You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘The Master’

Eye on the Oscars 2013: The Actor - Supporting Actor


Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory.

Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on display in the film’s riveting first “processing” session, in which Hoffman’s Lancaster Dodd subjects Freddie Quell to a barrage of questions, tightening the grip on the man’s psyche with each repeated query.

Critic’s quote: “Hoffman … simply mesmerizes here, his speech balancing the mellifluous with the ridiculous, his smiling eyes full of wonder and possibility even as his will and words maintain a grip of unyielding authority. Monstrous and monomaniacal though Dodd may be, he’s a character to love,” says Justin Chang, Variety.

| HOME | Tommy Lee Jones>>

More Film

  • Cargo

    Tribeca Film Review: ‘Cargo’

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

  • Visitors laugh as they attend a

    Saudi Arabia Movie Ticket Prices Could Hit $35, AMC Chief Says

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

  • The Rachel Divide

    Film Review: 'The Rachel Divide'

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

  • Demetrius Shipp Essence Atkins

    Film News Roundup: Demetrius Shipp, Essence Atkins to Star in 'Same Difference'

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

  • 'Song of Back and Neck' Review

    Tribeca Film Review: 'Song of Back and Neck'

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

  • Sam Rockwell Jojo Rabbit

    Sam Rockwell Eyes Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' With Scarlett Johansson

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

  • Roadrunner Capital Fund

    The Exchange, Forest Road Team on Roadrunner Capital Fund (EXCLUSIVE)

    Why he will win: Hoffman delivers the kind of magnanimous performance that’s hard to dismiss, capturing the larger-than-life “Master” of the film’s title with equal parts elegant control and overflowing vitality — a kind of omnipotent god-man that can lead anyone, even a film audience, into unknown territory. Best scene: Hoffman’s hypnotic powers are on […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content