Song of the Day #3,856: ‘Rain on the Roof’ – Hugh Grant & Company

The final acting category in my 2018 Oscars rundown is Best Supporting Actor.

I’m pretty well caught up with the most-discussed performances in this category. The only two major ones I have yet to see are Sam Rockwell in Vice and Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? I really regret having missed the latter and hope it shows up on demand soon.

The following actors made my shortlist but missed the cut for the final five:

Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Ali seems like the likely winner in this category, so I felt ok about leaving him out of my personal top five. He does a lovely job as the repressed Don Shirley, a man who feels he belongs nowhere.

Sam Elliott – A Star is Born
Elliott has graced movie and TV screen with his incredible moustache and his incredible voice for more than 50 years. He packs a punch in some of this film’s most moving scenes.

Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
I hated this movie but can’t deny that Chalamet gave it his all as a drug-addicted young man who won’t allow himself to be rescued.

Brian Tyree Henry – If Beale Street Could Talk
Beale Street is at its best when diving into the lives of the characters surrounding the main couple, especially Henry’s wrongly-jailed Daniel Carty. His extended monologue is the film’s most compelling moment.

Tim Blake Nelson – The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Nelson plays the titular character with a smile and a wink that almost masks the deadness in his eyes. He plays with the Coens’ fanciful dialogue like a kitten with a ball of yarn.

I’d be happy to see any of those men nominated, but here are my personal faves:

Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
My biggest problem with BlacKkKlansman was that I felt it was more Flip Zimmerman’s movie than Ron Stallworth’s. In part that’s because Flip was the cop whose life was always on the line, and in part it’s because Driver gave the film’s best performance. I can’t hold that against him.

Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
It’s a shame Grant’s name hasn’t come up more often in awards season. He offers up a screwball tour de force as Phoenix Buchanan, an egomaniacal actor (is that redundant?) whose talent for disguise makes him an exceptional thief. This is the definition of a supporting turn that elevates the entire film.

Russell Hornsby – The Hate U Give
It’s so sad that a topical and entertaining film with a 97% Rotten Tomato ranking, based on a best-selling book, failed to find an audience and is now completely off the radar. Hornsby is fabulous as Maverick Carter, a former gang member turned loving father. His early scene telling his kids how to behave during a traffic stop is heartbreaking and infuriating.

Nicholas Hoult – The Favourite
In a movie dominated by a trio of standout performances by women, Hoult nearly steals the show as the conniving man alternately playing them and getting played. He sums up the film’s theme quite nicely with a typically ribald observation: “Favour is a breeze that shifts direction all the time. Then in an instant you’re back sleeping with a bunch of scabrous whores wondering whose finger’s in your arse.”

Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther
Superhero movies are usually only as good as their villain, and in Jordan’s Killmonger, Black Panther has one of the very best. You know he’s nailed the part when you find yourself kinda sorta with him even after he’s murdered several people in cold blood.

I don’t have a definitive winner among this group. I would honestly be thrilled if any one of them took home the trophy. Let’s give it to Russell Hornsby for playing a man we could all stand to understand better.

Tomorrow: A roundup of some non-acting categories

Listen to the rain on the roof go
Sit, kitty cat,
We won’t get home for hours.
Relax and

Listen to the rain on the roof go
Let’s have a drink
And shelter from the showers.
Rain, rain, don’t go away,
Fill up the sky.
Rain through the night.
We’ll stay
Cozy and dry.

Listen to the rain on the roof go
(They kiss.)
Pity that
It’s not a hurricane.
Listen “plink” to the
(kiss kiss)
Lovely rain.

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,856: ‘Rain on the Roof’ – Hugh Grant & Company

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I really need (and want) to see Paddington 2, and plan to do so the next time I am with Maddie as I’m fairly sure she won’t object to seeing it again.😊

  2. willedare says:

    That’s quite a dance sequence you shared with us from the Paddington 2 film! Thank you for regularly opening my eyes and ears to music and pop culture I have previously missed.

  3. Maddie says:

    Thank you for doing God’s/The Academy’s work and shining a light on Hugh Grant. I’ll absolutely never reject a Paddington 2 viewing. 🙂

    This is a great round up, I agree with all of them. I have yet to see Hate U Give, so my biggest substitution would be putting Rafael Casal in that spot. He gave a really complicated and impressive performance in Blindspotting that deserves some recognition. Other than that, I think our ideal list lines up almost perfectly. I’ll add some of my own shout outs, though.

    Jake Gyllenhaal – Wildlife
    Lewis Pullman – Bad Times at the El Royale (special shout out to him, he might swap in for Nicholas Hoult in my list, even though I love both performances a lot)
    Richard E. Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me (For sure pulling for him to win the real deal)
    Nick Offerman – Hearts Beat Loud
    John Cena – Blockers (and Bumblebee, what a comic genius year)
    Bryan Tyree Henry – Into the Spiderverse (I know the Academy won’t recognize voice performances, but he knocked it out of the park)

  4. Maddie says:

    Oooh also shout out to all the Bohemian Rhapsody boys, and especially Gwilym Lee who was an amazing Brian May.

  5. Peg says:

    Totally forgot about Casino Royale Maddie and didn’t know the name of the actor you just paid a compliment. Wonderful performance! So many great films this time!

  6. Amy says:

    My list would include Richard E. Grant, Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Tyree Henry, Adam Driver and Rafael Casa, with Henry winning the prize.

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