Best Supporting Actor
10) Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor
Sleiman did very well to even stay in this movie, so good is Richard Jenkins performance, but he did and his optimistic, fun loving illegal immigrant is great fun to watch.
9) Ralph Fiennes, In Bruges
Fiennes isn't even in the film until the last 20 minutes, but upon his arrival everything becomes about 15 times more awesome. A proper showreel performance.
8) James Franco, Pineapple Express
So who saw this coming? Franco, so repeatedly awful as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman franchise puts in a performance so iconic and hilarious it probably will be considered the 2nd greatest stoner ever, behind the Dude.
7) Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading
" I thought you might be worried.....about the security.....of your shit." Plus he gets shot in the face.
6) Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood
It maybe Daniel Day Lewis' movie, but Dano's adolescent preacher is one creepy motherfucker. It would seem impossible to stay on the same plain as Day Lewis, but Dano just about manages it. And that is a huge compliment.
5) Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess
Nomination number two for Mr Fiennes. What can I say he's had a great year, and for all the deserved acclaim Kightley gets for this film, the best performance is certainly Fiennes'.
4) Eddie Marsan, Happy Go Lucky
If Sally Hawkins lead is happy for all situations, the Marsan is the miserable bastard for all situations. As Poppy's near psychopathic driving instructor, its a performance of great weakness and great power at the same time.
3) Javier Bardem, No Country for Old men
Breezing his way into the pantheon of all time badasses, Bardem's Anton Chigurh can only be described as a force of nature. Unquestionably, he will find you and he will kill you. It is only a matter of time.
2) Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Shock horror! See how unpredictably awesome I am. Still, we all know how good he is, so this blurb is pretty much filler.
1) Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men
To defend myself, this performance is good because despite it seeming like a filler role, Jones and the Coens make it into an unbelievably sympathetic yet weak character. One of the best screen performances I have ever seen.