5. George Clooney in Michael Clayton- Clooney in my opinion fails to create a very interesting character with Michael Clayton, as well as he fails to really be truly effective lead for a thriller.
4. Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd- Depp I do not find is entirely bad as Todd, but his approach to Sweeney is one note of anger and depression that just is not that interesting.
3. Tommy Lee Jones in In The Valley of Elah- I like much of Jones' performance, which is emotionally on the mark in showing the character's grief, and pain. I did not believe though was the entire change of the character, which was not made convincing by him or the script.
2. Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises- This is a strong effort that
relies effectively on both Mortensen ability to show the command and
control of Nikolai, as well as Mortensen ability to suggest the
underlining and hidden motivations of his character.
1. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood- The sheer scope, and achievement of this performance overwhelms the moments where the director should have put just a little more restraint on Day-Lewis.