Nicolas Cage (Adaptation)
Richard Gere – Chicago
My Overall Thoughts:
This was a year dominated by two performances and it looked as if Day-Lewis would win his second Oscar throughout the awards season until Brody came from behind to surprise everyone by winning for an amazingly emotional and powerful performance.
5. Michael Caine
4. Nicolas Cage
3. Jack Nicholson
2. Daniel Day-Lewis
1. Adrien Brody
4. Gangs of New York – Epicly done, but I couldn’t get into it or care / sympathize with any of the characters.
3. Adaptation – If you like Kaufman’s work, you should like this. It’s a bit far out there for me, but I can see the genius behind the chaos.
2. About Schmidt – Alexander Payne amazes me more and more with his writing and directing skills the more I see of his films. Nicholson is great playing a lower key character. Love the message about life being short so make the most of it which is a constant theme in all Payne movies I’ve seen.
1. The Pianist – Amazingly done emotional Holocaust movie, Brody is superb in the title role and deserved his Oscar win.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – Most Definitely! As great a job as Day-Lewis did here, no performance this year or even in the previous two years (at least) were as powerful as Brody’s in The Pianist.
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!