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Feb 08 2019

There are no small parts,'18 Edition

by Nathaniel R

Our annual cinematic jamboree,the Film Bitch Awards,continue with the categories ofbest actors and actresses in limited roles.This category is reserved for the kind of performances given in one or two scenes where'd you'd be happy to wander outside the camera's purview just to spend more time with them.Or,more accurately,since the characters aren't always pleasant,performances so strong that you wish you could follow them into another scene or five to watch the actor dig in yet deeper.

We're talking about performances like Brian Tyree Henry's inIf Beale Street Could Talk,who crystallizes the film's conceits about the systematic oppression of black men as his innocent ex-con monologues through the film's most moving sequence.His eyes drop us into the abyss of his prison memories where his words won't take us.We're talking about performances like Bradley Whitford's glib lawyer,oozing shamelessness with his soul long-since sold,who comes at a bedraggled cop threatening him with such confidence that at first you think he'll win and the movie will be a very short one.That is until you watch the star (Nicole Kidman) up her own already impressive game to spar with an actor that's sparking her inner ensemblist.

We're talking about performances like Jeanne Balibar's inCold Waror Jane Curtin's inCan You Ever Forgive Me?that are played with such precise panache that you can imagine a different type of movie just off to the side of the one you're watching,where they're the leads instead and this moment is but a subplot intheirnarratives.Check out the nomination pagefor more on these fine performances and others from Leticia Brédice,Rebecca Field,Elizabeth McGovern,Simon Russell Beale,Philip Ettinger,and Corey Hawkins and a list of other names we also loved in tiny roles this past cinematic year.