Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2013 Superlatives: Best Ensemble

Named for one of the great, flawless casts of film history, the Topsy-Turvy Award goes to the year's best ensemble performance.

This year there Short Term 12 filled out its world of damaged children with an amazing cast of young actors, while Inside Llewyn Davis, like all Coen brothers films, is perfectly cast down to the smallest role. There was the star-studded flash of American Hustle, the finely delineated cavalcade of New York types in Frances Ha and the unrelenting power of 12 Years a Slave's performances. And I could go on and on with the casts of Captain Phillips, The Spectacular Now, The Past and more. All of them worthy.

With all these great line-ups you would think it would've been a tough choice, but if I'm being honest, I always knew there was one film I couldn't deny the win.

The cast of The Wolf of Wall Street

Even with Leo front stage center throughout its epic running time there is no arguing that Wolf  is much more than a one-man show.

Beyond supporting MVP's Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie grabbing up scenes right and left, there is nary a scene that passes without some pitch perfect actor nailing their limited scene time and leaving a lasting impression with the audience. There is Kyle Chandler's dogged FBI man, Jean DuJardin's sleazy, silky Swiss banker, and the Pièce de résistance, Matthew McConaughey's martini-soaked, casually corrupt broker, who delivers the film's defining soliloquy on fucking over the client and getting yours.

And that's just the big names. I could go on listing the great unknowns who kill it in their brief moments in the spotlight, from that lady broker who tearfully recalls how Belfort fronted her twenty-five grand, to that poor bastard who gets his fish eaten just for making the mistake of showing a glimmer of human decency. From my view there can be no other choice for the acting ensemble of 2013.


  1. This is going to make an appearance on my forgotten characters column as I wind down on 2013, but talking about how every frame as an actor doing good work how about Stephanie Kurtzuba as the hard-working female employee at the office? She kills that scene where Jordan almost retires.

  2. That's the woman I'm referring to in the piece