedy, the best friend of the protagonist Rachel Chu (Constance Wu). But Awkwafina does not let her character get lost, as the best friends often do. Instead, Peik Lin pronounces many of the film's wildest lines – some of which Awkwafina has improved – for example by telling Rachel that her future mother-in-law sees her as an "unrefined banana" or calling his boyfriend "Asian single".
Hugh Grant, "Paddington 2"
The director of "Paddington 2," Paul King, has created the role of Phoenix Buchanan – an arrogant and decrepit actor who turns to a life of crime – with Grant in mind. As if to prevent this perception from taking root in real life, Grant plays the hell out of the role. Phoenix is an adorable villain who dresses in nun, knight and businessman costumes to carry out his evil plans against Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw). Grant is fully committed to the shtick, throwing his ego aside in favor of pure absurdity. He even makes his way through a number of songs and dancers during the credits, and steals the film as easily as he steals Paddington's famous pop-up book.
Josh Hamilton, "eighth year"
Last year, Timothée Chalamet, son of the movie Heartick, received Michael Rapphlbarg's comforting soliloquy in "Call Me By Your Name". This year, the parenting scene has arrived with "Eighth Grade", in which Mark (Hamilton) tells of insecurity in Kayla (Elsie Fisher). he is lucky to be his father. "Some parents have to love their children despite the identity of their children," he says. "Not me, I can love you becauseHamilton achieves an honest performance, capturing Mark's confusion when Kayla is unleashed and soft when he builds self-confidence.
Anne Hathaway, "Ocean & # 39; s Eight"
At this point, it should come as no surprise that Hathaway can attract the public's attention. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Rihanna? Phew. As a narcissistic actress Daphne Kluger in "Ocean's Eight," Hathaway skilfully parodies the affected personality that his so-called Hathahaters believe to have. She makes the most of the fragile plot by filling her prima donna character with tantrums and strong returns.
Brian Tyree Henry, "If Beale Street Could Speak"
Henry can convey years of pain with a single facial expression, an ability that he presents as "Atlanta" from Paper Boi on FX and, now, in Barry Jenkins' film "If Beale Street Could Talk". In a pivotal scene, Henry's character, Daniel Carty, describes to his friend Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt (Stephan James) what it was like to live in prison. Daniel's words underscore the discrimination that black men, like him and Fonny, are facing, his alarming tone facing the anxiety that this has caused him. It appears only this time in "Beale Street", but his words come back to haunt us when Fonny is put in jail for a crime that he did not commit.
Russell Hornsby, "Hate U Give"
"The Hate U Give", taken from Angie Thomas' novel for young adults, goes into high gear when high school student Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) witnesses a white cop killing her black friend. But the decisive scene of the film occurs earlier, when his father, Maverick (Hornsby), gives his children "the conversation" about how to behave in the presence of police officers. "Being black is an honor because you come from greatness," he adds in the first of many scenes to highlight his hard-won wisdom. Hornsby portrays Mav with tenderness and the character's refusal to let his children forget the resilience of their community supports Starr's evolution as an activist.
Jesse Plemons, "Game Night"
Plemons has come a long way, the only thing his character in "Game Night" has in common with his lead role as Landry Clarke in "Friday Night Lights" is his proximity to Kyle Chandler. As Gary, the lone cop who lives next to the main characters, Plemons embodies the goosebumps that became his forte thanks to his roles in "Breaking Bad" and "Black Mirror". Gary is not a major player in "Game Night" – he is alone in part because he never receives an invitation. But when he appears – like when he suddenly appears in his driveway stroking strangely the fur of his dog – it's hard to look away.
Maura Tierney, "handsome boy"
"Beautiful Boy" contains several emotional driving scenes, but none as effective as one in which the artist Karen (Tierney) sues her drug-step son-in-law, Nic (Chalamet) after fleeing their home. We see Karen's car follow Nic's car as he makes sharp turns one after the other, a sequence interrupted by shots of their expressions – panicked, his anguished. She ends up giving up, reduced to tears. The film focuses primarily on the relationship of a father with his troubled son, but Tierney – an underrated artist who can convey intense emotions in a moderate way, as seen in "ER" and "The Affair" – seize this moment for himself.
Michelle Williams, "I feel beautiful"
Williams also played her lot of grieving women, but "I Feel Pretty" allowed her to try comedy. As head of Avery LeClair cosmetics company, Williams keeps his facial expressions neutral and lets his voice creak even higher than that of "My Week With Marilyn". She makes Avery's manners as clumsy as her social interactions (she greets someone by saying, "I thought I was feeling animal products!"). Even while playing against Amy Schumer, a professional comedian, Williams buys the hilarious part of the thing.
Steven Yeun, "Burning"
The disturbing feeling that is built up throughout "Burn" does not come from the winding plot, but from the characters themselves. In the beginning, Ben (Steven Yeun) seems to be simply a charming resident of Gangnam who arrives at an inconvenient moment for the protagonist Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), who has just fallen in love with Haemi, perhaps his girlfriend, Ben (Jong-seo Jun). But Jongsu's disgust for Ben seems more justified as the film advances, especially when the film reveals that it blazes abandoned greenhouses for pleasure. Yeun skilfully captures the intriguing and yet unnerving nature of an embodied stink bug. Even her yawns are scary.
Honorable Mentions: Olivia Colman in "The Favorite", Richard E. Grant in "Can you still forgive me?", Thomasin McKenzie in "Leave No Trace", Margot Robbie in "Mary Queen of Scots" and Letitia Wright in "Black Panther. "