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Ah, we settle into the middle of summer blockbuster season. And we haven’t had a great run in cinema in quite some time. Every week, I have had a cracking summer action to sink my teeth into since Infinity War. I’ve seen Deadpool 2, Solo, Jurassic World back-to-back with Ocean’s 8 to look forward to this week. It is almost exhausting watching so many incredible movies. But in the back of your mind, if you are as heavily invested in the Fantasy Acting League as me (the World Cup is muted in the background while writing this), then you are already doing the calculations as to what actor is scoring what. There is a downside however. The difference between blockbuster season and OSCAR season is that the movies aren’t necessarily geared towards the actors. Woody Harrelson isn’t necessarily getting a meaty supporting part in Solo as he would Three Billboards. The special effects might get more notice than Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2. And how can you find time to pick apart an actress’ work in a review of Ocean’s 8? The end result: anything can happen. Read on!

This Round’s Movies

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Leave No Trace
Terminal
Deadpool 2
Ideal Home
The Happy Prince
Ocean’s 8
Freak Show
Swimming With Men
Super Troopers 2
In The Fade
Adrift
The Endless
Overboard
Cargo

The Teams

Views From The Sofa – 5 (+14) = 19
Cate Blanchett – 5
Helen Mirren – 0
Olivia Munn – 0
Chris Pratt – 0
Adam Driver – 0
Johnny Depp – 0
Movie: The Kid (CP)

Film Grimoire – 7 (+20) = 27
Oscar Isaac – 0
Chris Pratt – 0
Ryan Reynolds – 7
Oprah Winifrey – 0
Jennifer Jason Leigh – 0
Lupita Nyong’o – 0
Movie: Wrinkle in Time (OW)

Movie Rob – 0 (+27) = 27
Samuel L Jackson – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Sam Rockwell – 0
Elle Fanning – 0
Nicole Kidman – 0
Vera Farmiga – 0
Movie: I Think We’re Alone Now

Sporadic Chronicles of A Beginner Blogger – 11 (+27) = 38
Paul Rudd – 7
Colin Firth – 4
Samuel L. Jackson – 0
Vera Farmiga – 0
Rosamund Pike – 0
Jennifer Lawrence – 0
Movie: Ant Man 2 (PR)

Oracle of Film – 10 (+28) = 38
Chris Pratt – 0
Eddie Redmayne – 0
Steve Carrell – 0
Alicia Vikander – 0
Margot Robbie – 5
Cate Blanchette – 5
Movie: Fantastic Beasts

Debbie Vega – 10 (+33) = 43
Cate Blanchett – 5
Elle Fanning – 0
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – 0
Colin Firth – 5
Adam Driver – 0
Forest Whitaker – 0
Movie: The Mercy (CF)

Movie Reviews 101 – 12 (+34) = 46
Josh Brolin – 6
Woody Harrelson – 4
Simon Pegg – 2
Elizabeth Deblicki – 0
Tessa Thompson – 0
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – 0
Movie: Soldado (JB)

Rhyme and Reason – 12 (+36) = 47
Paul Rudd – 7
Jason Clarke – 0
Colin Firth – 5
Elle Fanning – 0
Judy Greer – 0
Michelle Williams – 0
Movie: Ant Man 2 (PR)

Marked Movies – 5 (+41) = 46
Joaquin Phoenix – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Christian Bale – 0
Katherine Waterson – 0
Soarise Ronan – 0
Cate Blanchett – 5
Movie: You Were Never Really Here (JP)

Fairytale Pictures – 0 (+49) = 49
Tessa Thompson – 0
Clare Foy – 0
Michelle Williams – 0
Joel Edgerton – 0
Benedict Cumberbatch – 0
Armie Hammer – 0
Movie: Annihilation (TT)

Random Musings of The Female Mind – 12 (+39) = 51
Martin Freeman – 7
Eddie Redmayne – 0
Chadwick Boseman – 0
Lily James – 0
Cate Blanchett – 5
Emily Blunt – 0
Movie: Fantastic Beasts (ER)

