By far the actor most deserving of the role of a lifetime that was Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Oscar Isaac. He didn’t quite steal the show in Star Wars due to woefully short screentime, but Poe Dameron is quickly becoming this generation’s Han Solo. Isaac turned in a performance that was both cocky and charismatic, but with enough heart to land perfectly. But Isaac has been quietly working to become one of the most consistently interesting actors out there. He has shown a willingness to go both serious (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) to a little less seriously (X-Men: Apocalypse). But his best role of 2015 was as Nathan in Ex Machina. Isaac delivers one of his best performances and manages to not be overshadowed by Alicia Vikander. Isaac has an incredible range and we’re confident even a bit part in a Tarantino film would be one of his most memorable roles.
Do I really need to make the argument here? Blanchett is one of the best living actresses today. What would be most interesting about her in a QT film would be to maybe see her play something a bit less graceful and more gritty. I’ve no difficulty imagining her as Daisy Domergue or as Elle Driver. We’re so used to Blanchett being all class and so regal, hell, she might welcome the chance to cuss and swear like the rest of them. Tarantino has written very few ‘nice’ parts, so giving an actress we know has the range the chance to get messy would be a welcome change of pace for this actress.
It was a shame to see no actors of color nominated for any acting roles this year (#OscarsSoWhite), and Tessa Thompson was one of those forgotten performances of the year as Adonis Creed’s love interest in Creed. Tessa Thompson has been making a name for herself on the downlow with films like Selma and Dear White People. Thompson has the quiet but fierce self-confidence and just enough ‘tude to make her a comfortable addition. Had Kill Bill been made ten years from now, Thompson would be perfect as one of the Deadly Vipers that betray Uma Thurman. She picks interesting roles and hopefully her streak will continue, but it’d be great to see Tarantino give her a chance to shine because she already feels like the kind of actress he’d make shine.