Kevin B. Lee is a favorite video essayist on cinema around the Dinglehopper. Last year, his videos on all of the key categories were mini-lessons on each craft: acting, cinematography, and directing. His 2016 series has now begun with the Best Actor category.
In “Video Evidence: Who Deserves to Win the 2015 Oscar for Best Actor,” Lee first posits that Michael B. Jordan should have been nominated for his portrayal in Creed. He gives Jordan the same treatment in the video as the other nominees and then declares that he would have been among the top three contenders. With the rest, Lee brings an insightful eye to how each actor has created the character and what that means within both craft and representation, especially in the case of Eddie Redmayne’s transgender character. He couches the analysis with the percentage of time the actor is on the screen in the film. Especially in the politics behind nominations for Best Actor versus Best Supporting Actor, the amount of screentime is of interest. Fassbender, who gets Lee’s support for his interpretation of Steve Jobs, spends 89% of the film on screen, so his portrayal is quite literally the supporting wall of the biopic.
If you’d like to a read-only version of Lee’s breakdown of the nominees, check out the Fandor Keyframe post linked here.
But if you have the six minutes to spare, spend the time with the video, which has exponentially more power thanks to the video clips Lee pairs with his insights.