5. Bradley Cooper in American Hustle- Cooper both underplays and overplays his performance. He is often overshadowed by his co-stars, yet when he tries to be flamboyant he randomly overacts wildly.
Best Scene: Richie is taken off the case.
4. Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street- Hill gives a fine performance throughout his film, but he is overshadowed almost every step of the way by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Best Scene: Lemmon Quaaludes.
3. Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club- Jared Leto gives a moving performance with just the right amount of flamboyance, even if I would say he is slightly overshadowed by his co-star.
Best Scene: Rayon visits his father.
2. Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave - Fassbender gives a vicious depiction of his character's brutality, but
he as well gives compelling portrayal of the attitude of the day to day
Best Scene: The whipping scene.
1. Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips- Well this year for me came down to the two villains, and what I love
about both Abdi and Fassbender's performance is although they are both
very effectively in depicting their character's behavior but they also
find what is behind this behavior. Barkhad Abdi, even though it is his
film debut, gives a very assured performance in which he makes a
dangerous villain, but as well a moving portrayal of a desperate man.