Flixist Awards 2010: Best Supporting Actor


Being a lead actor is great. If a movie takes off, if it receives critical praise, the lead tends to get most of the credit. But there is no ‘I’ in ‘team,’ and the Best Supporting Actor award was created to celebrate theother guys who make movies so great.

The nominees are, by and large, unsurprising. We at Flixist love The FighterInception, and The Social Network, so it’s no surprise to see four of our seven nominees coming from those films. Kieran Culkin gets a nod for his show-stealing performance in Scott Pilgrim, Richard Jenkins for his role as the Guardian in Let Me In, and Sam Rockwell for being awesome at everything, especially this year’s Conviction. Will one of these dark horses steal the prize, or is Joseph Gordon-Levitt far too handsome and talented? Find out after the jump!

Well, color me surprised! It’s Bale by a landslide!

I didn’t get around to seeing The Fighter yet, but everyone I know tells me it was awesome. I have seen plenty of the chameleon-like Christian Bale, however, enough to know the man can act (he just can’t do a Batman voice).

Despite Bale’s cleaning up in this category, all the nominees were sensational. Andrew Garfield was great playing The Social Network CFO Eduardo Saverin, but Armie Hammer played not one, but two guys in the same film as the blond-haired, blue-eyed sort-of antagonist Winklevoss twins. I personally championed Kieran Culkin, who was excellent as Scott Pilgrim’s adorably wry and adorably gay roommate Wallace Wells, but it wasn’t enough to stop Bat-Bale. Did he deserve the insane amount of votes he got? I’m sure he did, I just can’t speak for him myself. Regardless of who won, 2010 was a year full of great performances, and hopefully 2011 will be another great year of supporting actor performances.


  • Christian Bale (The Fighter) – 8
  • Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) – 2
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) – 1
  • Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) –1
  • Richard Jenkins (Let Me In) – 1
  • Armie Hammer (The Social Network) – 1
  • Sam Rockwell (Conviction) – 1