Friday, 5 August 2011

Best Actor 2002: Results

5. Michael Caine in The Quiet American- Michael Caine gives an effective performance portraying a good mix of cynicism with care. It never is amazing work, but it is consistently good.
4. Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York- Day-Lewis although portraying an extremely flamboyant character, manages to stay just in the bounds of his character, without seeming to be too obvious in his acting, with this Day-Lewis creates a rather effective villain.
3. Nicolas Cage in Adaptation- Nicolas Cage as the twin brothers in this film gives an extremely enjoyable, as well as effective performance. Having the right joy, and entertaining quality with one brother, well finding the right pathos with the other. It is a great mix.
2. Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt- Nicholson channels a completely different side of himself here, more than any other performance, it a rather humorous, as well powerfully heartbreaking performance as well.
1. Adrien Brody in The Pianist- A simple yet brilliant performance by Adrien Brody, that stressed naturalism over everything else. He makes the troubled journey of the man, a real one, as well as a heartbreaking, and very powerful one.

11 comments:

dshultz said...

Graah! This is what, Nicholson's 4th win? I really wanted Brody, but, oh well. Have you seen "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"? Sam Rockwell was great in it, better than Day-Lewis or Caine by far.

Louis Morgan said...

Actually this is only Nicholson's second win, although he still has several more chances in the supporting category.

I saw Confessions a good while ago, and I really need to re-watch it.

Anonymous said...

Surprising. I thought Brody would win.

Anonymous said...

Yes! This is exactly my same ranking!!! Great that we agree, Nicholson was perfect!!!

Anonymous said...

Great!!! Can you please do 1953 next??

Anonymous said...

So glad Jack won! Very Well deserved

mrripley said...

An honorable omission could be robin williams in one hour photo better than cage and caine!

Fritz said...

Nicholson was really great!

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous3: 53 will not be next, but I guarantee it will be soon.

dinasztie said...

Jack was wondeful but for me it's Brody.

Michael Patison said...

What a great year! I would actually do almost the exact opposite, with Day-Lewis first, Nicholson second, Cage third, and Brody fourth. They're all absolutely great, though