5. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button- Pitt's performance is a dull lifeless effort that does nothing to bring to life the strange premise of his character.
4. Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon- Langella relies far too heavily on the
overt Nixon mannerisms throughout his performance. As with Anthony
Hopkins's work as the man he always closer to caricature than man,
unlike Philip Baker Hall's portrayal of the man.
3. Sean Penn in Milk- Penn delivers a strong performance that acts both as
the inspirational character desired by the film and this interesting
examination of the nature of an idiosyncratic politician.
2. Richard Jenkins in The Visitor- It is not a big performance, or an amazing achievement, but Jenkins is most certainly very good in his portrait of a man who slowly finds some joy, and passion in his life.
1. Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler- Rourke is deeply moving in his portrait of Randy The Ram Robinson. Rourke shows so much to his character both the positive and the negative, never playing a single moment falsely, despite taking many risks with his performance.
Brendan Gleeson in In Bruges