5. Massimo Troisi in The Postman- This is an odd nomination, becuase this is simply just a terribly uninteresting lightweight performance that never really seems to do anything.
4. Anthony Hopkins in Nixon- Hopkins is all over the place with his over the top turn as Nixon. He frankly goes to far with his slimy portrayal, making Nixon a rather hard to believe character, which is a problem when the character is a real person.
3. Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland Opus- Although I care not for the film I must admit that Dreyfuss does a fine job in a cliched role. He is properly passionate, and inspiring in his role, I really cannot fault him here.
2.Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking- Penn gives a powerful performance, that
is very hard to forget. Penn finds the right path throughout his
performance, to show the facets of the convicted man, and to show him as
a honest human being.
1. Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas- Nicolas Cage leaves a memorable
impression in his role as a slowly dying alcoholic. Cage is realistic in
the technical aspects of his performance, and properly powerful in his
more dramatic aspects.