Here they are boys and girls. The headlining actors who turned in the most memorable performances of 2011. My choices for Best Actor for 2011.
These guys created great characters, and/or showcased their impressive talents in a way that I think deserves mention.
Click through to find out who’s at the head of the class!
George Clooney – The Descendants This role was tailor-made for him, and it took full advantage of all the things he brings to the table. He’s likeable, funny, and smart. He also gets an opportunity to show off a range I never knew he had. He had one scene in particular that tested my ability to keep my eyes dry. ______________________________________________________________________
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50 This would have been a really easy role to botch. Overplay the sickness and sadness, or underplay the humor and the craziness, and this movie just doesn’t work. But Levitt does an impressive job, creating a character that’s sick and frightened, but still has a heart, a sense of humor and hope. ______________________________________________________________________
Ryan Gosling – “Drive” It speaks to Gosling’s performance in this film that he was able to portray so much with so little dialogue. The phrase “man of few words” was practically invented for “The Driver”. But he pulls it off. Cool, mean, protective, sweet, angry… he does it all in this flick. Much more impressed with him here than in “Ides”
Brad Pitt – Moneyball No kidding. Moneyball was an excellent flick, and Pitt was front and center. He handled Sorkin’s rapid fire dialogue with ease, and came across funny, smart, and thoughtful. He took the “character” of Billy Beane and ran with it. I was impressed.
Andy Serkis – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Let’s be honest. “Apes” was ALL about Caesar. In fact, there were NON Caesar elements of the film I’d call downright laughable. So why is it one of the most surprising hits this year? Because Serkis, via motion capture technology, brought to life an intelligent, emotive, charismatic leader of Apes. ______________________________________________________________________
So there you have it people! What do you think? Which of these actors is worthy of a MAJOR Award? You gotta help me out, you know I
completely handle all the decisions here like to foster a sense of community! So let me know, which of these guys do you think did the best job?