2nd TFO Awards PART 9: Actor in a Leading Role

The next award is:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role




Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


The Nominees:

Javier Bardem – Biutiful

Knows what he is doing even if it almost appears like it’s spontaneous. Hits all the right notes for us to feel the physical and emotional exhaustion he’s undergoing.


Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Very calculated but extremely unpredictable. Puts appropriate likeability despite pompousness and iciness of the character.


Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Pushes the loser bag enough for us to care but not too much for us to be annoyed. In quietness comes suppressed sadness and hopelessness.


Brian Geraghty – Easier with Practice

Masks implied inferiority complex with smile and kindness that feels real. Kindhearted but also flawed. Final minutes of the film brings out the best in him.


Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine

Emotionally raw, charged, bruised. Being so much in the character. Soulful rendition of the past and present of his character. Breathtakingly real, it aches so much.




Gold: Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine

Silver: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

Bronze: Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Runners-Up: Brian Geraghty – Easier with Practice, Javier Bardem – Biutiful


The Finalists:

Every moment of 127 Hours feels so real, and that’s because of James Franco | Slick and alert, only two of the words that can describe Ewan McGregor‘s surprisingly humane take as The Ghost Writer | Aaron Eckhart is so adept in his role in Rabbit Hole that you don’t notice the acting before the emotional outbursts | The American is pretty much a showcase of subtle acting for George Clooney who is tortured beneath the roughness of his job | Delightful mix of subtle comedy and low-key drama makes Geoffrey Rush such a perfect match for The King’s Speech | Won Bin finds the perfect mix of weird, sympathetic, and humorous in Mother | Leonardo DiCaprio continues to get better, now with a paranoid but completely understandable character that he gives justice in Shutter Island


The Semi-Finalists:

His role in The Fighter demands 100% effort, and Christian Bale puts his heart and soul into it | Kodi-Smit McPhee delivers the curiosity of his character in Let Me In with full honesty | His comedic scenes in Barney’s Version are effective, but it’s his dramatic scenes prevail the emotional punch Paul Giamatti can give | Casino Jack wants to emphasize on the loud moments, but Kevin Spacey is more memorable when he’s playing deceit quietly | Callan McAuliffe approaches his role with direct meekness and sincerity, which makes Flipped such a pleasure to watch | Martin Landau slowly peels off the layers of his character in Lovely, Still with such care | Stephen Dorff attacks his role in Somewhere with passive nuance, giving surprises amidst the film’s decided slowness | He’s caught between showier actors, so Mark Wahlberg makes the nice move to hold back and ground his performance in The Fighter with believable simplicity and humility


The Shortlisted Ones:

21. Max Minghella – Agora

22. James Gandolfini – Welcome to the Rileys

23. Leonardo DiCaprio – Inception

24. Jim Carrey – I Love You, Philip Morris

25. Andy Garcia – City Island

26. Jeff Bridges – True Grit

27. Ryan Reynolds – Buried

28. Jim Sturgess – The Way Back

29. Sean Penn – Fair Game

30. Zach Galifianakis – Due Date

31. Jake Gyllenhaal – Love and Other Drugs

32. Robert Downey, Jr. – Due Date

33. Matt Damon – Green Zone

34. Alexander Siddig – Cairo Time

35. Chris Messina – Devil

36. Robert Pattinson – Remember Me

37. John C. Reilly – Cyrus

38. Jim Broadbent – Another Year

39. Shia LaBeouf – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

40. James Frecheville – Animal Kingdom

41. Ben Affleck – The Town

42. Casey Affleck – The Killer Inside Me

43. Matt Damon – Hereafter

44. Edward Norton – Leaves of Grass

45. Pierce Brosnan – The Greatest

46. Benicio del Toro – the Wolfman

47. Timothy Olymphant – The Crazies

48. Justin Long – Going the Distance

49. Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland

50. Ben Affleck – The Company Men

51. Philip Seymour Hoffman – Jack Goes Boating

52. Aaron Johnson – Nowhere Boy

53. Scoot McNairy – Monsters

54. Robert Duvall – Get Low

55. Ben Stiller- Greenberg

56. Michael Nyqvist – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

57. Ryan Gosling – All Good Things

58. Michael Cera – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

59. James Franco – Howl

60. Paul Rudd – How Do You Know

61. Romain Duris – Heartbreaker

62. Christos Stergioglou – Dogtooth

63. Johnny Depp – The Tourist

64. Michael Douglas – Solitary Man

65. Stellan Skarsgard – Frankie and Alice




Previous Awards page:

Actress in a Supporting Role / Actor in a Supporting Role / Ensemble Cast / Screenplay and Animation Categories / Visual Categories 1 / Visual Categories 2 / Aural Categories / Scene Categories


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