5. Love is Strange – Charlie Tahan
For the year's most underrated turn. There is not a false note in any subtle regret he makes.
4. Boyhood – Ethan Hawke
For his determination and intelligence above the call of duty. He is often not given enough credit for that.
3. Starred Up – Rupert Friend
For feeling so rivetingly incomplete in a way that I didn't think he was capable of. I look forward to what he does next.
2. Listen Up Philip – Jonathan Pryce
For a brilliant depiction of intellectual pretension and lack of fulfillment. It stands alongside the best performances of his long and varied career.
1. Starred Up – Ben Mendelsohn
For his tremendous gravitas on screen, and for somehow convincing us to empathize with Neville.
Runner Up: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Edward Norton
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