Every year, the list of extraordinary support actors usually contains a number of comic helpers and a group of concerned parents. But this year, a flamboyant criminal of children's films and a masterful parody-self have added some variety to the mix.
Here are our choices for the 10 best actors who stole scenes in smaller roles, sorted alphabetically.
Awkwafina, "Crazy Rich Asians"
It was an exceptional year for Awkwafina, who appeared in two of the biggest summer films – "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Ocean & # 39; s Eight" – before becoming the second Asian woman ever to host "Saturday Night Live. " The actress-rapper plays Peik Lin Goh in the primal romantic comedy, the best friend of the moment, the protagonist Rachel Chu (Constance Wu). But Awkwafina does not let his character be put aside, as BFF often do. Peik Lin, on the other hand, pronounces many of the film's most exciting lines – some of which have been improved by Awkwafina – how to tell Rachel that her future mother-in-law thinks of it as an "unrefined banana" or refers to Rachel's boyfriend as " Asian bachelor ".
Hugh Grant, "Paddington 2"
The director of "Paddington 2" Paul King created the part of Phoenix Buchanan – an arrogant and washed actor who turns into a life of crime – with Grant in mind. As if to prevent that perception from seizing in real life, Grant behaves in an indifferent way. Phoenix is a delightful criminal dressed as a nun, a knight and a business man to carry out his evil plans against Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw). Grant is fully committed to shtick, discarding his ego in favor of pure nonsense. It even makes its way through a number of songs and dances during the credits and steals the film with the same ease with which it steals the Paddington pop-up book.
Josh Hamilton, "Eighth Vow"
Last year he gave us Michael Stuhlbarg's monologue to his filmy son Timothée Chalamet in "Call Me By Your Name". The stellar parenting scene of this year has come with "Eighth Grade", in which Mark (Hamilton) tells the insecure Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as lucky, feels like being his father. "Some parents must love their children despite their children," he says. "Not me, I can love you whywho are you "Hamilton offers an honest performance, capturing Mark's confusion when Kayla flings himself and his sweetness when he increases his confidence.
Anne Hathaway, "Ocean & # 39; s Eight"
Now it should not surprise anyone that Hathaway can command the full attention of an audience. But when the film's cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Rihanna? Damn. As a narcissist actress Daphne Kluger in "Ocean & # 39; s Eight", Hathaway cleverly parodies the struck personality that her so-called Hathahaters believe they have. Make the most of the inconsistent plot, filling his character as a first woman with bright shots of anger and snappy returns.
Brian Tyree Henry, "If Beale Street could talk"
Henry can transmit years of pain with a single facial expression, a skill that he exhibits as Paper Boi on FX "Atlanta" and, now, in Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street could talk". In a pivotal scene, Henry's character, Daniel Carty, describes to his friend Alonzo "Fonny" Hunt (Stephan James) as he was being jailed. Daniel's words indicate the discrimination that blacks like him and Fonny face, his disturbing tone for the angst that caused him. It only appears this time in "Beale Street", but his words come back to haunt us when Fonny is put behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
Russell Hornsby, "The Hate U Give"
"The Hate U Give", adapted from Angie Thomas's young adult novel, kicks off when high school student Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) sees a white cop killing her friend, who is black. But the scene that defines the film comes first, when his father, Maverick (Hornsby), gives his children "the talk" on 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 conquered wisdom. Hornsby portrays Mav with tenderness, and the character's refusal to let her children forget the resilience of their community supports Starr's evolution into an activist.
Jesse Plemons, "Game Night"
Plemons has come a long way, as the only thing his character in "Game Night" has in common with his debut role as Landry Clarke in "Friday Night Lights" is the proximity to Kyle Chandler. Like Gary, the solitary cop who lives next to the main characters, Plemons interprets the horror that has become his forte through roles in "Breaking Bad" and "Black Mirror". Gary is not an important player in "Game Night" – it's only partly because he never receives an invitation. But when he appears – as when he suddenly turns on his driveway, strangely stroking his dog's fur – it's hard to look away.
Maura Tierney, "Beautiful Boy"
There are several emotional driving scenes in "Beautiful Boy", but none as effective as the one in which the artist Karen (Tierney) chases her drugged stepson, Nic (Chalamet) after fleeing their home. We see Karen's car follow that of Nic as she makes sudden turns one after the other, a sequence broken by the blows of their expressions – her panic, her anguish. In the end he surrenders, reduced to tears. The film focuses mainly on the relationship of a father with his son in distress, but Tierney – an underrated interpreter who can transmit intense emotions in a subdued manner, as seen on "ER" and "The Affair" – captures this moment for herself.
Michelle Williams, "I Feel Pretty"
Williams also played her beautiful dose of pain-ridden women, but "I Feel Pretty" gave her the chance to try her hand in the comedy. As head of the cosmetics company Avery LeClair, Williams keeps his facial expressions neutral and lets his shrill voice, which is even higher than his "My Week With Marilyn", face heavy lifting. He makes Avery's mannerisms as embarrassing as his social interactions (he greets someone saying "I thought I smelled animal products!"). Also acting alongside Amy Schumer, a professional comedian, Williams ends up the funniest part of the whole thing.
Steven Yeun, "Burning"
The disturbing feeling that develops in "Burning" does not come from the tortuous plot, but from the characters themselves. In the beginning, Ben (Steven Yeun) seems to be just a charming Gangnam resident who is swooning at an inopportune moment for the protagonist Jongsu (Ah-in Yoo), who has just fallen for Ben's girlfriend, Haemi (Jong- seo Jun). But Jongsu's distaste for Ben seems more justified with the progress of the film, especially when the latter reveals that he twists the greenhouses abandoned for fun. Yeun cleverly captures the intriguing but unnerving nature of a professed firefighter. Even his yawnings are scary.
Honorable Mentions: Olivia Colman in "The Favorite", Richard E. Grant in "Can you ever forgive me?", Thomasin McKenzie in "Do not leave a trace", Margot Robbie in "Mary Queen of Scots" and Letitia Wright in "Black Panther" ".