5. Mark Ruffalo in the Kids are All Right- Ruffalo's performance is somewhat charming I suppose, but very limited in what he does with the role. When the role requires more of him, he does not handle it very well.
4. Jeremy Renner in The Town- Renner stays intense and suggests the psychotic nature of his character well and in an effective fashion. It is not that complex of a character, but Renner does the most he can with it.
3. Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech- Rush showboats all the way throughout his performance as the unorthodox speech therapist. His showboating does work though I feel for this role, and is properly entertaining, and effective.
2. Christian Bale in The Fighter- Bale gives a strong performance managing to realistically portray the character drug induced problems, along with adding some humor as well.
1. John Hawkes in Winter's Bone- (Good Prediction Dinasztie) Hawkes realizes his character incredibly well, and manages to give both a chilling performance, and a warm one. He manages to mix both aspect of his character incredibly well, and in an effective performance.