Who should have won Best Actor (Last 20 shows)

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    Who should have won Best Actor (Last 20 shows)

    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.

    1990 (63rd)
    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.

    1991 (64th)
    Winner - Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of The Lambs
    My Pick - Anthony Hopkins - The Silence of The Lambs

    Easy pick.

    1992 (65th)
    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.

    1993 (66th)
    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.

    1994 (67th)
    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.

    1995 (68th)
    Winner - Nicholas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas
    My Pick - Nicholas Cage - Leaving Las Vegas

    Not a Cage fan at all, but no arguing this one.

    1996 (69th)
    Winner - Geoffrey Rush - Shine
    My Pick - Billy Bob Thornton - Slingblade

    Both great performances. Very hard choice.

    1997 (70th)
    Winner - Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets
    My Pick - Jack Nicholson - As Good as It Gets

    1998 (71st)
    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.

    1999 (72nd)
    Winner - Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
    My Pick - Kevin Spacey - American Beauty

    Not close.

    2000 (73rd)
    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.

    2001 (74th)
    Winner - Denzel Washington - Training Day
    My Pick - Denzel Washington - Training Day

    Not close for me. You can see my thoughts on it here.

    2002 (75th)
    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.

    2003 (76th)
    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.

    2004 (77th)
    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.

    2005 (78th)
    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.

    2006 (79th)
    Winner - Forest Whitaker - Last King of Scotland
    My Pick - Forest Whitaker - Last King of Scotland

    Easy pick.

    2007 (80th)
    Winner - Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
    My Pick - Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

    2008 (81st)
    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.

    2009 (82nd)
    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.

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    1992-Denzel Washington for "Malcolm X". One of the greatest injustices ever. I love Al Pacino, but his award was a Lifetime Achievement.