5. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War- Hoffman gives a consistently dead pan performance that handles the dialogue and the style of the film better than anyone else in the film.
4. Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild- Holbrook has little screentime but when he is one screen he gives a nice warm performance, that creates a fairly moving portrait of a lonely man.
3. Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton- Wilkinson is very loud almost throughout his performance. It comes fairly close to being over the top, but not quite, since Wilkinson still gives a fairly effective, and entertaining performance.
2. Javier Bardem in No Country For Old Men- Bardem gives a marvelous villainous turn as Anton Chigurh. Bardem creates a chilling portrait of a killer with zero empathy for his victims. Bardem though also manages to avoid making Chigurh one dimensional adding a good amount of subtle dark humor to his performance as well.
1. Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford- Affleck simply gives an incredible performance as Robert Ford. There is not a single false moments in this entire performance. Affleck completely fulfills the role, and never fails to brings out the emotional complexity of Robert Ford to life.
Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men
Albert Finney in Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
Timothy Dalton in Hot Fuzz