One would be hard-pressed to find a year stacked with a better slate of male leading performances than 2015. Hoffman, Ledger, Daniels, Strathairn, Fiennes, Bana, Mortensen, Phoenix, Howard, and of course, Gyllenhaal. I’d say Jake was robbed of a nomination this year, but so were a half dozen other dudes.
While I could really do without Jamie Foxx’s character half the time, this film is lean, equally entertaining and sobering, and features some of the best and probably the most underrated work that Roger Deakins has ever done. I will continue to like it more than most people believe I should.