Character actors endow the make-believe of movies with personality.
Ms. Davis has long been one of the best character actresses, and few other performers around could snatch a movie from Meryl Streep as nimbly as Ms. Davis did in “Doubt,” her quiet intensity making Ms. Streep’s thick Bronx accent sound very loud. A star on the verge, Ms. Davis is having a much-deserved breakthrough moment that will last until the next Oscars.
The Name Might Escape, Not the Work [NYT]
The article does a wonderful job of recognizing the powerful work of other great character actors such as William Fichtner (The Dark Knight), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Barry Shabaka Henley (Collateral), John Carroll Lynch (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shea Wigham (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Isiah Witlock Jr. (Cedar Rapids).