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Critics Are Raving About the 2016 HFAs Honorees

The official launch of awards season is here! The Hollywood Film Awards are this Sunday, Nov. 6.

This year’s honorees have received rave reviews for their performances. See what critics have said about this year’s Hollywood Actor Award, Hollywood Actress Award, Hollywood Supporting Actor Award and Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards honorees below.

Hollywood Actor Award – Tom Hanks, “Sully”

“Sully is clearly a personal film for Eastwood and Hanks, both at the top of their game. This is a great performance, nuanced and perfectly attuned to the qualities of a modest man of immodest skill… Like the film’s subject Hanks makes the impossible seem effortless. There are few flashbacks to establish Sully and no pleas for special treatment. Yet Hanks — a master of subtle brilliance — lets us see all we need to know about what defines his character, creating a portrait of a man in full. It’s acting of the highest order. Here’s a movie that deserves the three words Sully prizes most: Job well done” – Rolling Stone

“Mr. Hanks slips into Sully easily, with a grandfatherly wreath of white hair, a tidy mustache and an air of steadfast, professional calm that’s only occasionally beaded in sweat. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role… It takes talent to persuade a mass audience that you’re decency incarnate, but Mr. Hanks goes one better by making decency into something like soul.” – New York Times

“This is Hanks’ show, and he delivers a typically strong performance, quickly allowing us to forget that we’re watching an actor. With his snowy white hair and mustache to match, Hanks conveys a man confident in his abilities, yet humble in his actions, which could also be said of Eastwood as a director.” – Variety

Hollywood Supporting Actor Award – Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

“And then there’s Grant, who has charmed us through dozens of romcoms. This time he goes deeper, darker and riskier. He makes Bayfield a complex character with his own broken spirit as a failed Shakespearean actor who protects his wife from the mocking crowd but who has no one shielding him from the arguably greater sting of public indifference. Grant shows the strain on Bayfield and the undercurrents of resentment. But it’s in the quitter moments, when Bayfield removes his wife’s wig, tucks her into bed and holds her with an intimacy beyond sex, that Grant reveals a man still capable of tenderness while fighting his own battle against diminished options. It’s a new direction for Grant and his triumphant performance suggests exciting things ahead.” – Rolling Stone

“This is the most spirited, stylish performance he’s given since he played a lonely rich guy in “About a Boy” 14 years ago.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Grant is at his charming best here — few actors could so adeptly juggle so much deception on the big screen without coming across like a first class creep — and St. Clair’s affection for Florence leaps off the screen, even when he’s shacked up with Ferguson’s much younger Kathleen.” – Indie Wire

Hollywood Actress Awards – Natalie Portman, “Jackie”

“As good as the cast is, Portman’s incandescent performance is obviously the clincher. Her Jackie is both inscrutable and naked, broken but unquestionably resilient, a mess and yet fiercely dignified.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Portman is altogether astonishing in the role. Apart from sharing a wide smile, she doesn’t much resemble Kennedy. She is however gifted with an overpowering beauty – much like the real-life figure – that Larraín makes great use of in key scenes to illustrate the galvanizing effect Kennedy had on those around her. Most importantly, Portman thoroughly nails Kennedy’s breathy and docile-sounding voice, without letting the affectations get the better of her. Her accent doesn’t define her portrayal – it infuses it with a tenacious vitality… What grounds Portman’s take, however, is a key sequence immediately following the assassination that sees Kennedy shower her husband’s blood off her hair, struggle to rip off her crimson-stained pantyhose, and then finally, lie in bed alone. The intimate access is wrenching in its matter-of-factness.” – The Guardian

“Portman handles these scenes with a delicateness and quiet dignity that proves nothing short of mesmerizing. There is much to like about Jackie, from the pitch-perfect period detail to Noah Oppenheim’s inspired script, but it’s Portman’s portrait of grief that will linger long after the credits roll.”  – The Daily Beast

Hollywood Supporting Actress Awards – Nicole Kidman, “Lion”

“Kidman enriches the film enormously. It’s a sterling, supportive performance… Kidman’s Sue has her own story to tell, and holds onto it forcefully in the domestic scenes: she can embarrass her son with pride and love, but she’s also a fascinatingly strained figure, often barely keeping her grip. Right now, the Best Supporting Actress Oscar must be hers to lose.” – The Telegraph

“One of the most striking performances in the film belongs to Nicole Kidman, who plays Saroo’s adoptive mother. She has one scene in particular, in which she explains to Saroo why she and her husband chose adoption, that is, beyond the teary reunion, the emotional centerpiece of the film. Kidman just plays it so well, and it’s so thoughtfully written. I’ve no doubt the Weinsteins have her performance primed and ready for a supporting-actress run.” – Vanity Fair

“The script’s perceptive grasp of character, the director’s sensitivity to the material and the very fine work of the actors make these family scenes quite poignant, with some beautiful moments from Kidman in particular, in a deglamorized role that makes expert use of her emotional transparency.” – The Hollywood Reporter

See the full list of 2016 HFAs honorees here.

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