2nd TFO Awards PART 6: Ensemble Cast

The next award is:

Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast

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Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast

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Another Year – Michele Austin, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Karina Fernandez, Oliver Maltman, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight

Each of the performances compliment with each other, composing a story that feels very local and close to home. Even the smallest roles in the film are acted with such veracity and sincerity that it becomes achingly real.

Ensemble Moment: The lunch at the backyard

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The Fighter – Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Kate B. O’Brien, Bianca Hunter, Jenna Lamia, Melissa Leo, Sugar Ray Leonard, Erica McDermott, Jack McGee, Melissa McMeekin, Mickey O’Keefe, Jill Quigg, Dendrie Taylor, Mark Wahlberg

The film itself is quite focused on Dicky and Mickey, but the story is sprinkled with lots of  actors who actually have their own defined characters. Casting the sisters alone is a big achievement, but to see them actually being the sisters was more thrilling.

Ensemble Moment: Charlene’s Fight with the Ward Sisters

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The Kids Are All Right – Annette Bening, Yaya DaCosta, Joaquín Garrido, Eddie Hassell, Josh Hutcherson, Zosia Mamet, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Kunal Sharma, Mia Wasikowska

Out of the five nominees here, this film feels most focused on its ensemble. Its cast isn’t big as the others, but the amount of time the film spends on each character propelled by actors possibly in their finest brings the best out of the story.

Ensemble Moment: Dinner in Paul’s Place

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The King’s Speech – Anthony Andrews, Dominic Applewhite, David Bamber, Eve Best, Claire Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Colin Firth, Michael Gambon, Calum Gittins, Roger Hammond, Derek Jacobi, Ramona Marquez, Guy Pearce, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall, Freya Wilson, Ben Wimsett

Starting from the royalties down to the commoners, the film very much feels classy and stylized yet so real, thanks to its cast. Like in the case of The Fighter, the film is mostly focused on Lionel and Bertie, but everytime you see other characters, it adds more texture to the story.

Ensemble Moment: Bertie’s Final Speech

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The Social Network – Bryan Barter, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, John Getz, Denise Grayson, Armie Hammer, Rashida Jones, Patrick Mapel, Rooney Mara, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, David Selby, Brenda Song, Justin Timberlake, Douglas Urbanski

With a intensely complex screenplay, dialogue-wise, you got to have actors to handle it. And boy, did they deliver. Jesse Eisenberg was the perfect choice for the lead role, Justin Timberlake is so right for the part, Rooney Mara is a blast, and Andrew Garfield is fantastic, but aren’t they all?

Ensemble Moment: Disposition Scenes

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Gold: The Social Network – Bryan Barter, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, John Getz, Denise Grayson, Armie Hammer, Rashida Jones, Patrick Mapel, Rooney Mara, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella, Josh Pence, David Selby, Brenda Song, Justin Timberlake, Douglas Urbanski

Silver: Another Year – Michele Austin, David Bradley, Jim Broadbent, Phil Davis, Karina Fernandez, Oliver Maltman, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight

Bronze: The Kids Are All Right – Annette Bening, Yaya DaCosta, Joaquín Garrido, Eddie Hassell, Josh Hutcherson, Zosia Mamet, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Kunal Sharma, Mia Wasikowska

Runners-Up: The King’s Speech, The Fighter
Finalists: Rabbit Hole, Animal Kingdom, Toy Story 3, For Colored Girls, Black Swan, The Ghost Writer, Dogtooth
Semi-Finalists: Please Give, I Am Love, City Island, Inception, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Morning Glory, Made in Dagenham, Tamara Drewe
Shortlisted: Mother and Child, The Town, Never Let Me Go, Easy A, Alice in Wonderland

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Previous Awards page:

Screenplay and Animation Categories / Visual Categories 1 / Visual Categories 2 / Aural Categories / Scene Categories

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