5. Rush – Daniel Bruhl
For giving by far the best of the year's mimicry performances. But only an actor with such charisma could be more mesmeric that the real-life figure. Also, he saves what would have been an unbearable movie otherwise.
4. No – Gael Garcia Bernal
For his aching, concentrated eyes and oscillated, impulsive smile. He takes a role that could easily have been nondescript and makes it sententious.
3. 12 Years a Slave – Chiwetel Ejiofor
For such ferocity. Even if McQueen were not interested in showing us such horror, Ejiofor's eyes would convey it all.
2. Inside Llewyn Davis – Oscar Isaac
For maybe the most soulful plunge into wallowing woe we've ever seen. If you feel like you know him and he never gets old, he's more than a folk song. Hang me oh hang me.
1. The Wolf of Wall Street – Leonardo DiCaprio
For an out-of-body experience. It is astounding to watch him completely inhabit the grossness and the charisma. There are people who worship DiCaprio and people who despise him. I am mixed. But this was undeniably a great accomplishment.
Runner Up: Captain Phillips – Tom Hanks