The 10 Most Disturbed Best Supporting Actor Performances of All-Time
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science loves two things: Histrionic supporting actresses, and disturbed and/or disturbing supporting actors. Since we've already explored the former with nutty comprehension, it's time to revisit the chillier side of Oscar's supporting categories. Which roles are the grisliest in Academy history? Join us for the rundown.
10. Tim Robbins in Mystic River
We can thank Mystic River for gifting us with some of the best performances of 2003, even if it's a memorably disappointing movie. Tim Robbins plays Dave Boyle, a man haunted by his childhood abduction and molestation. Trauma is the ultimate Academy Award clincher, and here, Robbins took that familiar formula to the Oscar dais.
9. Timothy Hutton in Ordinary People
I'm one of the few who supports Ordinary People's 1980 Best Picture win over Raging Bull, and it's because of this performance: Timothy Hutton's portrayal of a suicidal, clinically guilt-ridden teenager struggling to cope with the death of his older brother is positively un-melodramatic. It is stunning. Thirty years later, the character is still fresh, believable, and downright lovable -- in part thanks to his mother's (Mary Tyler Moore) maddening aloofness.
8. Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects
As ho-hum con man Verbal Kint, Kevin Spacey weaves a tale for police about a crime overlord named Keyser Soze with remarkable clarity and quotability. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," he deadpans. Even better is what he doesn't say.
7. Joe Pesci in Goodfellas
If Ray Liotta's laughter isn't enough to strike fear into your life, Joe Pesci's unhinged, amusing role as Tommy DeVito will scare you away from so much as giggling at his hammy delivery.
6. Gig Young in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
As the barker at a torturous, months-long dance marathon in the '30s, Gig Young brings ringmaster bravado and an underworldly sleaze to Sydney Pollack's 1969 masterpiece. You know you're a disturbed character when the movie uses you to symbolize the constantly oppressive forces that plague everyone in the agonizing marathon of life. Nice!
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