- Demian Bichir – A Better Life
- George Clooney – The Descendants
- Jean Dujardin – The Artist
- Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
- Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Bichir, another surprising performance in a little-seen movie. He’s not just the hot guy from Weeds anymore!
Where the hell is:
- Michael Fassbender in either Shame or A Dangerous Method (he probably canceled himself out)
- Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March or Drive (ditto)
- Ralph Fiennes for Coriolanus (again, not letting go of that one)
- Daniel Craig for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the guy never gets enough credit)
Oldman’s restraint in Tinker, Tailor is admirable, but there’s not much to the role, really
Clooney has been cleaning up, and probably will again (deservedly so – it’s his best work). Keep an eye on Dujardin, though.