5. Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name - Although I might not share the amount of zeal some do for this performance, it is strong work as Chalamet realizes an effective arc through the central romance by portraying his character's loss of a false maturity, a return to youth, but also a gradual discovery of a real maturity.
Best Scene: Elio's apology to Marzia.
4. Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour - The great Gary Oldman doesn't give his best performance here by any margin, however he does deliver an expected striking turn in his realization of Winston Churchill. He creates his own version of the man's personal style effectively, while also delivering in every aspect of the film's somewhat limited version of the legendary figure.
Best Scene: Call to FDR.
3. Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq. - Washington has to deal with quite a challenge in portraying his very atypical role while performing in a rather aimless film. Washington pulls off his unique character in a way that is compelling in itself, and manages to do his best to amplify what good qualities exist in the film.
Best Scene: Applying for a job.
2. Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out - Kaluuya, in a rare type of nomination, gives a terrific straight man performance within his horror film. Kaluuya helps to create a real tension and fear within the film, but also offers a real emotional anchor in his portrayal of what haunts the man as well as what keeps him in his strange situation.
Best Scene: Hypnosis.
1. Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread - Well obviously I did not need to give this a second thought. The man whose name has become synonymous with "great actor" proves himself worthy of that distinction once again. One can almost take Day-Lewis giving an amazing performance for granted, because he's Day-Lewis, but one shouldn't. Day-Lewis once again proves his mastery of his particular art this time through a man with the mastery of another. Day-Lewis realizes this type of ambition and intensity like no other actor could, well also so effectively portraying the man's unique and destructive relationships with those around him in utterly fascinating detail. Masterful work from the master once again.