5. Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones- Tucci mostly just tries to be creepy
which he does do well enough. His performance though lacks
the visceral power a performance like this should have.
4. Christopher Plummer in The Last Station- Plummer although
certainly competent never manages to make anything special out of
3. Matt Damon in Invictus- This might seem like a surprise position but out of the bottom three Damon does succeed the most in his particular role. He brings the passion and spirit that the story needs.
2. Woody Harrelson in The Messenger- Harrlson gives an intense and powerful emotional performance when he is in uniform, but when out of it he relies a little bit too much on his usual style.
1. Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds-Waltz simply gives a great memorable villainous performance that manages to be both humorous and chilling, and succeeds with every single challenge found in the role.
Michael Fassbender in Inglourious Basterds