A Bigger Splash ★★★★½

***THIS IS AN AWARDS PIECE I WROTE ABOUT RALPH FIENNES AND WHY HE SHOULD WIN ALL THE OSCARS FOR THIS MOVIE***

Ralph Fiennes is never going to win an Oscar.

He’s too slippery, too snake-like, too hard to pin down. He plays cruelty for laughs, and uses humor to break your heart. He plays supporting roles with the all-consuming intensity of a lead, and lead roles with the evasiveness of someone who’s just passing through. He’s human category fraud.

But if Fiennes gets overlooked for his irrepressible work in Luca Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash,” it won’t be because he was submitted in the wrong race; it’ll be because he appears to be having way too much fun for a drama. Nevertheless, his electric turn as barnstorming bon vivant Harry Hawkes is one of 2016’s best performances. It’s a dance-worthy distillation of everything that has made Fiennes such an enduring star over the last two decades, and — for all of its seeming frivolity — it will endure as a perfect crystallization of this dark moment in our history.

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