The perfect performances thread got me thinking about Best Actor awards. So I figured I'd do the same thing that I did for Best Picture
, only this time with Best Actor. The same rule applies that your pick has to be from the nominated performances. Here
is a list of nominees.
Winner - Jeremy Irons - Reversal of Fortune
My Pick - Kevin Costner - Dances with Wolves
I have to admit that I haven't seen all of these. Even though I think Goodfellas should have won Best Picture I did enjoy DwW and Costner's performance.
Winner - Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of The Lambs
My Pick - Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of The Lambs
Winner - Al Pacino - Scent of a Woman
My Pick - Clint Eastwood - Unforgiven
I'll give Eastwood the complete sweep this year. Loved everything about Unforgiven, especially his performance.
Winner - Tom Hanks - Philadelphia
My Pick - Liam Neeson - Schindler's List
Hanks was good in Philadelphia but Neeson's performance was iconic. This is an easy do-over for me.
Winner - Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
My Pick - Tom Hanks - Forrest Gump
Once again this is a very strong year. But the Best Actor performance isn't nearly as difficult.
Winner - Nicholas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas
My Pick - Nicholas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas
Not a Cage fan at all, but no arguing this one.
Winner - Geoffrey Rush - Shine
My Pick - Billy Bob Thornton - Slingblade
Both great performances. Very hard choice.
Winner - Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets
My Pick - Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets
Winner - Robert Benigni - Life is Beautiful
My Pick - None
I have to admit that I've never seen Life is Beautiful. Therefore I'll opt out of this one. I definitely need to correct this.
Winner - Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
My Pick - Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
Winner - Russell Crowe - Gladiator
My Pick - Tom Hanks - Cast Away
Crowe was fine in Gladiator but what Hanks did in Cast Away was far more impressive.
Winner - Denzel Washington - Training Day
My Pick - Denzel Washington - Training Day
Not close for me. You can see my thoughts on it here
Winner - Adrien Brody - The Pianist
My Pick - Adrien Brody - The Pianist
I thought this was a pretty strong year. I loved Nicholson in About Schmidt and once again liked Cage. But Brody earned it.
Winner - Sean Penn - Mystic River
My Pick - Bill Murray - Lost In Translation
Rockmom is going to be mad, but I just can't deny Murray this one. This is one of my favorites of the decade.
Winner - Jamie Foxx - Ray
My Pick - Don Cheadle - Hotel Rwanda
Both exceptional performances. But I think as time has passed Cheadle nudges Foxx in this one.
Winner - Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
My Pick - Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Capote
I seriously considered Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow. I'm not a huge fan of Capote, but Hoffman was very good.
Winner - Forest Whitaker - Last King of Scotland
My Pick - Forest Whitaker - Last King of Scotland
Winner - Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
My Pick - Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
Winner - Sean Penn - Milk
My Pick - Sean Penn - Milk
I thought Rourke was great in The Wrestler, but it's a testament to Penn that this one isn't that close.
Winner - Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
My Pick - Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
Until I saw Crazy Heart I thought Clooney had this one wrapped up for Up in the Air.
So there you go, let's hear what you think about my choices and I'd love to see yours.