5. Kevin Costner in Dances with Wolves- Costner gives a dull ineffective performance.
4. Robert De Niro in Awakenings- De Niro has some okay moments when his character seems no longer harmed by his illness, but almost every other part of his performance is filled with far too much obvious acting throughout.
3. Gerard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac- Depardieu is not technically all that bad, but his method of underplaying Cyrano seems completely off for the character. Ferrer's Oscar winning performance as the same character completely outshines this performance.
2. Richard Harris in The Field- Harris is strong, and powerful in his role. He commands both an overwhelming presence in the film as well subtly indicating how his character came to be this way. He is only held back by the fact that whenever he interacts with the paper thin characters, his performance unfortunately becomes a tad disjointed.
1. Jeremy Irons in Reversal of Fortune- This is an easy winner, because Irons stands out as the best of year. His performance as Claus Von Bulow is entertaining as well fascinating to watch. It is incredible the way Irons manages to both create a great mystery about his character, but at the same time still give a completely satisfying character. Von Bulow is a great challenge as a character to get right, but Irons did it marvelously.