The Ford On Film End Of Year Awards 2014: Best Supporting Actress
Sara Paxton ‘Cheap Thrills’
Kim Dickens ‘Gone Girl’
Mia Wasikowska ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’
Liv LeMoyne ‘We Are The Best!’
Kelly Reilly ‘Calvary’
In a cast of outstanding British and Irish actors, Kelly Reilly was a firm standout in John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary. As the suicidal daughter of Brendan Gleeson’s Father James, Reilly gave a subtle, almost passive performance; full of regret and melancholy, her scenes with Gleeson were among the best in the film.
Carrie Coon ‘Gone Girl’
Though Gone Girl’s two leads (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) have gained the most recognition and praise, Carrie Coon deserves to be equally acclaimed for her wonderfully sympathetic role as Affleck’s feisty sister. The only decent person in a film of morally questionable characters, Coon continued her excellent work on HBO’s baffling The Leftovers with another emotive, engaging performance.
Rene Russo ‘Nightcrawler’
Jake Gyllenhaal has rightly gained the most attention for his outstanding turn in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, but that isn’t to say the supporting cast don’t do excellent work. Rene Russo, as a weary, desperate TV news director, is terrific in a difficult role. It would be easy for her character to become a caricature, but Russo manages to inject real pathos into the plight of her character, and her dinner scene with Gyllenhaal was one of the very best scenes of the year.
Uma Thurman ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume I’
Much like Jamie Bell in Volume II, Uma Thurman’s performance in Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac: Volume I’ is little more than a cameo; a one scene turn in which she enters, steals the film and then leaves, never to be seen again. It’s a performance of such blazing intensity and over-the-top melodrama, the fact that it only lasts around five minutes is meaningless. It’s been a fair few years since Thurman has had any notable roles, and it’s good to see her back.
Patricia Arquette ‘Boyhood’
While Richard Linklater’s brilliant Boyhood is built around Ellar Coltrane’s Mason, it is Patricia Arquette as his mother who gives the best performance in the film. Besting even Ethan Hawke (ranked 2nd on my list of best supporting actors), Arquette is sublime throughout the film’s epic 166 minute runtime. Filmed over 12 years, Arquette’s performance changes beautifully as each year goes by, from positive and hopeful to regretful and depressed. The scene in which she laments that her life has been “a series of moments” as Mason goes to college is one of the year’s most heart-breaking, and that is purely down to the realistic, touching performance of Patricia Arquette, the best supporting actress of 2014.
By Harry Ford