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Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Viewer’s Guide
Our guide to the Oscar-winner’s greatest big screen moments

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The Hoff, as almost no-one calls him, is adding the role of cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master to a list of religious figures that already includes a priest and a reverend. If this progression continues it’s only a matter of time before someone casts him as God, such is his reliable excellence in almost every role he takes. He’s even good in Patch Adams, for chrissakes. Back when he was just ‘Philip Hoffman’, with a mop top and a gleeful sense of preppy entitlement in Scent Of A Woman, he was giving a glimpse of what he could do – here’s what he’s done.

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ESSENTIAL VIEWING: Capote (2005)

If 2005 was the Truman show, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toby Jones battling it out (in a respectful, actorly way) to deliver the most insightful portrayal of the Truman Capote of the In Cold Blood era, Hoffman ended it with the silverware as the Academy’s pick for Best Actor. Comparisons are invidious and, for the actors involved, probably fairly excruciating, so the focus instead should fall on the way Hoffman nails the whiny cadence of the novelist’s voice and his blurring of the man’s venal urges with his more humane instincts as he weasels his way into convincted killer Perry Smith’s trust. The actor may have shed 40 pounds for the role but he got 8½ of them back for his trouble.

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1 Big Lebowski and State & Maine?
OK, only 7 movies so some must be left out but....!! More

Posted by Heidionline on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:31

2 amazing actor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGOYZY-ne-0 More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 04:22

3 you forgot LOVE LIZA
his amazing work in LOVE LIZA More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 04:20

4 The Talented Mr Hoffman
The Boat That Rocked wasn't that bad. It was certainly a lot better than Love, Actually and one of Richard Curtis's better creations. And no mention of The Talented Mr Ripley? Surely a classic supporting performance. Boogie Nights: how could it be left out? More

Posted by stilli666 on Monday November 5, 2012, 17:12

5 SNY
on 1st place Synecdoche, New York More

Posted by bereski on Monday November 5, 2012, 11:09

6
What about Synedoche New York?!?! More

Posted by ukedge87 on Saturday November 3, 2012, 09:59

7 And what about.....
Idea of March or Almost Famous? More

Posted by Mark Daws on Friday November 2, 2012, 14:01

8 Hmmm
Surprised not to see Boogie Nights and Punch Drunk love get mentions but I guess that is just a bit of favouritism on my part. Good list though. More

Posted by guysalisbury on Friday November 2, 2012, 13:14

9 RE:
ter is the third time Hoffman has worked with Paul Thomas Anderson, a five-film partnership that kicked off when his cameo, I've read this a few times now. Pretty sure I'm not drunk and it just doesn't make sense. More

Posted by matty_b on Thursday November 1, 2012, 23:14

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Charlie Wilson's War didn't get him a Best Actor nomination, it was supporting. There's been several mistakes in articles recently. More

Posted by Marcus Brody on Thursday November 1, 2012, 21:28

11 Synecdoche NY? Talented Mr Ripley? The as-of-yet-unmade-DarkKnightRises-sequel-where-he-plays-Penguin-OR-the-Riddler?
? More

Posted by veedlemonster on Thursday November 1, 2012, 21:08

12 I DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO BRING IT UP (AGAIN!)
... But, Empire, Brian Cox last week now Mr. Hoffman and still no 25th Hour - it's fantastic! Other than that, great choices. More

Posted by bergkamp on Thursday November 1, 2012, 18:04

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