5. Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight - Ruffalo sticks out like a sore thumb with his excessively mannered turn that seems so false within a film going for a strict realism.
4. Christian Bale in The Big Short - Bale is able to make his character's various mannerisms seem natural the problem is the film never allows him to take it anywhere past that set up.
Best Scene: His introduction.
3. Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies - Rylance gives a moving, inspiring, amusing and technically even devious yet unassuming performance as he artfully makes his Soviet spy everything the film needs Rudolf Abel to be.
Best Scene: "Standing Man"
2. Sylvester Stallone in Creed - Stallone manages to not only find new ground for his seventh depiction of Rocky Balboa but also is able to pay homage to his previous iterations in his return to the character.
Best Scene: "If I could take everything that's good out there and put it into a bowl"
1. Tom Hardy in The Revenant - Good predictions Michael McCarthy, RatedRStar, Jackiboyz, and GM It needs to be said I hate to have to rank these top three. All three do fantastic work and if any of the three were to win the Oscar I'll be more than happy with it. My personal favorite of three, and I love all three of their work, is Tom Hardy's brilliant turn as John Fitzgerald. Hardy makes for an effective and surprisingly even entertaining villain, while still managing to find depth within the motivations of his character.