A year of fantastic cast performances deserves a spotlight
"Out of the Furnace"
Best in show: Christian Bale
Other stand-outs: Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker
Thoughts: Scott Cooper amassed an amazing cast for his sophomore effort and drew out some of their best work across the board. Bale delivers his finest performance to date in the lead while Affleck and Harrelson couldn't possibly be more effective in their supporting roles, Affleck with his haunted soldier, Harrelson with his haunting psychopath. Whitaker and Zoe Saldana provide exceptional grace notes, while bit players like Tom Bower and Boyd Holbrook stand out on the periphery.