What About Movies – 10 (+45) = 55
Tessa Thompson – 0
Cate Blanchett – 5
Elizabeth Deblicki – 0
Colin Firth – 5
Chris Hemsworth – 0
Michael Pena – 0
Movie: Infinity War (CH)

Abbi Osbiston – 5 (+49) = 54
Ben Mendelsohn – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Tye Sheridan – 0
Nicole Kidman – 0
Emily Blunt – 0
Margot Robbie – 5
Movie: Shape of the Water (MS)

Vinnieh – 5 (+51) = 56
Margot Robbie – 5
Rosamund Pike – 0
Sally Hawkins – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Oscar Isaacs – 0
Richard Jenkins – 0
Movie: Shape of the Water (SH)

Cinema Parrot Disco – 11 (+47) = 58
Benedict Cumberbatch – 0
Josh Brolin – 6
Joaquin Phoenix – 0
Helen Mirren – 0
Cate Blanchett – 5
Soarise Ronan – 0
Movie: Lady Bird (SR)

WINNER
What About the Twinkie – 6 (+57) = 63

Chris Pratt – 0
Chadwick Boseman – 0
Josh Brolin – 6
Jessica Chastain – 0
Anya Taylor Joy – 0
Soarise Ronan – 0
Movie: Black Panther (CB)

How The Actors Scored

Ryan Reynolds – 7 (Deadpool 2 – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance: 2)
Josh Brolin – 6 (Deadpool 2 – Supporting Role: 2; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance: 2)
Cate Blanchett – 5 (Ocean’s 8 – Supporting Role: 2; Three Stars: 1; Empire compliments performance: 2)
Margot Robbie – 5 (Terminal – Lead Role: 3; Two Stars: 0; Empire compliments performance: 2)
Simon Pegg – 2 (Terminal – Supporting Role: 2; Two Stars: 0)
Colin Firth – 4 (The Happy Prince – Supporting Role: 2; Four Stars: 2)
Paul Rudd – 7 (Ideal Home – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance: 2)
Martin Freeman – 7 (Cargo – Lead Role: 3; Four Stars: 2; Empire compliments performance: 2)
Woody Harrelson – 4 (Solo – Supporting Role: 2; Four Stars: 2)

Round Analysis

Is it just me or does this round of Fantasy Acting League feel like the midway point in a game of chess? We’ve had some massive rushes in this competition, as recently as What About the Twinkie’s dash to the lead (which he retains here), and some non-moving months. But here, we have a mix of the two. It is almost as though people are slowly getting ready for a bigger month just around the corner. Cinema Parrot Disco quietly moves into second place. Musings of A Female Mind climbs to sixth, with the prowess of a ninia, letting non-movers drop past her, as to not raise alarm. Even those doing well may not realise the small shifts in power. Something is going to happen. And it will decide the second half of the Fantasy Acting league dramatically.

Let’s leave the bloggers out this for a moment (they write about themselves most days, for crying out loud!), and focus on the films discussed. Cate Blanchett scraped a compliment out of the review, breaking out of a very busy topic. She could be deemed lucky. Reviews of Ocean’s 8 will be so weighed down in discussing the role of women in cinema that simple things like Blanchett being a bloody good actress will likely get missed. In fact, it speaks volumes to her that she did a get a nod of approval. Woody Harrelson was not so lucky with Solo, his character simply not something worth talking about in a film so mired in controversial nostalgia. Who gives a damn about his conman character when the portrayal of Chewbacca, Lando and the Falcon needed to be analysed? The actors who surprised us the most are the ones leading smaller films. Paul Rudd nabbed a role as a gay husband that showed a softer side of the character. And Freeman snuck a Netflix original about Australian zombies past us. Those are points few bloggers expected making them all the dearer to cherish.

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3 thoughts on “Fantasy Acting League 2018 – Round Six

  1. Wow, I wasn’t expecting those points from Rudd and Firth, so I’ll gladly take them. 🙂
    (By the way, you might want to double check the points for Firth, which are sometimes 4 and sometimes 5.)

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