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

The next award is:

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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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.

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Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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