5. Javier Bardem in Biutiful- Bardem despite the emotionally charged nature of his role, gives a oddly dull, and ineffective performance.
4. Jeff Bridges in True Grit- Bridges' performance is an odd over the top performance, as well as inconsistent in his own odd style, that does not work as well as he certainly wants it to.
3. Colin Firth in The King's Speech- Firth's performance is a somewhat redundant performance in the way he repeatedly conveys the same emotion. His performance lacks proper consistency, as well as his portrayal of the stammer is a bit forced. To his credit though, he does have a few good moments.
2. James Franco in 127 Hours- Franco performance is charming and entertaining when he need to be, as well as effective in portraying his character's physical degradation, as well as his emotional state. On a whole though he is actually overshadowed by the direction of the film.
1. Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network- Eisenberg's performance is the only nominated performance this year that I can really say is a truly strong effort. Eisenberg although limited fits perfectly in this role as the manipulative calculating Mark Zuckerberg. His properly portrays the cold calculating nature of the character, along with subtle suggestions of what lies beneath his cold exterior as well.