Actors can be generous when it comes to commenting on their fellow actors work. I always like to hear what they think of each other. We interviewed a few of those who will be at this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles and asked one question: "Were there any performances from this past year either in film or on television that really impressed you?” Click read more below for some of their responses.
Alec Baldwin: “I liked Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. I
hosted a screening in SoHo and invited Darren [Aronofsky, the
director], Mickey and some other people. But Mickey’s tremendous. He’s
found a way to bring to bear all of what he’s been through and what
he’s struggled with over the years and created this wounded character.
I saw The Reader, and there are maybe three actresses in the movies
who can act on the level of Kate Winslet. She’s incredible and it
thrills me to watch her. Boy, what a dream it would be to have a scene
America Ferrera: “Melissa Leo in Frozen River.
Her performance felt honest in every moment. I admire her as an actress
who always honors the character before herself. Also, Philip Seymour
Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York. It’s like watching a masterclass in
acting. He turns a very simple man into a world-class hero. His
performance stayed with me for days.”
Viola Davis: "I’ve
only seen one movie this year  and that’s Changeling. I thought
Angelina Jolie was just fabulous. It was really great to watch her
because I really felt she transformed into a woman from 1928, I think
that was the year. It was a different kind of performance from her.
I’ve always seen her as an actress, but this really, really confirmed
the fact that she truly is an actress. It’s transformative. It really
was, and I thought she was just fantastic in it.”
Richard Jenkins: “I’m
just starting to watch a lot of the films now. I haven’t been able to.
I’m a member of the Academy so I’m trying to watch as many as I can
right now. I saw Happy-Go-Lucky the other night and I just thought [Sally Hawkins] was fabulous and the guy who plays the driving
instructor [Eddie Marsan], they were just wonderful. I also saw Frost/Nixon last night and both of those guys, Frank Langella and
Michael Sheen, were just terrific, as were guys like Sam Rockwell and
Oliver Platt. I mean it’s just really well acted, beautifully acted. I
saw Josh Brolin in W and he was terrific, but I haven’t seen Milk
yet. Josh is a really talented guy and it’s so great to see the kind of
recognition that he’s getting because he’s always good. And I saw Doubt the other day and I just thought they were all great. But I
mean there’s just a ton of beautiful performances every year.”
Melissa Leo: "Richard
Jenkins [in The Visitor] I thought was just so glorious. A finer actor
you could not find whether the role is small or large, whether he has a
mustache and glasses or not. He shows up and hits it home every time.”